Q&A—We caught up with Alicia to talk about her life and mykind Organics.
Extraordinary Health Magazine: With all of the projects you have going on, is it challenging to juggle family responsibilities?
AS: It’s definitely a balancing act, and I’m always re-prioritizing to make things work. Sometimes, I take on too much work, so I have to make sure we’re carving out time to live instead of running around like crazy people with impossible schedules.
EXH: When you’re not working away from home, how do you like to spend time with your family?
AS: Every Sunday, I go to the farmer’s market with my son, Bear and my husband, Christopher. It’s usually a two-hour event that starts with me picking out our groceries while Bear runs around with a bowl of strawberries in his hand or eats tamales. He loves music and stops at every music person along the way, including a cool Rastafarian who plays the drums.On other days, we’ll go to the beach together or stop by one of our favorite spots such as chef Matthew Kenney’s MAKE restaurant. We also go to the Farm Sanctuary so he can touch and connect with the animals, or we’ll go on hikes together. We have a lot of lovely, fun times! But honestly, every single day is the best with Bear—waking up, snuggling and getting him fed and dressed—I just love our everyday life together.
EXH: How do you make sure you’re getting the most out of your family time together?
AS: For me, I think it’s because I realize this time is so fleeting. I want to enjoy every moment of it, so I try to be very mindful and patient. I don’t want to rush through anything with Bear! If we’re on a walk and he wants to sit down and play in the dirt, I want to be able stop and let him do that without worrying that I need to be somewhere else. I’m always working towards balance and my healthy diet not only makes me feel great, but allows me to be patient and present and I can manage life so much better because of it.
EXH: How do you feel knowing that you are part of making the first Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified multivitamin made from food?
AS: I’m so excited! For years I’ve been looking for a vitamin that didn’t exist. It was so frustrating to read all the chemicals that were used in “healthy” products. It wasn’t just the synthetic binders and fillers such as magnesium stearate that turned me off. It was knowing that the entire pill started off as a chemical replica of the great vitamins found only in food. Why couldn’t they just start with the food itself? That’s what I wanted and now, I finally have it with mykind Organics. We start with food and end with food.
“I’m always working towards a balance in life…”
EXH: When did you start paying more attention to the quality of the vitamins and supplements you were taking and the ingredients in them?
AS: When I got pregnant, I started to look at vitamins differently and realized they can be the insurance you need to get enough of the proper nutrients necessary during this time. It was always an ordeal for me to find a good “quality” vitamin. I started examining all the ingredients in these supplements and noticed there were lots of chemical additives and fillers that were definitely not food!
EXH: Why did you come to Garden of Life?
AS: I reached out to Garden of Life because they are not only the #1 selling supplement brand in the Natural Products Industry, but also leaders in Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition.
EXH: How would you describe your collaboration with Garden of Life?
AS: It’s great because, from the very beginning, Garden of Life has been so keen on listening to my wish list and making sure everything from ingredients to packaging is the best available. I think one of the reasons mykind Organics is so special is because the standards are so high.
EXH: Which is more important to you about mykind Organics—the 30+ organic, family farmed foods in each formula—or what is NOT in it such as magnesium stearate?
AS: It’s all very important to me. I don’t want synthetic ingredients in my body. I want real foods because I feel more confident my body will recognize food and use its nutrients to the fullest.
“...these supplements are truly unlike any others...”
EXH: When we first started working with you, one of the things you were excited about was the mykind Organics B-12 spray. Is this the one you’re looking forward to using the most?
AS: I’m excited about the entire product line, of course. It’s great to have these completely clean vitamins that I can tell my friends about. What makes the mykind Organics B-12 so cool is that it tastes delicious and is so easy to spray in your mouth. I always like to have some B-12 handy because it’s good for so many things. I use it whenever I feel stressed out. And, of course, whether you’re vegan or not, you need plenty of B-12 in your diet.
EXH: Since you thoroughly researched many of the prenatals on the market when you were pregnant, what’s special about the mykind Organics Prenatal?
AS: The mykind Organics Prenatal is a great choice for women because you can tell exactly what you are getting just by reading the label. It’s loaded with foods that are excellent for prenatal health—organic lemons, organic kelp and others that women have used for centuries. This is the only multi I would have taken when I was pregnant.
EXH: What do you want people to remember about mykind Organics?
AS: I wanted to take a multi from the same types of organic, nutritious foods I eat in my daily diet. I didn’t want a bottle of chemical isolates dressed up with organic fluff. The multi I wanted to take didn’t exist, so that’s why we created mykind Organics. This is something new that you’ve not seen before. Its 100% food with no additives and no junk. Just real good food.
“It’s 100% food with no additives and no junk.
Just real good food.”