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Nadia Felsch

Natural Beauty Interview with Nadia Felsch

If there was ever an inspiration for following your dreams, Nadia Felsch is it.

After years of unhappiness in the corporate world, Nadia quit her job with no plan and no backup. She has since dedicated her life to living her heart’s wishes, and that is to share her love and knowledge of health, fitness and delicious food with the world, and with a beautiful new website and eBook, this is just the beginning for Nadia.

Nadia’ philosophy on healthy living is all about simplicity. She understands that when you nourish your body with delicious wholefoods, you will †˜look good and feel great’ and with the experience and knowledge to back it up, people are listening.

Nadia also believes that food is medicine and has used food to help restore her body from a long history of illness. Read to find out how she did it as well as Nadia’s top tips on food, beauty and following your dreams.

BUSINESS

You have made some huge changes to your life in past couple of years to get to where you are now. Can you tell us about your journey? 

I worked in the fashion industry for many years and the last brand I worked for, I was responsible for establishing in an overseas market so it was super high pressure.  The role squeezed everything out of me and it was just too much, it wasn’t my calling. I felt my whole life was about money and I became really aware that I didn’t like the person I was or had become.

Then my husband and I went to Vietnam for three weeks and that trip in particular struck a cord in me; the beauty, the simplicity and how life was actually lived; and a week after we returned I quit my job. I didn’t think too much about it at that stage, I didn’t talk about it, nor did I have plan.

I took a big step back  and I started working in retail a couple days a week to pay the bills. During this time I was really enjoying spending time with my Mum and as a way of spending even more time together, we started the Mum and Daughter blog – a platform to share our health & fitness knowledge and also to write!

After a few months of blogging, I realised we had thousands of followers. I had always treated the blog as a business from the beginning, I think that is innate me even though I didn’t mean it to be. Earlier this year however it was becoming increasingly apparent that †˜this’ was my calling and what I wanted to do so naturally it became time to re-brand and re-launch. Working and creating alongside my incredible Mum has been such a treat and even as I move into my own site, I look forward to her position on the site as an expert fitness contributor.

Did you have an †˜uh-ha’ moment that prompted you to quit your job?

Yes! Towards the end of my time there in early 2013, I was outside my office and overcome with emotion so much that I was crying. I had never cried at work in my entire life.  I was on the phone to friend and I said to her that †œI just want to live my life, I feel so restrained here,† she was concerned that I would quit and truthfully most people thought I was crazy! Despite that reaction I had one clear motivation – I wanted to be free of the heaviness and stress, I realised that life is too short. I had no plan and I certainly didn’t see myself doing what I’m doing now!

So why did you choose food and fitness to blog about?

Food and fitness feel like second nature to me and they always have. It’s where I come alive, it’s what I feel 100% myself immersed in. Sharing my knowledge and expertise in a field that causes so much anxiety to people is such a reward because their journey’s can very easily turn from anxious to the best thing ever

Although I already had an awareness of what I was putting into my body from my family and my background in competitive sports, I wanted more knowledge and understanding. Experts would mostly tell me to eat chicken and broccoli to get all my macronutrients but I thought †˜surely there has got to be something better than that’!

I taught myself how to nourish myself and make great tasting food which of course I want to share with others on their own health journey.

Tell us about your eBook †˜Eat Well Look Good Feel Great’:

I wanted my first book to be really manageable and not like big encyclopaedias of information, to be easily accessible and have a theme. Because salads are what I eat every single day it made sense to launch with exactly how I eat.

Think beyond iceberg lettuce. This is all about salads to nourish, sustain, energise and make you happy. There are meals, side dishes, super easy lunch ideas and ‘you’ll – be – invited – back’ table sharers.

The eBook contains 21 salad recipes and 19 supporting essentials recipes to get you organised, inspired and eating a variety of delicious foods.

This is health that tastes great.

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Do you any advice for others who want to start following their dreams?

