'I really embrace the feeling of renewal that January brings. I love the sense of a new chapter beginning, with its promise of possibility and opportunity; it feels galvanising and energising.'
'Like many others, this month is typically a time when I consider and enhance the practices and rituals that are nourishing me. I focus on fuelling myself with nutrient-dense food, redressing the balance in my diet after the indulgences of the festive season, as well as feeding my mind – it’s a month in which I will do a lot of reading.
Everything we do at Bamford is rooted in this idea of nurturing the body and mind and building sustainable wellbeing practices that work for each of us, not just in January, but throughout the year. So, in order to help inspire you, my team asked me to put together a selection of the staples and new arrivals from Bamford that currently form part of my daily rituals and habits.
I know that the start of this year hasn’t yet brought the changes that many of us had wished for but I remain optimistic that there is plenty to be hopeful about, and I wish you a very happy, healthy and fulfilling 2021.'
For comfort: soft yoga & loungewear
The Bamford Wellness collection is designed to be comfortable for you to stretch and move in, but unlike many fitness brands, we didn’t want to use fabrics that harm the planet. We use a Q Nova fabric, which is a recycled polymer obtained from regenerated raw materials, blended with organic cotton, so it is soft against the skin. Everything from the material to the dyes used to print the label has been thoughtfully considered to be gentle on the earth.
Holy basil, or tulsi as it is known in India, has been celebrated in ayurvedic medicine for centuries. I’ve been travelling to India for over 40 years and it has been a significant and constant part of my life, so the leaf’s associations with the country as well as its spiritual quality and healing properties felt like a personal and natural association for Bamford.
For balance: bacterial cultures
Eating well, sleeping well and plenty of exercise can help maintain our overall wellbeing and support our immune systems. But while we can strive to receive all the nutrients we need from our food, our bodies sometimes need a little extra support.
Bacterial Cultures is Bamford's probiotic formula, which contains 'live' and 'thriving' soil-based organisms that are only activated once ingested. The supplements range is plant-based, and all of the ingredients are ethically sourced and packaged in recyclable glass bottles.
For scent: Gray eau de parfum
Gray is my middle name ‐ a name that runs through our family ‐ and this rich, elegant fragrance evokes happy memories of times with my loved ones. Nature has been such a huge inspiration in my life and work, and Gray’s earthy tones recall the scent of a forest floor ‐ of moss and trees, and long walks in the woods together near our home in Staffordshire.
FOR PEACE OF MIND
My meditation practice is something I’ve developed over years, but one thing I read when I was starting out has always stayed with me. Notice the gap. When you breathe, there is a moment – a pause, between the end of one breath and the beginning of the next. Bringing your attention to that gap as you breathe aligns your focus and gives the practice purpose.
A NUTRITIOUS RECIPE: CHICKEN, GINGER AND VEGETABLE BROTH
This is a broth that feels as though it is doing you good. It is a handy recipe for making a day or so after you have roasted a chicken, as you can turn the carcass into stock and shred any slivers of leftover meat into the soup.
You can put in the vegetables in any proportion you prefer – and if you don’t have them all it doesn’t matter, but the greater the mixture the more flavoursome and healthier the broth will be.
2.5 litres good chicken stock
400g mix of shredded red onion, carrots, cabbage, leeks, celeriac or celery and kale
About 2cm fresh root ginger, finely chopped
500g cooked chicken, torn into thin strips
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped chervil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring the stock to the boil, add all the prepared vegetables and the ginger, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft. Add the chicken and bring back to the boil, then take off the heat.
Taste, adjust the seasoning as necessary, and sprinkle with the herbs before serving.
Discover more nutritious recipes in A Love For Food by Carole Bamford.