Conversation with Yvette & Nuria of Ekka Recovery

This week, I have a Kitchen Table Conversation with Yvette Jacquez and Nuria Reed of Ekka Recovery. They reveal a precious insight into living the boxes that they have created and what holistic recovery looks like to them. This is what they say about Ekka Recovery:
“Ekka Recovery is a subscription based wellness box specifically designed to assist recovering drug and alcohol patients create a new and healthy lifestyle. Ekka works with recovery clinics to help their patients prevent relapse. Our holistic methodology combines mind, body and spirit integration with superfood and supplement boxes, downloadable recipes, fitness routines and yoga/meditation to support patients during and after treatment. The monthly subscription box that gives you the tools you need to build a new healthy lifestyle and maintain sobriety at any stage of recovery. Our mission is to bring the relapse rate down by inspiring and supporting the recovery community through our carefully curated health and wellness boxes.”

Kitchen Table Conversation with Yvette & Nuria

Liv: What have you had for breakfast today?

Yvette: 2 hard boiled eggs and a slice of sprouted toasts w/ a cup of black coffee
Nuria: I had coffee with reishi, coconut oil, cinnamon, ghee and coconut milk! Blended into a superfood mocha thing!  And chia pudding with passionfruit and ashitaba (I obviously live in California lol).
Liv: How are you connected with addiction? We’ve experienced friends and family struggle through their addictions and wanted to do something about it.
Nuria:  From 16 – 22 I was really actively anorexic, then I started using drugs and alcohol and traveled a lot in an attempt to run away from all my feelings.  I got treatment and have been more or less free of those particular addictions ever since, however new ones pop up all the time, and my old ones sometimes like to re-appear.  Additionally, so many loved ones in my life have and are struggling with addiction.  



Ekka Subscription Boxes

Liv: You’ve set up Ekka subscription boxes, for those in recovery. How did you conceive the idea?

We wanted to do something to affect positive change in the world,  that would really help people and we wanted to do something using things that have helped us a lot in our lives. So  lifestyle, fitness, community, diet, spirituality.  The thing with these things is that you HAVE to do them consistently, so subscription model and boxes are just so fun! Like getting a present each month!

 Liv: What does Ekka stand for? 

Ekka means ONE in Sanskrit. Ekka Recovery is founded on the value of “Oneness”. One body, One life, One community, One planet.

Liv: I guess a question most people in recovery will ask? Why should I subscribe? How will this benefit my life?

Great question! The benefits are numerous. Most people in recovery don’t realize how much better they can feel just by changing their diet and exercise patterns. So thats one big one because we will be making these exercise programs specifically for our members. Two, we do all the hard work on finding the best products that really improve your experience of life, from anxiety to sleep to skin and body we have something for everything and we make it really  fun and engaging to shift your whole body and life into a lighter more VIBRANT version. Our goal is to have our members THRIVE in your recovery.

And, probably most importantly, not only do you receive a box of goodies each month and have physical movement available at your fingertips  but you also get an opportunity to connect with like minded individuals to support the Mind/ Body/ Spirit!

Liv: Can you provide an example of an item in the box and how that might nourish your body?

Chlorella is an example of one of the items you may find in your box. Chlorella aids in detoxing the body of heavy metals and is called nature’s “multivitamin”. It is also alkalizing, hydrating and assists in the growth of healthy gut flora.

And so this helps because alcohol and poor diet depletes the body of healthy gut flora which can cause symptoms of indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and discomfort. Chlorella aids in reversing these symptoms by restoring the alkalinity in the body and assisting in the growth of gut flora.  Chlorella is amazing. Once you take it you just feel so much better. The whole world should be on chlorella. 



The Importance of Good Nutrition in Recovery

Liv: What is the importance of good nutrition in recovery?

Typically individuals in drug and alcohol addiction recovery replace their cravings with sugar. Sugar triggers the same chemical response in the brain as alcohol does and studies have shown that sugar is more addicting than cocaine. Translating an alcohol addiction into a sugar addiction is still an addiction! So by introducing something different, like chlorella or potent green food, the craving for sugar/alcohol actually starts to shift and the body feels lighter and more energetic.

This is just ONE example of the many ways that diet is affecting our brain and body chemistry.  And brain chemistry is number one for mood disorders! People don’t realize how much power they have to feel better just based on what they eat…

Liv: You said in your video that your boxes deliver hope. How?

As a member of Ekka you receive more than just a monthly box but a community to call on for support and accountability.  A partner so that you know you are not in your recovery alone and so you have someone to inspire you with their successes and can also offer hope others . We are really passionate about mentorship, Nuria mentors young men and women in recovery, to be able to give that gift and go full circle is really what seals the deal.  Additionally,  we send thoughtful messages, that inspire hope, but also keep the conversations going about how to be happy through what may see like really low moments in one’s life. 

Liv: How are you nourishing yourselves during a really stressful time, launching Ekka?

We are making sure we get gym time in and eat a balanced diet, take breaks and get support from our loved ones. It’s not always perfect but it’s in the imperfection that we find a balance. 



Holistic Recovery & Relapse

Liv: You said that you are on a mission to lower the relapse rate in America. In what ways will you achieve this?

By changing the way we recover as whole, with more emphasis on sustained support, accountability and nutrition and by changing one’s environment, this means lifestyle, diet, friends and even thought patterns. 


Liv: What are your top rituals/tips for those in recovery?

Morning sets the tone of the day! Create a morning and bedtime ritual and you will feel immensely better.  An example of this could be to write for 20 minutes every morning while drinking a special drink you make with love and care.

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