We've known Eve Kalinik's name from the PR circuit for quite some time but it was only when ROOTED stalked a little more we realised she had graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine where our Founder is training in Naturopathic Nutrition. With a background in PR and our equal fondness for food we got in touch in hope we could share stories. We did meet and she's been a source of inspiration for us since. Here is her story...ROOTED meets Eve Kalinik.
How, why and when did you decide to become a nutritional therapist?
It was a bit of a lightbulb moment and I remember it exactly. I was stood on high st ken waiting for a bus and for the first time didn’t feel as though I was about to collapse with exhaustion. The main reason for this was because I had been seeing a naturopathic doctor who had been treating me after a chronic battle with recurrent kidney infections and adrenal fatigue. His philosophy was very much nutrition based. Anyway I tapped naturopathic nutrition courses in London into google and that same very day happened to be the open day for CNM. I went. I was hooked. I knew then what I wanted to do. And although it was hectic balancing the studying alongside a directorship at Karla Otto I managed it. Just! That was around 4 years ago and I haven’t looked back since.
You were a PR for some time, how was the transition from this to practising nutrition?
You would think it would be very different but actually in PR you are working with people and communicating effectively every single day. I actually think this has significantly enhanced my skills as a nutritional therapist as I really know how to relate to my clients. I also understand the pressures first hand of working in an environment where serious demands need to be met and I’m very much aware of working with my clients at the level that best suits them.
You do yoga too – what’s your favourite yoga position and why?
Ooh thats a hard one. Well yes headstand because that gets the juices flowing but I also love kurmasana as its such a great shoulder opener which most of us need since we are in front of computers all day. Kind of a stress buster!
What does your typical day look like day?
Typically there is no typical day! But I always rise early around 6/6.30am and have a nutrient packed delicious breakfast. It’s my favourite and most important meal. I like to think of it as setting intentions for the day ahead. Then I usually check and reply to emails. The rest of the day is then divided between seeing clients for consultations which can either be at their own homes or at my clinic at SP&Co in Chelsea and/or meetings for projects/editorial that I may be working on.
What's your typical day on a plate (food plan)?
Again no typical as I think we need to vary our food as much as possible but here goes for a snapshot. Breakfast - apple, ginger & walnut sprouted “porridge” and a matcha latte; Lunch - kale, avocado & fennel salad with coconut bacon and a tahini dressing; Dinner - Courgetti with pesto. I drink plenty of herbal teas, Joe’s teas are delicious and I usually slot in a PLENISH greens at some point during the day.
What's the favourite part of your job?
Making people feel better inside and out. There is simply nothing more inspiring or rewarding
How do you relax?
Yoga, meditation, going to exhibitions
Favourite foodie place in London?
Right now I love Nama in Notting Hill for raw vegan food.
What are you top 3 tips to staying stylish and healthy?
Think of one positive thing every single day that has happened to you however small and focus on that. It may be that you passed on the bread basket or you did an extra set in the gym. Or simply you spent time a close friend. Be thankful of those moments. Positivity has such an impact on health. Laughter is medicine!
Believe and be true to yourself. Don’t be derailed by others, I often hear that clients find it difficult to stick to plans as they have people around them that encourage old bad habits. Be confident in your goals and dreams and you can achieve them.
Small changes make the biggest difference. Don’t try to change everything at once. If you make changes gradually these are going to stick for longer.
Your life motto?
I love Bob Marley’s quote “Love the life you live. Live the life you love"
For more information on Eve, visit her site here