So I got on a plane to check in and check it out. I was eager to meet one of the forces behind Aveda, Creative Director Kiran Stordalen. I'd been told that Stordalen is the embodiment of Aveda's corporate philosophy: she uses the company's naturally derived beauty products, takes advantage of the spa facilities and has a strong sense of responsibility for her own health. Maybe, I thought, she could set me on the road to a balanced life.
This is what I discovered. As the person who signs off on Aveda's product design and packaging, Stordalen leads a life that's every bit as hectic as mine. Meetings all day. Long hours. Travel week after week. And yet she looks, well, healthy--kind of glowy. Part of her secret is clearly in the genes: she was tall, blonde and gorgeous before she met Horst Rechelbacher, Aveda's CEO and founder, more than 10 years ago. Another part is having Aveda's spa right down the street from where she lives. But there's also her diet, which, needless to say, interested me the most.
Stordalen starts her day with a smoothie and granola from Organica, the restaurant at the spa. She has a light lunch and finishes off with dinner at Organica, usually a Wisconsin fish, perhaps salmon or trout, simply cooked. Great ingredients don't need a lot of fussing. I followed Stordalen's regime for my 24 spa hours and brought the recipes from chefs Betsy Nelson and Jim Kyndberg back to the Food & Wine test kitchen in New York City. The dishes were so good that we decided to share them with you.