Drink Dope, Look Dope

Drink Dope, Look Dope

These new protein powders promise endless energy the natural way…

Sylwia Wiesenberg is one of those women who never stops moving. Her body — and mind — is constantly in an active state, whether she is doing planks or lunges as part of her underground Tonique Fitness classes in New York City or shooting workout videos at high altitudes around the world. The secret to her non-stop energy, besides incredible genes: a daily glass of beet juice, which the Polish-born beauty grew up drinking regularly in her native Warsaw. Realizing the concoction’s wellness superpowers inspired her to launch DOPE Naturally, a line of plant-based protein powders infused with beets and other star botanicals. Here, Wiesenberg stops — just for a second — to fill us in on her dope lifestyle.

Name: Sylwia Wiesenberg

Born in: Warsaw, Poland

Currently living in: West Village, New York

What inspired you to launch DOPE Naturally?

From a big picture perspective, it was inspired by my unconditional love for food and sharing it with others. For me, cooking for others is the ultimate way to show love for them, and to show gratitude that they are in my life. When I taught my underground Tonique classes in Manhattan, I brought juices, salads and raw chocolates for those who attended to be tortured for two hours or longer, to reward them with love.

I was asked one day after a workout, “What do you take to have so much energy?” I answered right away without even thinking: Oh, I dope…I mean, I dope naturally, meaning food is my natural drug for endless energy and ageless beauty. When I said that, I really meant I eat beets and other superfoods daily. I could not stop thinking about the way I said it, and the name of my brand was born. DOPE Naturally is based on principles that I believe in — that superfoods and outstanding quality ingredients are the natural way to dope, to enhance our beauty and performance; that your beauty counter starts in your kitchen.

How do you describe Tonique for those who haven’t tried your method?

I think I have been doing Tonique since I was born, as I really don’t remember a time when I didn’t work out. When I came to NYC, I was working for an investment bank. It was a great job that paid well, but it wasn’t my passion. I quit my job and started doing what I love to do daily — designing movement and cooking. I chose to continue developing the most unique, intense workout method based on the principle of never stop moving (literally you don’t take a break for two hours) to shape an ageless body, fight gravity, and help women become confident both physically and mentally.

I was teaching for free for few years to see how the method really worked. I had celebrities and many others who loved Tonique and the way I fed them with fresh and powerful superfoods. Afterward I decided to share Tonique with a wider audience, creating videos that you can take with you anywhere. The purpose of each workout is to positively torture you (hahaha) and give your body the tone that no other workout delivers, and to make the world a smaller and fitter place, by allowing people to travel with me daily on their fitness journey.

Tell us about your childhood in Poland. Was wellness even part of your lifestyle then?

I could write a book about this, but will try to be brief! Despite the fact that we had so little available when I was growing up in Communist Poland, from food to clothing (and forget about any luxury), I have really vivid and beautiful memories of my childhood. When I think of my childhood, I smile even more. Perhaps because when I was growing up, nobody had anything, and there was absolutely nothing on the shelves in stores, so you never thought that you were missing something. Springs and summers were the most fun as I spent time outdoors running, playing ball and swinging on “trzepak” it was literally a metal rack — to clean your carpet instead of vacuuming it — and when it was not occupied kids used to do acrobatic swings and hang upside down from it for hours. The best part of summers was going to orchards and collecting fruits. I still feel the sweet juice running down my chin; juice from mulberries, plums, and cherries.

Starting at three years old I was doing “rytimka” — rhythmic classes with a strict piano teacher playing classic melodies. It was all about posture, steps and rhythm — no laughing was allowed. Later I joined a gymnastics team that required 4 hours of training daily, and on top of it I was on my school running team and part of a program called Brave Like a Soldier — imagine all the skinny girls on this program climbing walls, trees, jumping obstacles. The best part was shooting at targets and throwing old grenades.

In my household, my mom was very strict about what I ate. An absolute must was a glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning, followed by eight to twelve ounces unadulterated beet juice (not diluted and no added fruit to make it sweeter). We ate three meals a day with no snacking in between (we didn’t have anything to snack on anyway). The rule was to eat small meals, which were full of nutrition. I never developed a snacking habit or a love for soda or sugar, although I do love ice cream!

