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Daily Wellness Routine: Katie Eales, Founder of Sabbia Co.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I grew up in Port Douglas, in a half Italian / half Australian household. Growing up diving the Great Barrier Reef, camping under the stars and eating 90% homegrown was where I found my deep love and appreciation for the planet. I moved to the Gold Coast to study marketing straight after year 12, I then went on to travel throughout many Asian countries, Europe and the States. In 2017 I met my husband Dave, in 2018 we found ourselves on a remote beach in Sri Lanka and were devastated over the amount of single-use personal items we were surrounded by.

When we arrived home we decided to minimise all single-use items in our home. As we started to research and test reusable products we fell in love with many amazing sustainable swaps. Our mission was no longer to overhaul our home but everyone else’s. And this is when Sabbia Co was born (September 2019). An ethical brand with minimal impact on the environment, that creates unique facial kits out of sustainable, biodegradable, reusable and chemical free tools. Along with sustainably sourced and packaged skincare that is formulated by myself.

Sabbia translates to sand in Italian. I’m half Italian and the purpose of what we do at Sabbia Co is to create sustainable products that can go back into the Earth like a grain of sand.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

We wake up at 4/4.30am each weekday and aim to get to sleep by 8.30pm – 7-8 hours beauty sleep is essential!

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Dave wakes up at 4am, does his morning meditation and mini workout then comes in with coffee and I get up around 4.30am. I start every morning with coffee in bed and meditation before anything else. I then go for a beach walk, Pilates or yoga around 5/5.30, shower, breakfast and journaling if I have time before getting into the office at 7.30am.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I start the morning with a glass of water then coffee with oat milk, I drink 3-4L of water throughout the day and limit myself to 1 coffee. Breakfast is either avo and egg on sourdough or coconut yogurt with muesli and banana.

Lunch varies between rice paper rolls, sushi and wraps. Dinner is also always different (stirfry, salad, rice bowls or pasta), I am currently pregnant so trying to incorporate organic read meat, chicken or salmon a little more than usual. We both have a sweet tooth, I try to make healthy bliss balls and cookies but we can’t go past a block of chocolate every now and then.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

Skincare is my biggest passion, hence Sabbia Co…

AM

Cleanse with konjac sponge and botanical glow cleanser, revive face mist, collagen c serum, multi-vitamin moisturiser, Ultra Violette SPF and Mineral BB Cream – everything is from our sustainable skincare brand Sabbia Co except for the sunscreen from Ultra Violette.

♥ Sabbia Co botanical glow cleanser


PM

Remove makeup with reusable makeup cloth, cleanse with konjac sponge and botanical glow cleanser, revive face mist, collagen c serum and multi-vitamin moisturiser. I alternate between facial treatments – matcha clay mask, overnight hydrating mask with multi-vitamin moisturiser or Gua Sha/Facial Cupping with our antioxidant repair oil.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

We eat dinner around 6pm so that we can clean up, have a stretch and begin to wind down. We have a no phones after 7.30/8pm rule which we both love!

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

Early wake up, meditation / movement and nourishment (food, mind, skin, soul)!

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop for healthy goodies.
Palm Beach farmers markets every Saturday. The olive sourdough is my staple! And I love being able to eat seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmers.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

Beach walk, pilates and yoga – I’ve done my yoga and pilates teacher training so I tend to create my own flows at home.

I studied at Studio Pilates in Brisbane, Essence of Living and Fire Shaper on the Gold Coast. I don’t teach as it was more of a self exploration study but I love to practice in the comfort of my home or reformer Pilates at Ritual in Palm Beach.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Lululemon.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Gua Sha and Facial Cupping – seriously life changing! We have a free ebook so that our customers can learn and perform in the comfort of their own homes.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

Facial massage, I have done it to myself but I would love to find somewhere where I can have a professional perform it on me.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends?

Very much so, I read my cards and manifest with the new moon each month. The cards I use & love are Wisdom Of Gaia by: Toni Carmine Salerno.

Thanks to Katie for taking the time to share her lovely routine with us – head to the Sabbia Co website to find out more about their sustainable beauty products!

