yum. Gluten Free: We are so excited to be with Nuzest today! Thanks so much for meeting us, Monique. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Monique Bolland: Hi guys, thanks so much for having me! My name is Monique and I’m a graphic designer and web developer by trade. I’m also a certified Health Coach and proud to be the co-founder and Brand Manager of Nuzest, a boutique nutritional supplement company.
ygf: We are thrilled to meet you! Will you tell us about how and why Nuzest was created?
MB: Nuzest began with a very personal story… When I was only 23 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Modern medicine is yet to find a cure and the prognosis I was given was pretty bleak so my family and I looked to natural therapies for answers.
Our good friend and naturopath Kira Sutherland (who went on to become one of our Nuzest product formulators) first introduced me to the healing potential of good nutrition, natural therapies and living a healthy, balanced life.
My own journey led me to open Alkaline health spa, in Sydney’s Potts Point, and to various studies in natural health. Simultaneously, my Dad’s journey took him straight into the nutritional supplement industry where he consulted and distributed vitamins and supplements.
Dad and I joined forces in 2012 to create Nuzest. The company was born out of a desire to create products with integrity that would genuinely improve people’s health – not just read well on the labels. For people like myself, good nutrition is the best chance of longevity. For people like my Dad, an avid cyclist, good nutrition allows him to compete against people half his age and come out on top!
ygf: Wow. It is so inspiring that you took something so negative and turned it into a passion, profession and your life’s mission! What products does Nuzest offer today?
MB: Nuzest is a healthy lifestyle brand. We put together a team of naturopaths, practitioners and scientists from around the world to formulate products that provide foundational nutritional support. We believe that supplements are there to fill the gaps in an otherwise healthy diet, not to replace one.
We have several products now but the founding two still provide the platform for good daily nutrition:
Good Green Stuff – Comprehensive nutritional support
Good Green Stuff is our hero product and something everyone should take on a daily basis to support their health. It’s a tasty blend of 75+ greens, fruits, vegetables and herbs; fortified with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes, pre-and-probiotics and more. It’s scientifically formulated to provide the best, most bio-available forms of vitamins and nutrients and provides support for all 12 body systems in one product.
Clean Lean Protein – Premium European Golden Pea Protein
Clean Lean Protein a 100% vegan pea protein that’s free from nasties. It’s a “complete” protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), free from common allergens and easy on the digestive system (none of the bloating often associated with whey protein products). It mixes smoothly, tastes great, and is kind to the environment. And our water-based isolation process removes all lectins and anti-nutrients so it’s even suitable for a Paleo diet.
Every batch of every product we make is tested by independent laboratories to ensure we are gluten free, every time.
ygf: The products sound incredible. I can’t wait to get my hands on them! How did you come up with the name, Nuzest?
Nu – new/renewed/newfound
Zest – energy/vitality
ygf: With such an empowering story… What is your #1 health tip for us to take away?
MB: They say that health is a journey, not a destination – so make the journey and enjoyable one!
When trying to get healthy, people often focus on the negative – ‘I have to give up coffee ’ or ‘I have to drag myself to the gym 5 times a weekto lose weight’.
Instead, focus on finding things you enjoy. If you don’t like the gym, try yoga or morning walks. Experiment with new foods to find things you enjoy snacking on, rather than spending your energy mourning your mid-afternoon sugar binge. If giving up coffee is your goal, there are delicious alternatives like Roasted Dandelion tea that you may find you enjoy even more.
If your health journey is full of things you love doing, eating, and creating, you are much less likely to fall off the wagon.
ygf: I love that! We are unique with individual needs and need to remember that. Please tell our readers how we access your products and stay in touch.
MB: Nuzest products are now available all over the world. In Australia products can be purchased online at www.nuzest.com.au, or in health food stores, gyms and clinics around the country. Visit our website for a list of stockists.
The best way to stay up to date with all things Nuzest is via our Facebook page – @nuzest.aus