She's Helping Women Reconnect with Their Bodies


Monique Allen is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in the island of Jamaica. Just like every other Jamaican child of the 90s, she enjoyed my fill of Jerk chicken and cheese patty with coco bread. But being the granddaughter of a farmer and spending her school holidays roaming the hills of rural Clarendon, she gained an appreciation for local foods. However, it was the influence of Rastafarian culture in her late teens developed her true passion for food. In the area of wellness tourism, she hosts retreats that create a space for women seeking to reconnect with their bodies. she also hosts culinary retreats for people interested in discovering Jamaica’s indigenous plant-based cuisine- Rasta Food.


Tell us about your offering:

I help a lot of people around the world navigate through the journey to health I. run a web-based practice where I help women who suffer from hormonal, autoimmune, digestive issues achieve relief through plant-based nutrition and functional medicine. This includes providing one on one sessions, meal plans, and nutritional assessments. So almost daily I am online working with people going through their shopping list, helping them to find places to shop in their area, developing meal idea for my clients and conducting wellness assessments.


What is your favorite part of the work you do? 

It is truly amazing and humbling knowing that I am using my passion to enrich and improve the quality of life for others.

What does “black wellness” mean to you? And what would you like to see happen or more of in the black community?

Black wellness means rewriting the culture of health to be centered around Afro people and creating a movement saying we are worthy- we are worthy of abundant health and our bodies are valuable...

What is the top obstacle that you see for our community in wellness? What is your ideal solution?

Among the locals in my homeland Jamaica, there is the popular idea that wellness is only reserved for the upper class. I always suggest my clients to start where they are - that could mean drinking more water and using the local produce available to them and not be intimidated by "foreign superfood smoothie" recipes they see on youtube.

What is your self-care or wellness ritual?

I practice the art of saying mantra and gratitude walks. When I feel overwhelmed, I go back o my family home in rural Jamaica and have a "River Bath", it takes me back to that childhood place of feeling safe.


What's one ritual you recommend more people of color adopt to cultivate peace and wellness?

One ritual I would suggest would be to set intentions their drinking water. Water is our first medicine. Using a marker and tape write an affirmation on the glass bottle you store water in. When you sip imagine that word physically entering your mind and body and so becoming a part of you.

What recent small purchase has increased your quality of life?

I purchased prayer beads made with Tiger Eyes Crystals. It helps to keep my mind focused and centered.

What is your final message for the community?

Prevention is better than cure. Many chronic diseases are linked to poor diet and convenience foods. It may take more time or creativity but looking at it from a financial standpoint, being sick is much more expensive.

Monique offers free discovery calls to new clients. Find more from Monique on her social links below! 





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