What makes beets so unique as wellness food?

Beets in Poland are like oranges in Florida — everywhere! Our grandmothers, mothers and coaches educated us on the superpowers of beets! I don’t remember ever not drinking beet juice. Later, when I moved to Australia, I used to “dope” on beet juice before morning speed training and athletics at university. I added a few tropical fruits to enhance the beets’ power and to make it taste better, but beets always dominated my daily diet. I strongly believe that beets are not just a great way to enhance your performance, but they also are a miracle vegetable that works to advance your skin tone, ageless beauty and glow. Beets are definitely my secret weapon.

What was the Polish recipe and technique for making beet juice?

My mother’s way is straight like whisky without rocks!

10-15 beets peeled and cleaned

1/2 lemon

Juice beets, add a touch of fresh lemon juice — the vitamin C in lemon allows faster absorption of the nitrates in beets and other nutrients.

Drink it immediately out of the juicer — my mom and coaches used to tell me to drink it fresh and fast before it oxidizes.

Today I dope with my powders since they give me exactly what I need. I also like blended beet, using the entire beet, not wasting the pulp:

– Put two to three whole peeled and cleaned beets into a blender (Vitamix).

– Add a touch of water or coconut water and blend it to perfection.

– Drink it in the morning or at night before/after a long hard day and workouts.

DOPE Naturally makes it easy — no peeling or cleaning is required. You also get the benefit of eating awesome superfoods from around the world like dragonfruit, mangosteen and baobab.

How long did it take you to formulate DOPE Naturally’s powders? What was the biggest challenge you faced?

When I started Dope Naturally, I knew what I wanted, but I had to find the right suppliers and develop the proper formulations. It takes time and I am very picky and particular when it comes to quality. Before DOPE Naturally was released, I tested and tested and tested until I got the blend right. The next challenge was to find the right suppliers; certified organic is a must! It is important to consume organic produce — superfoods that are not destroyed by non-organic farming and chemicals. I add absolutely no sugars, no fillers and no preservatives. There are so many factors that go into making the product and all of them have to be 100 percent right, otherwise it won’t work!

Tell us about Beet Force and Beet Bliss. What are their benefits?

Beet Force is designed to elevate your stamina and wellness and allow greater oxygen flow during workouts, and also has powerful anti-aging properties. Dragonfruit promotes skin health and helps with weight management. Mangosteen has strong cellular renewal properties helping skin appear more youthful, and acts as an anti-inflammatory and potent energy booster. Mulberries are a perfect blood tonic, acting as a cleanser to improve blood circulation, and promoting skin and hair glow.

Beet Bliss is beet blend with cacao, baobab and mangosteen. Cacao supports cell rejuvenation, and is rich in magnesium, vitamin C and omega 6 fatty acids — it’s perfect for a youthful complexion. Cacao also promotes blood flow to your skin and has been known to be a powerful aphrodisiac. Baobab promotes collagen formation, protects cells from oxidative stress (free radicals), helps the absorption of iron, and is a vitamin C powerhouse.

What’s your favorite way to whip up these powders?

I love to blend Beet Force with watermelon chunks or add to cashew yogurt. Beet Bliss I often drink in the afternoon as an energy pick up…I like it with coconut meat and water and a frozen banana. In summer, peaches and Beet Bliss are a blissful way to wake up and feel fresh and not bloated at the beach.

Tell us about Melonaid — a powder that features watermelon seeds. What’s their benefit?

I love watermelons! I never understood when I moved from Poland why so many watermelons don’t have seeds in them. The seeds are actually the best part for beauty. They are full of nutrients, amino acids and rich in plant-based protein… my “babcia” was always telling me that if I eat them, I will grow a watermelon in my belly, but then she used to sprout them and eat them. She did the same with sunflower seeds, and told me about their powers.

For the past year, I have been eating mostly plant-based protein. But I also found that, after eating pea protein powders or hemp, I felt bloated and experienced a funny aftertaste that lingered for hours and made it difficult for me to work out without my belly feeling full. I started blending my own protein potions and most of them had watermelon seeds in them. I also learned more about the beauty benefits of the seeds, and how they support toned skin and muscles. They are perfect and almost flavor free, making it easy to digest and leaving no aftertaste.

