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Leah Hunt of Pressed Juices

Natural Beauty Interview with Leah Hunt of Pressed Juices

From concocting secret juice recipes in her garden as a little girl, to nutritionist and juicing expert, healthy living runs in Leah Hunt ‘s veins.

After years of studying design and working to the crazy deadlines of the fashion industry, Leah is now living her dream with Pressed Juices, combining her passion for nutrition and wholefoods with her creative talents to come up with new and delicious juice combinations.

Leah lives to empower people with the knowledge to make healthy choices and form life changing habits, so it only made sense that Leah is our Delicious Woman of Spring Cleanse September.

Read on to find Leah’s top tips on juicing, food, life, beauty and how she came to live the life she loves.

BUSINESS

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came from design school to Pressed Juices Nutritionist?

I have always really enjoyed eating fresh, healthy wholefood but never considered a career in the health industry until quite recently. At school I excelled at art and design, so naturally I gravitated towards further studies in this field. I received an art scholarship upon graduation and enrolled in a visual communication degree.

Was there an ‘uh-huh’ moment for you? Why did you make the change?

There wasn’t necessarily a moment where I suddenly decided to change my career path… it was just a feeling of discontent that grew over time. After two years at university I had lost passion for what I was doing and in the back of my mind I was always thinking “what am I doing with my time that is important?”

I guess I wanted to feel like I was making a positive contribution to the world, however small. So I took some time off and eventually decided to study natural medicine. Learning how to heal myself and others with nutrition was not only fascinating but gave me a sense of purpose. After graduating with a bachelor of health science in 2008, I practiced nutritional medicine for a number of years before taking on my role at Pressed Juices. Now I feel very fortunate to reach thousands of Australians with a positive message of enjoying a healthy life.

 What is a typical day for you?

My day usually starts at 5:30am with a hot cup of herbal tea. The first thing I do when I begin work at 7am is check my emails and write a to-do list.

I spend much of my time between doing nutrition work in my office and assisting customers with health enquiries or planning juice cleanses. Other days I am in the kitchen creating and trialling juice recipes or out attending community events. When I get home I take my dogs for a long walk which helps me unwind before preparing dinner and getting organised for the following day.

 How do you keep a work/life balance?

I’m still working on this! I’m so passionate about what I do that sometimes I bring my work home with me. When I get a great idea for a new juice I will spend my weekend in the kitchen playing around with different recipes.

I’m slowly getting into a better routine and switching off technology so that I can unwind of an evening. Getting caught up in a good book is the best way to stop my mind getting caught up in work. Cooking and sharing delicious wholesome food with friends and family is my favourite way to spend my downtime.

Leah Hunt of Pressed Juices

BEAUTY

 What is your daily skincare/beauty routine?

For me, the worst thing I can do for my skin is to over wash it. After showering I tone with pure witch hazel, apply an organic hydrating serum followed by a nourishing moisturiser. Then I apply some organic mineral makeup and pawpaw & honey lip balm.

At night I use a simple oil cleansing method to remove my makeup which leaves my skin soft and supple, without stripping the natural oils.

How do you nourish yourself from the inside and out?

I feed my body with nutrient dense wholefoods and of course green juices and smoothies. I prefer to exercise outside in the fresh air and sunshine, getting a daily dose of vitamin D is so important for my mood as well as my immune system.

 What is your best-kept beauty secret?

I guess it’s just plenty of good fats! Both applied topically to my skin, in the form of organic coconut or jojoba oil, and in my food – more coconut oil, nuts, seeds, fish and biodynamic butter.

FOOD

What is your food/diet philosophy?

I’m all about enjoying delicious seasonal produce; fresh, local, sustainable and organic where possible. I follow a lot of paleo principles; I don’t eat wheat and rarely consume grains but I don’t eat red meat. I focus on anti-inflammatory foods, lots of vegetables, a little fruit, plenty of good fats, wild caught fish and biodynamic eggs. I usually find a way to squeeze in a little bit of chocolate!

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Breakfast is usually eggs with veggies. If I don’t have time to cook in the morning I will have a green smoothie at work or pack a little jar of yoghurt with some chopped nuts, shaved coconut, cinnamon and fresh berries.

Lunch is usually leftovers. If we’ve cooked a roast then I will turn it into a salad by adding some fresh spinach with roasted root veggies, green beans and organic chicken.

Dinner is usually steamed veggies or salad in summer with protein; fish, chicken, legumes or eggs. In winter I tend to eat a lot more soups and stews.

Snacks are usually a handful of nuts and a green juice or veggie sticks with hummus                 

 What are your top 3 can’t live without foods and why?

1. Citrus fruit, especially lemon or lime, because it’s just so versatile. I use it in salad dressings, healthy desserts and juices.

2. Pink Himalayan salt. It is mineral rich and you only need a small amount to enhance the flavour of a meal.

3. Fresh herbs. They add a whole new dimension of flavour to a dish and have some lovely therapeutic benefits.

LeahHunt_PressedJuices

LIFE

What is your life motto or mantra?

Be kind. To myself, to others and to the planet.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

If you can’t change something, change the way you think about it.

What’s next for you?

Summer juices! We recently released our new spring flavours at Pressed Juices so I am now in the planning and development stage for our summer range. This is the best part of my job, where I get to play to my strengths and combine my creativity, love of food and nutritional knowledge.

Personally I am really looking forward to building an eco-friendly home, with the most amazing kitchen that opens onto a vegetable garden. Eating home grown seasonal produce and running nutrition classes in my garden is a dream I hope will someday soon become a reality.

Finish these sentences…

I get excited when… I wake up and the sun is shining

My favourite indulgence is… dark chocolate coated, freeze dried strawberries

To relax I like to…. read a book in the sun or go for a walk in the park with my dogs

In my handbag you’ll find…. a glass bottle of alkaline water, paw paw & honey lip balm and an orange moleskin note book for jotting down recipe ideas. I never know when inspiration will strike!

I can’t live without my… husband. He encourages me to chase my dreams even if they terrify me. He is my best friend, a great cook and gives an excellent massage!

Want more to know where you can find your own delicious pressed juice + personalised nutritional advice? Head down to one of Pressed Juices’ many stores around Australia and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram. 

 

 

Sasha Hawley, Founder of Yoga By The Sea

Natural Beauty Interview with Sasha Hawley of Yoga by The Sea

From the Alps in Austria, tropical islands of Asia, concrete jungles of South America and now Bondi Beach, Sasha Hawley (founder of Yoga By The Sea) has taught yoga in some of the most incredible locations imaginable.

With fresh coconuts in hand and a view of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, I found out how Sasha’s decade long ‘round the world adventure’ brought her to establishing one of Sydney’s most loved yoga studios, plus some of her top tips for glowing skin, finding balance and of course, yoga. Almost a local celebrity, it’s easy to see why Hawley is loved and admired by all.

Business

Tell us about your journey in becoming Sydney’s most loved yogi, has this always been your dream?

No! I actually studied Arts/Lit/Psychology at University, got fired from most every job I had, before deciding I wanted to be pursue acting (my poor parents!).  Then I did a TAFE course in Advertising & Events, landing a ‘corporate’ job (which I loathed, although I learnt a lot).  Basically I figured out what I didn’t want to do, saved some money, and took off to work out what I did want to do.  I travelled for years, survived as a travel journo, waitress and model, and studied and taught yoga, tai chi and meditation.  Writing and travelling gave me the time to ponder the greater purpose of my experiences, create a lifestyle I enjoyed, and think about how I could sustain it.

How did Yoga by the Sea come about?

I had been teaching yoga in these beautiful outdoor environments for so long, and I didn’t want to go back inside a studio. When I returned to Sydney, I was walking along Bondi with a friend, saw this place [Icebergs], and thought how awesome would it be to do yoga here, not just for me and the locals, but the tourists as well!  It just sort of blossomed from there.

At first I had to finance the venture by working at other studios but when I eventually began ‘Yoga by the Sea’ it was with a handful of students, a few yoga mats and me.  Due to the benefits of fresh air and sunshine, the sea life cruising past and the iconic location, the business grew organically over 7 years, making the most of Sydney’s incredible outdoor environment.  Not to downplay the hard work, sweat and tears I’ve personally invested, eventually opening more studios and hiring staff to help me manage.

Intent is important too – it makes me feel good to make other people feel good, and I’ve built the business on generosity, rather than the cut-throat business tactics I’d witnessed in my corporate job.

What can we expect at a Yoga By The Sea class? 

People no longer have to sit in zero oxygen, claustrophobic, over-heated studios!  The oceanic scene and soundscape at Yoga by the Sea helps the practice become more of an ‘experience’ than just a yoga class. We get splashed by waves, whale-watch, and enjoy perks such as the Icebergs sauna and pools, herbal tea and fresh juice after classes (all-inclusive).

Our styles – Yang yoga is a power vinyasa (flow) for people who want to improve fitness, strength and stamina, as well as Yin yoga, a traditional hatha style which is more meditative, relaxing and ideal for beginners. There is a spiritual side to the practices  too- not in a religious way, more in a connection to oneself, using techniques to calm and balance the body, mind & soul.

Yoga By The Sea at Bondi Iecbergs

Yoga By The Sea in action at Bondi Icebergs

How do you keep a work/life balance?

I work to live, not live to work.  I make a little pie chart in my head, with time for family, friends, exercise, work etc and try  to spend a little time each every week, although it’s much easier to lead a balanced lifestyle when you can dictate your own working hours and don’t have kids. Like everyone, I get sick or depressed when I lose that balance, so I make an effort to practice what I preach and take time when I need to.

