Q&A with Holistic Nutritionist Tahlia Mynott
Nutritionist and new mama Tahlia defines super-woman; she is pursuing a deeply holistic path of wellness and sharing her passion with the world through her three incredible businesses. Made With Raw Love is a raw, organic, medicinal chocolate company that Tahlia co-created with her partner Scott. These handmade chocolates and elixirs are the epitome of conscious, not only health wise but environmentally as well. Tahlia also runs Living Hormoniously with yoga therapist Lissie Turner, and together they host educational workshops to encourage women to expand to their fullest potential by embracing their moon cycle and all the abundant gifts of it's potent rhythms.
I was introduced to Tahlia through a mutual friend, and we met up like a literal blind-friendship-date back in early 2017- in Byron Bay, Australia. We have shared many of the same passions and have had a very similar journey in life; our friendship has blossomed from that day onwards. She is grounded, inspiringAF, and wise beyond lifetimes... I truly love this woman. Qualified holistic nutritionist since 2008, she's an expert in detox, digestive health, the menstrual cycle, and pre-conception. I am so honoured to call her my friend, and excited to share her Q&A with you today!
Q&A with Tahlia Mynott
1. what time is your alarm set for?
Haven't used an alarm for years - now I have a newborn alarm :)
2. what did you have for breakfast?
This morning I had an organic decaf reishi coffee + 2 pieces of gluten free pumpkin bread with avocado, butter, vegemite (tahini,miso and olive oil), sauerkraut, hemp seeds and sea salt.
3. what are you currently working on to better your Self?
Communication with others - particularly in situations I may shy from. Working on my confidence to communicate efficiently and effectively.
4. what book do you think everyone should read?
Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.
5. favourite way to sweat?
Interval training and/or sauna
6. who is one of your biggest inspirations?
Can't think of one - the women/ the tribe around me continue to inspire me everyday.
7. what is the last thing you purchased?
8. What is the best advice you've ever received?
No matter what outcome occurs, it's never the "wrong" outcome. everything in life happens for a reason and whatever happens is your path or destiny - grow from that.
9. What is something you cant live without?
10. what does a typical dinner look like for you?
Always protein rich and generally a smaller meal.
11. what is on your night stand?
Crystals, salt lamp, plant, scented candle (all natural).
12. if you could have only one (for the rest of your life): chocolate, or avocado?
Avocado - I really should say chocolate considering I co own a chocolate business, but the nutrients you get from an avo and the fact that I consume at least one a day, goes without saying.
A Deeper Dive
1. You're a nutritionist... and own a chocolate factory! What can you tell us about chocolate and it's place in the world of health?
Chocolate sadly has been bastardised over the years and many people know of it as a sugar “treat” rather than an every day bitter superfood. We are grateful that in the last 5 or so years we are seeing companies retain chocolates true essence and health qualities (by not overriding it with fillers, sugar and preservatives), which is part of our mission.
The incredible fruit that is cacao (chocolate), grows mainly in sub tropical regions and is abundant in nutrients. Magnesium is one of these. This is a mineral a lot of us are deficient in and is vital for a healthy and happy functioning system. Cacao also contains an array of other minerals, copper, zinc, manganese and iron (being the highest plant source of this).
Cacao also works as a delivery system in our bodies. This means it works like a bullet train in delivering nutrients to our cells. That’s why we want to pair it with equally as amazing ingredients. We’ve chosen superfoods, tonics and medicinal mushrooms to upgrade our range with.
2. How did you find time to balance time between these three incredible businesses and make time for your Self, your family, and friends? The businesses that I run don't really feel like businesses.
When you are on path or living your passion each day feels like a blessing. However life can get quite "busy" and I do ensure that every morning I do some form of movement and I try to fit in some down time every afternoon for my self. Whether that be a sauna, some time in the garden, a self love practice, some cleansing, whatever I am feeling I will try to do at least 30mins of in the noon. Weekends are generally a time to be with family and friends, although they sometimes can be filled with what some call "work". It's about making the time, but also making the choice. Some weekends I am happy to be creating and following my passions, others I want to chill at the beach with a latte and some girls.
3. What has been an impactful learning experience you’ve had on your own personal health journey?
To never label yourself as anything. I learnt this the challenging way. By labelling myself as vegan - raw vegan. By doing this I put myself in a very tight box that I felt I couldn't come out of and if I did step outside it I felt extreme guilt.
4. How do you spend a perfect day off?
A morning family walk around the beautiful rainforest property we live on, followed by some type of elixir on the balcony and then possibly a trip to the nearest beach or creek swimming hole. I love the water and the simple things in life.
5. What is one piece of advice you can give to someone looking to start their health journey?
Everyone's path is different, do your research, pick and take pieces of advice from those you resonate with, but do not label yourself or follow someone else's advice 100%. Always do what feels right and resonates with you. You are your own expert, your own guru, no one else.
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