Healthy Eating and Holistic Wellness with Hippie Lane

 

The Canberra Centre has been bringing their workshop A-game of late. After rolling out a series of amazing beauty masterclasses to coincide with the launch of the new beauty precinct (catch up here), the Canberra Centre has brought back its health and wellness destination Eden for its second year.

The first workshop of the Eden Series was a masterclass with Taline Gabrielian, the founder of Hippie Lane, a business centred on holistic health and wellbeing as well as delicious nourishing food. Taline has a huge presence on instagram, a successful app and has just released her first cookbook. But how did it all get started?

‘It was about eight or so years ago after I had my son and realised something wasn’t feeling right in my body. I wasn’t sure what it was so I went to the doctor and it turned out I had developed a lot of intolerances.’

‘In order for my gut to heal I had to cut out gluten and diary. It was really hard to find something at a cafe so I started to cook at home. I had always enjoyed cooking and loved the creativity of it. It grew from there and I was supplying to my local cafes and it was going really well.’

‘When I fell pregnant with my daughter and decided to put the business on hold and stay home with her for a year. I knew that if Hippie Lane was for me I would to be able to come back to it. It was the best decision I ever made.’

‘When she was one year old I knew I wanted more so I started an Instagram account. My audience started to grow and after a year I launched the app which has been so successful.’

‘I love the styling aspect of my food; I love creating the recipes I love that we can inspire people to eat well. That is the power of being a social media influencer. My goal has always been to spread the message far and wide.’

‘I worked in counseling and as an educator before so I’ve always had a strong passion to help people live their best life. There is a psychological and spiritual element to what I do at Hippie Lane. It’s all about to be connected and in tune with yourself.’

‘I think there is too much pressure on us to be perfect. I’m not perfect. Everything I share with you is what I strive for but I don’t manage it all the time. Sometimes I just eat pizza and that’s normal. That’s part of being human. I want to show you what I do on my best day.’

If you aspire to be like Taline on her best day (we know we do), follow the exercises below.

 

Write it all Down

Taline says: ‘I really believe that if you are going to have success it really helps to write it down and have a reference point.’

The task: ‘Write 2-3 things that you are grateful for right now in this moment.’

 

Gratitude

Taline Says: ‘A sense of gratitude and appreciation has been around for a while, but it’s a real buzz word right now. Stopping to reflect on what’s good in your life is really powerful. It helps you focus on what you do have instead of what you don’t have. No matter where you are on the spectrum, being grateful can offer you hope and a light at the end of the tunnel.’

‘On a good day I want to wake up softly. I realised that the haste and rush I was doing in the morning wasn’t healthy for me. I now try and wake up 15-20 minutes earlier and stay in bed. My mind normally turns to all the things I have to do. I just bring it back to all the things that I’m grateful for.’

‘In my thirties I’ve really learned that it’s the little things that are best things. It’s not the big holiday or achievements at work, they are just the icing on the cake. It’s about finding the things in your every day that make you happy.’

‘I then finish my day with my gratitude journal. Once I have done my journal, sometimes I find that a day I didn’t think much of, or thought that I hadn’t achieved much in, turns out to have included so much more to be grateful for than I first thought. I then soften my self into sleep.’

The task:‘Try to give yourself more time in the morning to soften yourself in to the day. Start a gratitude journal and at the end of each day, reflect on everything that you are grateful for each day before sleep.’

 

Self Love

Taline Says: ‘The key to finding happiness in your life is loving and accepting yourself as you are. Once you realise this, a weight falls off your shoulders. You realise that having more, needing more doesn’t matter. You are enough as you are.’

‘When I go to bed early, after my gratitude journaling I write down one thing that I like about myself. At the end of a month I have a list of thirty things I like about myself. When you feel good about something you tend to want to do better. It’s natural. So when you have a list of things you like you want to grow it.’

The Task: ‘Think of one thing about yourself that you love each day. Try and think about your personality traits and not external factors.’

 

 

Self Talk

Taline Says: ‘This is all about the inner critic, we all have it. It constantly picks up all the negative things in our lives. The inner critic usually comes from an experience in your life. It catches on and will go on forever until you learn to manage it. If you believe everything that goes on your head you won’t get anywhere.’

‘You have the power to debate your inner critic. It can be so powerful to prove it wrong. Realise it’s a thought and try not to attach emotion to it. You can’t stop a thought so don’t even try but you can notice them. Notice it and think: “why am I thinking that? where has that come from?” Then break it down. Fight it until your positive thoughts outweigh your negative ones.’

‘I believe self talk is the piece of the puzzle that connects all the other points I am making today. I urge you to think about the things that come through your mind, acknowledge them and debate them.’

The Task:‘Think about the one big thing that your inner critic says. Then debate that with it. Acknowledge it, examine it and turn it around.’

 

Healthy Choices

Taline Says: ‘Healthy choices are made when you feel good about yourself. I’ve been eating healthily for about eighteen years. I used to eat healthily to be thin, and to fit in. For the last eight years now I eat healthily to nourish me.’

‘I’m eating well to be well and because I love myself enough to do it. The question you have to ask yourself is: “do you think you are worth it? Do you love yourself enough to nourish yourself?” If the answer doesn’t come to you quickly, then you need to do some work on yourself. You are so worth on it. We all are.’

‘When people tell me I don’t have the time to cook your food. I just hear that they don’t love themselves enough to make time to care for themselves. That they don’t value themselves enough to make that time.’

The Task:‘Ask yourself if you feel you are worth looking after and caring for.’

 

Connections

Taline Says: ‘Connection with real people who you love and nourishing your relationships is everything. Digital connection is fun but that’s just it, it’s fun. The people you connect with online aren’t the people you live with and spend the most time with. You need to regulate your digital time and take the time to connect in person with the people you love.’

‘I don’t care about the “likes” anymore, it took me a long time to get around that, I know my work is good enough. If the algorithm shifts and my likes or engagement are down, it’s not going to be the end of me. I am confident enough in my work and why I’m doing it that those things don’t matter.’

The Task:‘Put boundaries around your social media use and make the time to connect meaningfully with the people you love.’

 

Self Care

Taline Says: ‘You can’t be there for others with a glass half empty, you have to be there with a glass half full. I now can’t go one day without doing something for myself. I urge you to have a weekday or a weekend self care list.’

The Task: ‘Create a self care list, one for the weekday and one for weekend. Diarise your time for self care, schedule it in and make it a top priority.’

 

Goals and Organisation

Taline Says: ‘It’s so important to set short and long term goals. Break them down into achievable steps. You have to organise yourself to achieve your goals.’

The Task:‘Think of a goal you have, it could be something you want to achieve just this week, or this month or even this year. Next, break your goal into the smaller steps and then schedule time to achieve each step.’

 

Mindfulness

Taline Says: ‘Mindfulness is about being present, aware and in the moment. When you are being mindful, you are in your body, rather than in your head. You are in the present, and not thinking of the future. Meditation can help you build the skills you need to be mindful in every day tasks.’

The Task: ‘Spend time meditating each day. Just start with 1 minute and then build to 5 minutes, 10 minutes, whatever you can fit in or works with you. As you meditate, your thoughts won’t stop, but just bring your mind back to your breath. For more information on meditation read our article on Meditation with Gary Gorrow here.’

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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