People need to slow down and stop distancing themselves from what makes them happy, from who they are without the constant activity.  Yoga and meditation encourages me to stop and sit, to just be, to feel, mindful and self-aware, instead of running in circles stressing myself out. There is a completely different way to live your life if you have the courage to step away from the rat race.

BEAUTY

What is your daily skincare or makeup routine?

Lipbalm and sunglasses are my daily makeup, and I don’t put anything on my skin unless it is 100% natural (even sunscreen).  Everyday I use a natural rosewater and chamomile spray on my face, a light moisturizer with essential oils, and occasionally  I do gorgeous papaya, coconut oil, Manuka honey and yoghurt  DIY facial.  My skin does well when it’s left alone too, without over-cleansing or scrubbing.  Eating well and yoga helps you get that natural glow from the inside-out.

What is your best-kept beauty secret?

Virgin coconut oil! Put it all over your hair for healthy, strong locks and your skin for an intense nourishing treatment and moisturiser. I also use it for oil pulling each morning, which whitens teeth and helps remove bacteria that causes illness and teeth decay. That and lot of sleep – I’m called Sasha The Crasher amongst my friends! I sleep 8 hours a night plus a siesta if I can get away with it. 

I’ve heard that there are a number of yoga poses you can do to get glowing skin, is this true?

Yes, this is true.  Inversions, including downward dog are fantastic for glowing, fresh skin.  Anything where you’re upside down and all the blood and oxygen is running up to your heart and face, flushing away trapped toxins.  This includes backbends and shoulder stands and if you don’t want to do something where you’re holding your body weight, just try a simple forward bend in the shower each morning, which also decompresses the spine.

Sasha Hawley Founder of Yoga By The Sea

FOOD

What foods should people ideally be eating pre and post yoga?

Before yoga you don’t want anything to bulky because it will give you reflux when you’re upside down, and you’ll feel uncomfortable when you do twists etc. Smoothies or juices are a great option pre yoga, my favourite is a smoothie with maca, chia, spirulina, spinach, three fruits, and sometimes frozen mango ice cubes on hot days. Post yoga you’re on a wellness kick, so I’d say a green salad and sushi hits the spot.

What is your philosophy when it comes to food and diet?

I’m pretty relaxed when it comes to food, although I avoid meat except for seafood.  During the yoga retreats I run, we eat the most exquisitely healthy foods – beautiful seafood, vegies and fruit dishes, encouraging no other meat, booze, dairy, or sugar for a week.  I try and stick to that for awhile after the retreat, but then I’ll come back to Sydney, go out with my friends, have a bottle of wine, pizza and indulge because I’m a real food lover and I can’t say no to dessert. I call it Gin and Yang, everything in moderation.

What is your day on plate?

My morning smoothie gets me through to lunch time, when I’ll have some sushi or a salad, rice crackers and hummus.  Then at around 3-4pm I hit the organic dark chocolate or nuts as a snack.  Aside from being delicious, dark chocolate is an anti-oxidant, helps control blood sugar, is good for your heart, and full of vitamins and minerals. Then for dinner my husband cooks, so I get what I’m given which is usually vegies and fish. I’m in charge of dessert!

LIFE

What is happiness to you right now?

For me right now, happiness is space, like personal space, whether it be travelling, writing or simply lying in the bath. I give out a lot of energy to my students and relationships, so it’s essential to recharge with self-nurturing.  Space and time for myself is essential to maintaining the balance I need to stay happy.

What has practising yoga taught you about happiness?

To simply be content living and breathing in the moment I’m in, with the people, place, solitude or lesson that moment brings.  Yoga helps me look on the bright side, to be true to myself, to dance to the beat of my own drum, and respect my boundaries on and off the mat.  I remember feeling depressed in my twenties, often anxious and a little lost.  That’s when I found yoga and meditation, read ‘The Art of Happiness’ by the Dalai Lama, and reassessed.  Happiness is simply a state of mind, depending on how we decide to process what happens to us.

What’s next for Yoga by the Sea?

We’re about to kickstart our Winter Warmer Workshops, open another studio in Manly, and promote Yoga Rocks the Park, a yoga event I’ll be teaching later this year in Centennial Park.  I’m always scouting for new yoga retreat locations, with Broome, Sri Lanka and Fiji possibilities for the future.

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Ready to get your own savasana on?  Yoga By The Sea, Yoga from the Sky, and Yoga Under the Sea runs at 5 different locations with over 20 classes running around Sydney each week.  For more information on their schedule, workshops and retreats, head to their website or check outYoga By The Sea’s Facebook for daily inspiration on all things yoga.

Bondi Icebergs - just one of the beautiful backdrops to Sasha's classes

Bondi Icebergs – just one of the beautiful backdrops to Sasha’s classes

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Leah Hunt of Pressed Juices

Natural Beauty Interview with Leah Hunt of Pressed Juices

From concocting secret juice recipes in her garden as a little girl, to nutritionist and juicing expert, healthy living runs in Leah Hunt ‘s veins.

After years of studying design and working to the crazy deadlines of the fashion industry, Leah is now living her dream with Pressed Juices, combining her passion for nutrition and wholefoods with her creative talents to come up with new and delicious juice combinations.

Leah lives to empower people with the knowledge to make healthy choices and form life changing habits, so it only made sense that Leah is our Delicious Woman of Spring Cleanse September.

Read on to find Leah’s top tips on juicing, food, life, beauty and how she came to live the life she loves.

BUSINESS

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came from design school to Pressed Juices Nutritionist?

I have always really enjoyed eating fresh, healthy wholefood but never considered a career in the health industry until quite recently. At school I excelled at art and design, so naturally I gravitated towards further studies in this field. I received an art scholarship upon graduation and enrolled in a visual communication degree.

Was there an ‘uh-huh’ moment for you? Why did you make the change?

There wasn’t necessarily a moment where I suddenly decided to change my career path… it was just a feeling of discontent that grew over time. After two years at university I had lost passion for what I was doing and in the back of my mind I was always thinking “what am I doing with my time that is important?”

I guess I wanted to feel like I was making a positive contribution to the world, however small. So I took some time off and eventually decided to study natural medicine. Learning how to heal myself and others with nutrition was not only fascinating but gave me a sense of purpose. After graduating with a bachelor of health science in 2008, I practiced nutritional medicine for a number of years before taking on my role at Pressed Juices. Now I feel very fortunate to reach thousands of Australians with a positive message of enjoying a healthy life.

 What is a typical day for you?

My day usually starts at 5:30am with a hot cup of herbal tea. The first thing I do when I begin work at 7am is check my emails and write a to-do list.

I spend much of my time between doing nutrition work in my office and assisting customers with health enquiries or planning juice cleanses. Other days I am in the kitchen creating and trialling juice recipes or out attending community events. When I get home I take my dogs for a long walk which helps me unwind before preparing dinner and getting organised for the following day.

 How do you keep a work/life balance?

I’m still working on this! I’m so passionate about what I do that sometimes I bring my work home with me. When I get a great idea for a new juice I will spend my weekend in the kitchen playing around with different recipes.

I’m slowly getting into a better routine and switching off technology so that I can unwind of an evening. Getting caught up in a good book is the best way to stop my mind getting caught up in work. Cooking and sharing delicious wholesome food with friends and family is my favourite way to spend my downtime.

Leah Hunt of Pressed Juices

BEAUTY

 What is your daily skincare/beauty routine?

For me, the worst thing I can do for my skin is to over wash it. After showering I tone with pure witch hazel, apply an organic hydrating serum followed by a nourishing moisturiser. Then I apply some organic mineral makeup and pawpaw & honey lip balm.

At night I use a simple oil cleansing method to remove my makeup which leaves my skin soft and supple, without stripping the natural oils.

How do you nourish yourself from the inside and out?

I feed my body with nutrient dense wholefoods and of course green juices and smoothies. I prefer to exercise outside in the fresh air and sunshine, getting a daily dose of vitamin D is so important for my mood as well as my immune system.

 What is your best-kept beauty secret?

I guess it’s just plenty of good fats! Both applied topically to my skin, in the form of organic coconut or jojoba oil, and in my food – more coconut oil, nuts, seeds, fish and biodynamic butter.

FOOD

What is your food/diet philosophy?

I’m all about enjoying delicious seasonal produce; fresh, local, sustainable and organic where possible. I follow a lot of paleo principles; I don’t eat wheat and rarely consume grains but I don’t eat red meat. I focus on anti-inflammatory foods, lots of vegetables, a little fruit, plenty of good fats, wild caught fish and biodynamic eggs. I usually find a way to squeeze in a little bit of chocolate!

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Breakfast is usually eggs with veggies. If I don’t have time to cook in the morning I will have a green smoothie at work or pack a little jar of yoghurt with some chopped nuts, shaved coconut, cinnamon and fresh berries.

Lunch is usually leftovers. If we’ve cooked a roast then I will turn it into a salad by adding some fresh spinach with roasted root veggies, green beans and organic chicken.

Dinner is usually steamed veggies or salad in summer with protein; fish, chicken, legumes or eggs. In winter I tend to eat a lot more soups and stews.

Snacks are usually a handful of nuts and a green juice or veggie sticks with hummus                 

 What are your top 3 can’t live without foods and why?

1. Citrus fruit, especially lemon or lime, because it’s just so versatile. I use it in salad dressings, healthy desserts and juices.

2. Pink Himalayan salt. It is mineral rich and you only need a small amount to enhance the flavour of a meal.

3. Fresh herbs. They add a whole new dimension of flavour to a dish and have some lovely therapeutic benefits.

LeahHunt_PressedJuices

LIFE

What is your life motto or mantra?

