SPRING – An Ideal time to Declutter Your Mind and Body

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Spring represents the time of the year when new life is sprouting to birth and change takes place in nature. Spring reminds us that some tough times can be rewarding and fruitful in the end. We can learn so much from just looking at all the change that happens in nature around us and Spring is a primary example of how one should embrace the difficult times with grace!

Spring is a gentle reminder of how beautiful, change can really be!

Ayurveda is a science of self-healing which explains that a person’s health completely depends on what kind of diet they consume and type of lifestyle they lead. Ayurveda describes when it comes to health every individual has to be mindful and must lead a conscious life. According to Ayurveda, health and well-being of a person can be influenced by changes in weather and external environment. Ayurveda says that one must follow a specified diet and lifestyle which is in harmony with the nature they live in. To aid in this, Ayurveda has laid out detailed daily and seasonal regimen one should follow in a season.

DIET & LIFESTYLE TO FAVOUR DURING SPRING

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Tastes – Pungent, Bitter and astringent are the tastes recommended for spring. These tastes help in reducing Kapha in the body which is predominant in spring.

Legumes like garbanzo beans, Yellow split peas, pinto beans and red beans are good as they are warming and protein source to body. Meats like Turkey, Chicken, Rabbit and Venison are recommended. Vegetables like Artichoke, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Asparagus, Green beans, Radishes, Kale, Eggplant, Spinach, okra, garlic and onions. These vegetables are to be used along with hot spices like Black pepper, Chilli powder, Cardamom, Caraway, Asafoetida and Cayenne.

Exercise –Spring is ideal for taking walk in the garden, park while enjoying the beautiful colours of spring. It is simple and yet excellent way of exercising in spring. If you are looking for more exercise in spring some of these Yoga postures are also good: Sun salutations, Kapha reducing poses like cow, Bow, Fish, Boat, Locus, Lion and Locust are good in spring.

Spring Drinks – Drinking tea made with herbs like ginger, fennel, black pepper and cardamom is good for spring allergies like hay fever, allergic rhinitis, and cough and cold. Honey is warming and alleviating for Kapha.

“Drink a tea made of hot water with a teaspoon of Turmeric Honey in it every morning.”- Kapha reducing and warming.

 IMPORTANCE OF SPRING CLEANSE

 Spring cleaning is an annual ritual or tradition followed in European countries. Spring cleaning is to eliminate and get rid of all the dust and dirt that has accumulated during winter months due to closed doors, windows and fireplaces.  Ayurveda Spring cleanse talks in the similar lines when it comes to our body. Ayurveda says that Kapha Dosha (one of the three Doshas or humours) which gets accumulated due to the cold and damp weather during winter will cause several health conditions once the sun rays hit our body during Spring. Therefore, we see lot of allergies in Spring like rhinitis, sinusitis and respiratory conditions. We can prevent and eliminate most of these conditions if we follow a Kapha alleviating diet and life style regimen and start our spring routine with a gentle cleanse.

Winter is a gloomy season with cold and wet weather which can lead to mental lethargy or emotional back hold. So, not only our body needs a deep and thorough cleanse, but our emotional mind also needs to get rid of any unwanted thoughts and emotions that has been blocked inside our emotional mind.

USES OF SPRING AYURVEDA CLEANSE

  1. IMPROVES DIGESTION

  2. REMOVES MUCUS AND EXCESS PHLEGM FROM THE BODY

  3. AIDS IN FAT/CELLULITE REMOVAL

  4. PREVENTS ALLERGIES

  5. KICKSTARTS APPETITE

  6. ELIMINATES ACCUMULATED AMA/TOXINS FROM DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

  7. IMPROVES SKIN HEALTH

  8. ACTIVATES IMMUNE SYSTEM

  9. EMOTIONAL CLARITY

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5 DAY SPRING CLEANSE

A 5-day spring cleanse is a good start for someone who has never done any Ayurveda cleanse before or have minimal idea of how this works. It includes following a specific Kapha alleviating diet & regimen which expel any excess Kapha from your diet. Generally, Ayurveda cleanse focuses on improving a person’s overall health but seasonal cleanse in general focuses on removing specific Dosha alleviation like here we are trying to get rid of any excess Kapha from your body. If you are interested in learning more about this cleanse. Join me for my upcoming 5 Day Spring cleanse here.

