Heather Thomson from Real Housewives NYC to Beyond Fresh
Contributor: Michelle Emmick
If you are a Real Housewives of NYC follower, you know Heather Thomson. I admit, years ago I was a big weekly Bravo watcher, but now I catch myself up with the occasional binge during a lazy Sunday. So when I had the opportunity to interview Heather, I knew before we even spoke I would like her. She is what we call “the real deal.”
Born and raised in Hudson Valley, Heather has a genuine and unique down-to-earth style. Everyone who sees her is immediately captivated by her infectious smile and amazing energy. Her impressive background and long list of accomplishments speak to her work ethic and make her a woman I want to know more about.
Having moved to the city to pursue fashion over 25 years ago, Heather started working for Calvin Klein and continued up the ranks, working as a Design Director for Sean “Diddy” Combs’s Sean John label as well as Creative Directing alongside Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez.
In 2008, Heather founded her own brand, Yummie Tummie, which she sold five years ago. For most people, that would be enough accolades and experience for a lifetime. However, there is that one thing that can make anyone take a professional 360-degree turn, and that’s love.
When it’s the love a mother has for a child, well, you’ll do whatever it takes to make things better. You can work with the biggest brands and become the most prominent celebrity, yet there is no more important job than that of Mom.
For anyone reading this, just hearing the words that your child is sick will make your eyes wince and your heart break. As a mother, you always want to take away your child’s pain and fix it. At the age of only six months old, Heather Thomson’s son Jax had a liver transplant. After Jax was prescribed over 38 different types of medications, Heather became more than concerned.
She made it her mission to educate herself and learn everything she could regarding food and nutrition. She decided to go back to school to learn about science and educate herself.
“Food is fascinating and beautiful,” Heather states, “and the more we learn, the more we evolve.”
Through her journey and passion for nutrition, Heather became an Integrative Health Coach and launched a new brand: Beyond Fresh.
“Beyond Fresh was built to fill a hole in the market. Convenience is killing us with processing and GMOs, and supplements can be overwhelming unless you’re an herbalist,” she shares. “Beyond Fresh was developed to make whole-food plant-based nutrition easy to understand, affordable and most importantly, taste delicious.”
What’s great about these products is that they are 100% natural and good for the entire family. Beyond Fresh consists of whole food powder supplements sourced from organic farmers worldwide and made in the USA. It was specifically developed to support anyone on his or her journey to practice better health and overall wellbeing.
Through our interview, Heather shared some simple and important steps we can all take from her knowledge as a coach. These steps are as simple as reading labels, listening to your body, shopping local organic/grass-fed, and getting plenty of rest.
So what exactly is an Integrative Health Coach?
“An Integrative Health Coach functions much differently than our parents’ doctors,” Heather shares, “using plants and food as well as eliminating things from the diet instead of masking the issue.”
In the past, they were trained to treat illness, not prevent disease. When you mix Eastern and Western culture prevention with treatment, it’s called integrative or functional medicine, and it will exhaust every natural option—integrating nature and medicine.
Heather’s son, now a teenager, is doing great, and his favorite product is the Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse ($30 at BeyondFresh.com), which doesn’t taste pungent like you’d expect but sweet as it includes coconut water for hydration, aloe vera, pineapple, and papaya.
Our health is all we have, and I want to share my knowledge with as many people as possible. Wisdom should be given away.
What keeps Heather going is her passion for learning. In addition to Beyond Fresh products, Heather conducts wellness retreats and adventure excursions. She also conducts a podcast called In My Heart which she started recording pre-covid.
Heather has hosted guests like Andy Cohen, Tina Knowles, Bobbi Brown, and many more.
“I am learning the importance of listening more intently to myself and others,” Heather shares, “and we can together learn, grow, and support each other.”
One thing that’s evident in talking with Heather is that she is curious about life, and when we are curious, we become more knowledgeable and resourceful. We ask questions like what, why, and how we can do better.
It makes us humble, understanding that we don’t have all the answers yet seeking those who do.
I am not surprised Heather has found so much success and continues to build her professional empire. She is a lifelong truth seeker and educator, and she’s doing a great job.
Please keep sharing your wisdom, Heather. We can all benefit. Holla!
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