That moment when you realize that you haven’t been taking care of yourself the way that you should… We’ve been there. To repent, we asked Anne Owen, co-owner of impossibly chic Owen + Alchemy, about how to use food to get our bodies and minds back on track.
FW: What should women consider when they decide to embark on a cleanse? Are there certain symptoms that point toward the need for a cleanse?
Anne Owen: Simply, a cleanse is the process of removing all processed and animal-based foods from your diet for a time and instead fueling your body with pure, clean, fresh, “alive” foods. It’s an excellent restart that most people can benefit from. It’s also a powerful way to remind yourself how incredible your body and mind can feel when they are truly nourished. I tend to cleanse when I’m seeking clarity, during a particularly stressful or transitional time, or if I’m looking to regain a sense of control over my life.
FW: What is your advice for a woman interested in beginning a plant-based diet?
AO: My advice would be, “Go for it!” Just remember that there’s a ton of highly processed “plant-based” store-bought foods out there. Keep your new diet as fresh and unprocessed as possible in order to reap the benefits.
FW: Working with the idea of food as medicine, what are some specific foods that women can turn to to alleviate certain ailments, like headaches, upset stomach, fatigue, etc.?
AO: Ginger is amazing. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory that has the ability to calm your digestive tract, making it an excellent choice for anyone who’s feeling a little under the weather or queasy. Maca has been shown to have mood-boosting properties and can act as a mild stimulant. Coconut is nourishing for the skin, and coconut water is hydrating and soothing. Charcoal is a powerful detoxifier. Basil has anti-bacterial properties. I could go on and on… plants are pretty magical.
FW: What are some of the main issues that customers are looking to address when they first visit Owen + Alchemy?
AO: Everyone has a different reason for coming into the store. We attract all types. Some people are juicing experts who have been juicing for years and are just looking for some new ideas, flavor profiles, etc. Some people have special dietary needs, some are curious about working more plant-based foods into their diet, and some just had a wild weekend and want to detoxify a bit. Some also follow my partner, chef Jared Van Camp, and want to try his take on a plant-based menu. We have an incredibly diverse client base, which is so awesome.