This week on our Talking Straight Series we chatted with the Content & Marketing Executive at GoodnessMe Box, Julia Giampietro. Julia discussed with us how COVID has impacted her morning routine, some important lessons around being Straight Up & authentic, & what she'd change about the health industry.
SUPR: What does your morning routine look like?
JG: My morning routine definitely looks a little different due to COVID and working from home. I used to exercise in the morning, but that’s changed as I find it more beneficial to take a break and do so during the day. Now that I’m saving time on commuting to (and from) the office, I make myself a proper breakfast which I sit down and enjoy. I’m a creature of habit so lately it’s been scrambled eggs on toast with avocado and spinach or oats with berries and peanut butter. I save my coffee for mid-morning.
SUPR: What does ‘health’ mean to you?
JG: To me, health is holistic in nature. Although very much physical, it goes far beyond the food we eat or the exercise we do and encompasses a sense of mental and emotional wellbeing. To me, health is also about prioritising things that make you happy, finding the right balance, managing stress and taking time out to practice self-care.
SUPR: What are five things you’ll always have in your fridge / pantry?
JG: Olive oil, eggs, strawberries, dark chocolate, peanut butter.
SUPR: What’s your favourite form of movement?
JG: Boxing. I love the high-intensity mix of strength and cardio! I’m also a huge fan of walking and I feel as though people totally underestimate the benefits! Now that we’re working from home, I try and go on a 30-minute walk on my break most days of the week and a longer walk or two on the weekends. It’s a great way to get moving and also clear your head.
SUPR: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be & why?
JG: That's a tough one! Career wise, I would have to say New York. I lived and worked there after finishing my first degree and fell in love with the hustle and bustle. In terms of lifestyle, the South of Italy where my family is from. Good food, beaches, sun… what else could you ask for? My husband and I also joke (kinda) that we’re just going to pack up, move to Spain and open up a wine and tapas bar… but I can’t see that happening anytime soon!
SUPR: What is one fun fact most people wouldn’t know about you?
JG: I spoke Italian before I spoke English and I’m an introvert at heart.
SUPR: Why is it important to you to be Straight Up and authentic? Have you ever struggled in the past with being your true self?
JG: No specific time comes to mind. In saying that however, everyone has probably struggled with this at one point or another. I'm in my 30s now and I can honestly say that as each year goes on, I feel more comfortable and confident within myself and my abilities. I think that just comes with age. It’s funny. I guess you learn more about your personal strengths and weaknesses and accept both. It’s important to be Straight Up and authentic because if you don’t know your own worth, who will?
SUPR: The health industry isn’t perfect. If you had the power to change one thing about it, what would it be and why?
JG: How long do we have? Ha! My biggest pet peeves would have to be unqualified people dishing out health and nutrition advice on social media and food products claiming to be ‘healthy’ when in reality, they’re filled with so much crap that you might as well just eat a donut. I also think that over the years, the industry has overcomplicated health and wellness. Seriously, how many different types of nut milks do we need? Health science is extremely complex (trust me, I know!) but as consumers, we really just need to bring it back to basics and filter out the noise.