Be well,

xoxo

Daily Wellness Routine: Jodi Duval, Functional Naturopath & Owner @ Revital Health.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m a lover of life, of connection, having fun and experiencing the world, I live with passion for health and helping others become optimal. I created Revital Health, a Functional Naturopathy Health Optimisation Clinic with the purpose of empowering and supporting transformation with cutting edge information, treatments and technologies, combining traditional treatments and knowledge to give clients the best outcomes. I have over a decade of clinical experience, I’m the CEO of HOMeHOPe Australia, lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, and podcast host. I’m a mum of two beautiful kids and a spoodle and I take being the best example I can for them very seriously.
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What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I’m a big advocate of routine, and I love sleep, I wake up most days around 6:30am aiming for 7-8 hours sleep, I’m up and outside straight away to see the sun in my eyes and bare feet on the grass. The day starts with setting yourself up for the best sleep and this is what sets up the production of melatonin for the night.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Getting up at the same time and seeing the sun, and a small 5 min stretch and meditation for clarity of mind is one of the best things to set me up for my day. I also have a very large glass of filtered water from my Aqua Tru filter with celtic sea salt as soon as I’m awake. I’m a mum of 2 young kids so my morning is busy preparing and organising.. its go from the time I come back inside, these small priorities are a must to keep me grounded.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Mornings I usually do intermittent fasting until 12-1pm, I have organic coffee with butter in the morning which sees me though most of the morning. My eating revolves around my cycle, so in my luteal phase if I’m hungry for breakfast I will eat.

Lunch normally looks like a keto Locako bar on the run until I get home for a paleo bread loaded toast with butter, avocado, sprouts or nut butter, In summer or warmer weather I go for a super smoothie with collagen, berries, coconut yogurt avocado, super greens plus lots more. Then for dinner I have a large variety of vegetables, meats, fish, salads, homemade pizza’s, homemade burgers… the list goes on. Dessert is always a few pieces of cacao. I will always finish eating before 630-7pm (unless out with family and friends) to set me up for an optimal sleep and fasting.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I love looking after my skin. I have used Rationale for over 4 years now and love the way it makes my skin glow. I use the 6 step program. I also do at home needling every few weeks. Plus facials every few months. Hydration through water consumption and minerals daily is another non negotiable for me.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

As you can imagine this list is extensive..I compound personalised nutraceuticals and herbal medicines for my clients and myself. This is based off comprehensive metabolite testing and life circumstances. At the moment, I am supplementing with NAC, vitamin C, omega 3, zinc carnosine, quercetin, ALA, glutamine, Theanine, Magnesium threonatea and Iron Bisglycinate. I also take a herbal compound with Rhodiola, Withania, Licorice, Lions Mane, Gingko and Bacopa, this changes regularly.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

My favourite wind down starts with turning on red and orange lamps in my house to minimise blue light and maximising melatonin. I love having a bath and and listening to music. I also love reading before bed then I’m usually in bed around 930pm if I’m not working or marking ☺

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Exercise / Movement / Infrared Sauna
2. Fun, laughing, connection and passion
3. Nature and nourishment

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

Little Sisto – for the loaded toast and bowls (another local but such a goodie)

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

Dunn and Walton in Doubleview is a local love and they do amazing smoothies and juices!

Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop for healthy goodies?

Stirling Farmers Markets are my local and Subi Farmers Market is a favourite too, Scarborough Farmers Markets are starting this week and I’m excited for these as well!

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I love to play, handstands and trampoline with kids are a great way to move. I’m normally active all day, walking and moving but focused activity 4 x a week either the gym for weights, Reformer pilates, or Tracy Anderson online workouts.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

I love Lululemon, so comfy and they last forever!

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t got around to yet?

I’ve tried a lot of treatments and technologies but I have never got around to PRP injection therapy on my face.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

At the moment I love the Rationale Facials.. Heaven. I also love laser treatments for my face at Youth Lab. At home my go to’s are Infrared sauna and Red light therapy.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

I do love crystals and ceremonies and plant medicine.. maybe another discussion for another time 😉 one thing that may not be woo woo but I try my best to protect myself and my family from EMF with protection devices on my computer, in the home, on the phones and no wireless headphones.

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

Hydration! Eating well, IV nutrient therapy, facial, sauna, massage and a body exfoliation.

♥ Falafel Nourish Bowl @ Pearth Organic Kitchen

If you could have the ultimate day of wellness & happiness in Perth – what would it involve and where would you go?

