Jay Shetty and Wife Radhi Devulika-Shetty Share Their Secrets to Mindful Eating (and Drinking)

Jay Shetty and Radhi Devlukia-Shetty talked with The Healthy @Reader's Digest about their new line of adaptogenic teas, and how they use mindfulness and meditation to get the most nourishment from food.

If ever there was a wellness power couple, it would be Jay Shetty and Radhi Devulika-Shetty. Jay is a podcaster, #1 New York Times bestselling author and life coach (in fact, online observers noted this week that Gisele appears to be turning to his wisdom amid her divorce right now), and wife Radhi is a social media influencer and vegan chef who specializes in Ayurvedic nutrition, a diet based on traditional Indian medicine.

From healthy living and meditation tips to relationship advice, Jay and Radhi share a lot with their fans and followers. Jay Shetty’s new book, 8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go, just came available for pre-order (our editors think it sounds like a 2023 must-read) and now, they’re releasing JOYO, a new line of sparkling teas that are adaptogenic—that is, they contain ingredients from certain plants which can help your body deal with stress, fatigue and anxiety.

The Healthy @Reader’s Digest spoke to Jay and Radhi about why a yummy drink just makes the day a little better, and the ways our spirits and our appetites are connected.

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Jay Shetty & Radhi Devulkia-Shetty on adaptogenic teas

Joyo Tropical Green Tea 220801 JvcropCourtesy JOYO

The Healthy: You’re known as thought leaders. So now, why tea? What is it about sipping something fun (and healthy) that just brightens the day a bit?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: We realized that in order to change our habits and routines we also need to change what we consume. We need different things at different times of the day, and along with things like meditation and gratitude, we also need reminders to take a break, celebrate and sip on something fun and healthy. 

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The Healthy: How were you involved with the development of the products?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: We were both involved with every aspect of creating the brand from start to finish. From choosing the adaptogens and specific ingredients, to naming the products and helping design the packaging, we have helped with all major brand decisions along the way to ensure the final product is something we are both proud of. 

The Healthy: What’s your favorite flavor in the mix?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: My favorite flavor in this collection has to be the tropical green tea. It’s the best afternoon delight and healthy alternative to that sugary soda everyone craves mid-afternoon. It’s sweet, but not syrupy and is blended to absolute perfection. 

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Using mindfulness and meditation to “consume consciously”

Joyo Unsweetened Black Tea 220801 JvcropCourtesy JOYO

The Healthy:  We’ve seen Radhi’s been quoted as having said the following: “The mindset and the energy you put in your food has the possibility to affect your body. It’s all about finding pockets of your day when you find mindfulness, and cooking and eating should be a part of that.” What did you mean?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty:  Cooking and eating shouldn’t feel like a chore. We need to take the time each day to be mindful of what we are putting into our bodies. If you carefully put the time and energy into thoughtfully picking your food choices, then the effects it will have on your body will be unmatched.

The Healthy: We are huge believers in the science behind how a spirit of gratitude can actually impact the nutritional value in our food. Do you believe this? If so, can you explain it, in your words?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: When we live in gratitude, everything fuels us. Our food, our thoughts and our interactions. 

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The Healthy: What’s a belief you have about food, or consuming food (or drink), that you think more people would benefit from understanding?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: That people should eat according to nature’s rhythm. For example, eat your largest meal when the sun is at its highest because that’s also when your digestion is the strongest. Nature’s rhythm also means eating seasonally. Eating food that’s grown on the soil that you’re living on, because your body acclimatizes to where you live.

The Healthy: Have you experienced or observed ways meditation can affect the way we eat?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: Meditation can make us more mindful as we eat. So much indigestion occurs because we eat too fast or eat too much, and meditation allows us to experience each bite, each flavor and each taste. To me meditation allows us to consume more consciously and in a way that improves our overall wellbeing. 

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The Healthy: Whether it’s a classic “health” food or not, what’s a food that always lifts your spirits whenever you’re feeling a little down?

Jay & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty: When I’m feeling a little down, I always know that a little chocolate will always do the trick.   

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