Our favourite festival of the annual calendar is just around the corner, the Mind Body Spirit Festival. This jam-packed festival is full of exciting talks, workshops and exhibitors that are all dedicated to the same goal as our website, thats increasing your Wellness. So in the lead up to the festival we'll be bringing you a one-on-one weekly interview with one of the shows main stars.
1. Tell us about yourself Ola, and how you got to be where you are today?
My interest in nutrition began a few years ago when my health was at its lowest and I was looking for answers how to cure myself. That's how I discovered Institute of Health Sciences, where studied Nutritional Therapy and where I found out about the Functional Medicine.
Implementing this knowledge to improve my diet and lifestyle allowed me to overcome all the health issues I was suffering from. I thought then, this is amazing! I want to tell everyone how wonderful they can feel using only the power of nutrients. And also, to teach them how to do it, because healthy living is possible for everyone.
Now I'm working as a full time Nutritional Therapist for my company Positive Vitality and I'm totally loving it! I provide a wide range of nutritional services, like workshops, talks, corporate wellness, sports nutrition, consultations, advance functional testing and natural supplements and I enjoy every bit of it. Helping people to improve their health is extremely rewarding and gives me a lot of satisfaction.
2. Tell us how you spend your average working day?
My typical day I start with a pint of filtered water and coffee with coconut cream. I try to drink it in my garden, standing barefoot on the grass (performing so called 'earthing') and thinking about things I'm grateful for (performing 'gratitude'). This routine is seeing me up in a positive mood for the rest of the day.
I practice intermediate fasting and follow ketogenic diet most of the time. Therefore I delay my breakfast till around 12-1pm, meanwhile I would drink water and high fat coffee.
When work from home I do my emails, consultation follow ups or preparing for consultations, writing slides for my presentations or writing articles for health magazines, creating recipes and photographing it, working on my ebook, doing videos or blog posts, etc. On some days I'm working in town doing workshops, corporate wellness programs or consultations.
Around a mid day I would have a brunch, which is eggs and avocado or chia porridge with coconut milk or linseed crackers with mackerel pate, anything high fat, healthy and delicious. I'd also have some natural supplements, like a superfood combination and fish oil capsules. Then I go back to work until 5-6-7pm, depending on the day.
After work is a workout time, my favorite workout currently is 10k fast cycling to the beach, 30 min swim in a sea water and 10k cycling back. I try to do that 2-3 times a week. Sea swim is amazing and it makes me feel like a super-human after, love it! If i don't swim I do high intensity interval training (HIIT) with weights, or Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), or mountain-biking or learning to kite surf. I'm very active in general and most of the weeks I would exercise 5 times a week.
After workout is relax: yoga and foam rolling. Then I have a dinner: meat/fish/poultry and a huge green salad with lots of healthy fats in a dressing, like olive oil, avocado, olives, avocado oil and spices up with essential oils, like oregano or basil for an extra health boost. After dinner I would watch a funny movie or read a book and then bed and sleep around 8h.
3. What inspires you?
I'm inspired by a people who achieve great things and go forward no matter what.
I'm inspired after a seminar with professionals sharing their clinical experience in improving peoples health.
I'm inspired by a delicious and healthy recipes I see.
I'm inspired by a success stories of my clients.
I'm inspired after a workshop or talk I do and people appreciate the information I've shared with them.
4. What’s your goal in life?
I'd like to share my nutrition knowledge and experience with as many people as I can. Hopefully in the future I would be able to do it on a bigger scale.
5. What does Wellness mean to you?
Wellness for me is to be good to ourselves. Taking care of our body through healthy diet and physical activity. Taking care of our mind by being mindful, by gratitude, by being creative, being social, having fun and loving yourself and everyone around you.
6. Tell us about your business?
My company Positive Vitality is based in Dublin. I've a few clinics around Dublin area. For anyone outside Dublin and outside Ireland I provide a Skype consultations and nutritional advice. My online health shops, with natural supplements delivers around the world. To book an appointment you can contact me HERE
7. Tell us about what you'll be doing at the Mind Body Spirit Festival this year in the RDS?
At the Mind Body Spirit I'll be giving a talk "Energy and Vitality", which is very common with lots of people lack of energy and fatigue. During my talk you will find out how to increase your energy levels through dietary and lifestyle adjustments and how to live your life full of vitality. It will be very informative talk, with lots of practical tips.
8. Tell us your Top 3 Tips for Wellness?
1. Eat a whole food diet 2. Be physically active. 3. Love and have fun!
9. So what’s next in your career/life?
I'm extremely passionate about creating a delicious and nutritious recipes. Currently I'm finishing working on a ebook "Healthy desserts" and after that I'm planning to write another one: "Raw food and essential oils". Soon I will also start working on my cooking book.
Lots of workshop is coming: every month I do DIY chocolate making workshop in Alchemy http://www.alchemyjuice.ie/#about-1, which is extreme popular.
I also started first in Ireland workshop "Raw food demo with a usage of essential oils", where I show how you can use this incredible powerful stuff to enhance the flavour and increase healing properties of your dish. This workshop is happening every 2 months in Lantern Centre http://lanterncentre.org
At the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Dublin you will find some of the world’s leading authors and presenters all experts in their field. This is a 3 day event featuring over 75 different workshops and lectures, including a dedicated Yoga and Wellbeing studio space, with FREE classes and taster sessions hosted by some of the Irish best loved Yoga and wellbeing teachers. The festival will also feature over 150 stalls and a live stage with over 45 performances over the three day festival.