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The All-Natural Elizabeth Schieffelin

Feb 9, 2018

My name is Elizabeth but many friends know me as Lizzy. I wake up every day with a smile and love what I do in Shanghai. I’m a Holistic Health Coach and founder of Lizzy’s All Natural smoothie company and Zenergy Wellness Center. I’m a teacher of meditation and yoga and practice reiki energy healing. This August marks my 5th year in Shanghai—time flies!

I grew up in Connecticut and Maine, and food has always been a big part of my family and childhood. My mom taught us how to cook when we were young and I’ve always felt energized in the kitchen. We also raised chickens and had a big vegetable garden, which, from an early age, taught me the importance of staying connected to nature and understanding where the things we eat come from. It wasn't a big surprise that my first company was in food. As a senior at Georgetown University in D.C., I cofounded a business that worked with artisanal and organic food producers in the US, helping get them exported to China. This business didn’t last long due to confounder conflicts, however it did bring me to Shanghai. Shortly after moving, I followed my passion for nutrition and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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Blending up superfood concoctions every day is something that I love to do, however, asking my clients (many of whom were busy executives and entrepreneurs working 15 hour days, trying to manage families, travel etc.) to devote time to making smoothies proved to be a challenge. To get results, it was simply easier for me to make the health drinks and snacks and share with them. As with many passion projects in Shanghai, one thing led to another and Lizzy’s All Natural was born.

We started out Lizzy’s distribution on the community online grocery store Kate & Kimi and spread through weekend markets, into fitness studios, to schools and beyond. Over the past three years, we have opened five shops (two closed, RIP Yongkang Lu!) and have launched over 60 different blends as well as other product lines like dry teas, nut butters, bliss balls, kombuchas and more.

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My favorite thing about Shanghai is definitely the people! I have met such inspiring friends, colleagues and clients here. I love how friendly people are and how spontaneous life is here. One of my favorite things to do in the city is to bike ride around, especially during early morning or late at night when the streets are quiet. Its like a moving meditation and I have gotten to know the city so well this way. I also have an epic bike made by 2Wheels on Julu Lu and Danny even put a smoothie holder in the basket for me.

I love exploring weekend markets like Jiashan Market and festivals like FEAST. Something about the energy of the city makes it feel like anything is possible. So many cool projects and businesses have started here, like FLY BY JING pop up dinners, Free Soul community yoga classes in the Xiangyang park, Shanghai SupperClub, and more…I feel like I am always learning and growing in Shanghai because of the momentum of what is developing here.

Although most of my meals admittedly come from Lizzy’s All Natural or my own kitchen at home, I still have my favorites. Holy Cow is hands down the best hot pot in the city. Although they are known for their quality meats, the vegetables are incredible and they use amazing ingredients for nourishing (MSG-free!) broths. EGG is one of my go-to spots because it is just around the corner from my wellness center and they make excellent cashew lattes. I also love the harvest bowl and chia puddings. WUJIE makes the most beautiful and creative vegetarian dishes. You can feel the love and care that goes into all of the food. Mercato is my favorite special occasion restaurant and everything is exquisite. It is one of the only places where I will freely indulge in nearly anything on the menu. Try the spicy no cheese pizza (ask for arugula on top). It is divine!

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Personally, a big challenge for me has been (and continues to be) finding balance. When you are so in love with what you’re doing, it can sneakily end up taking over your entire life. I am constantly working on or thinking about my businesses and rarely take personal days. Shanghai just has a way of making me say “yes” to doors that open and amazing opportunities way more than I realistically have time to execute and sometimes I drive myself (and my team) crazy as a result.

Luckily, being surrounded by positive people and having a free flow green smoothie diet plus an abundance of meditation sessions has kept me pretty healthy overall so far! If I had started a bagel company instead I would probably be dead by now...

VENUES MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE:

  • Mercato

    • Dining
    • Italian
    • Fine Dining
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    • Address
      6/F, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu
      中山东一路3号6楼, 近广东路
    • Phone
      6321 9922

    Celebrity chef Jean Georges Vongerichten charts new territory for his dining empire with his first ever Italian concept. Simple pleasures like woodfire oven pizzas, burrata cheese with sea salt or homemade rigatoni with meatballs dominate the menu. But he throws in... Read more

  • Wujie

    • Dining
    • Vegetarian
    • Xuhui
    • $
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    • Address
      392 Tianping Lu, near Hengshan Lu
      天平路392号, 近衡山路
    • Phone
      3469 2857

    Upscale vegetarian chain with three branches around town, including The Bund, Xujiahui Park, and the Bottle Opener. This one is good for special occasions and dates. Lots of creative takes on Asian cuisine here, like tonkatsu and lemongrass chicken but without the... Read more

  • Free Soul (Changle Lu)

    • Nightlife
    • Dining
    • Bars
    • Address
      No. 1221 Changle Lu near Huashan Lu
      长乐路1221号, 近华山路
    • Phone
      5403 5521

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  • This venue has now closed

    Holy Cow (Xiaomuqiao Lu)

    • Dining
    • Hot Pot
    • Popular Chinese
    • Address
      2/F, 608 Xiaomuqiao Lu, near Zhongshan Nan Er Lu
      小木桥路608号2楼, 近中山南二路
    • Phone
      3356 6100

    Chaozhou style hotpot with a focus on organic produce, quality cuts of fresh handcut beef, and a strict no MSG policy. Located just above sister concept Holy Smoke. Read more

  • Lizzy's All Natural (Julu Lu)

    • Dining
    • Cafes
    • Julu Lu
    • Address
      758 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu
      巨鹿路758号, 近富民路
    • Phone
      136 6193 9427

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  • Egg

    • Dining
    • Cafes
    • Desserts
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    • Address
      12 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu
      襄阳北路12号, 近巨鹿路
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    A bright, cheery café from Camden Hauge (organizer of events under the SOCIAL SUPPLY umbrella like Shanghai Supperclub and the FEAST food festival), with lofted seating, coffee, Strictly Cookies, baked goods, etc. They specialize in simple all-day breakfast items... Read more

  • Zenergy Wellness Center

    • Wellbeing
    • Yoga
    • Specialized Health Care
    • Address
      17/F, 66 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Yan'an Zhong Lu
      陕西北路66号17楼, 近延安中路
    • Phone
      150 0073 1243

    Zenergy is a holistic wellness space offering meditation, yoga, sound therapy, energy healing and a variety of health workshops and community events. Classes are led by experienced professionals teaching from the heart and are curated to nourish your mind, body and... Read more

  • 2Wheels

    • Shopping
    • Bike Shops
    • Jing'an
    • Address
      699-4 Julu Lu, near Xiangyang Bei Lu
      巨鹿路699-4, 近襄阳北路
    • Phone
      185 1619 0124

    Little bustling bike shop on Julu Lu with shiny customized bikes and bike accessories. Store owner Danny and his dad are there every day, willing to show you around or offer up a quick bike repair. Customized bikes start at 1,680rmb (sizes from 44-61cm) and repairs... Read more

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