Along side ethical interior design I also strongly believe that we should look after our first home: our body. It takes time and energy to truly put yourself before other aspects of life like work and relationships but when you do, the rest falls into place. Nutrition and wellbeing is all part of this so when I had an opportunity to speak to Alex from The Collective Wellness, I was excited to learn more and share it with you!
The Collective Wellness is an evidence-based, easy to digest resource for all things nutrition, exercise and wellbeing, run by Alex. Alex is a level 3 personal trainer, has a BSc degree in Biological Sciences and I am currently studying a Masters in Nutrition. She is an advocate for intuitive eating and movement; she understands the impact sleep, mindfulness, movement, self-care and nutrition have on how we feel. I hope you enjoy reading her interview.
What made you choose a career in nutrition?
Throughout my studies I really enjoyed learning about all aspects of human, plant and animal biology but I always tended to gravitate towards nutrition and exercise physiology. During my final year at university I did my personal training qualification and applied to start a masters in nutrition at King’s College London. I love learning about how we can improve our health through food and I can’t wait to help people have a healthy relationship with food and exercise.
Tell me about your morning routine?
I try to sleep with my phone in the kitchen so I am not bombarded with messages straight away. Once I am up, I always put a podcast on my speakers that will get me in a good mood. I then wash my face and do my skincare for the day. I’ll then head into the kitchen to check my phone and my laptop, as well as eat my breakfast. I usually eat the same thing for breakfast – porridge and fruit with coffee.
What are the benefits of good nutrition and wellbeing?
Having a positive relationship with food and eating wholesome, nutrient-rich food can improve gut health, mental health, reduce the likelihood of developing certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Having a good self-care routine can improve your mental health considerably.
What herbs or vegetables could you grow at home that may have medicinal value?
Tomatoes are a great vegetable to grow at home, if you have the room. Tomatoes are high in lycopene which is an antioxidant linked to reduce incidence of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Ginger is really easy to grow at home and can actually be grown indoors. Ginger is often used as a herbal remedy for colds and to reduce nausea, especially in pregnancy. I love just adding it to hot water with some honey and lemon if I feel a cold coming.
What advice would you give to people who want to exercise at home?
Go for it! Exercising at home can be just as beneficial as exercising outside or in a gym. I would make sure you get a yoga mat if you’re going to be doing any exercises on your back, such as crunches or sit-ups. Following a guide can be useful and there are plenty of resources online from exercise professionals – just make sure the person is qualified!
What ingredients can help to get a good night’s sleep?
I personally love lavender. I use a electric diffuser and put in lavender essential oils in the evening, as well as drinking a tea blend which contains lavender.
What do you do to relax?
I love having a bath and a cup of tea, so simple but so effective! My current favourite tea blend is Relax by Nikki Hill Apothecary. Having a cup of that in the evening really helps me to sleep better.
What does self care mean to you?
Self-care to me is any action that I take that will improve my mental, emotional or physical health. Therefore I classify exercise as self-care as I know that once I am done I will feel great and much more positive. But I also realise that some days self-care is not exercising, as I know my body needs a break.
What do you love most about your job?
I honestly love everything about it, I especially love reading research and translating it to easy to read articles on my blog and captions for instagram. Running The Collective Wellness whilst at university can be hard to balance sometimes but I am so passionate about nutrition, exercise and wellbeing that it never feels like a chore.
What are the most common questions people ask you?
People always seem to ask what is the worst food for them or what the best food is to eat. The truth is no foods are intrinsically good or bad, food should be enjoyed and a healthy diet can include everything in moderation.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by other woman in the nutrition and exercise space such as Rhiannon Lambert, Dr Hazel Wallace and Dr Meghan Rossi who are all creating beautiful brands online whilst providing informative and educational nutrition advice. I also get inspired when I visualise where I want myself and my brand to be in a year – it makes me work harder!
To find out more from Alex visit https://www.thecollectivewellness.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @thecollectivewellness