Be kind. To myself, to others and to the planet.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

If you can’t change something, change the way you think about it.

What’s next for you?

Summer juices! We recently released our new spring flavours at Pressed Juices so I am now in the planning and development stage for our summer range. This is the best part of my job, where I get to play to my strengths and combine my creativity, love of food and nutritional knowledge.

Personally I am really looking forward to building an eco-friendly home, with the most amazing kitchen that opens onto a vegetable garden. Eating home grown seasonal produce and running nutrition classes in my garden is a dream I hope will someday soon become a reality.

Finish these sentences…

I get excited when… I wake up and the sun is shining

My favourite indulgence is… dark chocolate coated, freeze dried strawberries

To relax I like to…. read a book in the sun or go for a walk in the park with my dogs

In my handbag you’ll find…. a glass bottle of alkaline water, paw paw & honey lip balm and an orange moleskin note book for jotting down recipe ideas. I never know when inspiration will strike!

I can’t live without my… husband. He encourages me to chase my dreams even if they terrify me. He is my best friend, a great cook and gives an excellent massage!

Want more to know where you can find your own delicious pressed juice + personalised nutritional advice? Head down to one of Pressed Juices’ many stores around Australia and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram. 

 

 

Sasha Hawley, Founder of Yoga By The Sea

Natural Beauty Interview with Sasha Hawley of Yoga by The Sea

From the Alps in Austria, tropical islands of Asia, concrete jungles of South America and now Bondi Beach, Sasha Hawley (founder of Yoga By The Sea) has taught yoga in some of the most incredible locations imaginable.

With fresh coconuts in hand and a view of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, I found out how Sasha’s decade long ‘round the world adventure’ brought her to establishing one of Sydney’s most loved yoga studios, plus some of her top tips for glowing skin, finding balance and of course, yoga. Almost a local celebrity, it’s easy to see why Hawley is loved and admired by all.

Business

Tell us about your journey in becoming Sydney’s most loved yogi, has this always been your dream?

No! I actually studied Arts/Lit/Psychology at University, got fired from most every job I had, before deciding I wanted to be pursue acting (my poor parents!).  Then I did a TAFE course in Advertising & Events, landing a ‘corporate’ job (which I loathed, although I learnt a lot).  Basically I figured out what I didn’t want to do, saved some money, and took off to work out what I did want to do.  I travelled for years, survived as a travel journo, waitress and model, and studied and taught yoga, tai chi and meditation.  Writing and travelling gave me the time to ponder the greater purpose of my experiences, create a lifestyle I enjoyed, and think about how I could sustain it.

How did Yoga by the Sea come about?

I had been teaching yoga in these beautiful outdoor environments for so long, and I didn’t want to go back inside a studio. When I returned to Sydney, I was walking along Bondi with a friend, saw this place [Icebergs], and thought how awesome would it be to do yoga here, not just for me and the locals, but the tourists as well!  It just sort of blossomed from there.

At first I had to finance the venture by working at other studios but when I eventually began ‘Yoga by the Sea’ it was with a handful of students, a few yoga mats and me.  Due to the benefits of fresh air and sunshine, the sea life cruising past and the iconic location, the business grew organically over 7 years, making the most of Sydney’s incredible outdoor environment.  Not to downplay the hard work, sweat and tears I’ve personally invested, eventually opening more studios and hiring staff to help me manage.

Intent is important too – it makes me feel good to make other people feel good, and I’ve built the business on generosity, rather than the cut-throat business tactics I’d witnessed in my corporate job.

What can we expect at a Yoga By The Sea class? 

People no longer have to sit in zero oxygen, claustrophobic, over-heated studios!  The oceanic scene and soundscape at Yoga by the Sea helps the practice become more of an ‘experience’ than just a yoga class. We get splashed by waves, whale-watch, and enjoy perks such as the Icebergs sauna and pools, herbal tea and fresh juice after classes (all-inclusive).

Our styles – Yang yoga is a power vinyasa (flow) for people who want to improve fitness, strength and stamina, as well as Yin yoga, a traditional hatha style which is more meditative, relaxing and ideal for beginners. There is a spiritual side to the practices  too- not in a religious way, more in a connection to oneself, using techniques to calm and balance the body, mind & soul.

Yoga By The Sea at Bondi Iecbergs

Yoga By The Sea in action at Bondi Icebergs

How do you keep a work/life balance?

I work to live, not live to work.  I make a little pie chart in my head, with time for family, friends, exercise, work etc and try  to spend a little time each every week, although it’s much easier to lead a balanced lifestyle when you can dictate your own working hours and don’t have kids. Like everyone, I get sick or depressed when I lose that balance, so I make an effort to practice what I preach and take time when I need to.

People need to slow down and stop distancing themselves from what makes them happy, from who they are without the constant activity.  Yoga and meditation encourages me to stop and sit, to just be, to feel, mindful and self-aware, instead of running in circles stressing myself out. There is a completely different way to live your life if you have the courage to step away from the rat race.

BEAUTY

What is your daily skincare or makeup routine?

Lipbalm and sunglasses are my daily makeup, and I don’t put anything on my skin unless it is 100% natural (even sunscreen).  Everyday I use a natural rosewater and chamomile spray on my face, a light moisturizer with essential oils, and occasionally  I do gorgeous papaya, coconut oil, Manuka honey and yoghurt  DIY facial.  My skin does well when it’s left alone too, without over-cleansing or scrubbing.  Eating well and yoga helps you get that natural glow from the inside-out.

What is your best-kept beauty secret?

Virgin coconut oil! Put it all over your hair for healthy, strong locks and your skin for an intense nourishing treatment and moisturiser. I also use it for oil pulling each morning, which whitens teeth and helps remove bacteria that causes illness and teeth decay. That and lot of sleep – I’m called Sasha The Crasher amongst my friends! I sleep 8 hours a night plus a siesta if I can get away with it. 

I’ve heard that there are a number of yoga poses you can do to get glowing skin, is this true?

Yes, this is true.  Inversions, including downward dog are fantastic for glowing, fresh skin.  Anything where you’re upside down and all the blood and oxygen is running up to your heart and face, flushing away trapped toxins.  This includes backbends and shoulder stands and if you don’t want to do something where you’re holding your body weight, just try a simple forward bend in the shower each morning, which also decompresses the spine.

Sasha Hawley Founder of Yoga By The Sea

FOOD

What foods should people ideally be eating pre and post yoga?

Before yoga you don’t want anything to bulky because it will give you reflux when you’re upside down, and you’ll feel uncomfortable when you do twists etc. Smoothies or juices are a great option pre yoga, my favourite is a smoothie with maca, chia, spirulina, spinach, three fruits, and sometimes frozen mango ice cubes on hot days. Post yoga you’re on a wellness kick, so I’d say a green salad and sushi hits the spot.

What is your philosophy when it comes to food and diet?

I’m pretty relaxed when it comes to food, although I avoid meat except for seafood.  During the yoga retreats I run, we eat the most exquisitely healthy foods – beautiful seafood, vegies and fruit dishes, encouraging no other meat, booze, dairy, or sugar for a week.  I try and stick to that for awhile after the retreat, but then I’ll come back to Sydney, go out with my friends, have a bottle of wine, pizza and indulge because I’m a real food lover and I can’t say no to dessert. I call it Gin and Yang, everything in moderation.

What is your day on plate?

My morning smoothie gets me through to lunch time, when I’ll have some sushi or a salad, rice crackers and hummus.  Then at around 3-4pm I hit the organic dark chocolate or nuts as a snack.  Aside from being delicious, dark chocolate is an anti-oxidant, helps control blood sugar, is good for your heart, and full of vitamins and minerals. Then for dinner my husband cooks, so I get what I’m given which is usually vegies and fish. I’m in charge of dessert!

LIFE

What is happiness to you right now?

For me right now, happiness is space, like personal space, whether it be travelling, writing or simply lying in the bath. I give out a lot of energy to my students and relationships, so it’s essential to recharge with self-nurturing.  Space and time for myself is essential to maintaining the balance I need to stay happy.

What has practising yoga taught you about happiness?

To simply be content living and breathing in the moment I’m in, with the people, place, solitude or lesson that moment brings.  Yoga helps me look on the bright side, to be true to myself, to dance to the beat of my own drum, and respect my boundaries on and off the mat.  I remember feeling depressed in my twenties, often anxious and a little lost.  That’s when I found yoga and meditation, read ‘The Art of Happiness’ by the Dalai Lama, and reassessed.  Happiness is simply a state of mind, depending on how we decide to process what happens to us.

What’s next for Yoga by the Sea?

We’re about to kickstart our Winter Warmer Workshops, open another studio in Manly, and promote Yoga Rocks the Park, a yoga event I’ll be teaching later this year in Centennial Park.  I’m always scouting for new yoga retreat locations, with Broome, Sri Lanka and Fiji possibilities for the future.

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Ready to get your own savasana on?  Yoga By The Sea, Yoga from the Sky, and Yoga Under the Sea runs at 5 different locations with over 20 classes running around Sydney each week.  For more information on their schedule, workshops and retreats, head to their website or check outYoga By The Sea’s Facebook for daily inspiration on all things yoga.

Bondi Icebergs - just one of the beautiful backdrops to Sasha's classes

Bondi Icebergs – just one of the beautiful backdrops to Sasha’s classes

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Natural Beauty Interview with Lola Berry

Introducing the Steve Irwin of fruits and vegies, Lola Berry. She’s the most real, passionate and enthusiastic nutritionist you’ll find, dedicating each day to getting people excited about eating fresh, real foods and with a Bachelor of Health Science and a best selling cookbook behind her, the world is listening.

