There are many ways to enhance our real food regime. I’m not one for obsessing over the latest, weirdest extract from the hair of siberian mountain goats for a mere $800 per jar, no sir – Not even if it proclaims to hold the key to eternal life! Every now and then though, there are cool products that make it past the hype to prove themselves as great nutritional supplements full of real food power – especially during our busiest times when skipping the odd meal or being temped by quick grab junk is at it’s greatest chance of temptation. By force of fate, Shakti aka The Holistic Chef and I met in person recently at my local health food shop, as she was doing a tasting. A beautiful person, she is so passionate about spreading wellness far and wide in her capacity as both an educator and a producer. On top of the blend, she holds classes, makes a to-die-for raw chocolate fudge, and is a lover and promoter of all things wellness inspiring. I have had the pleasure of taking her Superfood Blend the past month and have really enjoyed and felt the boost. Enjoy the interview…
1. what does your name Shakti mean?
cosmic energy of the universe, creation! shakti is the feminine principal,so all women are indeed shakti. i was given this name in the sivananda lineage of yoga, a traditional vedantic lineage, that i am a trained yoga teacher in. i have quite a lot of energy so it is a very appropriate name
2. the holistic chef. are you an actual chef by trade?
i came to cheffing later in life after a corporate career. while i was at chef school, i was offered a high profile job, working on a large private yacht. from then on my chef life was on private super yachts around the world. i even managed one rock and roll tour too. i worked all over the world for about 13 years. amazing to think back…
3. if someone eats a super awesome, nourishing diet already: what is the purpose of your superfood blend?
shakti’s superfood blend was formulated for many reasons: to support your current diet, to assist when you don’t have time to eat optimally, to help form a bridge for people that are ready to shift their current nutritional paradigm. the blend is super nutritient dense, and is whole food. things like spirulina and chlorella are highly bio available forms of plant based protein, major chelators (removers of heavy metals) and aid so well in detoxifying generally, so they are the stars. i created the rest of the blend’s ingredient mix to support these stars. i added bee pollen as for me, it is truly nature’s magical gift to us all.
4. what’s your favourite way to enjoy your Superfood blend?
as an elixir of sorts in water, with kombucha tea or kefir for live probiotics, in whatever smoothie you might make in the morning, to give it and you that extra turbo boost.
5. what do you think the most important 3 keys are to health and wellness?
1. listen to your body when it comes to nutrition, if you don’t feel good after eating something then dig down deeper to understand why. there may be other underlying health challenges, or emotional patterns. or simply put, that food is not serving you in that moment.
2. develop a mindfullness practice, as this will help you remain in your centre like a strong grounded tree. the impact of practices like vipassana meditation on my life have been profound. Alexx adds – even if all you can manage is 20 deep breathes in and out a couple of times a day, the difference will be profound on your mind and your adrenals!
3. love yourself, laugh at yourself, and be of service to the planet and its people.
6. what is your favourite client success story you could share with us?
The most recent is actually a friends’ husband. he has had terrible gut/stomach issues and was pretty resistant to taking a green product, and did not see the value. it took 6 months to slowly get him on a regular path and now he is making his own raw milk kefir, adding hulled hemp and bananas and making up 2 jars per day to take to work for morning and afternoon. he swears by it, and says he feels fantastic compared to before taking the superblend. he has had a complete transformation in attitude around his eating and he feels really good. He even stopped the afternoon coffee….awesome! it is often the small changes that in the end results in big changes. the physical feeling, makes your mental attitude change and then you want to do yourself better and better justice with your choices.
7. 5 dessert island ingredients: what do you take with you!?
Shakti’s superfood blend of course :), raw chocolate, yoghurt, my homemade kombucha tea and hulled hemp seed. (you can get clean water and coconuts on a desert island..surely?)
Give away Time:
Shakti is giving away 2 x 10 day supply jars with a little travel sachet each, of her Superfood Blend. Both prizes valued at $30. All you have to do is express an interest in the comments here to try Shakti’s Superfood Blend and you’ll go into the name-in-hat draw! Easy peasy, right? Good luck.
I hope you enjoyed Shakti’s story and information on her Superfood Blend. There are a lot of blends out there that use sugar alcohol sweeteners like xylitol in them, and I prefer the idea of a completely natural blend that I can sweeten if I like accordingly. I have been treasuring the blend on my busier days, to keep me going and nourished in the afternoon. The commitment to the quality of the ingredients is super admirable and I’m finding myself all round, a big fan!
DISCLOSURE: While I might be given the odd freebie here and there to facilitate covering a story, person or product, I would never accept payment to feature a person or brand here. It feels for me, the wrong thing to do and when I feature people, it’s because I’ve discovered them or know them, and I want to share them with you. That just seemed like a good time to bring that subject up, so voila.
ALLERGY NOTE: If you’re allergic to bees the bee pollen in the superfood blend is not going to be suitable for you.
INGREDIENT LIST: Spirulina, Chlorella (broken cell wall), Bee Pollen, Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Maca Root, Mesquite, Chia Seed.
Real Food. Low Tox. Happy Bodies.