Wellness Warriors is a series featured in Cafe Gratitudes blog where we interview leaders in the health + wellness space, and ask them about their endeavors that promote mindful living. This month, we chat with Terces Engelhart, Founder of Café Gratitude about how she came to form the plant-based mecca, her inspirations, and how she expresses gratitude.
What inspired you to fight for wellness?
I battled an eating disorder, after sexual abuse, from 16 – 36 years of age. Café Gratitude was my “full circle” coming back around and letting my pain be transformed into a healing opportunity for others. That’s why the culture and environment is as important as the food we serve; it’s an experience.
Originally we invented a transformational board game (The Abounding River) to support and, in a fun way, train people in keeping our attention on qualities of God/Spirit/Divine. Qualities like kindness, generosity, acceptance, love… rather than our worries, concerns, fears. We can’t express enough the importance of healthy food and healthy thoughts in our journey of becoming more aware, more open, and more available to love and be loved.
How does your work contribute to a healthier future for all?
When Matthew (my husband) and I started Café Gratitude, we were inspired by the idea of creating a work environment that encouraged love and gratitude while serving healthy food. We set our food to be organic and plant-based, for a healthy planet and compatible with many dietary concerns. A dining experience at our café is more than just healthy food – it offers customers with an opportunity to shift their attention to being grateful and experiencing love.
What are some health and wellness rules you live by?
Serve Love first, eat organic and local, be happy, love one another, and share.
What is the biggest contributing factor to your success?
Being transparent; hiding nothing. All success will be challenged, so it is important that you are who you say you are. Living for years with a food addiction taught me the importance of integrity and transparency. Also, I don’t give up. My husband and I are masters of bringing something into existence, doing whatever it takes to birth something new – that definitely helps when you are an entrepreneur.
Keep holding a space of love. We approach business in an innovative way. We incorporate a model of self-development into our business model so that people who work with us experience being truly seen, cared for, and connected to our mission as well, keeping our focus on love and gratitude
What daily practice could each person apply to contribute to positive change in the world?
Start and end your day being grateful. Keep a gratitude journal, share what you are grateful for with those around you, ask them what they are grateful for. We simply can’t have too much gratitude, it leads to generosity too.
I love this journal at the moment.
What are you grateful for?
So much. My family, my health, God’s love, my community, the opportunity to make a difference…the list goes on and on! There really isn’t much I am not grateful for…I’ve been practicing for a lot of years and still there is more to discover.
What has been your greatest learning curve throughout your passion pursuit?
Learning to let go and still care. People come and go, and not everyone always agrees. What I have learned is how important it is to continue to care while letting go, so you are not holding on through some attachment but still caring. The way we commonly justify letting go of something is to “pretend” we don’t care any more, when really we do in fact deeply care. The lesson for me was really to let go (when it was clearly time to) and yet, continue to care, as I am a caring person.
Here I am with the Cafe Gratitude team, my two sons, husband and business partners!
Which superfood gives you superhuman powers?
I would say Sunflower Sprouts! We grow our own and they are such a powerful source of energy and sunshine. After that I would say, “greens.” If you don’t have access to fresh greens then a green food supplement, I use Organifi.
If you had to live off one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Salads! If they are still available it means there is still fresh water to grow greens, sunshine for chlorophyll , the soil is healthy…otherwise salads just wouldn’t be available. (With some olives, tomatoes, garlic, and raw cheese, of course!)
What are you calling in?
Passionate leaders who are following their calling and leading with love and gratitude.
You can learn more about Terces and follow along with her wellness journey on Instagram or check out where the magic happens at BeLove Farm.