Culinista Kitchen®,  Health

Qi Alchemy’s Grace Yoon Spills the (Herbal) Tea on Wellness

by The Culinistas

It’s no secret that when it comes to wellness some aspects of the industry can be a mystery. That’s why we sat down with Grace Yoon of Qi Alchemy to have ourselves a (virtual) tea party and find out how she’s managed to find calm in an unpredictable year. For Yoon that journey starts within, quite literally: Qi Alchemy’s herbal pearls balance the body’s nutrients, boosting bodily function and most importantly enhancing your calm and focus, so you can optimize your natural beauty from the inside out. 

Culinistas: What ritual do you have that helps you get or stay focused in under five minutes?

GY: My daily ritual consists of drinking two large glasses of water for hydration and making a cup of Qi Alchemy herbal tea for balance while I read a philosophical quote to start my day inspired and motivated. Next, I practice breathwork and meditate.

C: What helps you calm an anxious mind?

GY: Qi gong movement, breathwork, meditation, and Qi Alchemy herbal pearls help me reduce stress and anxiety. It’s really important to be aware of your anxiety/stress because this could cause inflammation in your body which could impact your immune system. 

C: What is your ideal focused environment?

GY: My ideal focused environment is being surrounded in nature. Whether I’m sitting at a table with mountain or ocean views, I absolutely love being connected to Mother Nature. I feel healthier.

C: Two people whose brains you envy?

GY: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer in women’s rights by eliminating gender-based stereotyping in legislation, and I truly admired her grit and love for education.  

One of my advisors and former Chief Scientist at Founders Fund, Aaron VanDevender. He’s a scientist, inventor, investor and expert in quantum computing and DNA sequencing. I’m always mesmerized by his high functioning brain. Most people can’t keep up with him!

C: What is your first memory?

GY: My first memory is with my grandmother who was a second mother to me. I remember her feeding me herbs and kimchi (full of probiotics) at a very early age with seaweed soup and rice, a traditional Korean meal.

C: What have you forgotten that you’ve been trying to remember?

GY: I’m trying to remember my first piano recital piece that I performed at the age of 5. I was so nervous playing in front of a large audience. Now I can’t remember what song I played.

C: What’s on tap for 2020?

GY: 2020 has been full of unexpected moments, but I’m embracing the temporary pause due to COVID and enjoying the outdoors. I’m currently in South Korea, so I’ve been exploring herbal farms and the mountains here. 

C: How do you make hydration a part of your daily routine?

GY: Hydration is essential to my daily health and skincare routine. From the moment I wake up to working throughout the day, I’m constantly drinking water, lemon water, Qi Alchemy tea, green juice, aloe water because I know that it delivers nutrients to my cells and keeps my body functioning properly. Also, whenever I’m fully hydrated, I can see the benefits with my skin! 

Please select six items from our Feed Your Brain menu and tell us why.

Cucumber Avocado Soup (with persian cucumber, avocado, basil, chive, lemon)

Cucumber is 96% water content and mineral balance and produces similar hydration levels to twice the volume of water so one of my go to veggies is cucumber. And who doesn’t love avocado?

Poached Salmon with Raisin Scallion Sauce (with wild salmon, scallion, raisin, lemon, urfa)

Salmon is full of Omega-3 which is known to be highly beneficial for the brain.

Walnut Pesto Sweet Potatoes (with sweet potato, parsley, walnut, lemon)

I absolutely love sweet potatoes and grew up eating different types of sweet potatoes. They are very nutritious and are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. 

Tahini Roasted Cauliflower (with cauliflower, sesame seed, golden raisin, chive, thyme, lemon)

Roasted cauliflower is a simple dish but has so much flavor and it’s also very filling. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Pineapple & Persimmons (with persimmon, pineapple, brazil nut)

Persimmons are deeply rooted in Korean heritage and are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, K. The combination of pineapple and persimmons make a sweet and healthy dessert!

So-Cal Citrus (with oranges, grapefruit, kumquat, pomegranate, walnut, basil)

Citrus fruits are so hydrating and packed with antioxidants. Also, Vitamin C not only helps boost your immune system, it also has proven anti-aging benefits!

A special thanks to Qi Alchemy for the beautiful photograph.