Do you have any fun recipes for Melonaid?

I put it in my cashew yogurt, add it to cereals, salads, my favorite nut butters and even make pancakes with it! I love to blend it in smoothies. There are no limits to how you can enjoy it. I even add Melonaid to ice cream. It is delicious and it makes me feel less guilty!

Where do you source your ingredients from?

I work with only organic farms and farmers across the globe. Since many of the ingredients are impossible to find from local farms in US (besides beets), I work with farmers in South East Asia, South and Central America—Nicaragua, Guatamala, Mexico, and Peru—and Africa for baobab.

What other wellness habits do you swear by for staying fit?

Eat fresh (quality food).

Eat less (smaller portions, never feel like you cannot breathe)

Sleep more (I try).

Smile more (always and daily).

Sex (probably the best wellness fundamental!).

What’s next for you and the brand?

DOPE Naturally is my baby that I am going to grow organically. You will see us introduce a number of new products. For me, it is work that I love…I am workaholic and fitness-obsessed so, if I have them both, I am happy.

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Quickie Wellness: Alba 1913

Quickie Wellness: Alba 1913

The brand that’s bringing Polish beauty secrets to the millennial generation…

French women might have enviable style but when it comes to a culture that knows skincare, Poland really gets it. Taking care of your complexion is a priority and the country’s pharmacies are often stocked with old-school brands that tap into holistic traditions to cure modern conditions. One such brand that’s now reaching our shores: Alba 1913. As the name suggests, it’s been around for more than a century. Poznań-based chemist and founder Mieczyslaw Rychlicki concocted tonics, creams and cure-alls with native plants and herbs, but then shut down operations after the Second World War. Years later, a new generation of Rychlicki’s found an old wooden chest filled with the original formulas and prescriptions, which they decided to put back into rotation. The results, they discovered, were surprisingly effective for our 21st century complexion needs like cleansing, moisturizing and brightening up dark spots.

Still, science has come a long way since 1913. So Mieczysla’s grandsons, Lukas and Jan Rychlicki, who head up Alba today, thought: Why not combine the best of the past with the latest advances of today? That inspiration is behind their best innovations, including the hero product of the line: The Galenic Cleansing Micellar Water. Based off the formula Mieczysla used more than 100 years ago (!), the elixir contains activated micellar water to gently remove impurities without stripping away the skin’s natural oils. The Galenic Leave-On Mask, meanwhile, puts a Polish spin on the masking trend, with bioactive vitamin A, hyaluronic acid, and potent botanicals, like marigold petal and rhubarb extracts, to even out your tone and seal in dewy moisture.

Other items nod to the brand’s expertise with skin chemistry and have an old-world apothecary vibe. The pH Balancing Toner, for example, can be misted on your face after cleansing to restore your skin’s acidic protective layer — which even mild soaps can alter, inviting dryness — and boost the absorption of any serums or creams you apply next. And while wellness might be a millennial obsession, it’s always been part of the Alba lifestyle; the Tension Relief Spray is spiked with a calming blend of essential oils — rosemary, coriander, lemon, menthol among them — to relieve muscle stiffness after a workout, a long trip or just staring at a small screen in the palm of your hand for hours (guilty of that one). Sure, iPhones and “tech neck” might not have been around in 1913 but this spray — and everything in the range — feels very circa 2017.

+ Want to discover more about Alba 1913? Click here to shop the entire line.

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The Encounter

Post image for The Magdalena Experience

“I really believe everything can be done, like having a picnic about the moon within the next ten years…”

I believe nbsp & it& rsquo reasonable;to describe Wosinksa in  mdash & one-word; awesome. Or possibly two — REALLY cool. In cahoots with FP to roll-out our #DenimDaze strategy, we required a couple of minutes to talk to the renowned Magda about her artwork, her love of quick trips and taking fleeting moments over time.


Are you able to tell us the way you found choose…’ rsquo & I;m likely to consider naked self-portraits rdquo &;? It s no indisputable fact that crosses it’or atleast, way too many thoughts…s no indisputable fact that several people really perform. Or… rsquo & it;s no indisputable fact that several people perform in addition to you’ve.

