Jordanna Levin is the brains (and beauty) behind our favourite wellness site - The Inspired Table; and we're constantly inspired by her blog (and it's guilt-free treats!) and instagram feed. Not to mention her podcast that features all sorts of interesting guests. We definitely recommend checking out all the great things she does, but in the meantime, read our Q&A with Jordanna below. And, while you're here, make sure you check out her winter tonic recipe that she developed especially for The Candle Library HERE.
Where are you based and what do you do?
I am based in Bondi and I am what is affectionately known as a slashie. i.e health coach/recipe developer/caterer/podcaster/ writer/speaker and mindfulness mentor.
What does your average working day entail?
Each day is different, but most days are spent in the kitchen developing new recipes for either cookbooks, cafes, businesses or my own blog. Twice a week I record podcasts over Skype and in between I see clients, cater for workshops and retreats or plan my monthly Inspired Lunar Nights events.
What inspired you to create The Inspired Table?
I had been working for 10 years in the food publishing industry and began to feel very disconnected from what it was I was working towards. I was craving connection and creativity and so one day I consolidated my skill set and went about creating a business with authenticity and purpose. I had always been passionate about health and knew that the link between food and health and been miscommunicated by mainstream media for decades. The Inspired Table is about bringing mindfulness and intention back to food and reducing the stress and anxiety of healthy eating.
What is your Winter guilty pleasure?
I’m not sure if it’s a ‘guilty’ pleasure but I go soup and stew crazy over winter. There is something about heating yourself up from the inside out that is so rewarding. I also find cooking in winter very meditative so I jump at the chance to whip up a soup whenever I have the time.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Your mental health is as important, if not more important, than your physical health. I see so many people who eat well, and exercise but are so stressed that they can’t sleep, have poor relationships and suffer from constant anxiety. This doesn’t count as a healthy lifestyle. Integrating meditation and yin yoga (restorative and slow yoga) was one of the best things I did for my mental health and it improved my lifestyle 10 times more than regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Are you a regular or sporadic candle burner?
Embarrassingly and sometimes dangerously regular.
If you could capture any scent and put it in a candle, what would it be?
Oooh this is such a good question! Christmas. Pine trees, gardenias, cinnamon and clove.
If you could invite anyone, dead or alive, over for dinner, who would it be and why? Hmmm I want to be profound, but honestly, probably Jimmy Fallon, because HILARIOUS.
What’s the one daily health tip you recommend for our readers?
Meditation. And if not meditation, deep belly breathing. 10 deep breaths in the morning and then 10 deep breaths before bed each night. Game changer!
What is currently on your playlist?
The Lumineers new album Cleopatra. Obsessed!
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Link to Podcast: http://bit.ly/theinspiredtable