Where are the peer-reviewed research papers when I need them the most?!

Hiya! My name is Alexandra Walker-Jones.

You know, people aren’t half kidding when they say it’s ridiculously difficult to write about oneself! Where to begin? What to include? And how to be first and foremost authentic when my job is usually to be creative?

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” — Gustave Flaubert

And then comes the question of the deeper stuff, like who I am? What do I value most in life? How did I get here…

At the intersection of all things plants, people, health, tradition, and technology-related

Welcome to sofi stories! We’re a brand new publication (and plant-based startup), and we’d love nothing more than to connect with you.

My name is Alexandra, I’m the content writer here at sofi, and a lover of all things Medium. We’ve decided to launch our very own publication on this platform in an effort to better explore the relationship between people and plants from all sorts of different perspectives.

At sofi, we don’t believe you should have to be a botanist to get the most out of plants, and we’re interested in fostering a community dedicated to transforming our understanding…

Ever wondered what Azaleas, Açaí berries, Cinnamon, Star Anise, St. John’s Wort, Caster beans, and Lychee fruit all have in common?

Fascinatingly, many of the active compounds within plants that are healthiest for us have arisen as a direct consequence of their need to survive.

Throughout their evolution, of course, plants have developed a range of helpful adaptations in order to combat external threats such as being eating by animals, catching disease, exposure to pollutants, and other hostile environmental conditions — but their benefits don’t stop there.

These so-called “defense-molecules” often include high concentrations of substances like antioxidants. The very same antioxidants that offer protective, free-radical scavenging effects to us humans, and keep us from developing chronic disease.

These molecules aren’t…

And why it could make-or-break their relationship with independence, problem-solving, emotional intelligence and overall success as an adult

I want to take you back to the very first time you ever climbed a tree.

Picture the tree height, the colour of the leaves, and the hundreds of branches all stemming from that one centre trunk.

Imagine the feeling in your stomach of mingling adrenaline and excitement as you move up and further into the heart of the tree; a physiological warning about the distinct un-safety of the situation, but one that dares you to continue.

There was a lesson in the climbing of that tree. …

Yes, I just invented that word…but I like it

Those of you who have been following me for a while might already be aware that a couple weeks ago I made the brave decision to quit freelance writing and begin a 9–5 career.

You might also know just how much I love freelancing — so you’re probably wondering what gives.

Well, along time ago I made a promise to myself to only accept things into my life if they set my heart alight. …

Didn’t you hear it? The sound of quiet desolation on Carnaby Street last night (MWC Work 2021)

You know it’s impossible to insert a USB correctly on the first try.

We all like to pretend as if the chance is 50/50, but, deep down, we know we’ve never actually gotten it right.

It’s the same with my keys to the bar.

One for the top lock, one for the bottom.

It’s doesn't help that the two are almost indistinguishable from each other, but I have a hunch there’s something trickier going on because never once have I gotten it on the first try.

The thought makes me laugh as turn down the lights, and switch off the…

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Because when you’ve cracked the chocolate code, it would only be selfish not to share

Alright so you need to temper chocolate without using a candy thermometer to check the temperature? The good news is, I got you.

This is what you’re going to do

1. Start with tempered chocolate and chop it small. This is the kind you find already at room temperature in the supermarket, and the smaller the pieces, the more even and quickly it will melt.

2. Take a good 2/3 of the chocolate and place it into a double boiler on low.

If it’s your first time using a double boiler, what this means is that you’ll fill a saucepan with a few inches of water, and…

And they keep sayin’ that honey don’t go bad (MWC Re-entry 2021)

I wake on right side of the bed and my mind wonders if I’m on the right side of the world.

I inhale deeply as sleep falls off my eyes and I can hear the dog stir in the corner of the room. Time to get up.

The light in the morning feels heavier today, like it’s something I can hold on to, and when I open the door to go outside, the humidity wraps itself around my chest and thickens the air between my lungs. Loud — the grass sounds alive with the rhythmic buzz of the crickets, and…

May she R.I.P. and be exceptionally good at her new job (MWC Death 2021)

With the cursive swirl of my final initial inked in pen, I had killed her. Death by biro, I mused. It was a good thing, but it felt like jumping off a cliff. Like leaving everything known and safe behind, and setting out into unfamiliar waters in search of better land. I had just traded in my freelancing for what adults like to call a ‘real job.’ Contract signed, clients informed, 40 hour work week accepted. My new chapter of life begins on the clock, Monday at 9am. Last night I sat on my balcony as the stars came and…

Alexandra Walker-Jones

Content writer and published author in the plant-based health and wellness sphere. I’m just here to learn! awalkerjones.com

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