Judy (40 ans), Ayla (7 ans) & Lily (4 ans), BonJu
J’ai rencontré Judy il y a un peu plus d'un an alors qu’elle faisait une dégustation de ses Smoothies BonJu chez Manor Food. Depuis, nous nous sommes liées d’amitié et j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer sa tribu. Assez vite et en toute transparence, Judy s’est confiée. Depuis le mois de juin 2017, un cancer assez rare a été diagnostiqué chez Lily ce qui, du jour au lendemain, a fait basculer leur vie. Raconter leur histoire est une façon, aussi petite soit-elle, de les soutenir. De la force et du courage certes il en faut et ils en ont à revendre mais c’est surtout grâce à leur amour inconditionnel, à leurs nombreux fous rires et moments privilégiés qu’ils réussissent, tant bien que mal, à traverser cette épreuve ensemble. Une vraie leçon de vie que je souhaiterais que vous partagiez un maximum.
Les questions de cette Interview sont en français mais les réponses en anglais afin de garder l’authenticité des réponses de Judy.
Judy, peux-tu te présenter en quelques mots ?
I’m originally Turkish, born in Ankara, but moved to Canada with my family when I was 4 years old. I grew up in Toronto, where I graduated from Ryerson with a B.Commerce in Marketing. I worked for a few years as Brand Manager at Kao Brands on beauty brands like Bioré, John Frieda, and then I joined Procter and Gamble. My husband Nick and I got married in 2006. Both working for P&G, we accepted a 2-year expat assignment in Geneva… That was 10 years ago ! We loved it here, fell in love with the weekend travel, the mountains and the fresh air… We had 2 amazing & smart little girls.
Quand, pourquoi, comment BonJu ?
A few years ago, as a mom of 2 daughters, I was looking for ways to bring up my energy levels and learned about green smoothies. I started blending leafy greens and fruits daily, and I noticed a remarkable improvement in my energy – I felt I could run a marathon after work ! I lost my baby weight, my skin was radiant, my digestion improved, and my mental clarity was sharp. That’s why I created BonJu – I wanted to make this gift of health accessible to everyone – helping people live life to their fullest.
La nutrition est une philosophie pour toi ?
Yes, definitely… There are a few principles I try to live by :
Food should leave us feeling amazing & energized. You shouldn't feel bloated, heavy, or tired after a meal. You can drain 80% of your energy digesting the food you eat – so the lighter the digestive load, the more energy left for you.
The right food can heal the body. We saw a huge transformation when we started incorporating copious amounts of plants into our daily diet. More recently, I have seen the power of plants to treat specific issues. For example, I used a combination of Propolis, Astralagus, Pineapple, Papaya and Reishi mushrooms (among others) to boost my daughter Lily’s immune system, while she underwent an intense chemo regimen. It worked so well, all her doctors were amazed at her consistent strength. She never missed a treatment, nor had any blood transfusions, despite a very intense chemo program.
Food should be a delight for our senses. Meals should make you salivate, and taste amazing. We eat with all our senses… If food tastes like sawdust, you won’t want to eat it. The beauty of plants is that there is so many possibilities to use them, it’s just a question of creativity.
To make it daily – Keep it simple. I used to cook elaborate recipes and loved Ottelinghi inspired creations but that took up to 1.5 hours to prep and more to cook. Now I’ve changed, I go for few essential quality ingredients, and I keep some good sauces in the fridge to spice things up quickly. 5 ingredient meals are my favourite !
It’s not only about the food. Food brings people together, it should be enjoyed, not a chore. I had to learn this as I first decided to become plant based. I worried a lot about what I would eat when I was away from home. That’s why I decided to compromise : at home we eat plant based, and when we go out, I do the best I can. The priority is pleasure and compensating with the good stuff back home. So, I guess it’s of a 90/10 rule… 90% plant base and 10% exceptions.
Est-ce que toute la famille goûte à tes créations ?
Yes, my family tastes everything. They love my vegan mac & cheese at the moment! They were also a big part of deciding the final recipes for my BonJu smoothies. Currently, family favorites are Luscious Life and Wild at Heart.
En tant que « mumpreneuse » quels sont tes ingrédients pour concilier vie perso et vie pro ?
Actually, it's two things, they might sound contradictory at first, but they really work together, for me at least, like the Yin and Yang.
Integration : I try to involve my kids as much as I can in my work. They taste recipes, they help me prepare food. I want them to feel a part of the success of BonJu. I also want them to see that success takes hard work, and consistently. I hope I can be a good role model for them.
Compartmentalization : I'm learning to manage work and family time at the most appropriate moments. I make plans that brings us out of our routines in order to entirely enjoy the present moment. Family time is between 6:30-8:30 every day and the entire weekend. With BonJu, when I'm working, I shut out the world for blocks of hours, which allows me to be focused and accomplish what I decided, in the shortest amount of time.