As a kinesiologist, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, Cassie Mendoza-Jones helps women upgrade their health and their life. In working with Cassie, women move into what she calls “body harmony” – a state of balance, ease and vitality. When she’s not working with clients, or creating new books, online courses and programs, she’s getting lost in a good novel, hanging out in a cafe or suiting up for a yoga class. Meet Cassie…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
I used to be a hair and makeup artist, but I’ve always had a passion for wellness and importantly, understanding the triggers that keep us feeling stuck or blocked. I loved my job as a makeup artist but I felt I could offer women so much more; I didn’t want to just make them feel beautiful on the outside… I wanted them to feel beautiful, whole and healed on the inside. I moved into studying this wonderful world of wellness and founded my business, Elevate Vitality… and I’m so glad I did! My journey is always evolving and expanding. I have just launched a whole new concept and website into the world, the Body Harmony Society. This is a space for women to re-learn how to be kind to themselves, reconnect to themselves and ultimately… find freedom + harmony in their own skin.
What’s your number one wellness tip?
I don’t really have one wellness tip, but I guess if I had to narrow it down I would say give yourself permission to really look after yourself in whichever way feels right for you… and release all guilt around making self-care a priority.
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
Self-care! I have to make sure I make time to move my body daily, and have downtime. It’s very easy for me to keep working because I love what I do so much, but I have to remember to slow down too! So my saving grace is probably yoga. It really helps to keep me on track and get back into my body if I have been working too hard and not resting enough.
What motto do you live by?
This is my favourite motto and being a perfectionist, the idea that what we’re doing is always good enough has helped me so much in the past: “Everything is perfect in the Universe… even your desire to improve it” – Wayne Dyer.
What is your proudest achievement?
I honestly think it’s a culmination of everything I’ve achieve in my business – sometimes I have to stop myself and take a look around, and remind myself how far I’ve come from those days when I first started my practice. And these days, I think I’d have to say it’s launching the Body Harmony Society.
What are your goals for the future?
The Body Harmony Society has been something I’ve been dreaming about and working towards for months, and my goal is to help as many women as possible to find their own style of body harmony Another goal is to write my book, which is brewing inside me! I also want to take a little time off next year to travel with my hubby, and we’ve booked a trip to the USA which is so exciting.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I grew up on the shores of South Africa, and started horse riding before pre-school. Horses were the biggest part of my life up until I finished high school. They taught me so much – compassion, patience and how to love unconditionally.
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
At the moment my fave recipe is this simple recipe for salted caramel bliss balls – they are so delicious!
These little balls of goodness are so simple to make, and yes they have natural sugars… so don’t go crazy, but ENJOY! Maple syrup is actually super high in protective antioxidants, and since you’re getting a good hit of protein from the nuts, plus minerals from the Himalayan salt… I say… enjoy!
2 cups walnuts
2 cups almonds
1/3 cup maple syrup
10 dates (remove pits)
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut for the mixture, plus extra to roll bliss balls in
Splash of water
Blitz all ingredients together in a food processor (save some extra coconut to roll balls in), until the mixture is quite sticky and you can roll it easily. You may need to add an extra splash of water if it’s too dry, or some extra coconut or nuts if too wet. Roll into balls. Roll through some desiccated coconut. Set in the fridge. Enjoy!
Where can we find you?