We don’t know how else to describe it, but Lola just radiates awesomeness. When she’s not teaching yoga, writing, filming or cooking, Lola is inspiring Aussies everywhere to eat the best they can, giving themselves the energy to shine.

Read on to find out how Lola became one of Australia’s leading nutritionists and most loved yogis as well as her top tips on food, beauty, staying real and living your dream. Prepare to be inspired!

Business
Tell us about your journey in becoming one of Australia’s leading nutritionists; has this always been your dream? 

Back in the day I lived a completely different life, I was working as DJ and partying five nights a week. I’m not going to lie I was having a lot of fun and I knew that I hadn’t found my passion or my bliss [or as yogis would call it, my dharma]

I was feeling a bit lost in general and one morning I just woke up and thought ‘stuff this I’m going on a detox’ and during that I just became really fascianted, obsessed even by healthy, clean foods. I wanted to study nutrution but I didn’t think I was academic enough, I mean I don’t have a science brain at all, before that I had studied drama! But my best friend convinced me to do it so I dove straight into the deep end and started studying nutritional medicine.

Whilst I was studying, it hit me one day that I was going to be the Steve Irwin of fruits and vegies. That’s me. Steve Irwin had always inspired me because he just had so much passion and almost this urgency to send such a cool message to people. That’s how it all came about!

What is a typical day for you? How do you keep that work/life balance?

Hahaha it changes! One day I’m teaching yoga, the next day I’m on radio or TV or writing, it’s so random.

I’ve just signed a new book deal for my fourth book so from today I’m going to really crack into writing.

But an ideal for me would be to get up go for a run on the beach, make an awesome smoothie, practice some yoga, do some writing and some filming, make a good healthy meal and then watch some kind of surf doco with a cup of tea and go to bed.

That’s a perfect day for me, but it doesn’t happen very often but at the moment because I’m doing all these random adventures!

And in terms of work/life balance? To be completely honest with you that’s something I’m still working on so. I’m a yes girl, I love to say yes to everybody and I love to give energy but I can’t keep up with it sometimes. I’m not going to sit here and tell you i’m the golden girl and I mediate everyday and I eat perfectly everyday, I’m always working on myself and I definitely burn myself out, I’m still trying to get that sorted!

For others out there wanting to start living their dream-  what is your advice?

Simple- just be real.  Do something that you’re truly passionate about not just because you think it’s a good idea that will do well in the market or because you want people to like you. I don’t think that makes longevity, longevity is authencitiy.

Lola working her magic in the kitchen

Lola working her magic in the kitchen

Beauty
 What is your daily skincare/make up routine?

Even though I’m very time poor, I do have a routine.  I use a lot of coconut oil on my face and hair as well as other oils like olive oil. I also eat a lot of fat when I notice that my skin isn’t looking good.

I take a lot of pride in my appearance, especially working in the media; you want to look after the way you look. There’s nothing worse, especially for me as I’ve gone through a lot of body issues, than not feeling confident so I just work on being the best that I can be inside and out.

Do you have any advice for other girls out there who are struggling with body image or self-confidence?

Get help. It’s a bit of a taboo subject not many people talk about it, but get help. I see a therapist and I have been for a while and I think that the reality is that we’ve all got a story and we’ve all got issues but at the end of the day it’s just about being ok with it and just accepting that it’s something you have to deal with.

For me, things still pop up and I still have really bad days where I just want to go binge eat or over exercise but there’s no shame in saying that.  But on those days when you do feel crap about yourself, just remember that if you just honour your health, you’ll come good.

 What is your best-kept beauty secret?

Honouring your health and one of my other biggest secrets is getting in 8 hours of sleep. I know if there’s a week where I’ve had some bad sleeps, I look crap and I feel like it too. When you’re getting enough sleep your leptin and ghrelin hormones are at the right level, your face is fresher and you have more control over your hunger levels.

Lola getting in her daily green smoothie

Lola getting in her daily green smoothie

Food
What is your core philosophy when it comes to food and diet?

Listen to your body. Food is here for two reasons; one to share and celebrate with the people you love and two, to nourish your body.

But my overall core message is show up and be the best you can be. Have the courage to listen to you heart and act on that.  Most people go throughout life without really living their passion or without really falling in love, but just step up to the plate!

Describe your day on a plate for us?

Breakfast: I love a green smoothie in the morning but in the winter I’ve started making chia puddings for breaky.

Snack: nuts, bliss balls or an alkalising juice.

Lunch: I’m an avocado freak so it will be a big salad with smashed avo, and I’ll try and put my carbs in at lunch time too so sweet spud and quinoa… but if I’m writing then generally all carbohydrate rules go out the window and I just snack all day!

Dinner: I have my protein and salad generally and then if I want to go for a bit of desert I’ll have some raw chocolate.

What foods do you eat to keep yourself looking your best?

For skin and nails I eat a lot of fats, like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and salmon as well as a lot of greens like brussle sprouts, kale and broccoli. Plus I just constantly eat fresh, real foods. I used to tell my clients to count your colours, the more colours in a meal the more nutrient dense it will be!

What are your top three ‘cant’ live without’ ingredients when you cook and why?

1. Coconut oil/ olive oil – because you can just use them to cook anything

2. Chilli – I have to have my chilli, I love it so much!

3. Kale – because it is so versatile

Life
What is happiness to you right now?

Listening to your heart and having the courage to live that, because it’s one thing to listen to your heart and to know it but it’s another thing to act on it. When you do that, it’s pretty freakin cool, and how good is this for a quote? It’s a Benjamin Franklin one: “Most people die at 25 and are buried at 75” how good is that?!

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

When I was around 4 years old, my babysitter would always take us to the milk bar and I’d always be like “I’ve got all these big dreams! I want to be the next Cate Blanchett!” and she would turn around and “say of course you can, you can do it Lola and never let anybody tell you anything different”.

I think that is poignant to me because the older we get, (I’m 28 now) you become more and more aware of the pressures of society, you compare yourself more, doubt yourself more, there are pressures from the outside telling you that you need to live this stable life.

Before I started studying, I took out a $12,000 loan and pretended it was a student loan to pay for a film crew for when I wanted to be an actress, so I guess my point is live your dream because you’re the only person who can get you there and you’re the only person who can stop you.

What’s next for you?

My new book! It’s going to be lifestyle and recipe based which has been awesome to research and I’m doing some really cool stuff with Channel 9. I really want to start focusing more on filming; it’s my favourite thing to do!

And personally, I simply want to keep living my dream everyday [and one day live in a tree-house, that’s really important to me I say that with such seriousness] On top of that I just really want to live, breath, eat and sleep my beliefs and I want to be more in the now and really shine.

Lola at the farmers market stocking up on her fresh produce for the week

Lola at the farmers market stocking up on her fresh produce for the week

Want to connect with Lola? Check her out on her website (which has heaps of awesome videos we might add!) instagram  or facebook.

Read other inspirational stories and awesome tips from our other delicious women here. 

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Natural Beauty Interview with Dr. Libby Weaver of www.drlibby.com

Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemist, author and speaker Dr. Libby Weaver is empowering women all over the world to take control of their health. Whether it be through a TED Talk to thousands of people, a one-on-one consultation or through one of her five number one selling books, Dr. Libby is turning everything you thought you knew about health, weight loss and happiness on its head!

What we love move about Dr. Libby is her way of breaking down even the most complex concepts about health and the body in a way that anyone can understand and learn from. This, coupled with her natural ability to relate and empathise with all demographics (especially with all the mum’s out there!) makes Dr. Libby one of our favourite holistic health gurus.

BUSINESS 
You were at university for 14 years studying nutrition and dietetics, as well as completing a PHD in biochemistry- did you always know this is what you wanted to do?

No, I had no idea what I wanted to do as a child. I loved school and I loved learning but I had no idea what I was going to do when I grew up. I’ve always loved writing so for a while I thought maybe I’d be a journalist but when it came down to it, I knew all I really enjoyed writing about was food and nutrition.

The other part of it was more emotional – I’ve always wanted to help people answer the question: why do you do what you do when you know what you know?

Once I started studying nutrition at university I loved it right from day one and fell more in love with it as I went as I was just blown away at what an absolute miracle we are.

Why do you think you have established such a huge following? What is it about you that people love and relate to?

I feel like my message really resonates with people. I understand what it’s like to be busy, even though my job is my passion, I do run my own business so my life can be very busy. I can really empathise with people especially with women who juggle 1000 things in a day including being the main provider of food so I speak to them from a place of understanding and not from judgement.

I also feel that the message has been so well accepted because it’s holistic. I don’t say that if you eat x y z then everything will be ok because it won’t necessarily, but I get people to explore how they eat, drink, think, move, believe and perceive and it’s that whole big picture that gives me a complete approach to a person’s wellbeing.

 At Luk Beautifood we’re about enhancing a woman’s natural beauty from the inside out, tell us about your book ‘Beauty from the Inside Out’?

‘Beauty from the Inside Out’ is something I feel so passionately about.

I originally wrote the book so people could see that all the ‘beauty bits’ so hair skin eyes nails etc. all of those things rely 100% on the nutrients that are available to them. When you eat real food, you provide those ‘beauty bits’ with the nutrients they need to drive all of the biochemical reactions that create amazing skin hair and nails etc.

