It’s February already people, and hopefully new year’s intentions continue in motion. As per usual, the first weeks of the year, most of us are DE-voted to change the bits of ourselves that no longer need in order to thrive. I’m absolutely okay with it, except that we shouldn’t have to wait "X" amount of days to feel positive & motivated. And so New Year’s Resolutions aren't my favorite thing, but I’m all up for any time of the year that invites me to recenter, refocus & rebalance.
I love discovering things—new things—new people, places, etc. This blog is obviously a reflection of that and the platform I use to express myself in more ways than one. It allows me to show you the bits of myself I intend to keep or integrate in my life with the sole purpose of feeling/becoming a better human. Though this platform I’m able to communicate to wonderful people, to learn what is it that makes them beautiful but specially magnetic. Let me tell you, it starts on the inside.
A few weeks back I had the chance to speak to Danielle Copperman, she’s a full-time model, entrepreneur founder of Qnola — which sees her produce vegan quinoa based breakfast cereals — she’s the author of the Model Mange Tout blog where she shares her passion for food and travel… I remember that the first time I saw Danielle I knew I wanted to connect with her. Not only is her story an inspiration to me, but by sharing many interests I was hoping get to know her better. And here she is, talking morning rituals, healthy breakfast and decompressing.
Model, nutritionist, writer, food stylist, chef and entrepreneur.
My boyfriends home in Sweden. I am visiting him here for a few weeks and also in and out of meetings and modelling jobs with prospective Qnola stockists and my modelling agency, stockholmsgruppen.
How do you describe your philosophy about food? (Do you follow a diet that is free of gluten, sugar, dairy??)
I eat only natural foods and where possible these will be organic and ethically and locally produced. I don’t eat gluten grains dairy or refined sugar, but occasionally have gluten if it is in homemade fresh foods. I eat foods produced by the earth with functionality and intention. As nature intended. Whatever grows naturally from the earth is here to serve purpose and I believe that purpose is living creatures' survival.
What’s a typical…
A tonic in the morning and a smoothie or a bowl of coconut yoghurt with Qnola and fruit. If i have more time I will make eggs and avocado, but that usually becomes more brunch or an early lunch!
Salad with salmon or mixed vegetables, or eggs, avocado and homemade nut and seed bread. Occasionally i will eat leftovers or make a seaweed broth.
I love curries, soups, stews and quinoa risottos especially this time of year. For something more simple I will eat salmon, green vegetables and sweet potato with hemp seeds or pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Roasted or raw nuts and seeds, homemade nut and seed clusters, homemade raw date balls, raw chocolate, homemade nut butter with berries, raw vegetables, smoothie, juice, tonics, adaptogen drinks or herbal tea.
What’s your favourite indulgence, and how often do you allow yourself to enjoy it?
I indulge whenever I am in good company and whenever I want to. I never really indulge when I'm on my own as I love to share the indulgence. if I am eating with friends who have made some indulgent dessert or who want to make pizza, if I am feeling comfortable in terms of my digestion etc, I will indulge with them. The most important thing when indulging is that your mind is at ease and open to it. If you hate yourself for indulging in something, your body will hate it too and the way you mind and body connect will mean the food is not digested optimally. If you are happy and enjoy the indulgence with others, your body and mind will be more at ease.
How do you stay fit? What’s your exercise routine, how many days a week do you workout?
It changes all the time. I do yoga everyday even if its just 10 minutes at home, or 2 minutes in headstand. I run in the evenings when i can and occasionally swim 1-2 times a week. I love boxing but it is hard to plan it into my ever changing schedule. I go to classes whenever I can.
Do you have a morning ritual? Meditation? Beauty routine?
I start each day with 10 minute meditation, or just thinking to myself in bed. Sometimes I use this time to FaceTime my boyfriend just to say hi. He's usually still asleep but its nice to wake up with him. Then I have a liquid of lemon and ginger or an adaptogen superfood powder in water or milk. Then I do 10 minutes stretching or yoga in my room before showering and getting ready for the day.
What are your favourite “can’t-live-without” skincare products, any specific brands you love?
I love anything by Liz Earle, Herbivore Botanicals, Urban Decay, Dr. Hauschka, Glossier.
How do you decompress from a long day?
I light spirit candles, talk to my sisters, my parents, my friends, face time my boyfriend, watch a movie, take a bath, paint my nails, read a book, study Swedish or meditate and practice yin / restorative yoga. Sometimes I manage to fit all of these things into one evening, other nights its as simple as lighting a candle or burning some palo santo and breathing deeply before bed.
Do you have any advice/recommendations for getting back on track after the holidays?
Smoothies and tonics. They are quick effective ways to cleanse the body and provide it with concentrated vitamins and minerals. The first step is to detoxify quite seriously and then to get back to your positive habits. If your body is cleansed, it will crave more cleansing foods, so this is a good place to start, rather than just trying to force some salad down after a holiday binge when you'll likely be craving more junk!
What’s next for Qnola?
We are developing lifestyle range of products such as candles and natural beauty products, along with teas, tonics, powders, and new Qnola flavours. We are developing clusters and bars, and we are also working on an exciting wake up well project to be launched in spring 2017 - watch this space!
What does living A Joyous Life mean to you?
Being happy, positive, open and light. to be joyous is to be open to experiences and welcome all experiences with joy, and to see the joy in even the less positive things in life.