Journal by Taline - Hippie Lane
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by Taline
20 May 2019
Stef and I recently worked with new beauty brand Recreation beauty and I spoke with Nedahl, founder of the company about my beauty routine, food philosophy and mindfulness practices. Here it is….
Taline Gabriel entered the scene as the creator of Hippie Lane, a healthy food and mind website with a book and a recipe app. With 542,000 Instagram followers, you could say her stuff resonates. We got together for a chat after this INCREDIBLE photo shoot with her and BFF, Stefanie Neal. Get ready for some serious inspiration, cause this is one chick who walks her talk.

Hippie Lane is …

When I first entered the market 10 years ago, I was offering healthy wholefood recipes, that were plant based, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free. As time went on, the brand evolved to encompass healthy living and a healthy mindset.

How did it start?

When I first entered the market 10 years ago it was just recipes – plant based, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined-sugar free recipes but as time went on I more understood that it’s a combination of things, not just food, but wellness in general and the brand has evolved in the last two or three years. I have a psychology degree and I find this is a nice cohesion of all my skills and abilities.

How did you grow your Insta?

I came in at a really nice time, it was 2013, Hippie Lane was wholesale only. I’d just had my second child and was looking for flexibility so I made the decision to halt wholesale production. I started @talinegabriel, my Insta account, and posted pics of wholefood recipes I made, and it grew rapidly from there. Within a year, I had 100,000 followers, and with their encouragement I launched the Hippie Lane recipe app in 2015. It was a natural and organic growth, there was competition online but I was unique in my offering and styling, which really worked in my favour. I caught the eye of the mainstream market. In Byron, Bali and particular pockets of Australia there has always been a gluten-free, natural unrefined health food market but not in the mainstream, and I guess I was able to capture that market online. It was beautiful timing and good fortune.
What’s your health philosophy?

In your twenties, you experiment. And I did a lot of that. I tried a lot diets, beauty rituals and workouts. When you hit your thirties, and often after children, it all starts to make sense. With experience, stability and a little know-how, you become clear about what works for you. It’s really about tuning in to your potential and valuing yourself enough to choose healthy without deprivation and self punishment. My health philosophy is not about reaching a desired result but more about self care and nourishment. I’m gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free, and I eat an organic wholefood diet.

I go with my intuition more now than ever before. With our lifestyle, personal health and bodies changing and evolving, I think it’s really important to listen to your own body cues. There is no one size fits all. I shop organic, and eat unprocessed as much as I can. I eat majority plant-based with the addition of ethical sourced animal protein occasionally. My diet includes lots of colourful vegetables, nuts and seeds, superfoods, wild fish and organic grass fed meat in moderation. I have fries every now and again, and indulge in dark chocolate and things I love because life is meant to be enjoyed. Find your balance!

What’s your weekly workout routine?

Most mornings, I’ll take a long walk, and if I can, I’ll sneak in an ocean swim (4-5 times a week). When I get get home, I’ll do some basic resistance exercises, about 15 minutes of abs, squats, some teething and yoga postures. Every now and then I’ll do stints of reformer pilates at a studio. I’ve gotten better at listening to my body and going with what feels good.

What do you eat on a typical day?

I always start with warm lemon water in the morning, it’s good for the digestive system and great for alkalising. I don’t do coffee.

Breakfast: It’s more savoury than sweet these days and I try and eat after my exercise so I push breakfast out to 10am. I’ll usually do a kale and spinach dahl with a turmeric base. Kale gets a bad wrap but it depends how you make it, in the dahl it takes on all the flavours. Most of the time it’s vegetarian and I’ll have avocado on the side and activated pecans. It’s just a really nice, green, healing and anti-inflammatory breakfast with the nuts and avocado to keep me full.

I’ll make a almond matcha latte at home as well.

3pm snack: I make a lot of treats and different foods for Hippie Lane so I’ll have a power bar – I have a lot of protein based bars that I make and I’ll do a tea, like lemon and ginger or a chai.

6pm dinner: Usually grilled fish with roasted veggies or fresh salad. If it’s not fish, I might do a chickpea curry or something like that. Something easy and light with a salad.

I don’t do a lot of grains, it’s usually protein and veg. I used to have a smoothie in the morning with muesli but I find I do better on a low starch, low sugar diet. I think clearer, I have less bloating and generally feel fuller when I choose savoury, protein rich meals. If I feel like something carby, I have buckwheat / or paleo bread with some almond butter on top.

 

What do you do for mindfulness?

I’m big on books. Reading self development / psych / relationship titles motivates me to stay on track with my goals.
Being active is very important for me. I workout more for my mind than my body, it helps clear my mind and sets me up for a productive day.
I like to have time to myself. I find I need it, especially now more than ever. Time to do what I love, time for quietness, time to reflect. It’s so important for me to keep my balance.
Writing is truly therapeutic. I write affirmation, quotes and journals posts which really help me to articulate my feelings and move forward when I’m stuck. Getting the words on paper really allows me to tap into my emotions.
Self care is always my go-to. This includes, baths, time with friends, time outdoors, beach visits, etc.

Do you take any supplements?

I take compounded nutritional supplements prescribed to me by functional practitioner. Through your doctor’s referral, you take a blood test that determines whether you have deficiencies. This way, rather than going into a chemist and guessing which vitamins to take, your supplements are actually custom-made for your specific biochemistry. Mine include a variety of different vitamins – As, Bs, Cs and Ds, biotin, zinc, magnesium and more. They are compounded in the correct dosage and combined in pill form for quality and practicality.
I also take naturopathic adrenal tonics.

Take us through your beauty routine

I use active skincare from the Ultraceuticals brand. I use a vitamin A serum at night, and Vitamin B and C serum in the morning. I just bought a new eye cream which contains minerals from the Dead Sea in Jordan, and it’s been incredible – really helped in reducing the appearance of dark circles.
I get a microdermabrasion treatment every six weeks at a salon called Muse in Chatswood. Body moisturiser is really important and I’ve been using your organic body + hair oil [RECREATION STARDUST] which is fantastic, I think moisturising all over is really important (and underrated) for the skin. I’ll do a face skin scrub every few days also.

How do you take care of your hair?

I use organic shampoo and conditioner – I’ll switch it up between Davroe, Everescents and DNA Organics. I’ll do a hair mask once a week with coconut oil, leave it in for two hours or overnight. I’ve been going to an organic hair salon since forever. I also take biotin morning and night which is really good for hair condition.

What do you do for the environment?

We are as toxic free as possible at home. This shift started over ten years ago when I was trying to fall pregnant. It wasn’t an easy process for me, and it instigated many changes in my lifestyle, and one was organic, toxic free which led me to start the business [Nedahl’s note: at this point we bond because our stories are so similar!], that’s when I started seeing a functional medicine doctor and got serious about organic and chemical free. I use natural cleaning products – vinegar based products and essential oils. I use glass and stainless steel containers for food storage. We eat mainly at home, are conscious of waste and recycling. We shop at bulk foods and say no to plastic.

What’s your superpower?

Authenticity and self love are everything and I think if you have this, you have the courage to face all of life’s challenges with ease and also live with purpose. This is the key. Stay in your own lane. Do your own thing. Choose to work in a career that makes a difference. This is the ideal scenario.

 

Photos: Chris Mohen
Hair & Makeup: Melanie Burnicle
Stef & Taline wear clothes from Tuchuzy in all pics

Shot at Ravesi’s, Bondi Beach