An even bigger point that I hope came out of my book is that too many people today live with the fight or flight response turned on all the time. This response produces adrenalin, which is the main hormone that tells your body that it’s in danger and therefore all the nutrient rich blood is diverted to your peripheries so the last thing your body is going to do when it think it’s in danger is send calcium to your fingernails to strengthen them!

When you’re constantly living in that flight or fight zone all the nutrients are diverted to ensuring survival and are therefore unavailable to the beauty bits. So for some people, bringing restorative practises into their lives can be game changing as it gets them out of that stress response so a really great new beauty ritual would be to do some restorative practises like restorative yoga or ti chi.

Have you got any tips for keeping a work/life balance?

I could not do what I do without my own personal restorative practices. I’ve done them now for 12 years. I have a morning ritual with some restorative practises that I do every day and I also eat amazingly well.

Those are my physical rituals but the other big thing is my attitude. I am really in touch with how privileged I am. I want others to realise that they themselves are very precious and to treat themselves accordingly because when you’re in touch with that, the way you nourish yourself with food and with thoughts will serve you to be the best you can be.

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

Be passionate about what you do and be prepared to put in massive hours. The beauty of owning your own business is getting to do what you love with some flexibility. But in saying that, when you work for yourself it’s even harder to maintain that work/life balance as you’re usually 20 times busier than you ever were before and you really do have to make sure you take care of yourself through the journey- that’s critical when you run your own business.

My husband taught me a way to break everything up into three horizons, which helps me to view the whole thing as a process. So my advice is to be patient so you don’t get overwhelmed.

Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Bang on.

BEAUTY
What is your daily skin/beauty routine?

When I have a shower in the morning I wash my face just with water and then use a toner and moisturiser. I also cleanse and tone at the end of the day.

Sometimes when I’m working from home for the day, I have a combination of oils that I press into my face which really nourishes my skin.

I only use organic or bio-dynamically grown skin care and mineral make up because your skin is a direct route to your blood supply, I mean we’ve only got to think about the way nicotine patches work to understand that.

The gorgeous, glowing Dr. Libby Weaver

The gorgeous, glowing Dr. Libby Weaver

What is your best-kept beauty secret?

It’s to realise that life is precious and that each person is a miracle and we need to treat ourselves accordingly because when you eat, drink, move, think, believe and perceive in a way that serves you, you’re in touch with how precious life is, so that’s the beauty secret.

How do you nourish your body from the inside to keep yourself looking gorgeous on the outside? Can you see the difference that eating organic, nourishing, whole-foods has on your hair, skin, nails etc.? 

 The whites in your eyes become whiter very quickly when you first make changes to the way you eat.

Next, the skin clears and the texture really improves. Because the skin rejuvenates itself every 28 days, so you take better care of yourself with how you eat, you tend to notice the difference within about a month.

It’s really important that people understand that your skin is an organ made of three layers, but the outside layer is dead.  The cells that form the outside layer are born at the bottom of the second layer and the best way to influence the way the outside looks like is to influence the environment in to which the skin cells are born. The health of your new skin cells is directly influenced by what nutrients are available to them so I want people to understand that if they are only looking after the outside, they’re just trying to repair dead skin cells, you’ve got to nourish from the inside out to see a difference.

FOOD
What is one of the biggest misconceptions about food and diet you want to clear up for people?

That there is one way of eating that fits everybody. That’s not true. People need to be in touch with what energises them personally as opposed to following a trend or labelling themselves like ‘paleo’ or ‘vegan’.

I’m all for people sticking to something that they feel really passionate about and that serves their physical health and the planet but I can’t bare it when someone says ‘oh I’m paleo’ just because its popular right now. Do what serves you and your body.

Can you share with us one of your favourite skin-loving recipes?

Pumpkin Seed Milk Shake- this is the perfect shake for anyone with skin problems. The nutrients in the banana, pumpkin seeds and avocado are highly beneficial for troubled complexions. Have a shake as a snack and give yourself a healthy dose of zinc in the process.

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin seeds, raw and unsalted

1 medium banana, peeled, chopped and frozen

4 fresh dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

¼ large avocado, or ½ small avocado

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

3 to 4 cups filtered water

Method:

  1. Combine the pumpkin seeds with the frozen banana and chopped dates in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Pulse until fairly smooth.
  2. Add the avocado, vanilla extract and the pinch of salt.
  3. With the motor running, start adding the filtered water.  When the mixture achieves the consistency you desire, stop adding water and serve in a tall glass
Dr.Libby's skin loving pumpkin seed smoothie

Dr.Libby’s skin loving pumpkin seed smoothie

 Describe your day on a plate for us:

Then, if I’m on the road I will have my green powder mixed with water. At home, if I feel like a green smoothie I’ll make one up using lots of green vegies with udos oil [a plant based essential fatty acid] and almond butter because fat really nourishes and satisfies me. (I especially love organic butter!)

Other times I feel like eggs with avocado, spinach and mushrooms.

Lunch- I’m usually out and about or travelling more often than not so I usually grab something from a local organic café.

Dinner- I make something from one of my cookbooks ‘Real Food Chef’ or ‘Real Food Kitchen’ or if I’m out or on the road I always order a big bowl of steamed vegies and sometimes I’ll add other things to that.

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet?

I don’t eat anything artificial; no preservatives, flavours or colours and nothing artificial but I do try to remain really flexible. If I’m at a friend’s house who has prepared a meal for us, I take the gratitude in that offering as opposed to freaking out about what’s gone into it. I call myself a flexitarian.

What are your top three ‘can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook and why?
  1. Avocado because it’s got 19 nutrients in it and it’s so satisfying.
  2. Parsley because it’s high in chlorophyll and it’s just so good for your blood.
  3. Lemon because I love how it stimulates digestion and I love the sourness of it.
LIFE
What is happiness to you?

Seeing the light go on in someone’s eyes when they get back in touch with how precious they are.

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

My Mother gave me the serenity prayer when I was 8 years old:

‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, have the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.’

This prayer brings me a lot of peace because there are things that I see in the world that I don’t like and if I can do something about it then I will but there are times when I can’t and fighting with that can be really destructive and exhausting so I feel like that prayer has really served me.

What’s next for you and your business?

We’ve just done the photo-shoot for our next lot of recipes! I don’t know when we’re going to release this one but all the photographs have just been finished so that was a really fun project. I also recently did a TEDx talk, which was dream come true for me.

Later in the year I’m going to take all my books to the Frankfurt Book Fair and start to distribute them internationally, which is really exciting! And I will also likely bring out a new book this year because that’s one of my passions I just don’t know what that’s going to be yet it.

For more info, insights and amazing recipes, visit Dr. Libby’s website , or make friends on Facebook and Instagram!
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Monday motivation | be inspired to do a 3 day beauty detox

Good morning, today’s inspirational quote for monday motivation is

“Confidence, wear it like makeup’ 

And with it I want to inspire you to get your body – inside and out feeling and looking fabulous.

I am feeling really excited about our first ever online mini 3 Day Beauty Detox  starting this Wednesday 19th.. Monday 24th (sorry I had issues with creating our first ever slideshow!)

That means we have 3 days of Beauty Detox posts to start your skin glowing, your energy levels up and your ‘can do’ awakened.

Try our ways for 3 days to ‘detox your beauty’ with what you eat, apply to your skin and maintain balance.

Day 1

EAT CLEAN, LEAN & GREEN – what are the top beauty detox foods, make over your pantry and simple recipes to eat yourself beautiful. Click here for how

Day 2

TOSS THE TOXINS  – we will raise your awareness of what you expose your body to via your daily skin and body care routine– from soap and shampoo to lipstick & perfume

Day 3

BODY LOVE – take time to move, be mindful, stretch and find balance.

This is the month to enhance your natural beauty and break bad habits that have crept in because of your oh so busy lifestyle.

I hope you can join me.

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Join me for a 3 day online beauty detox for glowing skin and more energy.

Join me for a 3 day online beauty detox for glowing skin and more energy.

 

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inspiration & motivation for 2014 my vision board

My vision board for 2014 | New Year Inspiration

Have you created a vision board before, I have always wanted to but could never find the right images, besides my hand writing is lousy.

It only occurred to me the other day that I could simply create one in a powerpoint with images from Pinterest and using all the fonts I love. Then I can share it, make it public and make myself accountable!! When it is printed out on a big sheet I will stick it on my pin board …the one I am going to make over to luk sunshine yellow instead of the red I have had for 10 years so my work space is more inspiring and organised. That way the minute I sit down I know what I am suppose to be doing!  No online rabbit holes for me, there is money to be made!

So what’s important next year?

1. Get Active.  To feel good about my body. I had that horrid experience a few days ago of buying a new bikini. It was not a pretty sight yet I am a size 12, 67kg and 178cm.  It only makes me fully aware of why so many women don’t feel great about how they look. After 3 trips to the change room to try and find something that fitted – the manager of the surf shop rescued me with styles that did. Still, after a few days on the beach, I have come to the sad realisation that I need to put in more effort than running after kids. My morning ‘weights’ walk, weekly long bike ride and once a week yoga MUST return to my schedule.  Trim and Toned is what I am looking for.

2. Create an outdoor Oasis. Somewhere to relax outside whether it is reading, stretching or thinking. A place to light a candle and nurture me. To turn that outdoor kindy gym type space on the verandah into a grown up space. No more padded colourful squares or plastic toys. I am done! Move on.

3. Nourish my family. I do that now but I want to get a better routine going. To make shopping easier – I can’t believe how much time I spend keeping our pantry and fridge stocked. I also want to change my mindset on preparing our evening meal – to treat it as chill out time for me by giving myself enough time and thought to create new dishes…and enjoy the process. Most mornings I juice or make smoothies (the luk glow+ go green or berry red antioxidant) but again it’s a massive effort to keep up the produce supply. I bake for the lunch boxes and healthy snacks, but not regularly – that I want – so I have to lock in when I do it….that’s half the battle.

