While we were in the middle of a recent Pinterest marathon (as you do), Lauren Glucina stopped us in our tracks with her simply flawless and endearing food photography. Not only is this little lady a certified raw food chef, she’s a holistic health coach and herbal medicine student changing the way we approach food, one deliciously raw recipe at a time. Seriously, this girl has skills. Her ability to transform the everyday brownie into a visual masterpiece is beyond us (and her natural glow-ji lemonade is our drink of choice this holiday season).
Lauren’s also a fully-fledged MNB advocate who embraces a daily spiritual practice through exercise, self-care and nourishing foods. When it comes to educating others about healthy living, Lauren Glucina is all about clarity, healing & energy, a collection of words that sum up her wholesome recipes and kind approach to holistic health.
MNB: Hi there, welcome to our humble MNB! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your story?
I’m a holistic health coach, raw foods chef, blogger (ascensionkitchen.com), workshop facilitator and student of herbal medicine. I left the corporate world where I worked for over ten years as an art director to find healing from a chronic auto-immune disease and adrenal fatigue. I jumped into the unknown a little bit, but I’ve learnt to just have trust, and the new journey has been extremely exciting and rewarding so far.
MNB: Where are you & what are you doing right now?
I’m sitting in one of my favourite cafés in Sydney, Egg of the Universe (run by a yoga school), sipping my chai and tapping away on my computer! (Also – there is a bit of a dude working here today!)
MNB: Have you always been passionate about active living? What was the ‘uh ha’ moment for you…
Always – I may have taken a slight detour via the corporate world, but I have always had a space in my life for my spiritual practice, exercise, and healing and nourishing foods. All throughout school and later work, I was the crazy person going to meditation or karate camp on the weekend instead of staying late for work drinks! In the end, my body just protested under all the stress, and that was the final catalyst to finally change directions.
MNB: What does a typical day of MNB’ing look like in your world?
Wake early, usually before 6, and read, as it’s often my only quiet time to do so. I take my time having a super nutritious breakfast, usually a smoothie filled with coconut water, greens, raw sprouted brown rice protein powder, and a bit of fruit. Devour a little bowl of berries with some New Zealand Manuka honey over the top. Some kind of gentle exercise – usually a walk around the bay with some blissed out music. I spent years doing some really intense exercise nearly daily – a lot of martial arts – now I feel like my body needs something gentler and more feminine.
Work/blog/recipe test/study throughout the day. Some kind of a smoothie or salad for lunch. In the afternoon I pause and like to have some quiet time to clear my head. A bit of meditation, or of late, I’ve really been getting in to using my singing bowl – the vibrations are so healing. Dinner is usually some kind of vegies and beans or tempeh with something fermented on the side for gut health. All tucked up by 9.30 because I’m a big kid and need my zzzz’s!
MNB: Okay, so if you had to choose… what would be your top 3 ‘can’t live without’ foods of all time!
- Fresh, ripe, juicy figs (how can you not feel just a little bit sexy eating figs?!)
- New Zealand raw, Manuka honey (liquid gold)
- Stinging Nettle – my favourite green – in a smoothie or as a tea, it’s incredibly healing, a great iron and urinary tonic, and tastes a bit like rice bubbles as a tea.
MNB: What are some healthy snacks we could find stashed in your handbag?
- Gojis and cashews mixed together = yumness
MNB: My everyday workout essentials are…
Lorna Jane neon crop tops and good music.
MNB: I’m my happiest…
When I’m in nature. It is literally like being plugged in to recharge. I love being surrounded by her peace and quiet, to just be, and watch the chatter in the mind slowly float away.
MNB: The one thing I’m really trying hard to do right now is…
To let go of my worst trait – perfectionism – it is the bane of a Virgo’s life! Seriously – having unrealistic expectations of yourself only serves to stress you out. It is so ok to just be you, with all your perfect flaws. That is what makes you special. I wish I could walk this as much as I talk it – but I’m working on it!
MNB: Best advice you have ever been given?
This – without a doubt – from a lovely, wise lady who said, ‘Lauren, for now on, if something is before you that you are not sure of, say to yourself, is this beneficial for me? And if it is – great – embrace it – but if not – then get the hell out of my way!’ I think the outtake there is to just step forward fearlessly over the things in life that don’t serve you.
MNB: To unwind after a hard day’s work I like to…
Prepare myself a sacred bath infused with herbs, essential oils and magnesium salts to soothe the nervous system. Candles burning, fresh flowers on the window sill… pure peace and quiet – it is therapy for the soul.
MNB: My heart beats fast when…
I discover the next piece of the puzzle in my soul purpose. All of the great things I’ve done in life have been entirely random and impulsive (like the moment I decided to go to Bali for a month to study raw foods).
Even better – I never know when it’s going to strike next – so when it does I love every second of it!
MNB: My biggest beauty indulgence in life is…
Does massage count? I don’t wear perfume and wear minimal make up – but I do enjoy the occasional hot stone massage – ooo it is absolutely magic! I’m always thinking of reasons why I deserve another one!
MNB: I stay true to myself by…
Walking is my therapy. Whenever I feel stuck and there is too much chatter going on in my mind, I put my shoes on and get lost for an hour. It’s moving meditation. And it’s my time to check in and make sure I’m heading in a direction that’s aligned with my truth. I always come back calmer, happier, and with more clarity.
MNB: Any tips or advice you could give to our readers just starting on their healthy, active journey?
You can tap into your body’s innate wisdom to ask if something would benefit you or not – read more about bio-individuality and using your body as a pendulum in a post I did here.
MNB: Any Move, Nourish or Believe tips before we part?
Sure – this Rosey Rocky Road is a love potion in a slice! Raw, dairy free, grain free, refined sugar free, it is one of my favourite recipes.
Rosey Rocky Road Recipe
Fills an 8 inch pan
1 cup cacao butter (liquefied)
1 cup 100% pure maple syrup
2 scraped vanilla beans
1 tbsp. rose water
½ tsp. coarse sea salt
1 cup cacao powder (sifted)
The Rocky Factor:
½ cup walnuts (activated), ground in food processor to a rough meal
½ cup of chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup of dried sour cherries
The Rose Factor:
Dried rose petals to sprinkle
- First, make the base chocolate. Blend the first five ingredients of The Base together until smooth and creamy, then add the cacao powder and give a final blitz.
- Now, add the Rocky. Pour the base into a large mixing bowl, and stir in all the Rocky ingredients.
- Finally, make it pretty. Pour the mixture into an 8 inch pan, lined with baking paper. Sprinkle dried rose petals and happy wishes over the top to decorate, and set in the freezer for an hour before serving.
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