Dr.Varalakshmi Yanamandra is an Ayurveda practitioner and Health coach in UK. As an Ayurveda Health coach, she does more than just coaching people. She is very passionate about spreading her Ayurveda knowledge and empowering people through social media via her posts and online courses. Offline, she helps people with chronic pain management using holistic therapies and diet modifications and online she coaches people to make healthy choices and to lead a holistic life. She speaks on several public stages and teaches Ayurveda as faculty member for Europe Ayurveda Academy. She is the director of Ayur Wellness and Pain Centre a wellness centre based in Birmingham, UK. Find out more on: @drvaralakshmi and www.ayurnilayam.co.uk

GOLDEN BALANCE: KELLY VITTENGL

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Last week we caught up with Kelly Vittengl, the certified girl boss, extraordinary podcaster and founder of Frances Loom — a business curating beautiful ancient rugs. As a notable mental health advocate, Kelly opens up about her own journey with anxiety, and the rituals that help keep her grounded and balanced.

- Tell us a little about your journey.

My name is Kelly Vittengl. I’m the founder of Frances Loom and the host of Joan, a podcast about mental health. 

- How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

I am a creature of habit, but I also travel a lot! So having a routine that I can take with me anywhere is very important. Each morning I have a ritual of cleaning my skin, meditating, and taking my supplements. When I’m at home, there is always the making of celery juice involved!

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

As someone who has experienced some pretty intense anxiety and panic attacks in my life, self-care is incredibly important for me. As I previously said, my morning routine is what gets my grounded and moving each day. However, I recently read a quote by Ashley Wood that said “self-care is not salt baths, Palo Santo and chocolate. It is making a choice to build a life you don’t regularly escape from.” This really struck me because I’m such a “doer”, and I often believe that my external experiences will magically transform my internal ones. So as much as I love all of the things mentioned above, I spend a lot of time in therapy, journaling, crying, and doing the work that doesn’t necessarily feel good to make that exterior stuff feel even better. 

- What element of your work is most lighting you up at the moment? 

There’s always so much going on with the rugs, and I can never complain about opportunities that Frances Loom has brought me. But, working on Joan has taught me so much about joy and connection. It feels like a tiny little step in the direction my life is moving. 

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

When I was a kid my Dad used to say to me: “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” and I often believe that this single-handedly gave me the momentum to start my own business at 24 years old. 

- How do you practice nourishment every day? 

A couple of years ago I decided to take the healing of my anxiety into my own hands. I began researching, listening to podcasts and really tuning into my own body. Based on much of what I read, I made some big changes in my lifestyle. I’ve become more mindful of the foods I’m putting in my body and have cleaned up my diet significantly. I also get a lot of soul nourishment through prayer. My meditation practice is absolutely crucial for me, but following it with prayer has been like a little cherry on top. 

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

 - I’m a big bath taker. I only take one about once a week, but when you need one, there is nothing better. I also love yoga — I do hot yoga when I need to blow off some steam, and I love me some yin yoga when I just need to relax. 

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Garlic is my number one always and forever. I love it so much! I also always have kale for sautéing my favorite kale salad (with lots of garlic of course), and my third is crispy, tart apples — one of my favorite snacks (with a touch of almond butter!) 

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

I mean... isn’t everyone’s chocolate and cheese?! Sadly, I’ve recently gone off dairy to get some skin issues under control, but I’m so thrilled with vegan options out there! 

- What one quote do you try to live your life by?

Alan Watts said “if we are unduly absorbed in improving our lives, we may forget altogether to live them.” I mentioned above that I’m a doer... I will try just about anything in an attempt to get closer to enlightenment. But recently, I have been learning how to come into the present moment to find the absolute extraordinary experience of just being here. 

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

  • As a part of cleaning up my diet for anxiety’s sake, I cut all caffeine out of my life. So, definitely turmeric latte... although, even if I did drink caffeine I’d still choose the turmeric! 

Getting to the root of it : Why sustainable farming matters

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We couldn’t be more proud to say that the turmeric going into each and every Wunder product is derived from the fertile soil of the Kandy Mountains in Sri Lanka.

What are the benefits of fertile soil you ask?

Fertile soil will contain all the major nutrients needed for basic plant nutrition (e.g., nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium), as well as other nutrients needed in smaller quantities (e.g., calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper).  

Usually a fertile soil will also have some organic matter that improves soil structure, soil moisture retention, and also nutrient retention. That’s why you’ll never get anything less than the best organic turmeric from us, packed full of everything it should have— no nasties sight.