Pilates Reformer, Bodhi J for a body and face treatment, then to a float lab, infrared sauna, IV therapy and a meal at Pearth Organic Kitchen.

♥ Aro Hā, New Zealand

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

Bali is still a favourite of mine, many places I love there, I have been dreaming of going to Aro Hā in New Zealand and have always wanted to go to the Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in Switzerland.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

I feel my top secret tip is consistency and starting now..no procrastination. I always view health as now.. so I do my best in the moment and try to keep balance where I can.

Where to find Jodi:

The Revital Health Podcast
Revitalhealth.com.au
@revital_health
@homehopeorg
Online course @ the revital health academy – Base Health

Thank you so much to the beautiful Jodi for taking part in our interview series!

If you have any questions, feel free to pop them below 🙂

Be well,

xoxo

Daily Wellness Routine: Jordanna Levin, Author, Podcast Host & Self-Love + Manifestation Expert!

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’m an author and podcast host who believes that self awareness is your greatest superpower. With a background in journalism, I like to take big topics often deemed a little woo woo) and make them relatable, practical and digestible, so that they appeal to broader audience, but also because everybody deserves access to some deep ah-ha moments!

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

I rise at 5:30am most mornings. I’ve always been an early riser but I also have a kitten who has decided 5:30am is an appropriate time to walk all over my face. I like to get 8 hours sleep in so I’m usually in bed by 9pm.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

I always start with a homemade cup of oat milk chai in bed (Oatly is my fave oat milk!). Then it’s some type of movement whether it be a walk up to the lighthouse, a studio yoga class or an at home pilates workout – I use HUSTL for these.

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I’m never any good at answering questions like this because each day is different.

I start with an oat milk chai. Breakfast is usually a slice of My New Roots Life Changing Bread (Google it – or just click the link) with some avocado and Oomite (delicious miso-based vegemite alternative available at cafes all over Australia). Lunch might be a salad with a can of Sirena tuna or some sauteed vegies, sauerkraut & cashew cheese. I’m not a big snacker but sometimes in the afternoon I’ll make a hot cacao with medicinal mushrooms in it. Dinner is always different it might be a chicken and vegetable soup, sauteed greens and baked salmon or some sort of veggie pasta dish. I’ll always finish with a square or two of dark chocolate. My current 
favourite is Pico Mint Crisp.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I take skincare VERY seriously. In the mornings I cleanse with Go-To Properly Clean, then I apply a Vitamin C serum of some kind – at the moment I’m using Sunday Riley. I spritz with a toning mist like Mukti Rose Blossom Hydrating Mist and then apply a hydrating serum like Mukti Hylauronic Marine Serum. I’ll spritz again and then apply Go-To Face Hero the most incredible face oil! Then I finish off with Go-To tinted Zincredible which is the best SPF I’ve found.

I don’t wear much make up during the day. I instead get a lash lift and tint every 6 weeks, and a little tint on my eyebrows. I cover up any imperfections with RMS Uncover-Up and apply Trinny London’s lip treatment Anna.

At night it’s much the same but I’ll remove the SPF from my day with Go-To Fancy Face, an excellent oil cleanser, then I’ll follow with Go-To Properly Clean again for a good deep double cleanse. 3 times a week I use Go-To’s Exfoliating Swipeys and follow with Go-To Face Hero and their Very Useful Face Cream.

I swear I’m not sponsored by Go-To just absolutely obsessed with their product line – !!

My only other extra beauty tips are that I use an LED face mask 3-4 times a week and I’ve just started having PRP treatments aka Vampire facials (Google it, AMAZING). I also use an infrared sauna 4 times a week – mostly for joint pain but you also can’t beat the glow it gives your skin.

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I’m obsessed with Life Cycle Medicinal Mushroom tinctures. I add them to everything. I currently use Lions Mane, Reishi and Chaga.

In terms of supplements I’m always taking Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc and Fish Oil. I also love rubbing Magnesium oil or cream on at night before bed for a restful sleep.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Yes! Pukka Herbs Night Time tea always helps me wind down. I rub Magnesium oil or cream on my belly and soles of my feet. If I’m finding it particularly hard to switch my mind off I play a sleep story or some soundscapes through the Calm app. I set a timer so it switches off after 30 minutes. I’m telling you, having Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, or Harry Styles read you a bedtime story is something you never knew you needed!