4. Make my Money. You’ll understand what this means if you are on a single family income and use to earn and pay your way before kids (or selling your first biz). I miss my independence and ability to squander ! But even more important is that I have 3 years to kick butt. We have planned to take the kids out of school for a year and travel Australia so that means this is the BHAG. The Big Hairy Audacious Goal. The one that makes your tummy churn. And we need to jiggle and juggle how hubby can work less. He is over it and I am revved to go but he is bringing in the bucks and um well I am micro cash-flowing stock.

5. Grow my Kitchen Garden. I have a fabulous garden that hubby built us a few years ago, it is filled with herbs, kale spinach and um, weeds.  For a few months of each year it looks fabulous and full fills all my urban sustainability dreams but then the wheel fall off, the weeds take over, everything goes to seed and chickens are allowed to peck it to bits. I love a kitchen garden because you can shoozzy up anything in seconds with fresh herbs and if your cupboard is bare there are always greens to toss together for a salad or to fill a kids sandwich if the pickings are thin.

6. Travel for Work. I am desperate to travel for work and what I mean by that is nothing, quote nothing, charges your ‘can do’ batteries more than exporting your own brand. The satisfaction of selling products to major retailers or businesses overseas is second to none. And the people you meet, the places you visit via trade shows opens up another world. To be successful at export you must be ready. Many majors love to get involved at a product development level so it make sense to dip your big toe in the water if you have an innovative and unique brand offer. Can I have my Qantas Club membership back ….pretty please!

7. Work Life Balance. If you know me well, this is a huge mantra of mine. Until the middle of this year I was managing a 15 hr work week, with the launch of the new website that blew out the window.  So now I am putting my neck out and saying that I’ll work when both kids are at school and anything else at weeknights is a bonus. School holidays are light on as the kids need looking after. Plan is up at 5.30 (exercising, juicing and healthy lunch boxes!!) & bed by 10pm.  (reading and beauty sleep!)  By setting such a strict framework you have to make the business work – it needs a sexy business model, talented people and systems. I may just start the year looking for a talented advisory board and writing an investment plan.

So, they are the big ones, there are more on the vision board. If you would like to create your own then use my ppt as a template by downloading it from Slideshare I also save you the trouble of finding all those tricky little fun bits like swing tags, pins, stick it notes and ripped paper  – not to mention the cork board itself.

Let me know how you go at creating your vision board. It’s good to sit down and work out what is important for you, and make sure you involve your partner and family to prioritise things.

Have a fabulous 2014. x

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PS – my friend Sara asked “what about friends and family?” Good question – it is a given. 🙂
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Natural Beauty Interview with Sommer Elston of www.gypsyjuice.me/

Meet the beautiful Sommer Elston from Gypsy Juice. Sommer’s passion for travel has taken her on a 14 year adventure around the world, inspiring her to create her own skin care range which she describes as the “yummiest, most nutritious, delicious and organic, raw meal for your skin”.

Now residing in sunny Mallorca, Spain, Sommer hand makes her small range using ingredients which have been carefully selected to provide your skin with all the minerals, nutrients, fatty-acids and anti oxidants it needs. Not only do we love Sommer’s products and philosophy, but we admire her eco-friendly business, as she only uses chemical and solvent free inks, her website 100% powered by wind energy and all her products are organic and PETA certified.

Thanks to the power of technology, we were able to reach Sommer over in Spain (as much as we would’ve LOVED to have flown over there) and were thrilled for her to be our delicious woman of September.

If you’re wanting to give your beauty cupboard a spring clean, we suggest you head over to Sommer’s website and treat yourself…your skin will thank you!

SOMMER’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

Tell us about your journey in creating Gypsy Juice; what was your inspiration?

 As an absolute health nut, loving to live an organic, chemical-free lifestyle, I was finding it terribly hard to find products that contained no nasties or fillers what-so-ever. My solution was to concoct my own skincare recipes, using the amazing and exotic ingredients that I came across in my travels. My aim was to create an organic skincare range that would be the yummiest, most nutritious, delicious and organic, raw meal for my skin.

With my little collection of label-less potions, it wasn’t long before people were asking about my skincare secret. I explained that I was making my own, which invariably received the response, “can you make some for me”. Knowing that each person has different skin types and skin needs, I began to create custom made products. This is when it struck me, “There must be others who would love a chemical free, custom made collection of their own”. And so, the evolution of Gypsy Juice had begun.

You have said that you have “nomadic passions and vagabond ways” tell us about your travels?

My nomadic lifestyle has led me on many magical and unforgettable experiences. I started exploring this ever inspiring planet of ours in 1997 and have been happily roaming through many countries and experiencing their cultures ever since. There is a freedom in spontaneous travel that I truly love and which has brought me to enjoy some truly incredible journeys.

I sailed a 40ft catamaran from Portugal to New Zealand, tumbled down sand dunes in the Sahara Desert; swum with sea lions in the Galapagos; parasailed in Turkey; skydived in the Whitsundays; toured through Tuscany; tasted magnificent street food in Thailand; hot air ballooned across Mallorca; climbed Tai Shan (China’s most sacred mountain) and much more. I have also had the opportunity to be based in some of the world’s most exciting cities such as London, Moscow, Tokyo, Sydney and New York.

How do you keep a work/life balance?

I have created a little schedule for myself. My week is loosely mapped out and includes a balance of work, rest and play. This works really well for me and by the end of the week I have accomplished all my to-dos whilst having lots of fun along the way.

What is a typical work day for you?

My love and I share a superfood smoothie first thing in the morning. I then head off for my daily walk along the beach or do a little yoga. Back at home, I check and respond to emails and go on to make the orders I have received for that day. This involves hand blending each product with ingredients customised to my clients skin type and skin needs, labelling bottles, stamping my muslin cotton bags, writing my hand written letters and then packaging the goodies ready for their journey.

I then break for lunch. I absolutely love picnics, so many of my lunches are enjoyed picnicking in the park under my favourite olive tree. In the afternoon I hop on my bike and head down to the post office to ship off my parcels. I then take care of any other tasks that need to be completed. In the evening it’s generally a sunset walk or swim and time to cook a yummy, wholesome dinner.

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

Ensure that you are truly and utterly passionate about whatever it is you intend to create. The many, many hours you spend perfecting your business will then be a labor of love and not a chore.

BEAUTY

Tell us about the ingredients you use in your products and why?

My beautiful blends are created with the worlds finest 100% certified organic, cold pressed, unrefined oils, butters and botanicals which I have sourced from all corners of the earth. Each one has been especially chosen for it’s exquisite quality, purity and natural healing powers. My range was developed to provide your skin with all the minerals, nutrients, fatty-acids and anti-oxidants required for optimal skin health.

The Gypsy Juice range

The Gypsy Juice range

What is your daily ‘skin’ regime’?

Firstly I cleanse my face with my Gypsy Juice Luxurious Cleansing Oil. It is a lovely blend of protective and healing oils to soften, cleanse and promote skin elasticity.

Next, I indulge my skin and senses with my Rose Blossom Mist, it is made purely from 100% certified organic Bulgarian rose petals (I fly a lot and this is the most wonderful product for instant hydration on flights).

I then use my Antioxidant face oil and my Essential Vitamins Eye Balm to nourish my face.

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Sommer’s Essential Vitamins Eye Balm and Antioxidant Face Oil

What are your top 3 beauty tips?

1. Be happy, healthy and embrace your unique beauty.

Set aside a little time each day to take part in something you truly enjoy. Stress, worry, anger, frustration and negative feelings are all nasties for your health and in turn for your skin. Immerse yourself in activities such as yoga, meditation, reading a book or taking a walk in nature. It will do wonders for your mindset and give you an overall, happy glow.

2. Create the ultimate, raw, organic meal for your skin.

By feeding your skin with organic, cold pressed, unrefined, oils, butters and botanicals, you will be supplying your skin with all the nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids it needs. Using ingredients suited to your skin type will help your skin become the loveliest, most vibrant, youthful and well balanced it can be.

3. Be a compassionate and conscientious consumer.

With so many skincare products on the market today, choose to support brands that employ ecofriendly and compassionate practices. Look out for recyclable packaging, fair trade ingredients as well as certifications stating they are a cruelty free company. By supporting these types of companies, you are contributing to a more positive and sustainable future. A happy healthy planet means a happy healthy self.

Have you got any ‘skin recipes’ you can share with us that we can make at home?

A nice and easy one is to simply cover your face with a thin layer of Manuka honey. Leave it on as you would a mask (15-20 minutes) then simply wash it off with a soft cloth.

Sommer's Essential Vitamins Eye Balm

Sommer’s Essential Mineral Eye Balm

FOOD

How do you nourish your body from the inside to keep yourself looking gorgeous on the outside?

By eating a large array of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans each day, while partaking in enjoyable exercise to revitalise my mind, body and soul.

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Dawn- Superfood Smoothie

Mid-Morning- Big fruit salad

Afternoon- Roasted vegetable salad with spinach, semi sun-dried tomatoes, hummus and lemon olive

oil dressing.

Late Afternoon- home-made Medjool Date bliss ball.

Night- home-made Lentil/vegetable/bean burgers with chunky avocado salad and salsas.

What are your top 3 ‘can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook?

1. Almonds (I make raw almond milk every second day and then make baked goods with the left over pulp)

2. Fruit

3. Vegetables

Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?

