Cara G Mcilroy is an entrepreneur, model, TV presenter, blogger, mother of two and wife — a good question might be, what isn’t she? Someone who would slack in her health routine, probably. As the founder of Genie Juicery, which sells juices, smoothies, nut milks, cold brew coffee, raw food, and detox programs, Cara is one of the few who helped pioneer the health and conscious-living movement in Hong Kong. We caught up with her recently and chatted about how she got inspired to start her business, tips on living a more sustainable lifestyle, and the best advice she has received to date.
How did you get into health and wellness, and the idea of starting Genie Juicery?
I have always been into health and wellness as my mother was very into it when I was a teenager. I have practiced cleansing prior to starting Genie Juicery, but it was always so challenging having to make juices myself with such a busy lifestyle. Then in 2010, when I was in New York City for work, I saw companies there which made cleansing easy, so when I came back to Hong Kong, I looked for something similar. When I found nothing at all, I decided to create Genie Juicery for people like me who needed this kind of health service!
What are the benefits of cleansing?
It enables your digestive system to rest and recover as it’s the most over-worked organ in our body. It also helps you kick start new eating habits.
Since there is so much information out there about health and wellness, what are some of your go-to resources for information?
I learn a lot from the people I surround myself with and my travels. I’m quite a conscious traveller, so now when I travel it’s usually to places that are advanced in the wellness realm. Also from my own experiences I learn a lot. Everyone is so different and things that work for others may not work for you, so I’m constantly learning from living.
What steps do you and your family take to live a more sustainable lifestyle?
I am vegetarian and my kids eat very little meat. We clean the beaches, keep our use of plastics to a minimum and practice recycling in our family. Teaching my kids about all these issues is of a huge importance as it’s their generation that will be making serious changes to save our planet. Our generation basically destroyed it. If I can teach them to love our planet, then there is hope.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Massages and time alone.
If you could invent something, what would it be?
A machine that could just zap you to other places instantly. Like a time machine but not for time travel, just a faster means of travel!
What is the best health advice you have received?
Start to take care of yourself from a young age. When you’re in your twenties, it seems like you can eat anything you like, party, sleep very little, and you could still to look and feel good. I don’t think this is true — It catches up with you, so start early. I feel lucky I started being healthy since I was young and I feel like I got a great head start.
If you could steal someone’s wardrobe whose would it be?
Dara Muscat. I just think her look is effortless, comfortable but stylish.
What’s next for you?
I’m really focused this year on building my business and traveling with my family. They are at an age now when their minds are rapidly developing and I want them to learn from the world so we plan to travel a lot in the next 6 -12 months. I’m really focused on turning my blog into a destination of resource for young families and anyone into wellness and health.
Biggest pet peeve?
Litter. Unkind and disrespectful people. Untidiness.