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

– Water
– Infrared Sauna – I have really bad rheumatoid and saunas are the only thing that ease the stiffness in my joints.
– Rest – so underrated but 100% a non negotiable for me.

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Byron Bay is?

My favourite healthy café in Byron Bay is High Life.

♥ Dreamy smoothie from Vagabond, Byron Bay

Best place to get a green juice or smoothie in your city?

My favourite place to get a green juice or smoothie in Byron is Vagabond.


Favourite farmers market or healthy place to shop for healthy goodies.

Best Farmers Market on the Northern Rivers are Mullumbimby Farmers Markets.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

During lockdown I became obsessed with Hustl. and their online workouts (I even started teaching yoga for them). They do a combination of pilates and circuit training, but it’s the only at home workout that I’m excited to get up and do every day (even though we’re allowed back in the studios). When I want to get outside I do the Byron Bay lighthouse walk! It never gets easier but it always gets more beautiful!

♥ A cute set from @arcaa_movement

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

OMG so hard! Hmmm I can’t pick one. My favourite leggings are Lululemon. I love the crops from Arcaa Movement and always lust after Nagnata activewear.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I’ve recently started having PRP treatments and I am obsessed. They basically take your blood and spin it in a centrifuge, which enables the separation of the blood cells from your plasma and platelets. Then they inject your own platelets back into your face to stimulate collagen and new skin cells. Look it’s not a pleasant experience AT ALL, but it has amazing results and it doesn’t involve any toxins or fillers. I always recommend having PRP with a doctor and not a beautician. I see Dr Mayada Zaki.

Other than that it would hands down be Infrared Saunas and I go to Trybe Wellness in Byron Bay (its directly across the road from my house) or if I’m in Sydney or Melbourne I’ll go to Nimbus & Co.

You’ve got a big event in 7 days time that you need to look incredible for. What’s your plan of attack to look & feel your absolute best?

Definitely no fasting or restrictive eating. I’d probably up my water intake and pop my LED mask on daily. I’d be sure to get in a few sauna sessions and just make sure I’m eating lots of fresh foods. The day of the event I’d apply a Go-To Transformazing Sheet Mask and depending on what time of year it was I might consider throwing on a self tanning mousse like Three Warriors or Eco Tan a couple of days prior. On the day of an event I like to make sure my body is silky soft so I use Bare Body Beauty’s Scrub in a Tub, it makes your skin so silky smooth and then I’d apply a body moisturiser or body oil. My favourite body oil is AYU it smells like heaven and it often means I don’t need to wear a fragrance.

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

I have always wanted to go to Aro-ha Retreat in New Zealand!

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Dry Shampoo! Can’t beat it! Minimal Alcohol, it’s so dehydrating and minimal sun exposure (unless you’re wearing natural sunscreen).

Thank you so much to Jordanna for sharing her beautiful routine! If you’d like to follow what Jordanna is up to, or check our her books, head to her Instagram for more information!

Be well

xoxo

Daily Wellness Routine: Jessie Stoelwinder, Jessie Stoelwinder, Yoga Teacher & Lifestyle Reporter for The West Australian.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

I’ve been a journalist for The West Australian for nine years now, working across entertainment, arts and more recently all things lifestyle and wellness. I really love to champion local people doing cool things, and am always on the hunt for the latest phenomena and trends to test out.

Outside work, I have a keen interest in spirituality and I’m now a registered yoga teacher after completing my 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training with The Yoga Vine. I’m planning to further deepen these learnings in 2021 with yin and breathwork courses and I can’t wait to share my passion with others.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Getting at least eight hours of sleep is a non-negotiable for me, and hugely affects my focus and creativity. I have a personal alarm clock in the form of my four-year-old daughter, who often wakes me up between 6-7am.

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Establishing a really solid morning routine is still in progress for me! When I’m in a good rhythm, I brush my teeth, drink a big glass of water, meditate and read before Winter wakes up. This makes such a huge difference to my day. I love the framework set out in The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which also includes journaling, a form of exercise like yoga, affirmations and visualisation, so it’s a goal of mine to incorporate more of these elements into my everyday morning routine this year.

