Guest Editor Christy Wright talks with Natasha Geddes who, when she couldn’t find the wellness essentials she craved, took matters into her own hands. Read: she became a certified Integrative Nutritionist and founded Good Goddess.
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This revolutionary brand takes the confusion out of getting healthy with beverage- and food-activating essentials formulated to get you glowing from the inside out. Good Goddess products start waiting lists – count yourself lucky if you can get your hands on a jar of Coconut Cloud, a delicious probiotic-packed yogurt that’s actually vegan – and Natasha’s wellness advice is something we crave, especially during these unprecedented times. Read on for easy ways to de-stress during isolation, killer skincare tips and Natasha’s Cougar picks for spring…
OK, first things first – what’s your earliest Cougar memory?
The Pillow Boot for sure! It is such a classic, almost nostalgic, but still in step with fashion.
Speaking of which, you have some pretty glam fashion credentials.
I grew up working in fashion retail and landed a dream job at a high-end department store where I was the Designer Shoe Buyer. After that, I worked for an independent designer footwear company before following my heart and deep-diving into the world of wellness, though shoes have always been a big part of my life and I now seem to be passing this obsession on to my 9-year-old son. Eeek!
How did you actually transition from shoes and fashion to wellness?
I’ve always been interested in holistic cooking and supplements. My passion for these just really took over; I didn’t even see it coming! I was spending more time cooking and creating healthy dishes and snacks, and suddenly I had friends asking me for nutritional advice more than fashion advice! I knew something was up. I decided to become certified in Integrative Nutrition so I could actually give qualified advice. I always knew there was a void in the wellness market and so my marketing mind started racing. I felt the world was starving for a COOL line of health supplements and Good Goddess was born.
Given these unprecedented times of isolation and rising stress levels, do you have any Good Goddess tips to help keep us all on track?
I like to start the day with a huge glass of what I call “magic” water. My favourite includes freshly squeezed lemon, a full dropper of Good Goddess Curtonic Tincture, which is an anti-inflammatory that helps boost immunity, and a half dropper of Sedatonic Tincture to help calm anxiety. You can customize your magic water as you like by adding apple cider vinegar or fish oil, whatever you prefer… just make sure to start the day with water.
What about exercise now that most of us are at home?
Don’t be hard on yourself if you’re not working out as much as you want to in this crazy time. Walk and move as much as you can and, my favourite trick, put some jeans on every couple of days. When we’re at home all day in lounge pants with constant access to the fridge, it’s easy to overeat. Give yourself a little waistline audit every few days by putting on your skinniest pre-isolation jeans. I also like to dress up my at-home loungewear with my black Pratos – I even coordinate them with black and white athleisure wear.
What advice would you give to those who want to get healthy, especially now, but don’t know where to begin?
Start with little tweaks that make a big difference, like only eating sugar on weekends. Challenge yourself to eat plant-based meals three times a week and stop eating after 8:30pm on weekdays. It’s not realistic to change everything all at once. You have to gradually build up to your ideal lifestyle and remember that what’s good for others may not be good for you so listen to your body. Even if you derail now and again, you know what path to get back on because it will have become your new normal.
Are any of these tweaks responsible for your perfect skin?
Skin’s appearance is really all about what you put into your body. If I indulge in a lot of wine, I can see it on my face the next day. I also stay away from sugar – it literally breaks down collagen – and love steaming at least three times a week. Overall, drink as much water as you can, take a probiotic like Good Goddess Belly Behave (gut health is key) and, as mentioned, start your day with Curtonic lemon water to combat inflammation.
“I am crazy about the Perth sandal camel shade – it rocks with an organic spray tan.”
If you’re going to cheat, what’s on the menu?
Pizza for sure, truffle chips and a good gluten-free cupcake. I’ve also been known to eat a few Oreos from time to time. Ramen on a Sunday afternoon is also such a nice treat.
Any overall wellness tips you can share?
Eat clean and work on being happy. Happiness is wellness, especially now with all that’s going on in the world.
On that happy note, what Cougars are you sporting for spring?
I have a slight sneaker addiction so am head over heels for the Bloom sneaker. I like them in white and love how versatile they are – I can wear them with skinny jeans as well as workout tights. The Perth are incredible too. I am crazy about the camel shade – it rocks with an organic spray tan. I first wore my Perths with a long floaty dress, but I’m finding they’re morphing into my everyday slide; they show off pedicures nicely too! And, as I said, the black and white Pratos are easy to wear and give me a little extra height. It’s funny, the Prato’s cushiony band is reminiscent of my very first pair of Cougar Pillow Boots so it’s like a fashion full circle!
Written and edited by Christy Wright christywrites.ca.
Photos courtesy of Natasha Geddes.
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