Yahoo Health’s Michele Promaulayko

If you could make a prediction about where the fitness and wellness industry is headed, what would it be? 

We’re already living a pretty quantified life at this point—we track our food intake, sleep quality, and fitness activity.  But as data continues to be collected and optimized, I expect fitness offerings will evolve to be even more efficient and customized to the individual. Integrative wellness is going mainstream too. More and more people realize how practices such as meditation can be beneficial. Someday soon, things like energy healing won’t seem so wackadoo.

What is the one beauty product all women should use (even the ones that don’t wear makeup)?


Words to workout by…

In our Instagramified world, sometimes soundbites and familiar platitudes work. I’m as guilty of spewing or sharing these quotable mantras as anyone else. Some that I like and find motivating: “Take care of your body—it’s the only place you have to live” and “The real workout starts when you want to stop.” Powerful and harshly true.

Your healthy go-to recipe when eating in?

I’m a big fan of eggs—like the ad campaign says, they are incredibly edible. And, I’ll add, versatile, too. So I might whip up an omelet, make miso egg-drop soup, or grill some asparagus and throw a poached egg on top.

What’s always in your fridge? 

A Soma water filter—pretty chic, as far as water pitchers are concerned.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

Other than New York? Paris, of course. I wish I could be more surprising! I love to just wander into bistros, but the counter at Joël Robuchon, Frenchie, Le Chateaubriand (or the wine bar next door, Le Dauphin), and the Philippe Starck-designed Ma Cocotte (in the center of the Saint-Ouen flea market) never disappoint. In Miami, I adore Mandolin. In L.A., I eat in Venice a lot—Axe or Gjelina. I’m planning a trip to London in the fall, and Yotam Ottolenghi’s joints are on my culinary bucket list.

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook? 

Madonna, Oscar Wilde, Frida Kahlo, Bill Clinton, and Russell Brand. I like smart, funny, strong-headed rabble-rousers who sometimes lack discipline. I’d cook something traditional for this unconventional group—maybe a classic roast chicken, and roasted veggies for the vegans.

*Michele Promaulayko, photographed at Intelligentsia Coffee in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Michele wears a No. 6 dress and Prada shoes.