GOLDEN BALANCE: ZOE MORTON

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We recently caught up with eco-friendly jewellery designer Zoe Morton, who let us into her world of wellness. From foodie non-negotiables to daily rituals that help keep her grounded, she shares how she finds her golden equilibrium.

- Tell us a little about your journey.

I used to work as an advertising photographers agent in London. After a few years, I just decided it wasn't for me. I saved up for a year and then did a little travelling and ended up driving to Florence, Italy. Here I did a jewellery making/design course. I had done a couple of evening courses at St Martin's in London while I had been working and a little bit of silversmithing when I was at school. From there I haven't looked back. 

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

Firstly I try and meditate every day for at least 10 minutes. I start my day either with a tumeric blend or a coffee. I make sure I take the time to sit down have a big bowl of porridge and plan my day.  I also try and keep exercise in my life. I go to Yoga and go for runs and cycle all around London. Sometimes I also go for a dip in Hampstead Heath ponds. For me, I have to be on the move. I'm not good at sitting still all day, so I am lucky that my job constantly has me running all over the place! Ideally, and hopefully in the future a morning sunrise surf will be part of my daily routine. 

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

I think it is really important. A healthy mind and body mean a happy life. I try and eat well, exercise and take time to spend on my own and with friends. I try and do a clay facemask at least once a week too. 

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

I've got some really fun projects coming up in Sri Lanka in the new year!! 

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

I always hear quotes that push me on but if I am honest I am terrible at remembering them.. usually, my friends are the most inspiring to me. 

- How do you practice nourishment every day? 

I try to nourish my mind and body with good food, good exercise, good people. 

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

I love to do yoga this always helps to reset me or to go for a dip in water - ideally the sea for a swim or a surf. If I am in London a nice dinner with friends is also great. 

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

Brown rice, avocado, nut butter, a little random haha. And if I could have another, tacos and endless fruit and veg. 

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

Um if your talking in terms of food there are these amazing brownies which if I make I usually scoff the whole lot! They are literally coconut oil, dates, cacao and x2 eggs and they are sooooo good! 

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

Again I’m not so good with quotes, there are so many, but an old friend showed me this one by Edward Abbey and its always stuck in my mind ' May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.'

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

I like both but turmeric latte with oat milk and turmeric honey YUM. 

GOLDEN BALANCE: LOTTIE MURPHY

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Today we’re deep diving into the world of renowned Pilates teacher Lottie Murphy, a huge advocate of the nourishing benefits of mindful movement + finding balance. From teaching for international brands like Adidas to hosting retreats all over the world, she shares with us what keeps her glowing on the daily.

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

I’m all about balance, positivity and keeping it simple. I feel balanced and happy when I’ve got a little bit of time on my mat doing Pilates and yoga, done work that brings me joy and spent time with my friends and family. 

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

I love when my work allows me to connect with incredible people. I was recently away in Florida with a group of women who were so inspiring, all working for themselves, owning businesses, brands and embarking on projects that are making such a difference in this world and changing people’s lives. 

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

Breathe in- I am calm, breath out- I am still. I can get quite overwhelmed and sometimes this little mantra is all I need to help me look at the bigger picture and find a sense of calm. 

- How do you practice nourishment every day?

I love to nourish my body with whole colourful food, daily movement and by getting 8 hours sleep and I nourish my mind with laughter, good friends and reading. 

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

I love winding down by being in the kitchen, with a candle lit and cooking a delicious dinner to enjoy whilst catching with my boyfriend, family or friends. I also wind down by watching a feel good film or TV series and I love listening to podcasts although sometimes they will give me inspiration and make me feel motivated to have the opposite effect. I also find writing a good to do list helps me wind down and makes me feel calmer. 

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

A good sea salt, smoked paprika and dark chocolate. 

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

A glass or 2 of wine especially this time of year when it’s dark outside and I’m feeling festive and socialising with friends. 

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric latte. I love it in the evening as it helps with my digestion or in the afternoon as a little pick me up. 

Lottie is hosting her first ever Pilates retreat alongside her mother Jacqui in stunning Algarve, Portugal next September. Head on over to Lottie’s website to find out more, and drop into to her YouTube channel to get your daily Pilates fix.

