Yep, there’s no way around it… the Holidays are over and it’s time to regroup mentally, physically and spiritually. I actually always love the arrival of a New Year. I enjoy the time to reflect and prioritize what’s to come. I also enjoy setting goals and new expectations for myself and my family.
I’m feeling especially excited for the goals I’ve set for 2012 after I had the opportunity to get some expert advice from Sophie Jaffe, the co-founder of Zuddha, a company focused on clean, natural & healthy living. Sophie is a certified and classically trained vegan/raw chef, holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor. Along with her business partner Dani, she has cooked for Hollywood icons and strives to bring wellness to each of her clients lives. Sophie graciously answered all of my questions that were top of mind and most pressing on my family these days. I hope you enjoy her fun and informative answers.Best part of your job? Helping people adapt to a healthier way of living without feeling like they are compromising on fun, flavor and taste. Working side by side with my business partner, who is also a beautiful friend and person.
What did you eat for breakfast today?Superfood porridge (7 grain cereal with goji berries, pumpkin, honey and coconut oil)
When I wake up, I spend the first hour with my 15-month-old son. We play, giggle, eat breakfast, then immediately put on clothes and shoes and go outside. I try to keep the phone away during these times unless something super pending is happening. He starts my day off with a fresh, pure perspective. He is beauty and he is light. I hold that light all day long with me in my pocket… which is my emotional and spiritual health. As far as my physical health goes, I usually go to the gym right after I leave the house. Sometimes I bring my son (there’s a child watch) and sometimes I go alone or with my husband. I try and go 4-5 times per week. It allows me to clear my head and just focus on me before I give my whole day to my clients, business and co-workers. I love yoga, running and weight lifting. I get as many raw, vibrant, living, superfood rich foods throughout the day as possible. I’m constantly fueling on superfood smoothies and regenerating juices so that I can keep my energy levels soaring, naturally. Coffee makes me crash. There’s no time for a crash in this business. Then at night I put my phone away the moment I walk into the house, and focus solely on my son, making dinner for our family and playtime. Then at the end of the day I try and do at least 10 minutes of yoga or meditation, it allows me to reconnect to my truest/best self and wind down in preparation for the next day of madness and stay grounded.Okay, for the rest of us, what 2 things should we do every day to ward of cancer? Eat your greens and superfoods and don’t store up emotions. LAUGH when you want/need to, cry when you need to, YELL and get ANGRY if and when you need to. Make sure you let go so it doesn’t get trapped in your body. Top 10 anti-cancer foods? Any food in the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, purple cabbage). Cacao in its raw form, goji berries, camu-camu, cooked tomatoes, turmeric, ginger root (I sneak it in salad dressings, juice and smoothies), coconut oil & walnuts (GOOD fats are GOOD for you! They rid the body of bad fats which can cause disease in the body). Since there is no magic pill yet, is there a smoothie or juice combination you recommend for kicking cancer’s butt? GREENS IS KEY. Low sugar. I’d say take a half a banana, a 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup goji berries, pinch of turmeric, 1/2 ounce fresh ginger root, handful of kale, handful of spinach and lots of ice. Blend. Ciao, cancer!
Thinking I might need to invest in a juicer. Which one do you love?I have a very simple Breville. I love it. Find one that’s easy to clean or you’ll never ever juice!
My family likes to eat meat. Are there some healthy options? Does grass fed beef matter? What about antibiotics or additives? What should I look for?
You want to get an antibiotic free, as natural, organic as possible meat. Eat it in moderation and you’re good to go. Make sure when you eat meat you balance it with your next meal. If you know you’re having a steak dinner, fill up on alkalining foods all day (veggies!). Favorite destination or resort for a healthy vacation? I LOVE Thailand. I can’t wait to go back again!
Blog, book or magazine you love for healthy eating recipes and inspiration?Hmmm. To be honest, I don’t have a ton of extra time to read… and magazines don’t really have the most up-to-date ways to eat/prepare food. So I’d have to say the best inspiration is going to the farmers market and discovering new food and then taking it to the kitchen and experimenting! What is your perfect healthy and delicious date night in Venice or Santa Monica, California? Juliano’s “Planet Raw” in Santa Monica. Raw, vegan, BEAUTIFUL food presentation and always inspiring. I go home and recreate dishes the next day! Your unhealthy indulgence? […as I swallow a bite] vegan ice cream!!!!!!!!! Purely decadent mint chip! raw, vegan, chocolate! mmmm!