Flourless Orange Cake

What you need

  • 2 oranges
  • 3 happy hen eggs
  • ¾ cup Agave nectar
  • 3 cups of left over almond pulp (well drained)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

Orange Syrup

  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Agave nectar

How to

1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) spring form pan with cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil to lightly grease. Line base with non-stick baking paper.

2. Place the oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil over medium heat.

3. Cook for 1.5 hrs.

4. Next Coarsely chop oranges (saving one for the syrup). Remove and discard any seeds.

5. Pop the oranges in a food processor/blender and process until smooth and whisk your eggies and agave in a bowl then add the oranges, almond pulp and baking powder then pop the well-mixed batter into your pan.

6. Bake for around 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

7. While your cake is cooling peel the rind off your left over orange and then juice it’s contents. Pop it in a saucepan with your agave and heat until it becomes thick.

Lastly, pour syrup on top and ENJOY. x

LIFE

What is happiness to you?

A blissful state of mind. x

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

Be kind to yourself is probably one of my favourite ones. I follow this advice by fuelling my mind body and soul with a positive, nourishing and compassionate lifestyle.

What is your personal ‘Monday morning mantra’?

The thought of a brand new day full of fun adventures and new possibilities.

What are you are most grateful for in your life and why?

The list is honestly endless. My Love. The beautiful little man growing in my belly (I am due to give birth to my first little ray of sunshine in December). My family and friends. The smile upon my face each day. Kindness shown from others. The fact that I am able to create my beautiful products while living a nomadic lifestyle. The yummy, nourishing food that I enjoy each day. I am also grateful for all the beauty and colour that life brings.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future personally and for your business?

Personally; to continue living a fun, loving, wild + free, adventurous, compassionate, rewarding, fulfilling lifestyle with my growing little family. And in terms of my business? that I get to share my beautiful Gypsy Juice creations with more and more lovely people from all over the world.

Feeling inspired? We thought so.  If you’d like more of Sommer you can also check out her facebook page. 

Out and About: The Relauncher Expo, Alexandria

[LIFE] To those who haven’t yet met me I’m Lucy, a wellbeing writer embracing an internship with Cindy at lük beautifood. Hi there : )

Last Saturday Aimee and myself headed to Alexandria to attend The Relauncher Expo, an event that brings together the like-minded business owners and bloggers of the expanding beauty, health and wellness industries.

For those unfamiliar with The Relauncher, it is a one-stop Australian destination for all things beautiful and beneficial for the body, mind and soul. The site provides a place to shop for nourishing products or find some inspiring information that will help motivate you to live the healthy life.

The site’s founder Alison Morgan played host to this event, which she held in her stunning home, with fresh flowers and chilled music making for a charming vibe. We mixed and mingled with this collection of beautiful people, chatting and networking while nomming on raw vegan tiramisu and trifle and sipping on a rainbow spectrum of Orchard Street juices.

We were excited to be amongst this kindred group that we knew we could reach out to with a brand and a product they would love. We talked to people about Luk Beautifood and Lip Nourish and in return they told us about what they do and, more importantly, why they do it. It was easy to bond with these women over our personal stories of what lead us to the wellbeing realm of the blogging and business industries (and our shared love of the tiramisu).

 

After a couple hours of socialising we left the expo with a notebook full of new acquaintances, a goodie bag full of treats and a stomach full of goodness. Quite a lovely way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. : )

 

Raw vegan tiramisu and trifle..nom nom..

Raw vegan tiramisu and trifle..nom nom..

The quaint way to drink water :)

The quaint way to drink water : )

 

Bags of goodies

Bags of goodies

Goodie bags make the gals smile :)

Goodie bags make the gals smile : )

Natural Beauty interview with Rachel Gorney of www.mywholesomekitchen.com.au

Meet Rachel Gorney from My Wholesome Kitchen. We were lucky enough to be invited into Rachel’s kitchen to talk all things, business, food, beauty and life…plus try a few of her goodies along the way (in fact we couldn’t get enough of her more-ish spiced rosemary nuts and seed mix!)
My wholesome Kitchen | nut mix

Rachel’s spiced rosemary nuts and seed mix

At only 24 years of age Rachel has created her own home cooking and catering business which is quickly becoming well-known for its delicious, nourishing snacks. Rachel only uses the highest quality organic ingredients to create her products that are refined sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. Her goal is to help people “fall in love and enjoy eating healthy, wholesome and extremely tasty food.” So please sit back and enjoy Rachel’s inspiring journey to leading the life she loves.

My Wholesome Kitchen | Tasting Plate

The tasting plate: yoghurt with blueberries and bee pollen, flaxseed super bites, granola, chocolate crunchy cups and seeded power bar. YUM

RACHEL’S BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS

Ok let’s start from the beginning; tell us about yourself and your journey in creating My Wholesome Kitchen  

After school I struggled finding a career, at the time I thought I wanted to be a makeup artist but from quite early on in my training I knew it wasn’t for me. I thought it’s what I wanted to do for all the wrong reasons and it only got worse once I began working in the industry. After an unexpected surgery, the recovery time at home made me realize I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was run down and I was beaten up, every day I would have to try and reassure myself that today would be better.

One day I guess I just had the ‘click moment’ that something needed to change. When I quit everyone was so surprised because I was good at what I did but I couldn’t explain why exactly I had to quit, I just knew it wasn’t right. This was only a year ago.

So you hit rock bottom, how did you pull yourself up again?

One night I was scrolling on the internet and I saw this health coach advertised… by the next day I was signed up on her 6 month program! I was at the point where I knew anything I did would be better than what I was doing. That’s really where it started.

She [the health coach] began to introduce me to all these amazing new ingredients to cook with. I’ve always loved cooking and I’ve been doing it from a young age but suddenly now there was this whole treasure chest of ingredients I’d never even heard of like chia seeds and goji berries. I started to do a lot of research, went to health food stores, I was in the kitchen every single day just cooking with these new ingredients and by the beginning of this year I had decided that this was it, I’m going to go for it!

What is a typical work day for you?  

I can go and go and go so on a typical day sometimes I actually need to pull my self back and slow down. For me, a typical ‘order day’ starts at about 8am and doesn’t stop till about 6pm. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are order days where I prepare, I cook and I pack orders.  I spend the morning cooking, then at about 1pm I’ll catch up on emails and have some lunch, then 1-3pm is packing everything and 3-6pm is deliveries.

Tuesdays and Thursdays I do admin work, ‘catch up stuff’ or in-house cooking. A lot of my customers have become close friends now; I really make the effort to keep a relationship with everyone at the most professional level possible so I like to dedicate time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to send follow up emails and things like that.

But it doesn’t stop at Monday to Friday; I haven’t had a full weekend off since I started!

Tell us about your in-house cooking what sort of things do you make?  

Well it differs for everyone. For example last week I spent a day cooking for a hard working business woman to help her nourish herself on a poor time schedule. I spent from 8.30am to 6pm cooking main dishes, snacks and sides for her to eat fresh or freeze as she didn’t know how to cook and didn’t have the time.

Some of the things I made were slow roast lamb with vegetables, lentils and beans, salmon patties, zucchini frittata, egg cups with roast vegetables to heat up for breakfast…I do about 8 main meals for them and sides like sweet potato and lentil soup, cauliflower mash and healthy muffins.

For others wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

 I would definitely encourage any one to go for what they love doing. I was in a job I hated and now I’ve created a job and a business that I love for myself and there is such a difference. S

ome days I still have the fear or I’m nervous about the future but my advice would be if there is something you love you’ve just got to do it.  Also if your starting a business you need to be willing to put in the hours, work hard and be organised. It really helps to be organised and prioritise.

And finally, don’t rush. Don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. I don’t like to do things half effort so for me it was a challenge to take my time and let the business grow organically with what I had at the time, especially in respect to my finances and what I had to spend on the business.

FOOD

Have you always loved wholesome foods?  

From a very young age I have loved to cook and have always been fascinated by food even though back then I didn’t look at food as something to nourish my body. When I was a kid, even though my mum was a great cook, she cooked for convenience so from the age of about 13 I began cooking for myself because I wanted to eat healthier foods.

My wholesome Kitchen | black sesame snaps

My Wholesome Kitchen | black sesame snaps

Rachel making her seaweed + sesame snaps

Describe your day on a plate for us?  

For breakfast I would maybe have my homemade granola, quinoa porridge, a smoothie or eggs. My weekend favourite is shakshuka – which is a North African dish with a tomato base and baked egg.

For lunch I would maybe have some hummus with crackers, salad with tuna or smoked salmon or even break up some crackers as I love that crunch factor in my salads. I also love fish. Sometimes I’ll grill salmon and flake it myself instead of buying the tins, or I’ll boil an egg to have some protein with my meal. For dinner, I might have something my mum has cooked or I will grill some fish, make a stir fry or a soup. A

s much as I love food and I love flavours, I am very simple. Some days I eat plain and I’m really excited to eat plain. Plus the produce I get from the farmers markets is so delicious it does not need much done to it!

What is your top 3 ‘can’t live without’ ingredients?  

1. Pumpkin. I’m the pumpkin queen! I’m known to cook baked pumpkin to perfection

2. Avocado

3. Fish

What are your favourite beautifoods?  

Good healthy fats are really important. Growing up, low fat yoghurt and fruit was breakfast for me and I did not allow any fat into my diet which meant skim everything and sweeteners. But now I know that eating the right fats are really important, especially for your skin. I also drink alot of water.

What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you want to clear up for people?  