GOLDEN BALANCE: Saeed Al-Rubeyi, co-founder of STORY mfg

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Alongside his partner Katy, Saeed Al-Rubeyi is co-founder of unisex fashion brand STORY mfg, both from a desire to create garments they thought were missing from the fashion landscape. They focus on sustainability + health through natural dyeing - using herbs, leaves, bark, heartwood and fruits to colour cloth and create prints. Today Saeed shares an insight as to what keeps him balanced on the daily.

- How do you find your daily source of Golden Balance?

Balance to us looks a little different to most. We are business partners and a married couple but it works really well for us because we feed off each others creativity and enthusiasm for different parts of the business. Also, because we work in seasons we tend to have a few very intense periods of work with lots of more relaxing periods in-between where we generally travel or spend time with family. We have no studio which is really freeing - we can work from pretty much anywhere (usually: bed, kitchen, beach, forest).

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

Very important - although we have different ideas we both agree on good food that makes you feel happy. Katy buys and uses natural (vegan - animal testing is a crime) skincare and we try our best to escape city air and transport as often as possible.

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

“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” - Ron Swanson

- We know nourishment from the inside out fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

We love to buy local and natural ingredients where we can - organic is a good start but it’s not the be-all and end-all for us - I think there’s lots of other more important practices for agriculture. We eat A LOT of different types of fruit and veg - we are sort of veg-tourists (especially for mushrooms) and we also experiment a lot with different diets and ways of eating to see how beneficial they can be for us.

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

Being plainly honest watching shows online in bed is pretty unbeatable. 

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

Salt, spice (baharat is a fave mix) and garlic.

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

Personally it’s Katy’s baking - Katy’s is Booja-Booja chocolates.

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

We love the Cacao turmeric milk from you guys and it’s probably how we most often use it - although I am quite liberal with it when I make hash browns or vegan scramble. Another fave is for dyeing! We used to use it quite a lot and only stopped because we got a similar tone from jackfruit  bark (which is left over from the food industry - waste not!)

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric every time!

GOLDEN BALANCE: SAGE DAMMERS, CO-FOUNDER OF ADDICTIVE WELLNESS

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Meet Sage Dammers, one half of the duo behind our favourite raw chocolate + super-herb elixirs brand Addictive Wellness. Sage breathes health and wellness, and we are delighted to share with you some of his favourite lifestyle hacks, self-care rituals and nutritional nuggets.

- How do you find your daily source of Golden Balance?

I embrace the fact that not all aspects of my life are going to be in perfect balance at all times. I think that we should always strive to create great lives, but that at the same time, holding oneself to an unachievable standard of living a perfectly balanced lifestyle in and of itself will lead to stress and imbalance. Life is an incredible adventure and we’re all just human and doing the very best we can. Some days I’ll spend too much time working and not enough time with AnnaBlanca (my partner in romance and business) or in nature… Somedays I’ll spend too much time surfing and not enough time working. I don’t beat myself up over these shifts in focus and balance and I’m much happier for it. In the end, balance sorts itself out.

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

Taking care of one’s health has to be a top priority. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for those around you. Taking care of your health means you’ll have more energy and mental clarity to help others, more creativity to solve problems, more emotional stability so you’ll be able to be a rock for those around you, and when your mind, body, and spirit are healthy, you’ll probably be a more loving person too.

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

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” - Joseph Campbell

- We know nourishment from the inside out fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

Absolutely! I usually eat two meals a day consisting of the most nutrient dense foods and superfoods possible, consume the most incredible tonic herbs, avoid sugar, minimize carbohydrates, and take a lineup of supplements focused on improving mitochondrial function, enhancing methylation, and strategically addressing certain genetic predispositions to make the most of my potential.

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

Occasionally AnnaBlanca and I will meditate together in the evenings, but for the most part I’ve never been one to have an evening wind down routine. After sunset I do put f.lux on my computer to the most extreme red light setting and adjust my phone so it only shows red and black (no blue light). But apart from that, I work so hard right up until I”m ready to go to bed that I just brush my teeth and have no problem falling asleep within a couple of minutes.

