James Colquhoun is daddy to a gorgeous little blonde babe, Hugo, and husband to a stunning blonde mama, Laurentine. He is also CEO and Founder of Food Matters – a health and wellness initiative inspired by his own fathers diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Food Matters is now a global resource with millions of followers – helping people take control of their health through learning via their website, books, films, nutritionists, and even health retreats. James shares with us his love of the ocean, seeing the world through his son’s eyes, and the importance of showing gratitude to his body, mind and soul. Read on to find out more about our very first ‘Dada Crush’ …
Let’s start things easy, and simple …
1. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
This morning was a glass of lemon juice, ACV, ginger and water. Followed by a few bits and pieces from Hugo’s breakfast (a little avocado, some porridge and a handful of frozen blueberries).
2. Most enjoyed Winter and Summer beverages?
In the heat of Summer, I can’t say no to a green juice. Usually cucumber, kale, celery, apple, and lime. In Winter, I warm up with a creamy coconut milk chai!
3. What three things do you take to your desert island?
A surfboard of course! Plus a coconut tree and an avocado tree. Need to keep that hydration up and sustain my energy!
4. Describe your style …
I would say I am serious and relaxed, but not seriously relaxed!
5. Holiday destination of choice?
It would have to be the incredible St Tropez.
Ok, let’s step it up a little …
6. How do you chill out?
I love to go swimming in the pool or surfing. Or simply reading a book on the beach. There’s nothing more revitalizing to me than being on the beach or in the water!
7. Something you can’t live without?
My nutribullet, for sure!
8. You have a dinner party and can invite three people dead or alive, who’s attending? …and what signature dish do you cook for them? More importantly, does it involve dessert?
I would invite Jamie Oliver, Tony Robbins and Michel Odent. Then serve them up a French onion soup, some blanched zucchini noodles with raw cashew cream sauce, followed by a delicious banana flambé for dessert!
9. What is your favourite thing about Fatherhood?
Being a father is incredible. There’s nothing more magical than seeing the world through new eyes. Hugo amazes me everyday, and helps me to reconnect with the little things in life.
10. When you jump on Instagram, which accounts do you look at no matter what?
I can’t help but look at Kelly Slater, Food Matters, and Kook Slams (don’t laugh)!
11. Are you afraid of anything? (we promise we won’t use this against you. Maybe)
Helicopters. Those things are extreme!
12. Favourite childhood memory?
Playing with my brother in the backyard all afternoon, everyday!
13. What are your non-negotiable health and beauty routines?
Hydration is so important. I love a green juice and use essential oils and natural oils on my face and body daily.
Oh, these are too easy? Ok … let’s get personal.
14. What does self-care mean to you?
Without getting too deep, to me, self-care is all about honouring that god resides within you, as you. It is incredibly important to nurture, nourish and show gratitude for your own body, mind and soul, treating yourself in the best way you possibly can.
15. Leap into the future – describe to us how it looks …
I see the future as a healthier world, filled with more organics, more farmers markets, and more healthy options! We will be enjoying more fermented foods and beverages, more natural medicines, and reducing our exposure to gluten, drugs, sugar, and, hopefully…less road rage!
16. Inspiration; what makes you go chick chick boom?
I can’t beat spending time with my family. Hanging with my team at the office, or traveling the world, spending time with health & wellness game changers. All of these people inspire and ignite my passion to continue spreading the message of health and wellness, and living life to the full.
17. What makes you wet-your-pants happy?
Once a week, Laurentine and I schedule in a non-negotiable date night and typically watch a funny movie together. It’s my favourite night of the week.
18. Do you live by a life motto? If so, do share …
Yes, a few that blend together actually!
God resides within you, as you.
See love in everybody.
Everything is absolutely, always unfolding perfectly.
You can achieve anything in your life.
19. Tell us something about yourself that we’d be surprised to hear …
It sounds like something from a movie, but in my previous maritime career, I co-ordinated fending off a pirate attack off the coast of Yemen, while driving the private yacht owned by the King of Qatar!
and finally …
20. What’s next for you?
Oh, this is a big one! Let me give this a go … First of all shooting a new film about helping people take their lives to the next level (it’s going to be EPIC!). Secondly, donating 1M to charity in 2017. Thirdly, having another baby (well, not me but Laurentine). As well as building the airbnb for health coaches, and reaching 10 million kids and families through our Food Matters Foundation educational scholarship programs!
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