Spoon {philosophies} : A healthy attitude to health

Health and wellness is an important and complex subject and is forever changing with the times. It seems that unless you’re monitoring the various healthistas on Instagram 24 hours a day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest ‘superfood’ or diet plan on the market. At Spoon we love to dip in and out of these accounts and read up on all the latest news – it’s weirdly addictive.  


That said, living in balance and taking a holistic approach are phenomena that are becoming more prevalent within the health and wellness industry, and we aspire to them both at Spoon. In a recent Independent news article Ahmed Zambarakji describes wellness as:  ‘encompassing fitness, nutrition, mental health and altogether “mindful” living’. This definition sets out a clear structure for what we believe wellness should be.  Nevertheless, wellness is also a term that has been thrown around in many different contexts and has become a little confusing. We define wellness rather simply:  “living in balance through being conscious of what we eat, making time to enjoy life and making sure to switch off when we need to.”


Wellness for Spoon


Being conscious of what we eat: When we talk about eating a healthy diet at Spoon, we mean this in a purely habitual context, not a short-lived diet plan that’s been written in a magazine and denies our bodies certain food groups. Anna Jones sums it up nicely: “…eating well is far more simple than it is often made out to be. Buy good ingredients, cook at home, make the majority of what you eat plants and vegetables, and listen and react to your body. I don’t think it’s much more complicated than that.”


Taking time to enjoy life: We believe it’s important to take a step back from the grind as often as you can and enjoy life. Exercise both your body and mind by doing activities you love - for us it’s going for an evening jog, listening to a favourite podcast, or cooking for family and friends.


Switching off: Just as importantly, it’s about finding the time to relax, whether it’s curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea in your PJ’s, enjoying a lie in on a day off from work or tapping into your headspace app. It’s all part of leading a healthy and ultimately happy lifestyle.


This seems lovely and straightforward in writing but it’s not always the easiest in practice. Our schedules are manic and time never seems to be on our side. Money seems to leak out of our bank accounts and because of all this, unless you’re the kind of person who prepares all your healthy meals for the week at home on a Sunday night (which we only wish we were), it’s easy to fall into an unhealthy way of eating or to skip that evening jog you had every intention of doing when you woke up that morning. There will never be a perfect balance. Life is full of ups and downs, which we will never be able to control but that’s also part of the fun and we try to roll with the punches. Sometimes work will take priority over family but then again there are times when spending time with family and friends comes first.


It’s about taking a realistic approach to health.  If we apply the rules of leading a balanced lifestyle the majority of the time and don’t beat ourselves up over eating the occasional gooey brownie or working overtime to meet deadlines every now and again, we believe this can only be a step in the right direction. It is this approach that, in our opinion, makes a healthy attitude to health!

Spoon {philosophies}: about

Spoon was started by two people with the common interest of leading a happily balanced lifestyle – starting with a good breakfast. After making the jump to start their company together, they soon realised that keeping things simple was a helpful value to fall back on when times got tough. Simplicity now stands as the company’s core value.

The philosophies series is an open and honest dialogue about Spoon’s values and how they feature in our daily lives as well as the impact they have on how we run our business.  The series is also a way to highlight how our guiding principles are challenged by others we meet along the way. 

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Harvey Nichols