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

I’ll often have the same food every day for very extended periods of time, butI really try not to get too attached to or dependent on any individual food. I’d say my top 3 foods are spirulina, avocado, and hemp protein and I probably have these 250+ days out of the year, but right now I actually haven’t had any of them in almost two weeks.

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

I have many pleasures in my life, but none of them are guilty! If I’m going to do something for enjoyment, I’m definitely not going to let an emotion like guilt get in the way of that enjoyment. For the most part, guilt isn’t a very functional emotion, especially when it comes to feeling guilty about the impact of your own actions on yourself. But it definitely makes it easier to have pure pleasure rather than guilty pleasure when you have an unlimited supply of delicious sugar-free tonic herb infused raw chocolates!

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

Drink-wise, I love adding it to our Chai Elixir Blends and then food-wise, AnnaBlanca makes the most incredible roasted curried cauliflower in the world… I have no problem crushing 3 heads worth of cauliflower in one sitting!

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

I have a homozygous positive COMT gene, which causes me to be a poor detoxifier of certain neurotransmitters including dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine… this means that if I take good care of myself I can have great focus, learn quickly, am generally pretty happy, and have a great filter so nothing “slips out.” But if I don’t take care of myself in the right way, this gene can have a dark side as well. If I consume any form of caffeine, I’ll feel absolutely on top of the world in the short term, but not long after, it causes the catecholamines to irritate my nervous system and I don’t feel so great anymore. So I’ll take the turmeric latte please!

The Noise Around Nootropics

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You may have heard a lot of recent buzz around nootropics in the wellness world- and rightly so! But before you go believing they are just another ‘fad’, think again…

The word ‘Nootropic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘nous’, which means ‘mind’. Their story began in the 60s and 70s when research was done into compounds that could improve cognition and memory. The idea is that Nootropics stimulate neurons and increase both blood and oxygen flow to the brain, leading to improvements in your attention span and other areas of cognitive functioning.

Simply put, they can be defined as ‘brain-boosters’ and ‘memory-enhancers’’; compounds that enhance elements of human cognition including mood and focus.

And did you know that before reaching for any supplements, most of us consume them daily? Caffeine is one of the most common, popular and easily accessible Nootropics out there. And so is our beloved turmeric! What better excuse than to include this super root into your every day?

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Plus, our Golden Glow adaptogenic blend combines the power of turmeric with the potent Ayurvedic nootropic Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), which has been known to naturally improve memory and boost cognition, helping you to feel focused and alive. The powers of Brahmi were first reputed in old Ayurvedic texts; it was given to devotees who were in need of some extra brain power to memorise long texts and improve cognition. It is the antioxidant effects of Brahmi that support increased cognitive function, alongside its ability to affect brain levels of acetylcholine, which is essential for memory.

Not only this, but Brahmi is a powerhouse of an adaptogen. It has a notable ability to reduce anxiety by modulating brain levels of serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for our moods).

Research surrounding the power of Nootropics is moving at an incredible pace as knowledge of them moves into mainstream wellness. In the meantime, head on over to our Wunder shop and stock up on your daily dose of turmeric goodness- our favourite Nootropic of them all!

GOLDEN BALANCE: ROCIO GRAVES

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Food photographer, personal chef + food activist host Rocio Graves is not only the queen of nourishing plant-based recipes, but also one of our go-to people when it comes to finding inspiration for self-care rituals and simps but effective healing tools to soothe mind, body and spirit. Today she shares how she finds her own version of golden balance, and rituals that keep her aligned, happy and healthy.

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

I’m not sure I have yet found that golden balance, haha. But these are some of the things that keep me vibing high: listening to music, being around animals (if it’s a purring kitten all the better), drinking plenty of water,  doing yoga, waking up before sunrise, staying away from gossip and watching low vibe content online (I haven’t owned a TV in over a decade), spending more time outdoors (Mother Nature is our true healer) than indoors,  meaningful conversations, physical touch (I’m a hugger), being of service, creating, doing the right thing. 

