Balance has always been an important part of Priya Lawrence’s routine. She practices meditation daily and turns to healthy foods to fuel her mind and body. She makes self-care a priority while also carving well-deserved time with her family and friends. Priya co-founded Tried and True Nutrition where she uses her passion and knowledge of healthy eating to help others navigate to their most nourished selves. Find out more about this terrific Beyond Mom!
1. What makes you a Beyond Mom?
To me, a Beyond Mom is someone who loves and adores her children and wants only the best for them but also feels the same about herself and her personal dreams and goals. I want my children to grow up being proud of a mom who worked hard at not just being a mom but also on herself.
2. What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
I never would have thought that having children would make my confidence grow and if I’m being honest, this didn’t happen overnight but it happened. After going thru the trials and tribulations of having two little ones, I can say that I know my stuff. And this confidence spills over to the rest of my life. Sure, I seek advice from others and question some decisions at times but how can I not be more confident when I see my children and know they are thriving, growing, and even glowing partially (I won’t say mainly because my husband deserves lots of credit as well) due to their Mom:)
3. Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?
Tried and True Nutrition, Inc. is a private nutrition practice that I co-founded with fellow nutritionist, a former coworker and a dear friend, Pam Bonney. Our thriving company is my success story! We both worked in nutrition but in a clinical setting of a hospital and knew we wanted to reach people a different way. We talked about doing something on our own for years but life seemed to get in the way. Until one day, it just felt right and here we are. We make a great partnership and this is due to us having similar point of views as well as completely opposite when need be.
4. What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
I know it sounds cliche but my relationship with my husband and my girlfriends keeps me real. It’s important to me to remain Priya, the wife and the friend. Not just Priya, the mom or Priya, the nutritionist. Both my husband and my girlfriends knew me before the latter even existed so they keep me grounded, focused, ease my anxieties and most importantly make sure that Priya the wife and friend is present and happy:)
5. Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing? If so, please share…
My dream would be to make Tried and True Nutrition a household name. I want to hear people in the supermarket say “what did the women from Tried and True say about this edamame hummus again?”
6. What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
While I love to stay physically active through working out regularly, I cannot go a day without my meditation practice. I feel grateful to have the practice. It involves twice a day for 20 minutes each and you’d be surprised how fast my kids got used to it. They now ask me if I’m going to meditate!
Favorite NYC Spots that Embody The Beyond Mom:
Madison Square Park. Not just because it is practically my backyard but it has everything. My kids love the playground, we recently became members at the Math Museum north of the park (yes, I was skeptical but the kids love it), there are concerts in the park all summer, Eataly is an amazing place to eat/shop/drool and an occasional Shake Shack visit is ok in my book. (All in moderation:)
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
I’m happy if I can order a Don Julio Tequila with soda water and lime. Low in calories, very low in hangover:)
I fell in love with a class at Body Conceptions by Mahri that I took at a Beyond Mom event at Athleta. It is a great workout while being incredibly fun, challenging yet supportive.
Living very close to 5th Ave has me spoiled. I don’t tend to window shop as much as I used to but when I need a new top, I know I can run into Zara’s or Anthropologie and walk out with something great.
Women entrepreneurs that are making it happen.