It sounds a bit †˜hippy’ but my advice is to forget money, because in my case it kept me trapped for so long and I think it’s really false. You’ve just got to follow the heart and not the money.

As Steve Jobs famously said, †œ†¦ and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.†

 

FOOD

What is your food and diet philosophy?

My philosophy is to eat as close to nature as possible. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, two autoimmune system diseases and genetic insulin resistance, all for which I don’t take any medication for any more because I decided to make food my medicine.

I don’t eat things from packets or cans, I make everything from scratch and it’s not that complicated. I don’t eat fancy or elaborate things, I don’t have time and simple ingredients are the ones that taste the best anyhow!

Put simply: I eat real food.

What are you 3 must have ingredients in your home:

Avocado – when avocados are not having a good season it’s a pretty dire situation in my house!

Raw cacao – so versatile and surprisingly satisfying!

Coriander – in everything!

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You say you eat predominantly raw foods, what are some of the benefits you’ve seen and felt of eating raw?

Digestion! Your stomach has to do a lot of processing through the ‘roughage’ and when you eat raw food, the enzymes which assist digestion are retained which helps the digestion process so much. You just generally feel lighter things don’t sit. I notice now if I do eat a steak or something like that, the processing in my body is so different, the way I feel the next day is so different. It’s not bad, it’s just not ideal.

Also, the difference in my skin has been amazing. I’ve always had pretty good skin though when I went mostly raw my skin just glowed, I’m 29 and no one thinks I look 29, it’s almost like a permanent detox!

What is your typical day on a plate:

I try to change it up a lot, the same as my exercise and I don’t do the same thing for more than a month.

Breakfast:  I make my own bread with nuts, seed and quinoa for breakfast and have that with 2 boiled eggs, half an avocado and a tomato. Sometimes I have some of my homemade hummus and/or pesto if I’m really hungry.

Lunch:  I usually have a salad. Today was a quinoa salad with eggs, loads of fresh herbs, baked vegies, chickpeas and lentils.  Sometimes I might put some halloumi or goats cheese in there.

Snack: A natural protein smoothie after exercise and a delightful raw cacao ball for those times when you just need something sweet.

Dinner:  If I do have a cooked meal it will be at night, like baked fish, cous cous with lamb or bbq chicken.

Everything I eat is very simple, uncomplicated and fresh.

BEAUTY

What is your beauty/skincare routine?

Just like my diet, my routine for my skin is very simple. I cleanse and moisturise in the morning and use tinted moisturiser with sunscreen during the day. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and if I do I always wear sunscreen underneath. I’m not a huge fan of makeup, even things like mascara I feel damage my eyelashes and make them fall out the more I wear it but I do love lipstick!

I exfoliate my whole body once a week and moisturise twice a day as well.

What is your best-kept beauty secret?

Water. Today I didn’t drink enough water and I immediately noticed my skin was not as plump or dewy, the difference was obvious. Also sleep – I read years ago that Jennifer Lopez said that sleep was her beauty secret and I think she’s stunning so it must work!

How do you nourish yourself from the inside to glow on the outside?

I think upping the fats in my diet definitely made a huge difference. Switching from high protein, which I was doing for many years, to high fat, I’ve noticed a big difference to how my skin looks. †˜Good’ fats like your Omega 3s and 6s are so amazing for our hair, skin and nails. I probably eat an avocado a day, nuts and eggs as well, fat is a large part of my diet and it’s working!

*My recent cholesterol testing from October 2014 showed it to be the lowest it has ever been.

LIFE

What happiness to you right now?

I’m pretty happy that the sun is out! That and the fact I am living my heart’s wishes. It always felt like a really unreachable goal and although I’ve not kicked all my goals, I am living my bliss and I’m so grateful everyday. I do what I love which is pretty amazing because not many people can do that.

What the best advice you’ve ever been given?

It sounds really silly but when I was 8 a friend’s mum told me to †œstand with your shoulders back and walk tall† and that has always stuck with me. Not only has it helped all of my fitness work because I have good posture and minimal injuries though I think it really translates to how you feel. I feel confident when I walk tall, I feel proud.