♥ Cacao Collective

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

After a long and difficult path to healing my relationship with food, I’ve found that intuitive eating works best for my body. That usually ends up being some form of intermittent fasting until around 11am, but if I am hungry I will eat before that. My diet is 99 per cent vegan and I focus on packing as much nourishment into my meals as I can so they are dense and full of vitamins. Lots of vegetables, hummus, hemp seeds, homemade bliss balls, sourdough bread, smoothie bowls, legumes and some tofu are all staples for me – but I love chocolate and a good burger in equal measure! I have one-two coffees per day with macadamia or oat milk, and recently have become addicted to ceremonial cacao from The Cacao Collective.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I’m sure many mums can relate when I say I sometimes cut corners when it comes to my skincare routine! But the products I swear by are Fancy Face oil cleanser, Exfoliating Swipeys and Face Hero from Go-To, serums from The Ordinary and good old Cetaphil cleanser in the shower. Last year one of my goals was to wear sunscreen every day, and my favourite is Queen Screen from Ultra Violette.

It’s really important to me to use brands that don’t test on animals and use vegan ingredients as much as possible. I’ve swapped a lot of my beauty products because of this, and my favourite brands are Too Faced (Born This Way concealer and foundation, Better Than Sex mascara), Mecca Max (glow sticks and palettes) and Hourglass (eyebrow pencil).

Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

Currently, I take iron, magnesium, a probiotic and Blackmores Sugar Balance.

What are your top 3 wellness non-negotiables?

1. Yoga classes as many days of the week as I can manage – the practise has such a profound impact on my mood, how I feel in my body and overall wellness.

2. Fresh air, sunshine and nature – they are all free, instant mood boosters and we are so lucky to have them in abundance here in Perth.

3. Sleep – without it, nothing else is possible.

Your absolute favourite healthy cafe in Perth is?

Flora and Fauna in Northbridge or Manna Wholefoods in South Fremantle.

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

I firmly believe that the best exercise is the kind you enjoy. For me, that’s yoga and I take classes depending on how I feel that day – a mix of vinyasa, hatha, slow flow, yin and restorative. My favourite studios are Soft Yoga, Beyond Being, Nature of Self, Mudra, Yab Yum, Vital Beat and Cntre Space. Otherwise, I love walking and getting out on hiking trails. When I am doing both yoga and walking regularly I find that’s all I need to feel strong, flexible and well in my body.strong, flexible and well in my body.

If you could only wear one brand of activewear for the rest of your life it would be…

Lululemon, the Align pants are the comfiest around.

What’s the one beauty or wellness treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Massages are definitely my guilty pleasure and something I will splurge on every so often. BODHI’s new Cottesloe retreat is gorgeous and so serene. I also recently discovered Heartwood and their facial was the best I’ve ever experienced, they use local sandalwood in their products and have lots of unique touches, like their playlists and post-treatment bliss balls.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends?

Yes, big time! This is my happy place. I get my tarot read once a year and it’s always been eerily accurate, and also have a deck at home. There are crystals all around my house, I use palo santo and white sage to cleanse the air and adore incense and candles. This past year I have tried a range of alternative healing methods, from reiki to breathwork, sound healing, acupuncture, chanting, group meditation and plant medicine and loved them all for different reasons. It’s an area I hope to expand my own learnings in as I feel intuitively drawn to natural and mystical practises.

♥ Anna Balston // Rhythmkeeper

What’s your dream wellness vacay?

Past trips to Bali have always been wonderful for the amazing yoga and wellness offerings there. Also the vegan food is out of this world!

But until the international borders re-open, there are so many local business and yoga studios running wellness retreats. I am going on one soon led by Anna Balston and I can’t wait – it’s the perfect counteractive for the soul.

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

It sounds cliche, but meditation and yoga are the ultimate tools for self-awareness and compassion. The more we can learn to cultivate acceptance and love within ourselves, the easier it is to live in alignment with our values and optimum health. Also recognising that we are all different has been huge in my personal wellness journey. I gravitate towards enjoyment with everything I do now – whether that’s food, movement or other health practises – and that’s made a huge impact on the way I move through life.

Daily Wellness Routine: Carla Thomas, Holistic Health Coach & Podcast Co-Host at The C-Word.

