Meet Jadah

Jadah Sellner | Simple Green Smoothies

Jadah Sellner: Co-Founder / Community Builder

I’m an introvert who loves being a part of intentional communities. I know the introvert + community-building combo doesn’t make sense, but it’s totally true. I’m guessing it’s because I’m a gemini. I’m on a minimalist journey to shed the junk and keep the good. Fuzzy socks, white paper and hot tea make me smile. I live in Walnut Creek, a little, cozy downtown area just 25 miles east of San Francisco. I met my husband in L.A. working for an Educational Theatre Program (we got to act in plays and teach kids about healthy living). We have a daughter, Zoe Joy, who was born at a hospital on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. She likes to say she’s from “Hollywood.” My husband sings and writes music. We gave up our hollywood/rock star dreams to live the simple life on Kauai for a few years. Loved Hawaii, but love the city life more. California is our home.

Jadah Sellner and family | Simple Green Smoothies{Photos by: In Her Image Photography}

Jadah, how have green smoothies changed your life?

In three months, I lost 26 pounds by starting one insanely simple habit. I started drinking green smoothies. My friends and family started asking what I was doing to make such transformative changes in my lifestyle. I wanted to show everyone I came in contact with how easy it was to blend up leafy greens. The people around me started buying their own blenders, making green smoothies, and getting the same results as me: weight loss, lots of energy, and cravings for healthy food.

People ask how I’ve maintained the weight loss (because to this day those 25+ pounds have never come back on). And my answer is focus on progress not perfection. Sometimes we’re chasing a very specific weight loss goal, and when we don’t get there, we feel like a failure.

I personally focus on daily habits. Just do at least one small healthy habit a day. And experiment with what works best for you and your lifestyle. I’ve tried everything: Master Cleanse (lemonade diet), Paleo, South Beach diet, Weight Watchers, the list goes on. Most of those were all short term and so ultimately don’t last as a long-term lifestyle choice.

I found what works best for me is a meal plan + shopping lists that are aligned with the type of food that I know is good for my body. I feel crazy busy as a mom and so if I don’t have to meal plan and come up with a new shopping list every week, it saves me so much time and brain energy.

That’s why I love using our Fresh Start 21-day cleanse even when I’m not cleansing. I use it as a guideline to how I eat 80% of the time. I still drink wine, eat bread, order desserts at restaurants, sneak some candy every now and then.

It’s my mission to help families be healthier, to have the energy they need to live a life they’re passionate about, and the best way I know how to do that… get people addicted to green smoothies. And then when they’re ready, take their healthy lifestyle to the next level by eating more plant-based foods. When we focus on eating better (over counting calories and eating less), there’s not a whole lot of room for the not-so-good-for-you foods.

 

My favorite smoothie is…

If we have it my way, we make Beginner’s Luck everyday. It’s a nice little tropical party for your taste buds. I love sprinkling chia seeds on top of my smoothies for a good mix of protein and healthy fats!

 

I feel most alive when…

I listen to music. Music not only lets me connect and relate to other people, but it also let’s me escape into far away places. Plato was right when he says, “Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” We turn up the music loud in our home and let our daughter dance on the coffee table. Yes, I’m that mom.

 

I couldn’t live without…

Books! Getting rid of books is the hardest part of my minimalism journey. I collect them, I loan them, I love them. I love the smell of history lingering between pages, and I’m obsessed with pinning cozy, little book nooks on Pinterest. Books ground me and my family–– that’s why we read Shel Silverstein poems at the dinner table as a family.

 

I’m addicted to…

Board games. I can stay up until 4am playing games like Dutch Blitz, Catch Phrase and Monopoly. My husband actually proposed to me in front of all of our friends in the middle of the game Cranium. I had to guess the phrase “Will you marry me” during the charades challenge, and it was an epic fail (I couldn’t guess it for the life of me). Luckily, when the timer went out, he still got down on one knee, and I totally said, “Yes!”

 

My guilty pleasure is…

Macaroni & cheese– seriously my carb nemesis. I don’t discriminate either, I will gobble it up whether it is my grandmother’s southern recipe made from scratch or the boxed one you buy from Trader Joes (and not the light one). And mashed potatoes is right up there too.

I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favorite green smoothie? Share it in the comments below!

PS: As a sweet gift to you, sign-up for our FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, and you’ll get our Green Smoothie Crash Course!

PPS: I geek out on community building + business on my personal site. I’m trying to learn more about how to tweet on twitter too.

139 Responses to “Meet Jadah”

  1. Barbara 9.3.2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I have tried to get into the 30 day challenge three times and have not gotten
    a e-mail back. Can you help me.
    Thank you for any help
    Barbara Davis
    barbara.davis3313@hotmail.com

  2. Audrianna 8.22.2014 at 8:18 am #

    Hello Jadah,

    I loved seeing you at the World Domination Summit this summer. I left feeling inspired by you and others. My husband and I are starting the 21 day cleanse in order to ‘re-set’ our bodies. I have finally gotten back into running for the first time since the birth of my boys (the first in 2007). I love that but, want to continue building our health. Being a mom without living parents I am acutely aware of health issues and don’t want my boys to be without their parents anytime soon! Here’s to green health! And thanks again for your awesome talk. You exude so much joy and passion. You have a fan here!

    • Jadah Sellner 8.29.2014 at 10:00 am #

      Thank you for sharing Audrianna! Speaking at WDS was such an amazing experience for me. It makes me so happy to know you and your husband are taking the steps to lead a healthier life for your children. We’re honored to have you be a part of our community!