Properly, I believe everything originated from my childhood. I grew pretty bad in hellip & Belgium;it had been& nbsp;so everything was really scarce,& nbsp;communist throughout that period. Choices were limited t actually possess a selection of  mdash & apparel; style wasn’t anything. I was nbsp;sporting the same. After I transferred towards the Claims after I was 9, I observed people cared by what they used, perhaps since it was available or possibly since I got older and compensated more focus on what individuals phone style. From the period I was 14 and began considering images, I was timid, and never really open (because English was my second-language), and didn’t understand how to request people easily might consider their picture. And so I shot on self portraits. It has truly stuck my life, although I acquired used-to being my very own topic til I acquired the heart to take others.

6 or about 5 years back I went with among my close friends on a visit to Iceland. We went over the crazy area, discovering Mars and hired an automobile – pursuing the vapor of warm springs like foothills, moving green hillsides and operating crazy with horses to some sunlight -loaded summer atmosphere. As I recorded this trip I desired to not merely display this location to others, but I desired to be engaged significantly more than simply getting the picture. And so I did what I had been not most strange with, and chance self portraits, unconsciously understanding this could  function as the starting of the sequence that is ongoing.
When it comes to nudity inside it all, I recall taking from the aspect of the street to take at a photograph of myself. I looked down at my torn trousers, my bamboo and leather coat, then looked over the gentle ideal field of bouquets, then back at myself, then your area, and stated, “this could appear definitely better naked!” The garments didn’t complement. They categorized me-too much, they confirmed what period, era it was and who I was I was, what type of audio I paid attention to. All I needed to stimulate was the timelessness of nbsp & as soon as yeah, this long-drawn-out clarification is nbsp;the sequence that is naked began!
You ve created publications that are many meant for your photography. Treatment to speak about this procedure to us? Was it/is it a desire become a reality?
After I was in my own early 20s I recognized (like a picture helper) that I had a need to established up ideas for my potential, and discovered I possibly could do this through objectives, one of these being to write a photograph guide from the period I had been 25. And that I did. The procedure was raw — nbsp & I;was hardly organized with might work back didn and then ’ myself is taken by t significantly like a shooter. Plenty of discovering pictures and extended evenings modifying till 5 am to meet up my deadlines for &nbsp and both publishing;guide starting. It was well worth it, although lots of effort. I might really display people who  I WAS a shooter when I’d that guide. Next, another book another was posted by me, also it turned a means to list my entire life for me personally. It s my image diary access.

What’re 5 items that you need you to be known about by the People neighborhood?

—  when I adore quick vehicles, I usually desired to be considered a race-car driver.

By driving bikes within the leave at sundown on the comfortable summer evening — the easiest way to limitless independence is.

— rsquo & I;m not much undomesticated than folks believe.
—& nbsp way to invest a Saturday is currently producing ceramics.
— I really believe everything can be done, like having a picnic about the moon within the next ten years…
Searching minds need to know & ndash will you maintain your own hair thus glossy?

I don t do anything. Occasionally a cut, whichever wash I’ve a large amount of enjoyment within the seaside and also the sunlight along with sleeping around.

You described that you simply were in hellip a group& memory from that encounter? Any plans join another?

Properly, there’s more epic subsequently shredding a 78 Burny on the noisy that is insane 68 Supergroup to some thousand people head banging towards the audio you published using the additional 4 revolutionary individuals sitting on that phase along with you. All of the exhibits that are great are the recollections that are very best. Particularly happening excursions and encountering& the lust, and also nbsp;an incredible companionship with other people in additional rings all of US discussed for audio. The group was named Timber and Inexperienced, somewhat like Sabbath, some stoner in with conventional disaster. If anybody wishes one I’ve some plastic files simply using a in my own storage. 🙂

Easily discovered the best people with and that I might WITHOUT A DOUBT start another group. Why don’t you try to be considered a rock-star in hellip & my 30s;??

Fighters or briefs? Or neither?

100% Briefs! Be bold!


Whose nature – dwelling or lifeless – would you many carefully incorporate?

Hmmmmmmmm rsquo & that;s a one that is difficult. I’ve one existing, however it’s a key:)

Tell a solution to us.

I will’t tell strategies or they’d not be considered a secret!


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