Perched high on a hill in a beautiful, tree-lined street is a quintessential Paddington corner terrace shop and practice named Ovvio. But this is no ordinary “holistic practice” – paying homage to the 18th Century Apothecary, herbal remedies, antique china and rustic, organic offerings brought old-world charm to modern Naturopathy, this is the Organic Lifestyle Store & Naturopathic Clinic that is home to the practice of Anthia Koullouros – one of our country’s leading naturopaths, herbalists and organic food, health and lifestyle educators.
Having visited the store, sampled some of her finest teas and reviewed Anthia’s recent book, I Am Food (Penguin Books Publication), we were very excited to learn more about this talented health practitioner so an interview was arranged.
Q: What drove you to follow this calling in life?
A: I was inspired by a faded nutritional manual, ‘How to Get Well” By Paavo Airola, on my parent’s book shelf when I was 12. I grew up in a Mediterranean culture. We grew our own food. I knew instinctually that what people were eating and how they looked after themselves contributed to their stress and disease state. I have a love of tradition and working out why things are the way they are i.e.. what is the underlying cause(s)? So it is my absolute passion to educate and inspire as many people as possible to choose products and take actions that add health, happiness, peace, love, beauty and truth to their lives and the lives of others. To achieve this I help people sort through their clutter and get clear about why they are feeling the way they are, and help them overcome the confusion that many people experience when it comes to health, lifestyle and nutrition. Education is the key, debunking myths and offering clear and simple, no-nonsense, fad-free, sustainable solutions to take care of their minds and bodies.
Q: What are your everyday essentials for a healthier life?
1. Doing my purpose – helping clients get better. Education and debunking food and health myths.
2. Stillness – in order to create and connect with my purpose.
3. Eating whole foods – well sourced and well prepared.
4. Drinking herbal tea – Ovvio Organic of course! My daily dose of wellness.
5. Spending time with loved ones which include my pups – Casper & Maya!
Q: If you could change one thing about the typical Australian’s food habits, what would that be?
A: To consider where their food comes from – health of soil (type of farming methods e.g. organic), health of plants (GM free, organic, natural), health of animals (grass fed, open range is best) and the preparation of food to retain nutrients and enzymes. To not just eat for self but eat for the benefit of all.
To finish off, we were lucky enough to be treated to one of Anthia’s signature dessert recipes which you might enjoy – Chocolate Cloud Cake.