• #IAmNow: Q&A With Wellness Expert, Kate Cook

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    As Titan Travel enter their 40th year, we reflect on how time moulds us. To celebrate, we created a video to explore the impact of our life moments on the people we become. We asked  influential individuals; filmmakers, artists, photographers, psychologists, to discuss their relationship with the video and how it resonated with them. We asked Kate Cook, wellness expert, what her thoughts are.

    About Kate

    Kate Cook is a nutrition and wellness expert, author and keynote speaker who lives in the UK. Kate Cook has been leading the Wellness revolution within companies for several years. Her nutritionist training informs her philosophy that factors beyond diet, such as mental attitude, happiness, fitness, time management and sleep are necessary to the holistic mix that creates a healthy, happy workforce. Kate appeared as the nutritionist in The Truth About Beauty TV series with Martine McCutcheon, and has been featured in magazines such as Zest, Marie Claire, Red and The Sunday Express. Kate wrote a column for Closer magazine for a number of years.

    As an author Kate Cook has published Get Healthy For Good, Be Incredibly Healthy with Sally Brown , Drop a Dress Size with Eve Cameron , Shape Up Your Life with Penny Ferguson, An (Un)fit Mother, and The Corporate Wellness Bible.

    In your personal/professional experience, how do the themes of our #IAMNOW video resonate with you?

    The video makes me think of how it is important not to stay exactly as we are; instead we should look to progress, change and evolve.

    For example, although I am a nutritionist of 20 years, I have a passion for the environment and health of the earth.  I am therefore evolving, using all my experience and passion to become a slightly different version of my professional self.

    What does time mean to you?

    Time is now. I try never to look back and wallow in nostalgia, but blaze into the future.

    The now is where we create possibilities for change. Nostalgia is interesting because sometimes is lovely to look back on good times. However, really, it’s the now that creates the possibilities and, if we look back, it sometimes traps us in what we were.

    Only in the now, we have that future self and the opportunity to be a different person. In every single moment, you can change somebody who you want to be.

    What does travel mean to you?

    Travel is an opportunity for the brain to renew, to stop the humdrum of our ordinary existence, and create new possibilities and perspectives.

    When it comes to new experiences, the brain rewires and has to learn how to absorb them; through learning about different cuisines, tastes, food, agriculture, and community.

    The food side of travel is culturally what makes it such an enriching experience. You could travel to a luxury hotel and never really see what local life is like. Only through the food you realise that you’re in the completely different landscape. It’s the food that substantially measures this out.

    How do you live in the moment?

    I try to notice and engage and communicate with all those around me. I never shut myself into headphones or being separate. Being in the now is engagement with the moment and noticing those around us.

    Music is also an important part of being present, following each note in the mind and letting it transport me to another world; in the same way travel can.

    Additionally, what I try to do is, for example, when someone comes to a coffee bar and they don’t have enough money, I buy them a coffee and ask them to pass the good deed on to someone else.

    To view the #IAmNow video visit:

    http://blog.titantravel.co.uk/i-am-now

    Don’t forget to share with your friends and tell us all about how your experiences have influenced you.

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    Sophie is passionate about travel and photography. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, The Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and New Zealand.

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