Hello my loves! I hope you’re all healthy and well. I just uploaded a new Q&A video answering some questions you left under my recent Instagram photo. You can watch the video here. As there were so many great questions I’ve gone through them again and answered some more below! 🙂
What was the most challenging thing when you decided to move to Germany?
Definitely missing my family! My mom lives in Switzerland and I’m very close to my siblings who live there too so that’s definitely the most challenging part. In terms of a challenging thing about Germany, as a country, I overall LOVE loving here. The quality of life is amazing (just not too crazy about the cold winter months hehe) but I would say perhaps the language. I have learnt to speak quite a bit though, not at all perfect, but I can have a little conversation so I’m proud of my progress there 🙂
What books are you reading right now?
I am reading a few nutritional science books at the moment, some including The Starch Solution by Dr John McDougall, Eat To Live by Dr Joel Fuhrman, Liver Rescue by Anthony William and I like reading Awakening the Luminous Mind by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche before bed.
When do we find out about you and Mo’s brand?
We are hopefully launching in September this year! We were scheduled to launch beginning of summer, but the current world situation has pushed it back quite a bit. Super excited to share more with you soon!!
How do you guys plan your days together during quarantine?
We have our morning routine, which you may have seen in a few of my recent vlogs. We get up, clean a bit from the evening before (mainly the sofa, a few things in the kitchen and make the bed). I have my water and my warm lemon water, go to the bathroom, change clothes etc… We then do yoga together, usually a gentle 20-ish minute Boho Beautiful class on YouTube. This has been so nice to do together! I will then do a pilates class after that, usually 5/6 times per week (I like Boho Beautiful for this too, as well as Melissa Wood Health, and Banana Blondie has been a recent favorite of mine too!) I LOVE moving my body in the morning, makes me feel so good (both physically and mentally) for the rest of the day. During this time, Mo does his own thing in the living room – he’s been into laying on an acupuncture mat whilst meditating or listening to music. I then shower, get myself ready and will either read, write or get started on the work I have to do for that day.
We’re both pretty busy during the day, especially now since regulations here in Germany have loosened up quite a bit. Each day differs slightly. (Today for instance, I am soon meeting a friend to go for a walk together in the park (the weather is so sunny and beautiful today!). I then need to stop by the grocery store and pick up some food, and go to the bank, then lots of work stuff to do at home. Later I’ll do some food-prep for the rest of the week and get dinner ready.)
We then reconnect properly later on, late afternoon. We always have a super delicious dinner together and sit on the sofa and watch a movie afterwards., and are usually in bed around 10pm.
Have your personal goals changed due to the current pandemic? What’s the biggest lesson you have learned during these crazy times?
The thing I can say that this pandemic has done most for me, is reconnect me more than ever to my body and to nature. I am so thankful for this. My goal for the rest of the year is to follow this strengthened internal (and external) connection, and let it guide me more.
What can I be doing wrong if I eat healthy food 95% of the time, I’m moving my body and all that but my skin is still breaking out?
Sorry to hear that! I know how frustrating it can be dealing with skin breakouts, especially when you’re trying so hard. The skin however is a beautiful intelligent organ, and it’s a mirror into our inner world and bodily system. My first question to you is, how do you define “healthy” food – as this term is so widely used, and can include foods that are actually not the best for us. Eliminating oils and cutting down on fat in general helps tons. Dairy of course is a big component in acne (all types, from cow or sheep) so being mindful of that, plus animal products in general are known to cause inflammation in the body. Focusing on whole plant foods, especially lots of greens, will do wonders. But say you are eating this way, and breakouts still persist, looking into lifestyle factors is super important. I know for myself, when I deal with emotional difficulties or a lot of stress, I see it immediately on my skin (breakouts and dry itchy skin). These emotional imbalances triggers our nervous system, hormones and adrenals – these all play an important role in skin health too. Spending more time, going within, journaling, time in nature, sleeping, meditating, doing things you love, cutting out toxic people from your life, finding things that make you truly happy, these will all positively affect your entire body, and especially your skin. Keep me posted on your journey and hoping your skin issues resolve soon!
How do you build self discipline and will power?
I have a video on this, you can watch it here 🙂
Are you and Mo planning to buy a house instead or renting? If yes, where would it be?
Yes we would love to buy a house one day, maybe in a couple of years. Buying instead of renting of course makes so much more sense financially since you will eventually get that money back. It’s an investment though, so we are working towards that, saving every month. Hopefully we can get something nice in the near future! And it will most likely be in the same area we live in now.
What does you pre and post workout meals look like?
I like to work out in the morning, on an empty stomach as I don’t like the feeling of lots of food in my belly as I’m moving around much. I will then shower, get myself ready and have my usual breakfast. I have never been big on pre or post workout food, I just eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and plan my workouts accordingly (before a meal).
What are your thoughts on Covid-19?
It’s devastating knowing how many people have died because of this, how many people’s lives have been affected by losing their job and the difficult economy. With that in mind however, I think this has been an important time for the majority of people, to slow down, to take time to reflect and to think about what’s truly important in life. It was a time-out I think a lot of us needed. We often distract ourselves with people, with work, with LIFE, and don’t have the time to look at what’s truly going on inside, in our inner worlds. Now has been that time to go within, and to finally address the things we’ve been running from, or the things we simply couldn’t “hear” before, due to all of the noise. I hope that we’ve all realized how simple life can be, and how happiness comes from the small, seemingly insignificant things, like nature, good food, a warm hug, a FaceTime call or a sunny day 🙂 I think this has taught us more than ever, the importance of health and taking charge of our own wellbeing. The importance of self care, learning to do things on our own like gardening and growing our own food, and tapping into our special or unique abilities to form new possibilities of income. I hope that we’ve all recognized the power of our body, and how, when supported in a positive way, will always come back to balance, naturally. I also feel the environment has benefited so much and gotten lots of well needed time-off from our constant busy lives. There are always positives in every situation.
Have you stopped using oil in your cooking completely? If yes, why?
Yes I’ve stopped using oils. For the last 5 years I’ve cooked without oil, simply water sautéing (and made oil free salad dressings), but started incorporating them back into my cooking some months ago to experiment. I however noticed that my skin would break out more frequently, and I didn’t enjoy all the excess empty calories, plus I find it totally unnecessary. I like doing experiments from time to time if I ever feel curious about something, in this case, I’m good without it! 🙂
Do you still drink green tea, and why do you not drink coffee?
It’s been over a month since I’ve had any caffeine. I was never big on coffee, but I did have green tea occasionally (and matcha), but as I’ve been feeling so good lately, sleeping a lot, eating well, I just haven’t felt any desire for it at all. My body has tons of energy so I’m happy to be off it.
Are you still planning on moving to California?
We would LOVE to experience living there one day, however with the current world situation, I don’t think it will be possible for a few years to come. Overall we are really happy here in Germany and will make the most of it for the moment.
With so many lemons you have, doesn’t that damage your teeth?
I get this question a lot, but no it doesn’t damage my teeth at all. When I have my lemon water in the morning, it doesn’t come in contact with my teeth at all as I don’t swish it around in my mouth.
What’s your birth control advice?
Use a period-tracking app such as Fenometer, where you also log your BBT (basal body temperature) in the mornings before getting out of bed. Your temperature will rise slightly after ovulation, and drop just before your period, so you can get a pretty accurate look into your fertile and infertile days. I’ve stopped taking the pill and this has been amazing for getting to know my body better and tuning in with my cycle. Would highly recommend!
Thanks for all your questions! Hope you found this helpful / interesting and let me know if you’d like to see more of these posts 🙂 xoxo