As a New York City-based international sales manager for fashion line, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jenny Capano focused on sales development in both the Middle East and Europe. In August 2012, after dozens of business trips to Paris, Capano took the plunge and relocated there to co-found—with longtime friend/coworker Tara Gilson—The Sporting Project, a creative agency that hosts and develops exchanges between New York and Paris through food, art and fashion.
Below, Jenny shares her tips on how to ease into a juice cleanse, where to find a healthy lunch in Paris and why three is the magic number, when it comes to her happiness.
Live The Process: Have organic food and juice always been a personal passion of yours?
Jenny Capano: Absolutely. When I don't have a green juice, my body can truly feel it. The juice restores my energy levels. I buy foods that are local, sustainable and use natural farming processes without harmful pesticides or additives.
LTP: Do you ever stray from your diet by giving into a tempting, but unhealthful, meal or snack?
JC: Of course! Paris has too many options for my sweet tooth and sometimes I just can't resist. If it's not on a daily basis, I don't think it's a problem.
LTP: It is hard to eat healthy in Paris in my experience; what are your go-to spots for eating well and what draws you to them?
JC: Paris is truly changing and there are more healthy cafes opening up all the time. My six favorites are:
1. 10 Belles: They always have a salad option for lunch—deliciously homemade and high-quality.
2. Tuck Shop: A great vegetarian lunch spot. There are three Australian girls behind this, whipping up everything they miss from back home.
3. Bob's Juice Bar & Bob's Kitchen: Juice and vegetarian faire.
4. Thank You My Deer: They make the best muffins and cookies, and they are gluten free!
5. Cafe Pinsone: Beautiful vegan/vegetarian café, where they serve a really nice weekend brunch.
6. Nanashi: Macrobiotic with amazingly healthy meal options.
7. Le Marché des Enfants Rouges: A covered marché right in the middle of the Marais with food vendors representing everywhere from North Africa to Japan—it’s great place to meet up with friends for lunch because everyone can find something they love.
LTP: What tips would you offer people who are interested in incorporating raw juice and food cleanses into their wellness plan, but have little or no experience with them?
JC: I would say to start by adding raw juice into your daily diet. Have a juice for breakfast or a midday snack. I think it's quite difficult for people who have never incorporated juice into their diet to start by doing a full cleanse. By incorporating a raw juice into your diet daily, you will start to feel a difference, and from there I would cleanse as a next step.
LTP: What does happiness look like to you?
JC: Waking up next to the beach, cooking for my friends and family and having time for a daily sport like hiking, surfing, biking or yoga.
LTP: What does it mean to you to "Live The Process" and how do you do that every day?
JC: Days can be stressful. You have to learn how to release the stress, be present and be inspired. I use my breath to let go of anxiety and stay in the here and now. I also try to do three things I truly love and that make me happy every day, even if it's just making a green juice for breakfast or giving myself the time I need to go for a run or to read. Life moves fast, and we move fast. Taking time for what I love helps me to slow down and appreciate the moment.