Xochi Balfour is a holistic wellness guide and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist (Dip NT, CNM). Through her writing and work with groups and individuals, she explores all areas of vitality – combining diet, natural healing and various methods of spiritual inquiry to guide her readers and clients in cultivating more balance and harmony within and without.
She recently published her first book, The Naturalista: nourishing recipes to live well, and is a contributing editor for Psychologies magazine. She holds regular retreats with her husband Ben and works with teachers near and far to deepen her understanding of what it means to be well in the 21st century. Through her nutritional therapy coaching, she works with individuals to rebalance and re-empower themselves through holistic nutrition, mindful self-practice and daily ritual.
I am a passionate explorer of holistic healing, natural beauty, complementary medicine and alternative cultures and communities. I believe in living naturally; in eating natural foods, using ingredients grown in the ground, respecting our bodies and souls and nourishing them in every way we can. I write this blog in the hope that you will join me.
It seems to me that in this whirlwind digital age where stress and disease levels are permanently on the rise, and we find ourselves constantly consuming under the inescapable influence of mutli-national food and cosmetics corporations, consciously returning to a natural way of living, in harmony with the planet and for which we were designed, is one of the most empowering things we can do.
Through my recipes, retreats and continuous travels and learning, I write to inspire individuals to return to their power, make new intentions and create a more aware and connected life. Wellness and mindfulness are within everybody’s reach and there is a world of inspiration out there for us to tap into collectively.
From what you put in your mouth to the lotions and potions you stay beautiful with, there has never been a more important or exciting time to embrace a more natural way of living. The body thrives off the ingredients and diet it was designed for and knows – not chemically processed compounds created for profit and sold without love. And whether you’re concerned with your own health and wellbeing, the food you give your kids, the unidentifiable fragrance in your super frothy shampoo, or the greater environment around you, we all know our current ways of living and consuming are harming both us and the planet we inhabit. From chemical-filled body creams to foods so processed we can’t pronounce what’s in them, what we choose to buy and eat and support every day needs to change.
It wasn’t until my husband Ben and I set up our own healthy street food business, Rainbo, in 2012 and worked ourselves crazy that my passion for nutrition really ignited. Working endless hours and eating whatever we could find to keep us going, staying fit and energised became a real challenge and my health began to suffer; burnout set in and exhaustion took over. So I took a short course in nutrition, overhauled my diet and my bathroom cabinet, and never looked back: I am now training at the College of Naturopathic Medicine as a Nutritonal Therapist and travel each year to a community in Costa Rica where I work with my teachers on meditation, breathwork, tantra and many modes of inner and outer healing.
Keeping on the path is never easy in a city as plentiful and frenetic as London. But as my journey deepens and the community grows, I am always overwhelmed by the inspiration and possibilities that unfold in daily life.
Come and join the journey.
Photo: Kyle Galvin