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about food. I think in general people don’t have a great relationship with food and don’t really understand it. I never used to eat to nourish my body but now it is so important to me to eat a balanced wholesome diet.

I don’t want to sound like I’m preaching but I think this is a really important attitude to have. I also think the idea that ‘low fat’ products are better for you is a huge misconception, they are so full of sugar and others ‘nasties’, that it is just not the case.

What is your favourite place to eat out and why?        

My two favourite cafes would have to be ‘Kitchen by Mike’ and ‘Bread and Circus’.  I just love their concepts and their food. To be honest though, I don’t really have favourite places, I will eat anywhere – I’m not a fussy person so I’m happy to go with the flow. I love trying new places and exploring different menus. For me going to a café is a special treat as I eat most of my meals at home or just don’t have the time at the moment. Wherever I go, I make sure to enjoy the experience.

Can you share with us one of your favourite ‘go to’ recipes?

My raw chocolate cupcakes are a fantastic little snack packed full of super-foods. These cupcakes are made using good quality fats like walnuts, avocadoes and one of my personal favourites super-foods, cacao powder. They are gluten-free, vegan and also refined sugar free. Keep them stored in the fridge in an airtight container and they will last up two weeks, in my fridge they don’t usually last that long before they are all eaten. You will need… For the cupcakes

  • 500g walnuts
  • 2 heaped tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 pitted fresh dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 For the chocolate mouse

  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 ripe avocadoes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder

 How to

  1. Combine walnuts, cacao powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  2. Process until ground, but not too fine. Then add the dates and vanilla.
  3. Process again. Test and see if the cake starts to come together when pressed, if not add some melted coconut oil or a little splash of water then process again.
  4. Scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll into balls. Then using the back of spoon flattens the balls so that the mouse can sit nicely on top.
  5. These cakes are raw, they just need to be placed into the fridge for at least 2 hours to chill and set.
  6. Now time to combine the chocolate mouse. In a blender add the following honey, avocado, vanilla, cacao until thick and creamy. You may need to add 1 tbsp. of water if it’s not combining.
  7. Spoon the chocolate mouse mixture over each cupcake.
  8.  I like to decorate my cupcakes with shredded coconut, goji berries, chia seeds and bee pollen. Use whatever super-foods you have on hand.
  9. Set the cupcakes in the fridge for ½ hr. before serving.
 BEAUTY 

 What is your beauty ‘philosophy’?

Because of my background I do love playing around with make up but I never really wear it. When I go out I like to dress up and have fun with make up but generally I’ll wear tinted moisturiser or nothing really! On the days I do wear make I cant wait to get it off, I hate having all that junk on my skin.

Do you see the difference that eating wholesome food had made to your skin?  

Yes definitely. Within 1-2 weeks of changing my diet when I started on the 6 month program with the health coach, I noticed a good change in my skin. My skin just looked better and glowed.

My eyes became so clear and bright. I think a lot of that was because I started eating good healthy fats from things like avocados, fish or olive oil and drinking lots of water which really make a huge difference to my skin and eyes.

People need to learn to start with their diet when it comes to skin.

What is your favourite skin loving recipe?

 Salad for sure. I absolutely love salads because you can fit so many amazing ingredients and super-foods in them like avocado, nuts, olive oil, lemon, green leafy vegetables etc. You can get all the nutrients you need. When my friends come over I actually have ‘salad parties’ where I set up a salad bar of all the great ingredients and they love it!  

LIFE

What is happiness to you?  

This is a hard one. For so many years I was striving to be happy, I used to love shopping as I thought new shoes and clothes and handbags would make me happy but it never really did. I’ve now come to realize now that happiness isn’t a place you need to get to. Happiness is a state of being that you have within yourself. I also think gratitude is so important.

I’m so grateful for everything I have, having the opportunity to be in a career that I love and again that makes me happy.  I think happiness also comes from not comparing yourself to others and accepting and loving yourself.

My Wholesome Kitchen | Rachel

Rachel in her kitchen doing what makes her most happy.

 What’s the best advice you have been given?  

That you don’t need to go beyond yourself to be happy. You don’t need superficial things to be happy, it’s about loving yourself and what you are doing.

What is your personal Monday morning mantra? What gets you up and going an the start of a long week?  

What gets me out of bed is my business; it’s my purpose and my love for cooking that gets me going! My business makes me feel needed and appreciated by others and most importantly myself, so getting up and cooking for others who need it always gets me going.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future in terms of you personally and for your business?

 I would love to open my own café own one day, which is a dream of mine.  I’m also currently writing a memoir so it would be great to finish that and see it published.

Want more of Rachel and The Wholesome Kitchen? You can visit her at http://mywholesomekitchen.com.au/ where you can also order your own box and taste her amazing nourishing products yourself! Not only is everything made fresh and taste amazing, everything is so beautifully presented and packaged that you’ll feel like you’ve just treated yourself to personalised gift.

My Wholesome Kitchen | surprise packages


Rachel’s gorgeous welcome cards that you’ll receive when you make an order…along with some other fabulous surprises!

You can also follow her on instagram @mywholesomekitchen and like her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/mywholesomekitchen

Teresa Cutter The Healthy Chef

Natural Beauty Interview with Teresa Cutter of www.thehealthychef.com

Meet the first woman in our ‘She’s Delicious’ series! Teresa Cutter is one of Australia’s pioneers for simple and healthy eating. Her cooking skills and nutrition knowledge is unmatched. Her food philosophy and recipes are truly beautiful & her results attainable.

As qualified chef, nutritionist and internationally accredited fitness trainer, she makes the science of healthy eating accessible to you. As the CEO of her brand “The Healthy Chef” Teresa’s dishes are for people ‘who love food, who love to eat and who have made a conscious decision to maximize their health and wellbeing’.

For those who want to start creating delicious, quick, healthy meals, what steps or plan should they put in place?

Do your own kitchen audit. Throw out all the junk and cereal boxes filled with air and sugar. If you keep your kitchen free of junk you’ll be less likely to eat junk. Fill your fridge and pantry with good, healthy food: fruits and vegetables, lean protein, anti-inflammatory oils, raw nuts and seeds. When health is your focus, you need to accept a little responsibility and take control of your wellbeing and what you’re putting into your body.

Keep it real — keep it simple

How do you take control of your kitchen? How do you set up a healthy kitchen?

Any tradesman will tell you that in order to produce a good result you need the right tools for the job. With some quality knives and good equipment you’ll be able to whip, chop, blend, mix, grind, juice and store delicious healthy meals every day!

Your top kitchen essentials are…

Blender: A quality high-performance blender is essential in any kitchen. For me it’s a Vitamix to make power smoothies, nut milks, soups, dressings, sauces, dips and spreads, nut pastes, and healthy fruit-based ice cream and sorbets.

Juicer: For making the most delicious and healthy alkaline-based juices that instantly infuse nutrients straight into your cells, everyone should have a juice extractor machine in their kitchen. It’s one of the best investments you can make for your health.

Knives: A great set of quality steel knives is essential.

Cookware: Avoid using Teflon, which is carcinogenic and can come off into your food if heated to high temperatures. Use quality, heavy-based cast-iron, ceramic, stainless-steel or clay cookware.

Glass storage jars: Mason jars or any glass jars with lids are great for keeping dressings, nut milks and pastes, trail mix, dips and seeds in the fridge.

What are your 5 ‘must-haves’ for your kitchen?

1.Green vegetables

2. Organic eggs

3. Walnuts

4. Cold pressed olive oil

5. Aged balsamic.

 We know how much you like to keep active – what are your favourite ways to get the body moving outdoors?

I love to vary the activity I do and love cycling and walking. I’m a little kinder to myself these days and listen to my body and how it feels which determines the activity I do.

Walking supports health in every sense physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and it just makes you feel good. I use it to meditate, de-stress and set myself up for the day ahead.

Being active, how do you nourish your body throughout the day?

I plan all my meals for the day so I eat a plant based / anti-inflammatory diet. I love to focus on high fibre vegetables, leafy greens, fresh fruit, raw nuts and seeds.  I love eating my blueberry pie smoothie after a workout for breakfast and my superfood tabouli for lunch. I eat when I’m hungry, listen to my body and I’m not ruled by times.

What are your favourite 3 ‘go to‘ snacks on the run?

1.  Healthy Chef Pure Protein mixed with my purely delicious organic superfood and water for a quick pick me up.

2. Raw nuts and goji berries

3 . Fuji apples

 In terms of health and food, what’s the best advice you’ve been given and how has it influenced your own philosophy?

I have 3 mentors in my life. Two who are doctors and committed to prevention of disease and my Great Aunt who was an amazing chef. The main thing is to think about what you put into your mouth every time you eat and drink. Is what you’re consuming making a positive or negative difference to your body.

What’s your daily mantra?

Keep it real – keep it simple – know what’s in the food you eat.

Can you share with us your favourite autumn recipe (+pic)?

PUMPKIN BREAD:

Palio Pumpkin Bread The Healthy Chef

 Here is a gorgeous video of Teresa making this cake.

Teresa is appearing/speaking at the Australian Fitness & Health Expo in Sydney (April 19-21 2013) – the largest health/fitness event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The event features all of the latest products and fitness classes and there is also a dedicated Healthy Eating zone this year that will feature a healthy Living stage with talks from celeb healthy chefs and more. We have 3 double passes to give away that are valid for the Saturday or Sunday (valued at $59 each).

To win, send in your favourite autumn recipe and we will see if it fits the Teresa’s healthy food eating philosophy.  If she loves them we will publish some too!

Hope you loved our first post in the ‘She’s Delicious’ series.

Cindy x