Hello Jia, please share a brief about you and your work to our readers!
I am a Delhi based travel, body positivity and wellness blogger. I run a blog called Wandering for Wellness and contribute regularly towards magazines and websites. I write primarily on fitness, luxury, yoga and ethical beauty and fashion brands. I also provide nutritional consulting services and wellness tips to enable people to lead healthier lives. I also run two interesting projects within my blog (On Body Positivity & The Goddess Project) to help women all around the world to find inner strength and the fortitude they need to deal with all the adversities that come their way.
What makes you so passionate about wellness?
Wellness isn’t just about having a fit body, 6 pack abs or fitting in. It’s more about feeling well, feeling healthy, waking up fresh and accepting your body for what it really is despite your love handles, cellulite and fine lines and who you really are. This inspired me to start my blog. I’ve learnt that its very important to enjoy the finer things in life. No one wants to live a life of deprivation and starvation. The way I see it, wellness is a journey you embark on one day at a time. You should allow yourself that glass of wine on the weekend and a few squares of dark chocolate and truly savour it without feeling guilty about it. Its absolutely alright to indulge when you’ve been eating clean and training hard through the week.
What are your daily rituals?
Whenever I am feeling particularly anxious or stressed out- I love to wind down with some yoga nidra playing in the background , a walk in the park with my pets or some restorative yoga poses. I also believe very strongly in avoiding the use of digital and mobile devices an hour or two before bed time.
If I know I’m going to have a crazy hectic week, I like to carve out time for exercise like yoga, pilates or kickboxing to help me with the endorphins I need. I also stick to decaffeinated teas and coffees post 1 pm to allow myself to get better sleep at night.
How do you keep a check on your fitness as you travel a lot?
- I love walking everywhere and prefer to explore the city by foot, wherever it is possible. Its a great way to fit in some incidental activity, you end up exploring lesser known places and the many miles help work up a healthy appetite.
- I like to eat locally wherever I go and visit the farmer markets or organic stores for good produce. My mornings are usually either a veggie juice and eggs or a smoothie bowl (on more active days) Lunch is usually a lean protein with veggies. I usually stick with either turkey, fish or chicken. Dinner is usually either a hot bowl of soup and veggie stirfry with chicken.
- If I am in a place for longer than 10 days- then I join a gym or fitness studio. If I am in a place for a short while then I do a trial class at a spinning or pilates studio to help boost my metabolism.
One product/thing you can’t live without?
Turmeric milk in the winter when I feel a cold coming on.
What’s your favourite go-to healthy snack?
Apple slices with unsweetened almond butter, Bananas with cinnamon. Grab frozen bananas and throw them into a blender. Add some cinnamon and enjoy.
I also love to have boiled eggs with a tiny bit of cayenne pepper post my workout.
Are there any books you would recommend to our readers to get motivated?
What do you think is the biggest block in leading a healthy life & how do you overcome it?
- I think there are three things that affect us and our health on a daily basis. The first is the air pollution that is a huge deterrent when it comes to exercising outdoors particularly in the winter when the particulate matter gets lodged in the lungs and affects your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. It also predisposes to you to a host of chronic health issues and certain cancers.
- The second block in leading a healthy life is the quality of meat and produce that we get in the markets. All the food that we consume on a daily basis is inorganic, full of dangerous pesticides that act as neurotoxins and injected with hormones and antibiotics that adversely affect our health and wellbeing. Eating local, free range and organic food isn’t impossible but it is a lot harder and definitely more expensive than buying food from the local supermarket or the nearest grocer.
- The third block in leading a healthy life is the absence of mindfulness and meditation. We have become so caught up in the web of virtual reality and fretting about the past and the future that we have forgotten how to focus on the present and become more aware of our surroundings. I believe that if we inculcate a habit of mindfulness in the way that we eat, converse with people and go about our daily lives- we will experience a huge improvement in our stress and cortisol levels and will end up leading happier lives.
What has been your greatest wellness experience?
My greatest wellness experience in India has got to be at Atmantan, Mulshi. Situated about an hour away from Pune Airport, Atmantan is a lovely institution that aims to improve your health and wellbeing one step at a time. I loved the spa, their focus on traditional chinese medicine techniques like cupping, acupuncture, moxibustion and chi nei tsang massage.
My greatest wellness experience overseas has got to be at the Como Shambhala in Ubud, Bali. Situated on a quiet stretch of Ubud, this wellness sanctuary has a 360 approach to wellness. You have a doctors consultation the moment you walk in and you are prescribed a diet and wellness activities based on your goals and stress levels. The food in the resort is organic, free range and free from gluten, dairy and added sugars- fantastic for those of you who wish to eat healthy even on holiday. The resort has a lot of activities like trekking, kayaking, yoga, pilates and a large gymnasium so you stay fit.
My favourite activity off late has got to be acro yoga because it is dynamic and really works your strength and balance. For me, acro yoga is a great trust building exercise because it involves having to trust your partner to fly you as you let go. Inversions are really great for you and help improve blood circulation as well.
Your advice to start a healthy life this 2017!
Allow yourself a day in the week where you engage in a voluntary social media detox. Stay away from your phone, tablet and your computer. Ask a friend to join you for yoga class. If you need motivation, invite your friends to your Cross Fit box or head outdoors on a hike. You can also use this time to spend quality time with your partner or your family over a nice home cooked meal or a movie.
Where can we find you?
Blog – www.wanderingforwellness.com