First up, briefly tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Thank you so, so much for taking the time to learn about me! I really hope you’ll find joy and inspiration in what you read and you’ll want to learn more. I’m a Perth-based Holistic Health Coach with a specialisation in mind-body medicine. I’ve been working in the field for close to 11 years now and have had the pleasure of coaching 100’s of people, both one-on-one and in groups, in improving their long-term health and wellbeing. I am a published author, wellness speaker and educator, and founder of The Juicy Movement, a holistic health collective. In 2019, along with by co-host Cal O’Connell, we launched our Perth-focused health and wellness podcast, The C-Word. I’m also a proud ambassador of wellness and nutritional brands I personally love and use daily. These are Juice Plus+, Life Cykel, PuraU, Gevity Rx, and Antipodes. You can also find me on fitness and wellbeing app KIXXFIT. And working with the team at Perth’s premiere wellness space, MindBody Lounge. My mission is to empower you to release your natural potential for wellness through wholefood nutrition, holistic practices of self-care and living within your values to show you how easy it is to look and feel A-MAZ-ING.

What time do you wake up most days and how many hours of sleep do you aim for?

Most days anywhere between 5-5.45am as I truly believe in getting the most out of your day and starting before the rest of the world wakes up. I aim for the recommended average of 7-8 hours but generally get closer to 6.5-7 hours.

♥ Cold Nips!

What’s your morning routine to set you up for a great day?

Based on Monday – Friday, I’ll always splash cold water on my face to wake up and then hit the kitchen to guzzle down a good 500-750ml of water with fresh lemon juice and my morning supplements. I’ll then grab a teaspoon of coconut oil for 5-20 mins of oil pulling while I roll the yoga mat out for a stretch and foam roll to some music. That’s usually followed by 15-20 minutes of priming and meditation before I make my Fully Charged Coffee and then hit the home office, read my vision board and get stuck into some work before hitting the gym!

On alternative days I’ll head straight to the river post water + supplement guzzle to walk the dog instead while listening to some sort of inspiring or educational podcast at the same time. Once home, I’ll make my coffee, read my vision board and then it’s time to start work. In February 2019 I cottoned onto the Cold Nips crew Wednesday morning dips & sips and that gives me an INCREDIBLE start and feel to the day! As you can tell – my morning routines are SUPER important to me as part of my set up for a successful day ☺

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I’m a two meal a day eater and have been for some time. This suits my particular body, appetite and lifestyle well. I usually don’t eat breakfast until somewhere between 9am-10am and it’s usually a jam-packed green smoothie or simple brekky bowl with a cup of green tea. I’m a very slow and conscious eater so it usually takes me between 30-45 minutes to finish. On weekdays I’m at my desk so I’m distracted too. I’ll usually make a black coffee around 2-3pm with the addition of some coconut oil and drops of Life Cykel mushroom liquid tincture and maybe snack on some nuts and seeds or even a couple of traditional quality dried pears or peaches drizzled in tahini.

Dinner is somewhere between 6-7pm (depending on the season, generally even later in summer as I tend to make the most of the sunshine!) and is always plant based be that hot or cold veggies/salad with some sort of vegetarian protein like legumes or quinoa or tofu most of the time and a couple of nights I aim for oily fish like sardines or mackerel or salmon. I generally save seafood or animal options for eating out socially. At the end of the day, I’m an intuitive eater. I eat according to what my body truly wants and needs and when it does. I treat it well, so it craves the right things 90% of time.

Tell us about your daily beauty routine! What are your non-negotiables for looking and feeling your best?

I truly believe that beauty starts from the inside out and that we should prioritise ‘eating ourselves gorgeous’ ahead of investing in ‘fix it’ products first. I’m blessed with great skin and always have been, but in your 30’s you begin to notice changes. I keep it simple, as it’s more for proactive care and maintenance vs anything else. I opt to use what I can from my fridge and pantry using recipes from our ‘Beauty-full Inside + Out’ eBook that’s part of The Juicy Life Program, otherwise my go-to’s are rosehip oil, coconut and hemp oil for the face, sugar and coconut oil scrubs for the entire body and face once a week, dry body brush pre shower at night, regular sweats to detox via exercise and saunas and steam rooms, ocean dips and rubbing ice on my face and under the eyes morning and night, sunshine, good sleep, being happy and smiling and laughing and enjoying life! Product wise, I take wholefood supplements and absolutely LOVE the Antipodes Skincare range that suits my needs and lives happily in my bathroom cupboard! All plant based and almost edible ☺ Oh and I mix coconut oil with my body moisturiser in my hands before applying at night too!