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

It’s the most important! And I implement it into my my life every single day. Self-care to me comes in the form of having a good night sleep (in bed by 10pm) and getting up before sunrise. It’s putting my bare feet on the ground in the morning, doing a little stretching before I sit down in meditation. It’s choosing foods that will nourish me on a cellular level (local and seasonal and organic), its incorporating medicinal plants and mushrooms into my diet every day, its breathing fresh air, being in direct contact with sunlight every day, its not spending too much time in front of screens (having boundaries and learning to be more efficient with my time so I can finish my work and be outside). Caring for myself is how I choose to live my life. I’ve done the opposite for most of my life and it didn’t work for me.  

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

‘Trust in the Divine Plan’

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

Nourishment to me comes in many forms. From the type of air I’m breathing to the music I’m listening to, the people I spend time with, the sunlight that kisses my skin, the water I drink, the information I consume, the thoughts I have, creating space in the mind and body to receive… Nourishing myself in all these ways takes daily practice and I do my best. 

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

I like to turn off all screens, put my feet on the ground and read a book. Or drive in my car with loud music. It depends on my mood. At night, when the sun sets,  I like to use only candles to light the room. This allows me to wind down and have a deeply nourishing sleep. 

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

ohhh, I have so many… at the moment: fresh ginger, tahini, a good Indian spice blend 

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

it’s actually toast with rubbed garlic, olive oil, ginger/date/turmeric chutney, sliced avocado, sea salt and lemon zest. It’s a ‘guilty’ pleasure because my digestion doesn’t agree with bread, even if gluten-free.  I would definitely say I prefer this to any delicious sweet dessert.  

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I like to add it to dressings and chutneys as well as curries and golden milk in the morning and at night. 

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

I love a turmeric latte in the morning and I’m not a big fan of the taste of matcha!

GOLDEN BALANCE: NEIL SELIGMAN

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Meet mindfulness king and author of ‘100 Mindfulness Meditations’, Neil Seligman. The UK is in the throes of a Mindfulness Revolution— it's almost impossible to visit Instagram without coming across yet another post telling us why we should be more mindful + less mindless. Doctors, academics, neuroscientists, psychologists, journalists and coaches all seem to be embracing the practice, proclaiming its benefits, and it’s any wonder why! Neil noticed that many people who are excited by the ideas and benefits of mindfulness have found it tricky to integrate daily. Keep reading to find out how he keeps a golden mind despite the pressures of life.

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

My mindfulness practice leads me into the day with a mix of breathing exercises, mindful movements, yoga, meditation and commitments. That helps to set me up for a day of balance and usually happiness.

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

Self-care is foundational to everything else - it has become the ground upon which my life is constructed.

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

'Live life as if everything is rigged in your favour' ~ Rumi

- How do you practice nourishment every day?

That depends on what I discover in my daily meditation and what I feel inspired and motivated to do each day. My go-to nourishment activities include walking the dog, weight-training, swimming, and dancing - particularly '5 Rhythms’ which I try to do every week or two. I also find my work deeply nourishing and inspiring as well as expressing my creativity in my Soul Portrait process.

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

I like to read - I have a thirst for learning and love anything around psychology, human potential, and mindfulness. My boyfriend and I usually have a few TV shows on the go as well - we’re into the latest Orange is The New Black and West World at the moment!

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

Himalayan Rock Salt / My Mum’s Marmalade / Dark Chocolate

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

Probably gave that away already - absolutely love dark chocolate - particularly the ones with orange flavour. Found a great one in Greece on hols last week!

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric?

In a turmeric chai

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Turmeric latte!

GOLDEN BALANCE: PHOEBE GREENACRE

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It's time you got to know travel lifestyle blogger, yoga teacher + founder of the gorgeous luxury activewear Silou London, Phoebe Greenacre.  After 10 years of working in the corporate marketing world for luxury, travel + wellness companies, it was time to start her own. Having saved up for overseas trips since the age of 16, she's checked off 54 countries + her curiosity grows with every new adventure. Her mission is to inspire people to travel the world, try new things (like yoga), have an open mind about wellness + encourage you to trust your soul in all things. Keep scrolling to discover what keeps her balanced on the road and in her heart. 