It’s more important than ever that farming practises are carried out in an environmentally sustainable way, and so we use the ancient practice of forest gardening.

Forest gardening offers a low-maintenance sustainable method of plant-based food production, and is an agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems. It incorporates surrounding fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables that too can be harvested by humans.

We choose to opt for this method rather than mono-culture farming typically used in the UK, where most of the temperate forest was lost a long time ago – cleared for monocultures of grain crops, grazing or felled for building ships and housing.

 One of the biggest issues with agri-businesses using monoculture systems is that they are heavily oil and chemical dependent and are slowly eroding and polluting our soils and water courses. 

 Forest gardening on the other hand creates a multi-layered and sustainable garden, allowing for the maintenance of soil fertility, and produces nutrient-rich and diverse foods.

A Golden Guide to Spring Cleaning Body & Mind

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The sun has finally come out to play and there’s something in the air signaling that Spring is already on its way. The shift out of Winter into the warmer months can be tough — we’ve spent months hibernating and getting cosy, so it’s no surprise that peeling back the layers can prove to be a shock to the system. We’ve put together some of our favourite‘spring cleaning’ rituals for body and mind that will have you ready for the new season feeling your most glowy, golden self.

GOLDEN GLOW ADAPTOGENIC BLEND

Our Golden Glow blend contains the potent Siberian Ginseng, a season-shifting staple if there ever was one. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognisesthat the change in season in both Autumn and Spring can put a lot of pressure on our immune system, leaving us cold and flu ridden.

Studies have shown that the adaptogen Siberian Ginseng works to reduce stress on our immune systems, all the while strengthening the body’s energy systems to power it through the seasonal change. 

Try this cleansing potion on for size: blend apple cider vinegar, milk thistle, Golden Glow + a teaspoon of turmeric honey for a delicious morning immune boost.

INFRARED SAUNAS

Take a trip to an infrared sauna for amind + body boost — not only will it increase circulation, it will also help to eliminate any stagnant energy and toxic buildup from the Winter. Take our word for it, one trip and you’ll leave with a Spring in your step and wonderfully soft skin too.

A DOSE OF VITAMIN D 

Make the most of the sunshine, we’re enjoying being able to sit outside to absorb the rays for 10 minutes a day. This will support your body in the shift to Spring as it becomes acclimatised to the warmer weather, and so it won’t be a shock to your system when the new season finally arrives. Top this up with a vegan Vitamin D supplement (because hello unpredictable UK weather!) and you’re golden.

WUNDER ORIGINS

As you may know by now, we started Wunder Workshop inspired by our many visits to Sri Lanka. Since 2014, we have been working directly with the same community of farms and we make sure to visit them yearly. On our latest trip, we found an additional family led farm also using the most sustainable forest gardening techniques. Here we share a few images from our latest trip.

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Community & family farms

We pride ourselves on working with community and family led farms. We also avoid large mono-cultural agriculture, as this leads to soil nutrient depletion. Maintaining the natural diversity of flora on the farm benefits the quality of the soil, making produce more nutritious and consistent through turbulent weather patterns. This is why we believe our soil is one of the most important things to keep in tact for the us and world to stay healthy.

This is Mr Viduranga, who has lived here all his life and inherited the house and land from his father, who inherited it from his father. He grows turmeric, lemongrass, ginger and has a couple of jack fruit trees giving shade to the other plants. We purchased 500kg of organic turmeric from his 2019 produce, so for our next batch of pure organic turmeric jars you will be tasting this beautiful single origin turmeric powder, naturally high in curcuminoids.

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ORGANIC

As an organic brand we love learning about the innovative, natural ways to keep agricultural pests at bay.

Mr Viduranga plants Marigold flowers around the crops in order to keeps insects away. The true magic of nature takes this one step further, as when the marigold flower blooms he knows that the roots are ready for harvesting.

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TEA FARM

The black tea in our delicious Turmeric Chai comes from high up in the lush, organic green hills of Haputale. It is always so lovely to meet the women that pluck the tea, a job that requires very petite fingers and attention to detail. Co-founder Tom had a go, but quickly learned how difficult it is to pick the best leaves.

