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Conversations with the Inspiring Kris Buchanan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kris Buchanan.

Kris, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in Tierrasanta and always dreamed of living at the coast. I was an Olympic athlete and played Field Hockey for the US Team for 12 years.

After retiring in 2001, I opened a restaurant, I was happy to be my own boss for a change. And now we live and work in Encinitas.

I got very sick in 2008 and realized it was from the stress I put on my body as well as the horrible processed food and high amounts of sugar we consumed as athletes.

Since I owned a restaurant and realized I didn’t know much about ingredients, I went back to school and got a holistic nutrition certificate. I learned that everything they taught us in the 90’s as athletes or didn’t teach us, was wrong. And we certainly never thought about ingredients. Food was “fuel” to us, now I understand it’s nourishment.

That is my motivation for creating our products as well as our organic restaurant.

Any advice for other women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey?
I coached high school age girls for 15 years. What holds them back a lot is confidence.

I teach people that there is a difference between confidence and having a big ego.

True confidence comes from having done the work. It’s just like when you study for a test and you go into class and know you will nail it. When you work hard that is when you deserve to have the confidence. So, work hard and believe in yourself.

What should we know about GOODONYA Organic Eatery? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are all about Organic, Real Food. Some people think that means vegan or flavorless or weird.

Sometimes, healthy food can have that negative stigma. Crazy how people think sometimes! 🙂

For us, we make food you know and love and we do it w/out pesticides. Pretty simple concept.

I am very proud that anyone can come to GOODONYA and find something they love.

The menu is probably the largest organic menu anywhere in the US.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
I’ve failed in this area for sure. But, I read a lot of books.

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