It's the month of love! We believe it's so important to use this season to show some TLC to the VIP who has worked so hard to get you where you are - YOU! With that in mind, we interviewed health and wellness guru, Julie Katerine Turcotte, to to teach us about achieving self-love through lifestyle choices, including diet, exercise, and mindset.
Read on to discover how you can treat yourself to a better you this Valentine's Day and beyond!
Let’s start off by having you tell us a little about yourself?!
Hey beauties, so happy to introduce myself! I’m a health & wellness junkie, born and raised in Montreal. A bit about me, I’m a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, lifestyle curator, wellness entrepreneur, autoimmune disease overcomer and proud mom of three.
At the age of 31, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my life changed overnight. I immediately set about a new way of life that would forever change my wellness journey. By altering my mindset and lifestyle in terms of diet, exercise, stress and toxic surroundings, I freed myself from this disease and can proudly say that I’ve been medication-free since 2011 and have never felt better! My health journey was the impetus behind the creation of Global Glow, a modern lifestyle company that offers a fresh, inspiring and empowering new way of embracing health & wellness. Today, as the proud founder and CEO of Global Glow, I provide health coaching services and offer top of the line health, wellness and beauty products.
What do you wish you could tell your teenage self?
I would tell my teenage self to listen to my body. As a teen I wasn’t very health conscious, I thought that eating healthy, exercising and taking care of my body were things I didn’t have to do until I was an adult. But actually, your teen years are one of the most crucial times to feed and treat your body well since you’re still developing. The earlier you can learn to listen to your body and become in tune to what it is telling you, the better! Understanding the signals your body is giving you is such a powerful tool you will use for the rest of your life. Once you start listening to your body and appreciating all that it does for you, you will learn to love and embrace it for how powerful and beautiful it is.
Where does self-love fit in your philosophy?
Self-love is an integral part of the Global Glow philosophy. You can’t heal a body you don’t love. And to heal it from the outside, you must start within, the rest will follow. At the end of the day, even if you’re eating healthy and doing all the right things, none of it matters if you don’t embrace and respect your body. Self-care is a form of self-respect, taking the time to prioritize your physical & mental needs is a pillar of ultimate health and happiness.
What role do health and wellness play in achieving self-love?
Health and wellness play such a crucial role in self-love. People who have more self-compassion have actually been shown to have lower levels of inflammation in the body! The Global Glow approach starts with analyzing your primary foods which are actually comprised not of the food itself but rather of all aspects of our lives, from our careers to our interpersonal relationships, to the amount of physical activity we do, to our emotions and spirituality.
To me, one of the most important pillars in our primary foods is self-care. The combination of all of these elements influence the outcome of our wellness journey and build a strong foundation of health.
How have you adapted your routine during the pandemic to maintain a positive outlook?
I’ve focused on getting back to the basics, which will overall positively affect my mindset. Such as getting deep restorative sleep, cooking more from home, moving my body in ways I love and connecting my day to habits that benefit me & bring me joy. Essentially, removing as much toxicity from my everyday life as possible. I’ve taken this time as a valuable learning period to appreciate the importance of the things in life we usually take for granted, such as good health & precious time with family.
What are some easy, everyday habits we can all adopt to improve our self-confidence?
Practicing mindfulness! I’ve found meditation to be a priceless tool to ground me, reduce stress & anxiety, leaving me feel more empowered. But I know for my teenage daughter, siting and meditating is the last thing she wants to do. Something simple everyone can do every day, is starting and ending their day with a positive mantra and ending with positive affirmations. Start building a habit of speaking to yourself positively and intentionally, and your self-confidence will naturally rise! I also recommend journaling, starting with simply writing 5 things you’re grateful for at the end of every day. By releasing positive energy into the world, more will be drawn your way. It’s a two-way street!
Can you recommend how we can use social media as a vehicle to drive self-love and positivity, when we can often feel negativity surrounding the internet?
Social media is like food in the sense that there is a lot of junk out there and some foods make us feel better than others. The beauty of social media is that you can tailor your feed to exactly what you want to see, so make it a positive space for yourself! Follow accounts that bring you joy & improve your life in one way or another. At Global Glow we stand by authenticity and genuine connection with our
community, I advise you to use social media to find your community! But sometimes, one of the healthiest ways we can use social media is by not using it at all... I recommend taking one day a week for a social media detox. It’s only one day, you can do it!
Any activities or recipes to help us discover our best self this Valentine’s Day?
This day of love should be spent doing what we love! When we engage in activities that we truly enjoy, we are the best version of self. Spend the weekend surrounded by ones you love (in person or virtually). Enjoying time with family, going for long walks, cooking a meal or baking something sweet together, all these things will leave you feeling your best.
I’m planning on making an at home spa experience, first dry brushing, then a facial massage with my Gua Sha, and taking a luxurious bath with essential oils, candles and good music. This self-love routine isn’t only for this Valentine’s Day, it’s for every occasion!
To see more from Julie, check her out on IG @globalglowofficial for daily wellness tips, tricks healthy inspiration & more! Visit her at www.globalglow.com to discover loads of insights on health & wellness, delicious recipes, informative blogs and her must have products!