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AMMA SRI LANKA

We were so excited to finally meet the women behind Amma, the social enterprise that trains and employs mothers living in the Sri Lankan highlands to turn food waste and plants into natural dyes creating sustainable textiles, ethically handmade. Amma is run by the lovely Josie, who we have been collaborating with for the last 1.5 years. They make our not-for-profit avocado waste dyed aprons, and the lovely bright turmeric waste dyed pouches that we pack our Turmeric CBD oils in.

We are so grateful that the sale of our avocado aprons over Christmas 2018 meant that they were able to purchase two new sewing machines, enabling them to work on more projects.

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SEN WELLNESS

At the end of our trip we visited Sen Wellness, a beautiful Ayurvedic retreat that is simply magical. This tranquil space is surrounded by untouched nature and wildlife. Each day starts with morning sunrise yoga on an empty beach, followed by traditional Ayurvedic treatments supported by wonderful staff. Even with all of this, the highlight was the freshly prepared traditional food that was bursting with flavour and nutrients. We often get asked what Ayurvedic retreat we recommend in Sri Lanka, and we can confidently say that Sen Wellness ticks all the boxes.

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THE KIP SRI LANKA

Last, but certainly not least, we visited our friends Phoebe and Seddy at their beautiful bed and breakfast - The Kip. A gorgeous space tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the South coast. Wake up to tropical bird sounds, monkeys, whilst sipping on a fresh papaya juice and enjoying the colourful vegan friendly food.

GOLDEN BALANCE: ZOE-MAIA JARCHEVSKA

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Meet Zoe-Maia Jarchevska, founder of Maia Well Co. — a hub for all things holistic wellness, Pilates and mindful movement. Zoe’s journey into wellness is inspiring, as is her gentle and self-loving approach to taking care of body and mind. Today she shares how she remains balanced in amongst the hustle and bustle of an on-the-go London life.

 - Tell us a little about your story.

MAIA well co. launched in March 2018 and evolved through a journey of self-discovery and a personal interest in all things health and wellbeing. After studying Psychology at university, I began working in office based jobs, first in magazines and then moved onto beauty product development, creating product ranges for luxury brands. With these jobs came wonderful experiences and invaluable lessons in so many areas of business and in life generally, however they also brought about some negative personal experiences as well. The ‘always on, go go go’ mindset led to me becoming burnt out, in and out of doctors appointments, unaware that the symptoms I was experiencing were in fact a cause of stress and anxiety manifesting itself in ways I would have never imagined. Through what felt like endless months of going to hospital appointments without finding any answers, I began my own journey of self-discovery; reading, researching and really investing the time and energy into looking after myself, using a holistic approach.

I decided to take a step back and promised to be kinder to myself, looking after my mind and my body as one. I put more time and energy towards becoming more in tune with myself, slowing things down, switching HIIT for kind movement such as Pilates that I actually enjoyed, and it was truly life changing. In all my spare time at work, I’d be studying, reading and brainstorming about how I could turn these learnings and passions of mine into my career.

Whilst working full time, I trained as a Holistic Health Coach and Pilates instructor, investing any spare evening, weekend and lunch break to practice, learn and read everything I possibly could. I began to think, if I could use my own learnings to help others in a similar position, that would be the rewarding sort of work that I knew wholeheartedly would make me deeply happy.

So after many discussions, worries and debates around ‘what if’ and all the risks involved with leaving a ‘full time stable career’ behind, I worked through any fears with the support of all the wonderful people around me and began my journey with a mission to support others on a journey to become happier and healthier through mindful holistic practices. And so MAIA well co. was born... A holistic wellbeing service offering mindful movement, wellbeing retreats, holistic health coaching and corporate wellbeing workshops in the UK and beyond, developed by Zoe-Maia which explains the name MAIA well co. :)

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

I really believe that the time I took to take care for myself is what allowed me to create my dream life, by changes to my lifestyle, investing more time towards rest and trying to only say yes to the things I truly love. For me, self care is doing things like cooking more on Sundays so I’m prepared with healthy nourishing food for the week ahead, practising some gentle movement in my PJ’s by the fire on a lazy weekend at home, or simple things like having a hot bubble bath with my favourite candle and book in hand. To me, self-care isn’t an occasional thing that I ‘do’ intentionally, its just become part of my life as a way of taking care of both my mind and body as one.


- What keeps you feeling balanced on the daily?

