I had always known Audrey Hepburn as a classic actress with those amazing eyebrows, little black dresses, and the goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in her later years. Very recently, I read this article,written by her son, Luca Dotti, which focused on his mother’s approach to wellness and living; two of the main themes in his new cookbook and memoir “Audrey At Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen.”
When most of us think of Audrey, we think of a demure figure, somewhat of a waif, with a precocious pixie cut and wide-eyed wonder. What I was not aware of was her passion for life, deep kindness and natural attraction to health and wellbeing. Not health in the aim of maintaining a slim figure or strengthening muscles, but in vitality and wholeness; she maintained a pure, organic guide towards inner health. “She lives a healthy life because it made her happy,” says Dotti.
I found myself intrigued as I read the piece as I seemed to discover that I had far more in common with Ms. Hepburn that I had originally thought; ego much? Audrey opted for a natural, seasonal produce, back-to-basics life. As I get older (and I say that gently as I am twenty-six), I have less of an urge to live in the fast lane, but to have more of an appreciation for the natural aspects of life. I’m not a health freak, and I definitely splurge (often), but most of my life is led in a way that is positive for my mind and body.
After reading through the cookbook, Audrey at Home, I have discovered some beautiful one liners, and some fresh seasonal recipes that I am excited to share with you over the next couple of weeks. In closing, I want to share a few of my favourite quotes in the book:
“I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.”
‘I believe that laughter is the best calorie burner.”
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.”
A healthy body, mind and soul. Now, that’s truly beautiful.