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

GOLDEN BALANCE: TRISH WHELAN, FOUNDER OF SOUL ADVENTURES KUNDALINI RETREATS

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We here at Wunder are huge believers in the endless power of Kundalini yoga to instil peace in body + mind, and so were delighted to sit down with Trish Whelan, founder of Soul Adventures Kundalini Yoga Retreats. She shares the healing abilities of Kundalini, as well as daily practices to keep glowing through the winter and beyond.

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

I get on the yoga mat every day, even if it's just for three minutes.  I check in and I listen to my soul through my breath and that reminds me that my soul is in my body and I AM HERE.

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

I absolutely feel like self care is actually the number one most important duty. 

It's a duty because we must honour ourselves. 

It's not Chanel, its not Gucci, it's just time given in energy to ourselves that allows us TO CONNECT.

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

Now we are in the winter I have so much more time for self practice and within kundalini yoga there are literally thousands of different kriyas (sets of exercises that make up a class), so I have time to start to practice new kriyas, to try new mediations, to sit with myself and to replenish. The ability of kundalini yoga to replenish is literally endless and it lights me up every day. 

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

I AM WHO I AM AND IT'S OK.

- How do you practice nourishment every day? 

In these colder months I see the sunrise every morning over the mountain and I see the sun set every evening from my terrace. I feel so nourished by the nature that I am sooo deep in here. It's insane how beautiful Ibiza is in winter and I just lap it up  and every day. I take my little familiar Snoop my Yorkshire Terrier down to the beach and up on the rocks and I THANK GOD.

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

I love to listen to music and I love a bit of comedy. 

I love to laugh!

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

I love garlic, chilli and ginger.

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

I LOVE CAKE and I love coffee.

- Matcha or turmeric latte?

Definitely a turmeric latte but I've got to say coffee is my favourite 

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!