Who’s made it her job to alight the health and wellness industry’s brightest bulbs through her evocative speaker series (after nailing her very own 92-day juice fast)? All thumbs should point to nutrition expert Sheree Clark, owner and founder of Fork In The Road, her wellness consultancy that helps people eat, drink and move in ways that helps them achieve what we hope to lead our Bees toward: a life of WHealth™ that’s filled with a sense of one’s glowing self.
From helping people rebound from a health crisis to simply shedding pounds to get back to their natural state of bliss, Clark uses several techniques to help shape the healthy habits of her clients. And since education’s her jam, she does what she can to promote things like speaker series (our very own Jamie just participated in a biggie!), and taking her skills to the small screen where she airs a regular television segment on wellness.
So meet Sheree Clark…health expert, juice fan and leader down the proverbial path to WHealth™.
Currently, I live in…Des Moines, Iowa.
In my experience, the biggest misconception about living where I live is…that it’s a cow town with very little to offer. But it isn’t. It’s a small city, but also small-town enough. My neighbor has a key to my house.
The thing I (not-so-) secretly love most about living here is…that you can do whatever you want. It’s a supportive community, in that if I wanted to access someone, it’s like two-degrees-of-separation here. The governor goes to my farmer’s market….
My daily mantra or “quote to live by” is…”If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve got.”
Don’t get me started talking about…food. Healthy food. And nutrition.
Every day I strive to…remember to smell the roses.
Something people would be shocked to know about me is…I have a lot of kind of bizarre things. I get up at 4 a.m. every day except Sunday. I love to get up early.
True or false: Some days, I want to trade in my curly locks. False. False! No. Never.
The health habit I get teased about the most is…I’m a believer in colonics and hydrotherapy.
About Sheree’s Work
When people ask about my job and what I do every day, I tell them…I hold open a space for people to become the best they can be.
What prompted me to found my company Fork In The Road was… two things. One, I felt like what I was doing wasn’t the authentic “me” anymore; and I felt that my authentic me could really help people to be the best they could be.
These are my absolute favorite things about my company, and my work: No two days are the same. And, when people break through a barrier. And that I get to work from home. And, being able to look at my printer and see my cat, Lotus, sleeping on it.
My days are pretty varied, but the bulk are spent like this: I go to yoga at 5 a.m. and by 6:15 a.m. I’m home. Sometimes I walk, or I meditate and I journal. I spend the morning in reflection, because for me, if I plan for it to be later in the day it can be robbed.
I try to have clients or meetings throughout the day. I spend time writing. I do a weekly television show segment [Des Moines’ KCWI, Ch. 23), so I’m sometimes filming that. It’s all about holistic living, which could include [healthy] food, herbal remedies. I also take classes. I might take an online class, or sometimes I teach. I’m usually in bed by 10 a.m. Then the next day, I do it all over again.
True or false: “Juice helps me stay healthy when I don’t have time to chew.” Oh my God, yes.
The perk I enjoy most about my job is…flexibility.
My favorite advice to give to other entrepreneurs is…know what you’re good at and hire people to do the things you’re not.
The best advice I ever received was… “Don’t make it hard. Let it be easy.”
The number one thing I’d tell my younger self is… “You’re not fat.”
My top-three goals for my company are…to grow my reach; I’m probably going to write a book; and to expand my team.
The number one thing I feel deeply proud of where my company is concerned is…I’ve made a difference in people’s lives.
Sheree on Juice and The Juice Standard
The first time I realized I loved cold-pressed juice was…in 2006. I went to a juicing/fasting retreat in Arizona and I fell in love there.
What made me know I wanted juice as a part of my healthy lifestyle was…the fact that I had mental clarity and energy…and it started from drinking juice.
On my company’s blog, I write about my 92-day juice fast. Here’s some background about why I did it for that long. I did the fast because it was part of a program a bunch of raw fooders were participating in. We all signed up for it on the same day…but I felt ready to start it before it was supposed to start, so I started mine early. It was Dec. 29, 2007. I felt called….It was kind of a weird day to start a fast but I ended it March 29, 2008.
It felt right [about the length of time]. Like when you meet someone and are like, “Oh my God, I know we’re going to be friends.”
I drank only juice, and I did have a tablespoon of flax oil or hemp oil every day for some healthy fat. Toward the end I ate some bee pollen.
The aspect of my juice fast that I loved most was…the clarity and the feeling of connectedness. I felt plugged into the world and aware of myself. Less anxious. Less concerned.
The hardest thing about fasting for that long was…that there were days when you felt like your body was detoxing some, which resulted in lower energy. Some days I’d get a pimple…and I’m not a pimple girl. But then the next day it would be gone.
While I was fasting, the food item I can remember NOT being able to get out of my head was…chewing. Toward the end, I really missed chewing. I really wanted to sink my teeth into something.
The first semi-indulgent thing I can remember eating after my fast was…fruit salad. Really: I wanted a big fruit salad, with shredded coconut and nuts, and raisins.
The funniest juice-related thing that happened during my fast was…well, it wasn’t funny, but I dumped a half gallon of beet juice all over the counter. I’d juice two quarts, and I was sealing them. And I had white cabinets, so I had to work quickly. Plus, it was a lot of work! I wanted to get it a straw….
I first learned about The Juice Standard from…a friend who lives in Las Vegas who’d sent me a clip from a magazine about the cold-pressed cocktails.
I interviewed Jamie Stephenson for my online wellness summit, “What The Fork?” Something I learned from that interview that’s really stayed with me is…Well: I loved it when she geeked out about the microbiome, and the concept of soil. I’m a composter, so…. It’s the whole ‘circle of life.’ It was so cool to meet someone who knew so much.
When I’m not drinking juice, my favorite cocktail is…wine. I’d also say mojitos, which I sometimes toss cucumber juice into.
When people see me drink green juice and give me face, I want to tell them to…not knock it ‘til they try it
My advice to a newbee juicer is…Do it every day for 21 days. Drink it first thing in the morning and you may find you don’t even need your morning java
And, if you’re really serious about how you can live the best life possible, for your time here [on Earth], try adding things. It’s so easy to add juice [to someone’s diet] and it’s the first step I advise. It’s the first thing I add. If you can add one thing to your life, make it juice.