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Do you take any supplements, vitamins or special wellness elixirs? If so, we’d love to know!

I sure do! Don’t get me wrong my diet and lifestyle is fantastic and above the average person, but I’m still not perfect and on the mark every day and I’m still living in a modern world so am aware there are multiple factors that can affect my level of health and wellbeing. I’m allll about a PROACTIVE vs fix it approach! I have used Juice Plus+ for over 11 years now as my daily supplement and also as my plant based smoothie/shake powder of choice. I also use the Life Cykel liquids as mentioned earlier and the PuraU Gut Cleanse Kit on the regular as a maintenance vs fix it approach. I hit up my naturopath, Kat Blake of Invigorate Naturopathy, time to time for a herbal elixir to promote good rest and sleep. And 2-3 times a week I take a charcoal tablet to help eliminate any bugs/toxins that may be lingering in the gut. Now that I’m in my 30’s I’m conscious of consuming more collagen via powder form and I’ll often add that to a smoothie along with magnesium powder and gelatin powder. And I do a one day Juice Cleanse once a month with @refresh.juice.cleanse too. Oh and I am starting to use and appreciate the benefits of CBD oil.

Do you have an evening wind-down ritual?

Yes, I definitely do! I LOVE and crave my nightly cup of tea and it’s always something herbal like chamomile, peppermint or lemon + ginger etc and I’ll pair that with some dark chocolate, some mixed berries and some kefir. That’s usually for the couch while I watch something to unwind and then I’ll hit the bathroom to do my nighttime beauty routine. I enjoy taking my time with this (you know – cleanse and moisturise and brush the teeth). A couple nights a week I’ll brush my teeth with charcoal, too (thanks to @my.moondust) I’ll also rub a mix of magnesium oil and cream (I use @lifewithmagnesium) on my feet, calves and neck/shoulders to promote relaxation and sleep. Once in bed I inhale some lavender oil I keep on my bedside table, maybe pop the oil diffuser on and read a few affirmations from a book and do some quick gratitude and then it’s book time and before long I’m out! I also sleep with a yoni egg in 2-3 times a week. Suggest following @rosie.rees to learn more on this!

What’s your fitness routine & favourite way to get sweaty and where’s your go-to?

Ohh I have a few things I love to do as having a variety keeps it interesting and also works your body in different ways! I used to be a dancer so moving on the daily is a non-negotiable for me! I’ll generally run three times a week (I’m a treadmill gal so I can adjust the incline and sprint/jog speed), I do mat Pilates every so often with @mvmtsociety, Jungle Body once a week with @_thejunglebodywithbec_, yoga 2-3 times a week with Flow Space Perth and I try to get a @bikebarfitness class in every couple of weeks. And then most days I get the dog out be it a half hour walk on the path or running him at the dog park while I enjoy some earthing on the grass. I love my coast walks too. So yes – I keep active! But I also have the energy, fitness and healthy body to do so due to the commitment I make to fueling right and recovering right.

Are you into any woo-woo wellness trends? (think crystals, sageing, tarot cards etc)

Well when I first started in the area of holistic health over 10 years ago it was called woo woo! I think (and I have this conversation frequently with other wellness friends and colleagues) that I’m a good mix of straight and sideways. I use a yoni egg 2-3 times a week and also keep a stone on my bedside table that I sleep with under my pillow. They are lilac in colour and purple (amethyst) is my birthstone so it’s what I’ve always been intuitively drawn to anyway. I have really gotten into astrology and horoscopes even more so than I already was over the last couple of years and began to start learning more about moon tracking over the past year too. I definitely believe in all of that in terms of energy and retrogrades etc and how that affects us, along with the weather (if it’s a night where it’s humid and has that level of intense, electric air I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep very hot and restless – so I joke I’m slightly witchy because I can tell from that a storm is coming and I’m always right!) Otherwise even if I don’t do it or haven’t felt the need, I absolutely believe in healers, tarot cards, sageing etc

And lastly… do you have any top secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Happiness. You can follow every single trend and tip and trick under the sun but if you aren’t living your life according to your values, passions, beliefs, calling and ultimate truth, you will never truly reach and fulfill your ultimate level of health and wellbeing.

Thanks for hanging out with us Carla! Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to keep up with her wellness journey 🙂

Be well,

xoxo