Meet the Team

Georgie Hendl

It’s no surprise to those who know Georgie best, that she forged a career in health and wellness. From a young age, her Father has lovingly teased, calling her a ‘tree hugger’, due to her love for all things natural.  Her positive nature, belief in affirmations and understanding of nutrition are all facets which have helped build the foundation which we know as I AM Co.

After studying Food Science at Otago University, she went on to study Holistic Nutrition in Canada and while there became fascinated by the power of healing the body naturally through food and natural medicine. Georgie then went on to travel and explore the globe, studying yoga along the way and experiencing different cultures and their healthy habits.

Georgie founded I AM Co. in late 2015, as a way of pursuing her dream of inspiring and encouraging others around NZ to live a more fulfilled life through a healthy lifestyle and a positive mindset. With a longstanding passion for all things ‘health’, she has loved every minute of growing I AM Co and using her knowledge to inspire ladies all over NZ to live a more whole and rounded life.

1.     Food You Can’t Live Without…

Oooh I would say Cacao or Avocados…or both- together! (Cacao Avo Mousse anyone?)

2.     Go-To Dinner…

When in a hurry, the easiest dinner would have to be a big bowl of steamed broccoli, silverbeet and tempeh with a creamy tahini sauce. SO delicious and easy.

3.     Fave Way to Move…

YOGA! Yoga is my daily movement for it’s ability to keep my body open, flexible and strong. I also love going for long walks outside and listening to podcasts..so I try to do this a couple of times a week along the coast line.

4.     Most Inspiring Book/Doco…

I loved ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle in my early twenties, it really introduced me to a new way of thinking. And a super powerful doco that i’ve been loving lately is ‘The Shift’, by Dr Wayne Dyer.

5.     Fave Foodie Destination…

If I could choose a country Vietnam or Mexico – A hot bowl of Pho or fresh-pressed tortilla tacos both make me very happy.  If I had to choose a local place, it would be Chop Chop in Ponsonby central for their Miso Ramen or Little Bird Organics for their Kumara Hot Cakes. YUM.

6.     Ultimate Indulgence…

Dark Chocolate, I sometimes wonder if I could live without it !

7.     Superfood of Choice…

Raw maca powder – I LOVE this superfood and the results I have been able to see with loved ones introducing it into their lives.

8.     Coffee, Tea or Matcha…

I used to be a big coffee-lover, but these days i’m more of a matcha latte or hot cacao kinda gal – I prefer the calming alert feel these beverages give. I drink loads of herbal tea too, especially in the winter – a hot cuppa tea makes everything better.

9.     What does the world ‘H E A L T H’ mean to you?

Health means finding your kind of balance and living in that way every day. Feeling energized from morning to night and living in a state of flow.  When you’re healthy, you feel great, you achieve more in a day, your relationships are better and you can essentially create a better life day to day! This comes from being really honest with yourself about your daily habits and knowing that the simple things like wholefoods, hydration, movement, breath and self love are all KEY to making this happen.

Annabel Roydhouse

Health and wellness have been a large part of Annie’s life from a young age and following completion of a Human Nutrition degree down at Otago Uni, she moved to Sydney where she began her career in the industry. Sydney has a rich and diverse health scene so her time spent there was eye-opening and invaluable.

Spending her post-uni years working in health foodie companies, Annie’s love for whole, plant-based foods grew and she is now passionate about educating people on the positive impact a real, wholefoods diet can have on the body and the mind.

With a desire to continue learning, Annie has since undertaken training as a Pilates Instructor and is currently studying a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition. Her hope is to continue inspiring and educating more and more people to live their best possible life through a nourished, balanced lifestyle (key word… balance!). Balance not only encompasses food and movement but also a positive mindset, surrounding yourself with those that make you happy, minimising stress, and most of all listening to your body and your mind and nurturing them so they can function at their highest potential.

1.     Food You Can’t Live Without…

Fruit of all kinds! Whenever I’m feeling like something sweet, fruit is my go-to.

2.     Go-To Dinner…

Vege nachos. So easy and so delicious, all the time! Not to mention the huge amount of variations you can make of it.

3.     Fave Way to Move…

Being a pilates instructor, pilates is always my go-to movement. The best thing is that you can do it anywhere, anytime! I also love exercising outdoors so running and walking in the mix is great not only for the body but the mind too.

4.     Most Inspiring Book/Doco…

Food Matters is a great doco that sums up the importance of vitamins and minerals through dietary intake really well. Cowspiracy is another awesome doco and a real eye-opener around the negative impact agriculture is having on our planet. For general life inspo, How to Win Friends and Influence People is a fab read.

5.     Fave Foodie Destination…

The Raw Kitchen! One-stop shop for breakfast, lunch, matcha, pressed juice and the best raw treats in Auckland! I also love going to pretty much any Farmers’ Markets over the weekend for breakfast/lunch and to stock up on foodie items for the week.

6.     Ultimate Indulgence…

Chips! Hot or cold, chips have always been my absolute fave. Would swap out choc or lollies for chips any day of the week.

7.     Superfood of Choice…

Spirulina!

8.     Coffee, Tea or Matcha…

There’s definitely an occasion for all three! I drink tea multiple times throughout the day and would never miss my bedtime tea. Matcha is my go-to in cafes but I will have coffee as a treat (or if matcha isn’t an option!).

9.     What does the world ‘H E A L T H’ mean to you?

Health to me not only encompasses diet, but a whole balance in your life. Spending time outside of work doing the things you enjoy, moving your body everyday, surrounding yourself by trusting people who make you happy and not creating unnecessary stress in your life. You’d be surprised how much a great diet can positively influence all these other factors.

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