  3. Shellaree 8.11.2014 at 6:00 am #

    Hi Jadah, I look forward to the 21 day Cleanse.

    • Jadah Sellner 8.29.2014 at 9:58 am #

      Woohoo! We have an awesome cleanse community to cheer you on!

  4. Laura 8.8.2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi Jadah, I was so inspired by your talk at WDS – I can’t think of someone better to purchase from and engage in a live detox with for getting my eating habits back on track. It’s going to be tough, but hearing you speak, reading your site and getting a taste of the FB community has given me a great sense of the loving and supportive energy shared here. Thanks so much for finding your passion and sharing it with me (and, in that, helping me be better). Your life changes other lives. Feeling blessed and grateful <3.

    • Jadah Sellner 8.29.2014 at 9:58 am #

      Laura, this is so sweet. I’m so honored to have shared my story at WDS. Thank you for supporting Simple Green Smoothies–– it means the world to us!

  5. Kelly 7.20.2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi Jadah! I have been a vegetarian for over a year and a vegan for about 8 months now. I was told by my personal trainer that this 21 day cleanse would be great for me to help reach some goals I have to reach before my wedding (9.26.14) so I am so excited to start! I am so excited to get new recipes, snack ideas, and more creative ways to eat holistically!

    Can’t wait to start! :)

    • Jadah Sellner 8.29.2014 at 9:57 am #

      Happy you’re joining us Kelly! Wedding planning is so exciting!

  6. TERESA WILLIAMS 7.3.2014 at 5:48 am #

    Hello, I have just recently completed the 10 day green smoothie cleanse
    by JJ Simth. I am so pleased with myself that I did that, I feel stronger physically, mentally, spiritually, I have more energy now and that is a good thing. Because I want to continue with the clean green smoothie challenge for the rest of my life, your website is mentioned in her book, is what lead me to you. And I have to say that the recipes looks, and sounds so delicious I can’t wait to try them.
    Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.3.2014 at 8:35 am #

      Hey Teresa! We enjoy our green smoothie lifestyle, glad you are joining us!

  7. Teresa 6.30.2014 at 10:03 am #

    Hello Jadah! I’m looking forward to starting the challenge tomorrow. I had the opportunity to see you speak at “Revolution U” in NYC earlier this year and I’m looking forward to seeing you speak at the World Domination Summit in Portland next week!

    Take Care!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.3.2014 at 8:33 am #

      Hey Teresa! Thanks for sharing! Keep blending those leafy greens. :)

  8. Geri 6.27.2014 at 11:18 am #

    Hi Jadah,

    I’m excited to get started! Let the smoothie drinking begin!

    • Jadah Sellner 8.29.2014 at 9:55 am #

      So excited to have you on board!

  9. Autumn 5.7.2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi Jadah and Jen, I love love love doing the 30 day smoothie challenge. I’ve had my vitamix for about 2 years and didn’t use it much. I use it everyday now and I love it. I can’t believe how great my skin feels. I’ve signed up for the 21 day cleanse and can’t wait to get started. I tried the one day kit and I’ve been full all day. Thank you so much for your easy recipes.

    • Jadah Sellner 8.29.2014 at 9:55 am #

      So happy that you’re using your blender now. We are so excited to have you a part our our challenge and cleanse community Autumn! :-)

  10. Janie 5.7.2014 at 4:13 am #

    Hi Judah and Jen. I live in Charlotte, N.C. and your program is all the rage here. I am about to turn 64 years young and it was my daughter who told me about your program. I lost my memory completely for two years due to bad doctoring. I sure did learn a lot and as a result am trying to do everything I can to get my health back. Will be starting everything today. My son is getting married at the end of June in Hood River, Oregan which is right on the Columbia river Gorge. if you have never been there I believe it is God’s Country. I am commiting to this as I want my body healthy and energized enough to enjoy the festivities. I have traveled a long hard road to get to this and I am so excited I have checked into this. I can’t wait to get started. I will leave feedback about my success. Thank you to both of you for making this program available to people like me.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.7.2014 at 8:30 am #

      Hi Janie!
      Please do give us feedback and let us know how green smoothies are going for you. Hope you enjoy your son’s wedding!

  11. Thandi Clements 4.17.2014 at 11:32 am #

    Hi Beautiful! Its your Aunt Thandi … I’m 8 days into my smoothie blizt! I felt like I needed a system re-boot. I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog and watching your videos! I ordered your 30 day cleanse book and while I missed the beginning of this current challenge, I plan to join in along with the rest of your community the next time. I have a blender that works just fine, but I decided to order a refurbished Vitamix and went through your site – so thank you for the discount and free shipping. I love the photo of you and George and Zoe. I love you all tremendously and thank you for putting your passion into practice and sharing your gifts with the world… xoxo Auntie T.

    • Jadah Sellner 4.21.2014 at 6:20 am #

      Aunt Thandi, you’re the best! You’ll have to keep me posted on your journey with the green smoothie lifestyle. George, Zoe and I will be in Portland again this summer: July 10-14. I’m speaking out there for a pretty big event. We’d love to see you if you’re in town. Miss you tons!

  12. jackie 4.16.2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Looking forward to staying healthy & shed off some weight

    • Jadah Sellner 4.16.2014 at 5:33 pm #

      So happy to have you a part of our green smoothie lovin’ tribe, Jackie!

  13. Yasmin 4.10.2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Jadah! Thanks for putting together such an awesome detox program! I can’t wait to do this! Cheers! Your B-school friend!

    • Jadah Sellner 4.16.2014 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words. Love connecting with fellow B-Schoolers!

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