Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Mind Body Spirit Festival London and lots of food.

I was so excited when I was offered a free ticket to The Mind Body Spirit Festival in London this weekend.

I was hoping for a space filled with open, approachable, engaging people.

It was hectic, cramped and disorganised. It felt like the complete opposite of what a wellbeing festival should be.

It felt more like a Sunday market where everything was on sale and everyone wanted a piece of the pie. I'm not going to get into too much about why it was a bit meh.  I will say that I was so glad to make it to the live stage (not as grand as it sounds) to hear Ruby Wax talk to the audience about her take on mindfulness and how she uses it in her daily life. This had been scheduled to be 30 minutes long, for the 15 minutes she spoke, it was comedic and engaging. However I don't think she was comfortable with the background noise and was worried that the audience could not hear. So that was that, over in what felt like a flash.

By this point I was hungry, not scrap that I was HANGRY! So off I went in search of food. I went in the wrong direction (my fault) and ended up at the Earls Court canteen area and I asked the dreaded question that the poor cafe guy had been asked a million times over before I even got there "is anything dairy free?". There wasn't, nothing was dairy free. What was annoying was that he couldn't even say it nicely, it wasn't helping my bad mood. Thankfully someone whispered in my ear that there was a raw salad bar right in the middle of the exhibition space. So I went to find this mysterious food offering.

By the time I got there I was almost crying. I was trying to get myself out of this funk but nothing was working. I had been pushed, shoved and barged past. I tried to ask a stall holder about his fruit bars and I was completely dismissed for my louder, much more abrasive peer. It's just not in my nature to talk over someone to be heard and I'm not naturally competitive. I thought it was, to be frank shit customer service. I continued my search in finding the SACRED SALAD.

Redeeming quality number one:
The raw food bar was none other than inSpiral. A mecca for all things raw food in Camden town. I had arrived! There was smoothies, treats and salads galore. However I did have two people push infront of me. With one looking at me so angrily as he did so, there was no point in me saying anything.

I ordered the Green Queen smoothie and the Raw Gourmet Pizza and mixed salad. it was delicious and totally what I needed. The smoothie was a blend of Mint, Avocado, Chia Seeds, Almonds, Spinach, and Date syrup. There was also some Chlorophyll and Spirulina in there for good measure. It has to be the most uplifting and decadent smoothie I have ever tasted! The Pizza was so tasty the Cashew Cheese was perfect and the olives where zingy against the tomatoe topping that was spread over the pizza base.

 As you can see I really liked my smoothie!

I ate it while trying to calm down and thought to myself "come on, you are here now. Try to make the most of it". So I did a teeny bit of incognito meditation to bring me back to myself and with a smile on my face I went for a look around the stalls.

There was a mix of everything, seriously everything. A mix of spiritual healing, jewellery, food, massage and book authors and beauty products. It was overwhelming. At one stall I couldn't even get the owners attention to buy something so I left it and continued on. There was always something going on at live stage. I got to see a Harpist and some Belly Dancing.

Redeeming quality number two:
I brought some lovely gemstone bracelets from a stall that turned out to run by one of my favorite stalls based in Greenwich Market, London. That really cheered me up. I also brought some Yogi Tea and a few nutritional bits that I will talk about another time.

Redeeming quality number three:
After much deliberation I decided that as I was here I should try something new. I'd never had a massage of any kind before and found a lovely looking treatment booth called Blissful Wings. I booked an Indian head massage. I'm so glad I did. It was so relaxing and well, blissful. The lady that runs Blissful Wings is called Fiona and she was a pleasure to be around. I left the "festival"  much more relaxed and calm compared with how I was feeling at the beginning. Thank you Fiona!

Waiting for my train at Kings Cross I treated myself to a White Peach Tea and a very naughty for my tummy but extremely delicious Lemon Ginger slice from Leon. Yummy!

Whilst on the train back home, the boyfriend and I decided that we would eat out for dinner. Dinner was to be a burger at Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Falafel for me and something called "The Don" (he wishes") for him. They were accompanied by their lovely friends, onion rings and chunky chips!

It was delicious and I loved that the "burger" was actually three large, perfectly cooked falafel balls, not a pattie for a change! And if you love onion rings, deffinatley try these ones. Of course there is going to be a bit a grease but they are dryer and crispier in texture and scummier then any other onion rings I've tried. Promise.

The lessons I have learned are:
I need to grow some sort of a back bone.
Not everything will turn out how you expected.
You have to make the most of it.
Burgers will fix anything and everything. EVERYTHING!


  1. Awh, I'm sorry that it started out so badly but I'm glad there were some redeeming features! It is disappointing when something isn't how you expected it - and there's just no need for rudeness! I love the photo of you with the smoothie :) Thank you for sharing x

    1. Thank you! It turned okay. I will always write honestly! The smoothie was truly amazing! I want to check out the actual cafe now! x

  2. I loved reading your experience! x

    1. :) thanks for stopping by and making it through my ranty first paragraph! x

  3. Sorry it didn't turn out as you expected Liz but I'm happy that you got something out of the day - that smoothie looks good! I used to live near Greenwich and the market there was one of my favourite haunts - reminds me why I miss London sometimes! x

    1. The smoothie was AMAZING! I don't normally like mint in food, just in my tea! I love that market, it doesn't feel like London does it? We should go and eat churros together! They're vegan when eaten plain, sometimes I dream of them x

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