Health Styles 4 You offers nutritious meal prep parties
July 30, 2018
By Andrea Estrada
At the age of five, Crystal Baus was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that causes chronic digestive problems. Doctors told her she’d be on medication for the rest of her life. Today, Baus, health coach and founder of Healthstyles 4 You (HS4Y), can say she overcame that prognosis.
“Fast-forward to now, I’m 36, and I’ve been medicine-free for 16 years,” Baus said. Changes in not only her diet, but her lifestyle are what have allowed her to go without medicine, she says. “What I’m putting in my body, what I’m eating, but also exercise and stress management,” she described.
It was her own transformation that inspired Baus to help others through coaching, focusing on digestive issues, losing weight and having more energy. “That is where my passion lies. Because I did it, and I want to teach people that they can do it, too,” she said.
Baus’ HS4Y offers one-on-one coaching, corporate seminars and meal prep parties for 2-8 people ($175 per person) that feature cooking classes on wholesome, signature recipes, as well as consultations, education on healthful alternatives and time-management tips.
“It’s almost like six cooking classes in one. They’re learning six different meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We all get together, I bring all of the groceries (I make sure they approve the menu beforehand), we cook for two hours, and everyone leaves with enough food for practically four days,” she said.
While she doesn’t have a fixed menu, Baus said she has over 100 recipes to pull from. “I don’t have a ‘set’ anything. It’s customized to every single individual,” she said. “We have a conversation. I figure out what they like, what they don’t like.”
The whole purpose is to learn how to make healthy taste good, Baus said. “I have clients that say, ‘I never liked vegetables, but after I started cooking with your recommendations, I love them,’” Baus said. “You have to know how to cook it so you like it.”
Replacing unhealthy foods with fresh, hearty options helps her clients overcome their cravings. “There’s a method called crowding out. I don’t tell people not to eat something, but I introduce so many new things that there’s not room for them to eat the old, bad things anymore,” she said.
Baus describes her coaching as a holistic, full-encompassing approach. “It’s not just about nutrition. We focus on habits related to stress management, physical activity, career and relationships,” she said. “Some people are emotional eaters, some are bored eaters and shovel in food at their desk. I look into all of their habits, and we figure out what is triggering them to eat, why they can’t control it (if that’s the case) and how we can get to the underlying root cause.”
Baus said she has many plans for the future of HS4Y. “I see it expanding and involving other health coaches. I have a big vision with the goal to educate the people on what they can do for themselves. If you can learn to be healthy, you can live longer, healthier and happier,” she said.
“There’s no price on health. If you don’t have health, what do you have?”
For more information or to book a meal prep party, visit healthstyles4you.com or call 602-722-5627.