Tuesday, 13 September 2011

interview series #1: health and wellbeing

Today is the first post of my new interview series. Each interview will feature questions and answers with an expert in the field of fashion, blogging, home interiors, art, food and health. Each of course with a passion for sustainability, the environment, ethical business and all things natural and organic. The first of these interviews is with friend and health guru Darren Cox. In 2010, Darren started his own business, Total Reformation Health and Wellbeing. With over 10 years experience in the health and fitness industry, he understands the importance of devising a program that is tailored to the individual. 


Describe yourself in 5 words: passionate, friendly, caring, informative and goofy!
What tv show are you watching, what music are you listening to and what book or blog are you reading right now? Whenever I’m home I love to watch The Big Bang Theory for a laugh. My ipod is constantly on! I love Aussie bands such as Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus. They get a good work out on a daily basis. The book I’m currently reading is The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fifi. This is my 2nd time reading this book.
When you're not busy building your business and teaching people about health and wellbeing, what do you do with your time? I always try to practice what I preach. So, training, food preparation, stretching and meditation take up most of my time. My meditation is a bit different to most people though because I’m also a musician! I’ve been playing guitar and writing music since year 9. This is my release, my meditation, my Zen. It helps me balance my mental and emotional state and helps me release my feelings in an artistic way.
What are you passionate about? Health, wellbeing and music are my passion. Without health there is no wellbeing… without wellbeing how can you enjoy the simple things in life such as music!?
What does your business do? Through education and investigation I guide all my dedicated clients through the ‘natural’ journey of total reformation from the inside. I’ve come to recognise the importance of individuality and how what works for one person could be potentially fatal to the next.
What myth about diet or fitness do you wish you could dispel? Wow, where do I begin? I guess the one myth that is so outdated, yet everybody is still so scared of, is the whole ‘saturated fats are bad for you’ myth. It has been a dirty word for years and everyone is still going for the ‘fat-free’ option. I admit I did it as well. Little did I know that eating this way made me sick, fatter, gave me bad skin and I had no energy. Hmmm… The same symptoms people complain about when they come to see me! Coincidence?
What advice would you give to someone wanting to live a more healthy and balanced lifestyle?
Small steps... don’t try and fix years of abuse in 1 week! Your body is a very complex system that knows only one thing… how to survive! The first step is to create the best possible environment within your body so it has every chance to function effectively and efficiently. Keep your mind open and realize how unique you are.
What is your top food tip? Organic, free-range and raw! This is the only way to go. The benefits are amazing for both our bodies and the environment. Yes, the environment! People seem to skip this part but if you do the research you’ll see how organic farming can improve environmental and global issues. Disease, drought, floods and even global warming- amazing! I also put loads of attention on preparation with my clients. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

To learn more, visit the Total Reformation website here or email Darren at totalreformation@gmail.com. Total Reformation is based in Elwood and Hawthorn.

The Dreamer x

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