Wednesday, 9 April 2014

LOTUS LIVING: Bena Nakawuki champions the year-round benefits of natural health and raw-food nutrition

VITAL STUFF: The Lotus Line invites Jamaicans to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Given the jaw-dropping rates of common lifestyle diseases (diabetes, heart disease, The Big C, etc.) among Jamaicans, it should come as no surprise that more and more of us are giving greater consideration to our overall health and well-being -- and increasingly looking to natural health products and services to savour the life-altering benefits they offer our bodies.

That's precisely why Bena Nakawuki conceived of and established The Lotus line, which provides an appealing range of "superfoods" and "detox juices", training and consultation services to help more Jamaicans discover the life-saving power of nutrients found in food, a greater spiritual connection to food, increased mental clarity, and even better reproductive health, endurance and vitality.

"I've always had a passion for wellness generally," explains Nakawuki, a thirtysomething Ugandan nutritionist and raw-food advocate who has called Jamaica home for the past decade-and-a-half. "I love natural foods, raw foods, and those kinds of things, and to feel the benefits first-hand is something I wanna share."

With clients in Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and other spots across the country, most of Bena's days are spent helping everyday folks strike a healthier balance in their approach to food, fitness and healthy living. "I teach workshops and classes as well," she informs TALLAWAH, before making mention of the hands-on training in food preparation, private catering jobs, personal chef services and retreats that her company also organizes.

Unsurprisingly, Bena says she's giving serious thought to taking her natural-health message regionally while setting her sights on taking the Lotus brand globally. "I think the Caribbean as a whole could benefit from just more awareness about natural health," observes Bena, an avid sports enthusiast who is equally passionate about arts and culture. "When we look to the West, they're already on board with the whole wellness campaign, with things like Meatless Mondays, and ho eating less meat can have a positive impact not just physically but on the environment and the planet overall."

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