To me, sleep is essential. Without a decent nights sleep, my brain feels foggy, my appetite is thrown off and my emotions are a little wobbly! Starting off the day with a healthy and satisfying breakfast keeps me balanced as well - I’m one of those people that just cannot function on an empty tummy and definitely experiences hanger! Making some time for the simple things I love, whether that’s going to a class in between clients or having a cosy evening catch up with my fiancé over a delicious dinner at home are all ways that make me feel happy and balanced.

- What element of your work is most lighting you up at the moment?

Honestly, being fortunate enough to do work that I love on a daily basis is the most rewarding of all. Going to sleep on a Sunday, looking forward to the week ahead as opposed to going to sleep with fear and anxiety which is what I used to experience on a weekly basis, is what I’ve always dreamt of and lights me up every Monday morning for the week ahead. But most importantly of all, making a difference to my clients lives and seeing them become so much healthier and happier - there really is nothing more rewarding than doing what you love and improving peoples lives whilst you’re at it.

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration.

So many! But being a perfectionist myself, I do love reminding myself of the quote “Progress, not perfection.” It reminds me that everything is a process and its all about the journey and the progress you make along the way, rather than getting to that final ‘perfect’ end result which lets be honest, might not ever exist!

- How do you practice nourishment every day?

For me, especially with work where I’m often on-the-go, being organised is the key for me to keep myself nourished with all the right foods and foods that I love. So weekly food shops are a must, cooking in bulk on Sundays and also I’ve recently started getting an organic fruit and vegetable box from Riverford which is not only delicious, but it helps to eat more seasonally (and more plastic free than supermarkets). It also encourages me to try out different recipes whilst eating a rainbow of vitamins and minerals which I may not find from the usual fruits and vegetables in the local supermarket.

To me, nourishment is also nourishing my body with movement. Years ago, I would have ignored this and it would have been HIIT class after HIIT class. But now, I listen to my body - if its been a busy day or its that time of the month, I might practice some gentle Pilates and even a little stretching at home in my living room.

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

A long hot bath with some calming oils, pink Himalayan bath salts (By Sarah have some gorgeous bath salts), candles burning (Ardere’s calming ‘Reethi’ candle scent is heavenly) and some nice relaxing music on in the background is my absolute favourite way to wind down. Or sometimes making a homemade face mask, getting into bed early and reading a good book - the simple things make me happiest.

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen?

Oooh this is a tricky one but I think it would be be Olive Oil, Oat Milk and Berries.

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

Of course! I definitely have a sweet tooth. My favourites are gooey banana bread drizzled with some almond butter or a rhubarb crumble (with extra crumble on top).

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric, every single day!

GOLDEN BALANCE: ELLA MILLS

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Having inspired so many to adopt a more plant-powered way of living, it’s safe to say that Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella, has well and truly succeeded at making veggies cool. We caught up with the golden girl of wellness on how she keeps grounded while running a non-stop business, and her favourite ways to stay nourished from the inside out all year long.

- Tell us a little about your story.

My life now was all an accident really. I got very unwell in 2011 when I was at university with a condition called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. The condition affected the functioning of my autonomic nervous system – I struggled to control my heart rate and blood pressure, as well as having digestive issues, chronic fatigue, a host of infections and a selection of other symptoms. I spent a few months in and out of hospital, followed by months and months in bed taking a host of medication, which sadly didn’t work. I hit a real rock bottom, both mentally and physically, about a year later and started to look at other avenues to explore. I became interested in the power of diet and lifestyle and began experimenting with plant-based cooking and really fell in love with veggies. As I started cooking and discovering plant-based cooking I shared my creations on a blog initially, deliciouslyella.com. Somehow that took off, it grew organically but quickly, and transitioned to social media, then an app, then four books, then a deli in London and now four ranges of food products in about 6,000 stores across the country. It’s been quite a whirlwind and every day I become more passionate about what we do. 

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

Honestly, I think it’s so key, there have been times where I’ve let it fall by the wayside and it’s amazing how not looking after yourself impacts negatively on everything. Yoga is my day to day go-to, I practice every day at 7am before work and I just love it. An hour of breathing, moving, stretching and opening up does wonders for my physical and mental health. Other than that it’s trying to fit things in where I can, making some delicious to eat, having a bath before bed, walking our dog between meetings or listening to a great podcast on the tube. 

- What keeps you feeling balanced on the daily?

