Healthy Eating

Professor Kale

We all had that one teacher we didn’t like but begrudgingly, we admit they probably taught us a thing or two. Here are some lessons from kale.

We all had that one teacher we didn’t like but begrudgingly, we admit they probably taught us a thing or two. Here are some lessons from kale. Like it or not. 😉


With the right support, almost anything is achievable. In school or business, we call this mentoring. When someone believes in you, they see things in you that perhaps you often didn’t even dream were possible. Have you ever had someone say they saw a talent in you that you previously hadn’t thought about or considered? It’s like that. Find someone who can help pull the best out of you and help you get better at it.

Marketing matters. If you read the story of kale’s climb to popularity, PR and marketing were the engine(s) propelling it forward. Whether talking about food, fashion, or people, perception must be considered. Science could take a lesson from some of the reality stars – definitely not in content, but in attention.

We can be true to ourselves, not embarrassing, and still utilize this technique. Kale did it, and if a vegetable like this can go from wallflower to pop star level, so can we. Without compromising our ethics.

There used to be a saying “fake it ‘til you make it”.  Kale did.

Word use is essential. Yes, how we present ourselves visually matters. Verbal presentation also matters. Ever notice how some speakers have you on the edge of your seat while others have you squirming in it, waiting for the presentation to end? Kale didn’t say, “hey, I’m good for you”, or “you need greens weekly because of all our nutrition”.  Nope. Kale said “Check me out, I’m a super food”.


Take time to choose the words you use purposefully.   Ask how it’s going to feel to the end audience. It’s not about you. It’s about them.  People who know stuff often get exasperated because they know they are right.  Have you ever talked to a know-it-all? SO NOT FUN.  Kale knew it all, but made it fun to find out about.

Things that are good for us can also be popular. How many times have those of us who exercise or choose to eat relatively healthfully on a regular basis hear comments about it? “You don’t need to exercise or watch what you eat, you look great”.

You don’t need to wait ‘til you are sick, overweight, or feeling terrible to start taking care of yourself.

I had a conversation with someone who told me he caught so much flack at a barbeque with friends because he was the only one not overloading his plate with party food. I dream of the day where this is the exception, not the rule. Dreams do come true.  Join me in helping people change their thinking.

We’re not talking about giving up party foods.

I’m talking about eating them At. The. Party.

Not every day, three times a day. #moderation

Change is possible. Deciding to change how you spend your time (adding exercise) and what you choose to eat takes commitment, especially if you are surrounded by people who give you a hard time about it. Do like kale did. Ignore the negativity and believe in yourself. Given the right time, some new information, and a few supportive friends and coaches, you can become the super version of yourself, too.



By Kim Kirchherr

Dietitian and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer with farm to table expertise.