Yasemin Trollope is a beauty, well-being and happiness writer, and an IIN Health Coach in training. She believes that true health and wellness comes from working on all aspects of your life, passionately writing and talking about feeding your skin from the inside out. Currently writing for a number of print and online publications including Good Health magazine, PRIMPED.com.au, and her own blog, The Happiness Cocktail, Yaz also has a weekly segment on Mornings on Channel 9 and runs beauty and wellness workshops around Sydney.
1. What are your 5 organic must haves?
The ‘dirty dozen’ foods are definitely something I always try to source organically as these are the most chemically laden foods out there. These include apples, strawberries, spinach, kale and blueberries. I also try to have organic meat and household cleaners.
2. What are your top tips for living an organic & non toxic lifestyle for people that are just starting out?
I think it’s to be realistic. Small changes are better than no changes, so do what fits into your lifestyle, budget and requirements. Making drastic changes to your life isn’t healthy either, so make a list of priorities of the areas that you really want to cleanse and improve. Also, toxicity isn’t just about chemicals in food, clothes and cleaning products, it also has a lot to do with your environment and relationships, so look at your life holistically to see what needs to be saved, changed or shifted.
3. Why is it important for you live an organic lifestyle?
For me, living a life that’s full, passionate and in-line with my purpose and ideals is living an organic life. That encompasses as many aspects as possible, not just what I eat (because to be honest, I don’t eat 100% organic, 100% of the time) but also my relationship with my gorgeous husband, friends and family, a healthy work life, travel, fun and fitness. When all these things are in harmony I feel happy and fulfilled, and to me, that’s what life is all about.
4. What are your favourite natural therapies?
I recently went to Anahata Therapies in Mosman and got lost in their world of Ayurveda. I had an Ayurvedic massage there and it was truly spectacular. I also love N.E.T – a form of Kinesiology – and go to Rick at Universal Health. Trust me, the man is a wizard. Acupuncture and colonics are also on my list of favourites.
5. Do you have a favourite healthy meal you prepare at home?
Oh, so many! But I think my signature dish is my vegan lasagne. I’m not a vegan, but this dish makes meat look bland. It’s truly sensational (if I do say so myself 🙂 )
6. Do you have any tips on natural cleaning products?
I love ‘Shannon Lush’s book, Spotless, for easy household cleaning tips. I use bi-carb soda, vinegar and tea tree oil (although don’t use tea tree if you have a cat) on almost all surfaces. It works a treat. Plus, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s more expensive, these general cleaning things are so much cheaper than regular sprays and wipes from the supermarket.
7. What do you do to stay fit & active?
I live across the road from Centennial Park, so I utilise this amazing space as much as possible by walking, running and bike riding through the gorgeous tree-lined paths. I also love yoga and boxing. I just try to mix things up as much as possible.
8. What are your top tips to de-stress and relax?
Meditation, definitely. I have done two meditation courses, both were very different but equally as beneficial. The first was Still Your Mind and the second was through World of Health in Mosman. It was worth the trip across the bridge as Ranga, the teacher, was an amazing healing energy who taught me so much.
9. What are your favourite supplements to help you stay healthy and on top of the world?
I love Barley and Wheat Grass as well as zinc, probiotics and enteric-coated fish oil.
10. What are your top secret beauty tips?
Embrace Oils! I now use cleansing oil, moisturising oil, body oil and hair oil. It’s amazing. I also think good skin radiates from within, so I eat a wholefood diet and drink plenty of green tea and water to keep looking radiant.
11. What are your favourite things to do on the weekend?
I love going on big hikes with my husband. We plan long walks all around Sydney and pack a little picnic and off we go. I also love catching up with friends and heading to my mum and dad’s on Sunday morning for breakfast – my dad is an incredible cook and my 7-month old niece always gets the family laughing.
12. What’s your favourite restaurant at the moment?
For vegan yum cha I love Bodhi or Green Gourmet, for Japanese I love Brown Rice in Potts Points (the one at the end of Bayswater Rd), for home-style food I love Chiswick and for a quick mid-week meal I love Thang Long Vietnamese on Crown St. Surry Hills. Oh, I am also obsessed with Three Blue Ducks in Bronte and Bread & Circus in Alexandria for breakfast, and Kitchen by Mike in Alexandria for lunch. OK, I’m going overboard now…
13. What are your guilty treats that you indulge in?
Dark chocolate, definitely! I recently discovered Pana Chocolate, it’s raw and THE MOST AMAZING CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD. Yep, it’s so good it requires capitals. I also love drinking fresh baby coconuts – none of this popper stuff, the real deal is so much better. But they’re not a guilty treat, they’re just a treat full stop.
14. Do you have any tips for new Mummy’s with very little time to indulge in a complicated beauty routine?
Firstly, don’t be too hard on yourself. My sister had a baby 7 months ago and I saw first hand how hard it is to look remotely like your old self. Especially at the beginning when having a shower is a big achievement. But, once things settle down I would recommend using products that multi-task, so a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream that will hydrate, provide SPF production, give you coverage like a foundation and leave your skin looking amazing. ALL IN ONE STEP. Yesss! I also love creme blush over powder, as it instantly brings your skin to life and makes you look like you’ve slept a full 12 hours. Also, use dry shampoo to conceal the fact you haven’t had time to wash your hair for 5 days, it soaks up oil and leaves your hair looking brand, spanking new.
When it comes to skincare, keep it simple. Give it lots of moisture to counteract your lack of sleep and clean it morning and night. Oh, and look in the mirror and love what you see because, hey, you’re beautiful!
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