Yoga really helps, I’ve never found anything that makes me feel more balanced. I’m so lucky to have my husband too, he’s incredible and just being at home with him, making dinner and watching a great series makes me feel so grounded. 

- What element of your work is most lighting you up at the moment? 

Our community, that’s always the highlight of Deliciously Ella. Our readers have always been the heartbeat of what we do and knowing that we’re able to support them in some way is just the best. We started a podcast a few months ago and that’s been my favourite way to connect, we can really delve deep into great topics and hopefully share loads of interesting information through our guests. 

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

My mum always said, you get back what you put in and I do really believe in that. The more time, love, energy and passion you put into each moment of the day the richer and fuller it’s going to be. 

- How do you practice nourishment every day? 

I try! Some days it’s easier than others and it’s key not to be too hard on yourself, no two days are the same and that’s ok. I focus on quick, easy things like our instant bircher muesli with almond butter and dried apricots for a two-minute breakfast and love speedy smoothies too when things are super busy. 

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Reading, baths, calming music, a great series, a dog walk, yoga class and time with friends and family. 

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Herbs and spices, I think they make such a big difference when you’re cooking – cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, mustard seeds, paprika, ground coriander, cinnamon, ginger and chilli flakes are my faves. Also need great oils and condiments – sesame oil, tamari, miso, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, plus all the nut butters and tahini. 

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Both! Love a matcha first thing and a turmeric in the afternoon

GOLDEN BALANCE: ALEX PETRIDES, CO-FOUNDER OF ALLPLANTS

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What better way to celebrate Veganuary than by catching up with Alex Petrides, co-founder of Allplants, a chef-made range of vegan ready meals bursting with nothing but plant-powered goodness. Today he shares how he discovered his own version of self-care and utilising the power of breath to stay balanced, alongside the inspiring story of how Allplants came to be.

- Tell us a little about the story of Allplants.

Allplants is a two-year old food start-up aiming to inspire the next billion plant-powered people. We believe food is the bridge between people and planet, so put social impact first, while serving the world delicious, plant-based food, tips and tools.

It all started 3 years ago. After shifting to a plant-based diet, my brother and I hatched a plan to make veggies the star of our planet’s plate. Switching to a plant-based diet is the most impactful way to reduce your personal environmental footprint and with only ¼ of Brits getting their 5-a-day, we became fixated on helping people and planet thrive. 

To begin, my brother and I realised we could make it delicious and easy for everyone to eat more plants by delivering chef-cooked meals (originally by foot, bus or uber, now by courier!) to your home. Today, our kitchen is preparing 12,000 meals each week. Our chefs are brilliant and all our dishes are totally vegan, nutritionally balanced and ready to eat from your freezer. It’s healthy, comfort food - think luscious Lasagnes, Rigatoni Bolognese, Bhaji Daal, and Cashew Mac.

- How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

I was notoriously bad at self-care, but over the past 2 years have been introducing more and more self-care habits to my daily routine. Sleep, exercise, food choices, alone time, connection time, time with nature, stretching, writing lists, moisturizing, booking treatments or massages as frequently as my pocket can afford. They’re all in fine balance and crucial to keeping me well-oiled, happy and able to be at my best. 

- What keeps you feeling balanced on the daily?

The simplest, but most commonly forgotten, way this impacts my day to day, is to try always reconnecting with my breath when I realise it isn’t my core point of focus. A lot of what I do can be done better when following my intuition rather than falling down the rabbit-hole of overthinking. Anchoring each activity around breathing keeps me aware that I’m human and allows me to absorb all the subtleties of my intuitive thought. 

- What element of your work is most lighting you up at the moment? 

Starting to share more of what happens behind the scenes at allplants. We’ve brought together such a passionate, talented team of chefs, foodies, health-enthusiasts, creatives and general admirers of slow, compassionate living. There is also now such a big community of people who eat allplants every week. So celebrating that with meet-ups, festivals and supperclubs :)

- Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” 

- How do you practice nourishment every day? 

I mostly eat intuitively and much like most allplants customers, I don’t plan my food choices very far in advance. I’m also 99.9% plant-based. I leave the 0.1% there so I don’t see it as a failure if life gets in the way of my intention to be totally vegan. 

- What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Yoga is my #1. Other than that, almost every evening, I light up (a lot) of candles and cuddle up on the sofa with my wife and crazy little puppy. 

- Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Olive oil, salt, garlic. 

- Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure? 

Chocolate in any and every which way. 

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric