Leila & Ian
Creators of mindbodyandroll®
Who are you?
Thank you for visiting our website! We are Ian and Leila, a couple of health nerds from London who are on a quest to find the optimal work/life balance. We love food (in case you hadn’t noticed), sports and enjoying the healthy side of life.
Our first encounter with each other came by way of trying to tear one another’s limbs off on the mats at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class and we quickly realised we loved all the same things (not that we make a habit of tearing off limbs) – Did we just become best friends?
What do you do?
We are all about evolving and performing to our highest standards, and believe that this can rolled together using our three key pillars, all of which underpin our identity:
NUTRITION • MOVEMENT • WELLNESS
How overcrowded is the internet with contradicting studies and click-bait fad diets and ‘speedy’ fixes? Shouldn’t we be upfront and honest?
Well, that’s what we want to do!
We want to share what we know, and draw attention to the key experts in their chosen fields, to those who we know will benefit.
Nutrition, exercise and mental well-being all come hand-in-hand – It’s about shaping a lifestyle that provides all the benefits for you and more. We believe in the happy balance and so should you!
And food REALLY is medicine!
“‘He who takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of his doctors’ – Chinese proverb
Did you know that as a nation, we are 76% self-sufficient in producing home-grown food?
We should be having fun in the kitchen, making food from scratch, buying local and organic produce. We advise that you swap the high-street shop for the local farmers market, butchers and green grocers.
After all, being healthy starts from the inside out. Put down the processed foods and educate yourself.
What are your passions?
Ian – I’ve always been heavily involved with sports: In the beginning it was Rugby – I’ve played for teams in the UK, along with a brief spell abroad. Currently I work with a National League 1 semi-professional rugby club in Kent, as part of their strength & conditioning set-up, putting my experience as both a player and trainer to good use, whilst also offering ongoing support with nutrition as well.
The hard discipline and conditioning was something I learned on and off the pitch – and in-turn that provided me with the fundamentals and right attitude to immerse myself into a sport like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, something many athletes nowadays find themselves taking up near or at the end of their careers.
I currently teach several times a week: Grand Union BJJ and Wave BJJ – both set in the heart of London City and the West, if you’re ever passing through….
My other great passion is food/nutritional-science. The nitty gritty aspect of what fuels our bodies, which is why I chose to study dietetics.
Leila – My passion grew from dance. For me, movement is everything and to use expression in movement is a gift. Unfortunately, that gift didn’t manifest in the way I dreamed it would, things (life) happened and after 18 years of heart and soul, my aspiration was put on hold. It didn’t stop me moving though, if anything it led me to a new inspiring path.
7 years ago, I found I could keep moving through my yoga practice, strong powerful movements but still graceful, perfectly complimented by the art of fighting in pyjamas, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It gave me back the fight I had lost.
My passion is movement and strength. The body is an amazing thing and how you use it carries you through life.
I am also a CYT – so feel free to reach out for any help with your yoga or for privates.
Got a secret to share?
Ian – I sometimes still work as a bodyguard, it can be quite exciting.
Leila – I spent a year of my life studying cave man doodles!
What’s your favourite food?
‘There is no love sincerer than the love of food.’ – George Bernard Shaw
Ian – Hands down, Pad Thai. Although I’ve yet to have the real deal in Thailand. And is it a bit naughty that I prefer it with Tofu?
Leila – Possibly the hardest question in the world? Seafood. My mum cooks the best Mediterranean seafood dishes.
Barney & Ludo
Our little men representing:
“We wouldn’t be who we are or where we are without our shared love for the world around us and the animals within it, let’s protect it as best as we can”. – Leila & Ian
Leila and Ian are strong advocates for protecting the increasingly vulnerable natural world along with the people within it and are fond supporters of a small number of whole hearted charities that aim to give back.
You will find links on the website to direct you to these foundations, if they tug on your heart strings like they do ours, perhaps you would like to donate too.