Under the Baobab Tree With: Calgary Avansino
California-born, London-living Calgary Avansino is one of the world's leading health and wellness experts. Contributing Editor to British Vogue, she is a self confessed veggie-lover and a true believer in the power of good food and how it can nourish our bodies from the inside out. Her motto "Eat Well, Feel Well, Live Well" is brought to life on her fabulous new website www.calgaryavansino.com - a haven of health tips, practical advice, motivation, interviews with her favourite 'well-beings' and of course - lots of delicious recipes.
We caught up with Calgary to find out more about her new website, the inspirations behind her work and her top tips for keeping healthy this spring time:
1. What can our readers expect from your new website?
Healthy inspiration everyday! The website is packed full of short, easy-to-follow videos, simple, healthy recipes, inspiring interviews and countless resources, all to help guide and encourage you on your journey to a healthier, happier you. My goal is to show you that healthy doesn’t have to be hard. It should be rewarding, fun and enjoyable – and all without a single diet in sight. From snacks and soups to smoothies and sorting out what to feed your little ones, you'll be hard-pushed not to find something that tantalises your taste buds. I'll be adding to the content as the weeks go on, so keep your eyes peeled for more videos, recipes and well-beings.
2. You are a guru of the clean living lifestyle. How would you summarise your wellness philosophy?
I try to keep it simple: eat REAL food, be kind to yourself, move your body and breathe deeply as often as possible.
3.Where do you get your passion and inspiration from?
My health conscious parents taught me that food is a powerful fuel for our bodies, both physically and emotionally and I have always kept that with me. What we put into our body matters… a lot… and I want to help people understand that and create change in their lives. I love seeing people’s lives improve, strengthen and flourish – that’s what it is all about for me - taking what I have learned and sharing it.
4. What are your top 5 tips for spring cleaning our minds, body and lifestyle this April?
Firstly, start waving goodbye to sugar. It simply isn’t good for us and, with a bit of palate retraining, you will eventually find the cravings stop.
Secondly, if you are a meat-eater, try having ‘meat-free Monday’ and then cut meat from your diet one other day of the week. You don’t have to be an all out vegetarian to benefit from these weekly changes.
Thirdly, aim to move a little bit each day. Cycle to work if your commute isn’t too far. Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. If you normally eat your lunch at your desk, make a point of going for a 15-minute walk round the office block, swinging your arms vigorously. Book yourself into a fun fitness class with friends instead of heading to the pub. Practice yoga before you go to bed.
Fourthly, eat more plants! Vegetables shouldn't be side dishes they should be the main event. Add more plants to every meal you eat. This alone will make a big difference to your health.
Finally, focus on eating REAL food – that means ditch the processed junk. Don’t buy things that are made of ingredients you can’t pronounce, or that come in packaging. Stick to foods that come from the ground, from trees and from bushes. Keep it simple and real when it comes to what lives in your kitchen.
5. What’s your favourite way to use baobab and moringa?
I quite often put a spoonful of baobab or moringa powder in with my morning smoothie to give it an added boost.
Check out Calgary's new website here. Or follow her Social Media sites @calgaryavansino.