María José Flaqué is the founder of Mujer Holística in Mexico: ‘Holistic Woman’. She is a Health Coach, Business Coach and digital entrepreneur. Her mission is to inspire women to follow their dreams. Maria would love to live in a world of empowered, happy and abundant women, and believes her vision is possible. The first step is compassion for self. “The world cannot be healed without first having love and compassion for ourselves.” This idea may sound selfish or narcissistic, but in reality, it is the basis for the change we want to see in the world and to achieve the deep acceptance of who we are.
Sigrid is a passionate, devoted Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation teacher, and a Deep Tissue & Intuitive Balinese massage therapist, based in Sydney Australia. “If I had to pick one thing out of the innumerable benefits I have gotten from my yoga and meditation practice, it would definitely be the fact that it has helped me to develop a much better connection to myself.
Claudia is a renowned Mexican athlete and Health Coach who, through the Private Practice of Holistic Nutrition, Physical Activity and High Performance Training and Food Psychology (One-on-One Counseling), has helped more than 1,000 people personally achieve Health goals. “We constantly fight with body inflammation because it seems to affect us everywhere. We become inflamed when we eat processed foods, when we exceed sugar, when our food is full of flour and refined oils. However, bad nutrition is not the only factor that produces inflammation; sedentary lifestyle, excessive exercise, emotional and physical stress, excessive consumption of medicines and the use of body products containing harmful ingredients are also all causes of body inflammation.
There is something of the perfectionist in all of us. We may not be aware of it, but in some aspect of our lives, careers and relationships, we want things to be perfect. While this can be a great motivating force, the desire to be perfect can also serve as a huge blockage to us taking the small steps to reach our goals – in life, healthy living and fitness. I’ve been thinking about this recently because I am currently learning to surf. I love it! Or I love parts of it. Being out in the ocean, immersing myself in natural surrounds, the thrill of jumping up on the board (or trying to!) and catching a small wave to the shore is an incredible rush. In the process of learning though, there are so many aspects of surfing that I am bad, no, terrible at. I get scared often, I’m always in the way of other surfers, I fall off a lot, sometimes I hurt myself and on the odd occasion, I don’t even want …
Stan is a personal trainer based in Bondi, Australia. A few years ago, he decided to go vegan. He tells us how to be fit and vegan. Tell us how and why you decide to go vegan? I’ve just started becoming more conscious, wasn’t feeling right while eating meat, kind of disgusted feeling when your plate is covered in blood. Then, friends of mine send me few videos on animal cruelty and that put final stop to consuming animal products. It’s the best decision I have ever made.
Monserrat González is a health and wellness nutritionist. She tells us about the benefits of a wonderful beverage: the Golden Milk. “Let’s start by talking a little bit more about the properties of this great spice. Turmeric is a spice very similar to ginger, you could even say that they are from the same family. This spice provides endless properties and benefits, which is why it is considered one of the most used spices in India for healing purposes. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has a very similar effect to cortisone. That is why today I share the recipe of this beverage, which will bring endless benefits: “The Golden Milk”.
There’s a new word on the block: ‘V’ for vegan. Suddenly every restaurant and cafe worth checking out is offering new and exciting food/beverage options we’ve never had before. Motivated by health, environment protection and animal rights, this movement towards more ethical and healthy food is sweeping the globe. It’s more than a trend, we can safely say that veganism is here to stay. Reducing the amount of meat and dairy you eat has proven health benefits and the rise in plant-based food options is great for anyone looking to get healthier in 2017, whether they are a strictly ‘vegan’ or not.
Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, a keynote speaker, an entrepreneur and self-love teacher. In her signature straight-talking style, Melissa teaches women how to master their inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt so that they can start truly living the life of their dreams. Here she speaks about how to create a soul-expanding Mastering Your Mean Girl book club.
It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. We all have things that make us feel better and for millions of people around the world, yoga is one of them. It may seem like the world has gone yoga-mad – there’s a studio on every corner, a plethora of technicolour leggings pounding the pavements and suddenly it seems everyone is carrying a rolled up rubber mat to work – but it’s not just any old fad. Yoga is here to stay.
2017 is here with the fresh energy of a new start and new possibilities. How was the festive season for you? I always find it such a balance between celebrations, spending time with family and fitting in some much needed leisure time as well. Modern life can be very busy indeed, even on holidays!