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

To find my source of golden balance, I need to move my body first thing in the morning. Followed by at least 10 minutes of meditation. Then no matter what happens through the day, my mind and body are equipped.

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

Oh my god. My friends call me the self-care queen! My day is full of daily rituals. From breathing exercises while the kettle boils, to burning incense before bedtime, I love to slow down my normal go-go-go self with rituals unique to me. Im also a big believer of getting body work done, massages, facials, or a long hot bath sprinkled with candles and aromatic oils. I could go on!

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

"no one is you and that is your power" Not sure who it belongs to, but I often adopt it as my daily mantra.

- We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I make sure I fuel myself with whole fresh foods, lots of filtered water and minimum processed foods. 

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

I love listening to meditation yoga nidra podcasts, light my favourite candles or incense or a cup of Wunder Workshop turmeric latte.

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

I have to always have a extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed organic coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt in my kitchen. 

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

I have many. My favourite would be a glass of Argentinan Malbec and some organic milk chocolate.

- What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I definitely love adding turmeric to my curries and cooking. I'm yet to try it in my beauty regime!

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Both!

GOLDEN BALANCE: KRISTIN DAHL

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Kristin Dahl is a Los Angeles based nutritionist + women’s wellness educator, who offers a fresh take on holistic living in a modern world. Her teachings come from an extensive background in holistic health, plant-based cooking, herbal medicine, and functional nutrition. Kristin is the founder of The Women’s Wellness Collective & the holistic lifestyle hub, Dahl House Nutrition. Take a peek into her creative + inspiring approach, known to educate and empower individuals to make lasting change. 

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

Recently, my daily dose of golden comes from the sun. With inspiration from some of my favorite ladies (Nadine Artemis & Maggie Harrsen ),  I’ve been soaking in a bit of sun - with no sunscreen - daily for 20 minutes (I built up from 5 minutes a few months ago). This sun therapy has been doing wonders: elevating my mood, increasing my energy, and offering my skin a refreshing glow!

I’ve also been spending more time than usual unplugged, in nature. Spending days on end walking in the woods, hiking in the mountains, gardening, swimming in the ocean, and sinking my toes into the sand. I find the go-go energy of city life quite draining and turn to nature as a restorative refuge. Getting into nature & unplugging is honestly the most important step anyone can take for their health. For city folk, far from the land - find a park to stroll in and sit, breathe, sink in. 

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

Self-care for me is non-negotiable. This comes in many forms: time in nature, drinking daily herbal infusions, spending time creating healthy meals, exercising daily (even if it’s just a long walk), lots of baths, the occasional massage, and a facial about every month or two.

Most importantly, self-care for me looks like truly listening to the needs of my body over everything else. Drinking plenty of water, getting exercise, eating balanced meals & saying no to anything that isn’t a hell yes + taking downtime, space,  and unplugging whenever I need to re-ground and center myself.

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

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. -Melody Beattie

-       We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this every day? 

I make herbal infusions most days; they are an incredibly powerful way to get a dose of vitamins, and minerals. This form of herbal medicine is so simple yet profoundly healing. The ritual of making infusions in itself is a lovely way to connect with the plants. Some of my favorites include nettles, lemon balm, holy basil, and burdock. My favorite summer blend is nettles, peppermint & oatstraw infused & then chilled. It’s incredibly refreshing!

Another key component for inner to outer nourishment is staying properly hydrated – this is fundamental, but often overlooked.

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

I love taking a walk in the neighbourhood after a long day as well as reading, stretching, taking baths, watching movies, drinking tea, and deep breathing. I also love listening to calming music or binaural beats as a way to slow my brain down.

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

Hard to name just 3!!

Pantry: Coconut oil, raw honey, Himalayan salt

Fridge: fresh cilantro, sauerkraut, ginger

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

Gosh, YES! Don’t we all? I love gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, coconut ice cream, staying up all night when it’s a full moon, and drinking biodynamic wine with friends.

-       What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I love making curries, adding turmeric to juices, golden milk, porridge, granola, chia pudding.

-       Matcha or turmeric latte?

In the summer months it’s matcha – sometimes over ice & fall + winter turmeric golden lattes!