I met Latham Thomas in September 2012, at the press room of Social Good Summit, which I wrote about here. She stood tall in her heels and a fabulous hat, with a wide smile and warm energy filling the room. I don’t remember how, but we started talking, and that’s when I found about the really cool concept of Mama Glow – a lifestyle website and movement that educates and inspires women about embracing our own radiant energy through a holistic approach to life, during pregnancy and beyond.
Latham has empowered such big-name ladies as Alicia Keys and Rebecca Minkoff through their pregnancies. On top of that, Latham is a yoga teacher, a TV personality and a certified nutritionist.
Latham blew me away with her talk on self-care at the WELL Summit 2015, and with the upcoming launch of her new portal, Ritualista, I knew I needed to introduce this powerhouse lady boss to you!
If you could put all the work you do into one word, what would it be?
With Mama Glow, you’re really changing the way women think about pregnancy. How did this amazing movement come about?
Mama Glow the seed was planted during my pregnancy with my son Fulano. The movement was spawned from my being. Mama Glow is a certain radiance that overcomes a woman who is happy, healthy, and feeling fulfilled in her life. I associate the glow with lifestyle choices aligned with wellbeing.
Most of all Mama Glow is an attitude, a way of carrying oneself- owning your fierce power and femininity, and embracing the awesomeness of motherhood. I want women to not only feel supported and empowered but mobilized to take healthy action in their lives and make choices aligned with a positive set of beliefs.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing women nuzzle with their newborn babies after giving birth. I love to see women harness their glow power during pregnancy. I also love that I get to spend lots of time with my son Fulano.
What’s your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
Show up for your health every day. It’s all about loving every aspect of your temple, your queendom. When you are really tapped in to who you are and what you want to offer life– you make choices that are aligned with your highest good. That make you feel most radiant. How can you love yourself today?
What is your favorite book? I have lots of favorite books. What I am reading now is “The Desire Map” by Danielle LaPorte and “DreamBirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery” by Catherine Shainberg PhD
Glow Time- This is a great way to reduce stress, induce laughter, exercise and mess up a perfectly made bed. In the words of @fulanosworld “when the beds are especially bouncy you must jump on them”. Punctuate your day with play! ? #fun #glowtime #laughter #jumpingonthebed #hollywood #bounce #childlike #sunday #playtime #play A video posted by Latham Thomas (@glowmaven) on
Favorite healthy snack?
Avocado Toast with crushed red pepper, lemon, olive oil, and Maldon salt.
What’s your go-to breakfast?
My go-to breakfast changes by season but I love my morning Açaí bowls. I lived in the North East of Brazil and every morning I would have açaí na tigela (a bowl of acai) with homemade granola on top. I incorporate cacao nibs, coconut butter, frozen blueberries, frozen cherries and I blend with coconut water or filtered water. Once nice and well blended, I put into a bowl and add a dollop of Anita’s cream line coconut yogurt, hemp seeds, and homemade granola.
ROCKSTAR GRANOLA RECIPE
- 3 1⁄2 cups rolled oats
- 1⁄2 cup toasted mixed nuts
- 1⁄2 cup coconut flakes
- 1⁄4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds 3 tablespoons flaxseeds
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄4 cup grape seed oil or raw coconut oil
- 1⁄4 cup raw agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
ACAI & BLUEBERRY OMEGA PROTEIN BOWL (1 serving)
This berry duo offers a unique blend of antioxidants and the omega fatty acids in the acai make it a complete protein. When I was pregnant and visiting Brazil, I made this smoothie every morning and my son still loves it. Acai comes in a macerated pulp in the frozen section of the grocery store.
- 1 packet acai pulp
- 1⁄2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 3⁄4 cups apple juice or water
- 1⁄2 banana, peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Granola (optional)
Place first five ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. The mixture will be creamy. Place in a bowl and top with granola and the remaining half of the banana, if desired.
Glow Foods- Açai palmberry, blueberries, coconut water, pumpkin seeds, and Paleo-granola with sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut, flaxseeds, and walnuts. Thank you @breakfastcriminals for this amazing heart bowl for my breakfast creations. We should love the food we eat and celebrate life through our meals- choosing vibrant plant foods, nutrient dense and full of vitality. Healthy meals are a gift to your body. Food becomes your blood, your thoughts, and your actions. Will you give yourself the gift of good nutrition today? Check out the #30dayfearlessheartchallenge and follow co-hosts @akgannon @breakfastcriminals @kaleandchocolate @katiedalebout @sashayogawellness @thedivinefriend @wildgoods and see what healthy dishes they are whipping up too! #morningmeals #glowfoods #smoothie #plantlife #vegan #plantfood #granola #acai #blueberries #heart #health #vibrant #paleo #gift