How I Get Sh*t Done : Becka Crowe
Need some wellness goodness in your life? Look no further than Becka Crowe! A Toronto –based wellness expert and grain-free recipe develop , Becka is also the co-host of the Vibe Tribe podcast, a reiki practitioner, mindset coach and social media influencer. This week on HIGSD, Becka breaks down everything from how her ever-so popular gluten free blog, Going Grainless, came to be, why she rarely eats breakfast to some of her go-to mantras to have in your toolbox during tough times in life.
Q: It’s your average morning; tell us about your morning routine?
A: Every day is different ,but an average morning I wake up and before I do anything (while still in bed) I list 3 things I’m grateful for, tell myself that today is going to be awesome and meditate for at least a few minutes. Then I always do my skincare routine which includes putting on a SPF moisturizer to protect from sun damage (TBH I only started it a few months ago and wish I had been doing it sooner). Lately I’ve been getting back into morning workout classes. If I don’t get there, I’ll go for a run along the lake or even do a 10 minute yoga flow.
To be honest, I’ve never been one to eat early in the morning so I typically don’t eat until 11 or 12. My go-to meal is prepped roasted veggies, or now that it’s summer more like a salad, with some kind of protein like eggs or chicken. I’m also big into sauces so i love adding ones like Mother Raw and Primal Kitchen.
As far as work goes, I tend to work all over. At least a couple days a week I work from home, usually those days I’m creating recipes, content and catching up on computer work. Other days I’ll head to a cafe for a change of scenery. I also do in person/online reiki + mindset coaching sessions with clients, record podcasts and food stylings shoots, so I’m really all over! I love that every day is a new adventure and that’s why an office job was never for me.
Q: Tell us about Going Grainless, and how you dived into the world of gluten/grain-free recipes!
A: It was a total accident and my parents still laugh about it because I never showed interested in cooking growing up. I started having a lot of digestive issues in my teens and by the time I was in my early 20’s it got really bad. I also had horrible anxiety, consistent panic attacks, low immune system, was losing hair and several other things.
I was on a handful of prescription drugs and nothing was helping. I continued to feel worse. I call that my first rock bottom moment. Since conventional healthcare wasn’t working, I started doing my own research and found the “natural” world. Very synchronistically within days of beginning my search I came across the book Wheat Belly and it finally gave me the answers to how I was feeling - before that I had never even heard of gluten.
I committed to cutting it out for 3 months as instructed in the book and I never looked back. Certain symptoms went away instantly and within a year, everything had reserved. Since then I’ve never needed a prescription drug. I believe a lot of it also had to do with cutting out processed foods and starting to shop outside of the grocery store.
This change wasn’t easy and I had to teach myself how to cook. I’ve always been a creative person and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It suddenly clicked to me that cooking could be creative and I started creating meals out of whatever I could find in my kitchen. Eventually I started posting them for fun on IG outside of my 9-5 and the rest is history!
Q: Tell us about why you and co-host/friend (plus fellow HIGSD participant!) Rachael Hunt started your podcast, the Vibe Tribe?
A: We started it for a few different reasons. Before meeting Rach on IG, I had been thinking about starting one a few months. I even recorded an episode by myself, but decided I wanted a co-host. Less than a month of us being friends, I asked her if she wanted to start a podcast.
It felt right because at the time both of our platforms were gluten free food focused but we had both been on our own wellness journeys for awhile and wanted to find a way to start incorporating that more into what we show online since a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just end with food.
Our original name was the Gluten Free Girlfriends, but it didn’t last too long because we realized it confused people and still seemed food focused. We truly believe your vibe attracts your tribe so that’s why we changed it to Vibe Tribe Wellness!
Q: You’re also a social media influencer, what’s your favourite thing about social media and what’s your least favourite?
A: Favourite: 100% the community and friendships I’ve made from it. Social media can be positive if you’re following the right people. Most of my closest friends I’ve met through IG!
My least favourite is the constant algorithm changes. I think you’ll hear this from most influencers. It’s just frustrating because we put a lot of work into curating high quality content and then IG isn’t allowing people to see it!
Q: What’s your favourite way to get your sweat on?
A: Lately I’m loving F45. I also love running outside and yoga.
Q: What’s your advice to women who may be a bit intimidated by the gym (ie: weights, not knowing what to workout first, etc)?
A: That was so me for years. Here’s what's helped!
Find a group class you enjoy because the trainers guide you through the workouts and ensure you’re doing everything correctly.
If a regular gym is more your thing, hire a personal trainer for a few sessions to get down basic workouts and techniques before going off on your own.
Ask a more experienced friend if you can join them!
Q: You’re constantly on the go, what’s your favourite snacks, smoothie place, coffee place, etc that you like to have on a busy day to keep you going?
A: I love getting work done, having meetings and picking up a quick snack at The Simple Kitchen & Impact Kitchen here in Toronto. They are both paleo focused so I love I can get healthy treats, almond milk matcha lattes and even grainless chicken strips that are made with simple ingredients. Since I am on the go a lot, I always have a bar in my bag. I love RX bar & Midday Squares.
Q: What’s your favourite way to unwind after a long week?
A: I’m an introverted extrovert so I love being around people but I also love my alone time. So I would say a combo of grabbing dinner with friends to get some socializing in, then heading home to read, pull some cards, journal or watch a good movie.
Q: What’s your bedtime routine look like?
A: I’m obsessed with my skincare routine especially at night because our faces are exposed to so much during the day, like pollution, make up, sun etc. Morning and night I religiously washing off my makeup and cleanse my face, then toner, serum and a good moisturizer. I don’t watch a ton of TV/netflix (at least in the summer). I try to read a few pages of a book, pull some tarot cards, do self-healing reiki, journal and I always sage myself to cleanse any energy I’ve gathered from the day.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice someone has given you?
A: My mom has said it to me my entire life - you can do anything you put your mind to. I didn’t fully understand it until I started building my platform, I’ve never worked so hard on something in my life and it’s true. I put my mind to it and it’s worked!
Q: What’s your go-to mantra to say/think in tough times?
A: After going through several tough times in the past few years I’ve learned that tough times are often lessons. So I try to remind myself that when I’m in it.
Affirmations/mantras changed my life when I was going through some transitional times, and now I call it positive brainwashing because it really does train your brain to start thinking more positive. I’m actually in the works of building an entire business around that!
A few of my favourites are:
Everything is happening for me not to me.
I can have anything I want in life.
Happiness is a choice.
Q: What’s next for you? (projects, aspirations, partnerships, etc)
A :I recently signed on to be a wellness ambassador for NFL Canada in the new season! I’ll be creating tons of game day recipes, tips and getting my community involved in the fun.
I’m currently working on a new business (as mentioned above). I’m launching my first physical product that is focused around energy and personal development. So far I haven’t shared too much but you can follow @iamwellnesscollective on IG to keep up to date. It’s launching end of summer!
As far as an aspiration goes. A top goal from day one has been to write a recipe/wellness book!
Q: What does Healthy is Hot mean to you?
A: To me it means wanting to take care of your body, mind and soul + choosing happiness.
Follow Becka on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becka.crowe/?hl=en
Check out her blog, Going Grainless: https://goinggrainless.ca/author/goinggrainlessgmail-com/