Sophie Pachella: Co-CEO and Founder
Sophie Pachella is an ACE-certified lifestyle and weight-management consultant and the founder of EatStrong: a multi-faceted health, wellness and consumer products company focused on nutrition. Sophie does more than create personalized plans for each client. Her relaxed, doable philosophy and her ability to keep the process fun encourages her clients to follow those plans to achieve rapid, lasting success. A sought-after weight-loss and nutrition expert, Sophie has appeared on national news programs and in prominent, widely read publications.
Born in France and schooled in Switzerland, Sophie moved to New York in 1992 to attend Hamilton College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduating, Sophie worked as an associate Heidrick & Struggles, a top executive search firm based in Chicago. She later transitioned to the financial services industry, working as an advisor at Morgan Stanley and as an associate at The QuanStar Group, a strategic business management-support company.
The challenge of maintaining a healthy existence while working at a hectic pace for long hours prompted Sophie to develop her own brand of good eating habits, a personal philosophy for a fit lifestyle and strategies for sustained success. Encouraged by the positive changes she saw in her own body and well-being, and wanting to help others find similar success, Sophie began building personal nutrition plans for family and friends. In 1999 she launched her own nutrition consulting practice—EatStrong—which has helped thousands of people adopt and maintain a healthier, happier way of eating and living.
Today, Sophie’s influence is widespread. In addition to working with clients and launching her own line of healthy snack foods, she is a contributor to dozens of fitness and lifestyle publications, including The New York Post, iVillage, TONY, Shape, Body + Soul, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle and Best Body. She has been a regular guest on New York’s CW11 Morning News, NY1 News and on CBS News’ “Up to the Minute,” where she shared simple strategies for healthy living with millions of viewers nationwide. In 2007, Sophie was engaged by Mustela—Europe’s leading baby-care brand—to increase awareness about the importance of healthy eating. In 2010, Sophie founded the EatStrong Foundation for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping missing and abused children.
The EatStrong Philosophy
Making the right choices, more often than not, has more to do with understanding, than willpower.
Understanding the relationship between one’s mind and body, as well as recognizing the fascinating yet profoundly simple physiological relationship between fuel and performance are the essential concepts of the EatStrong program.
There are no shortcuts to a leaner, more efficient body. “Quick fix solutions” lead to muscle loss and frustration. The EatStrong Philosophy is based on the principle that your program will eventually become not only habit, but integral to who you are. There are no shortcuts, but the wait and the work are undeniably worthwhile.
Since inception, the EatStrong philosophy has remained unaffected by fads and trends, remaining true to its original premise. The key to success is finding your personal blueprint and adopting it for the rest of your life. To quote Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit”. Remember: good habits are as hard to break as bad ones. We can work together regardless of your concerns, fears or athletic ability. All that is required is the willingness to make a change for the long term. As long as better choices are implemented most of the time, your plan will be effective.
It is hard to change, but with professional guidance you can. Your optimal nutrition plan, which includes:
- increasing lean muscle mass; and
- reducing body fat and keeping it off
While no two programs are ever quite the same, EatStrong emphasizes the following three key components to success:
- Eat plenty of lean protein, fiber, & water.
- Get plenty of sleep and exercise.
- Be consistent and accountable.
Everyone enjoys the occasional cookie, pizza, or cocktail. Luckily, (barring food allergies) there is absolutely no reason that all these things and more can be part of your plan—in moderation.