What’s next for you?

My new site! It will be the ultimate food, health and wellbeing destination. Also more eBooks, I’m working towards another few over the next 6-12 months. Think delicious raw desserts, refreshing smoothies and juices and recreated classic dishes.
There’s currently some exciting collaboration plans in the works with some wonderfully talented people in the health & wellbeing industry + I also have my eyes on an app to bring my knowledge right to your phone!

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To connect with Nadia or to download your copy of ‘Eat Well, Look Good, Feel Great’ head to her NEW website, facebook or instagram.

 

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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 †œwhat 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.

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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.

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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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Nadia Felsch

Natural Beauty Interview with Nadia Felsch

If there was ever an inspiration for following your dreams, Nadia Felsch is it.

After years of unhappiness in the corporate world, Nadia quit her job with no plan and no backup. She has since dedicated her life to living her heart’s wishes, and that is to share her love and knowledge of health, fitness and delicious food with the world, and with a beautiful new website and eBook, this is just the beginning for Nadia.

Nadia’ philosophy on healthy living is all about simplicity. She understands that when you nourish your body with delicious wholefoods, you will †˜look good and feel great’ and with the experience and knowledge to back it up, people are listening.

Nadia also believes that food is medicine and has used food to help restore her body from a long history of illness. Read to find out how she did it as well as Nadia’s top tips on food, beauty and following your dreams.

BUSINESS

You have made some huge changes to your life in past couple of years to get to where you are now. Can you tell us about your journey? 

I worked in the fashion industry for many years and the last brand I worked for, I was responsible for establishing in an overseas market so it was super high pressure.  The role squeezed everything out of me and it was just too much, it wasn’t my calling. I felt my whole life was about money and I became really aware that I didn’t like the person I was or had become.

Then my husband and I went to Vietnam for three weeks and that trip in particular struck a cord in me; the beauty, the simplicity and how life was actually lived; and a week after we returned I quit my job. I didn’t think too much about it at that stage, I didn’t talk about it, nor did I have plan.

I took a big step back  and I started working in retail a couple days a week to pay the bills. During this time I was really enjoying spending time with my Mum and as a way of spending even more time together, we started the Mum and Daughter blog – a platform to share our health & fitness knowledge and also to write!

After a few months of blogging, I realised we had thousands of followers. I had always treated the blog as a business from the beginning, I think that is innate me even though I didn’t mean it to be. Earlier this year however it was becoming increasingly apparent that †˜this’ was my calling and what I wanted to do so naturally it became time to re-brand and re-launch. Working and creating alongside my incredible Mum has been such a treat and even as I move into my own site, I look forward to her position on the site as an expert fitness contributor.

Did you have an †˜uh-ha’ moment that prompted you to quit your job?

Yes! Towards the end of my time there in early 2013, I was outside my office and overcome with emotion so much that I was crying. I had never cried at work in my entire life.  I was on the phone to friend and I said to her that †œI just want to live my life, I feel so restrained here,† she was concerned that I would quit and truthfully most people thought I was crazy! Despite that reaction I had one clear motivation – I wanted to be free of the heaviness and stress, I realised that life is too short. I had no plan and I certainly didn’t see myself doing what I’m doing now!

So why did you choose food and fitness to blog about?

Food and fitness feel like second nature to me and they always have. It’s where I come alive, it’s what I feel 100% myself immersed in. Sharing my knowledge and expertise in a field that causes so much anxiety to people is such a reward because their journey’s can very easily turn from anxious to the best thing ever

Although I already had an awareness of what I was putting into my body from my family and my background in competitive sports, I wanted more knowledge and understanding. Experts would mostly tell me to eat chicken and broccoli to get all my macronutrients but I thought †˜surely there has got to be something better than that’!

I taught myself how to nourish myself and make great tasting food which of course I want to share with others on their own health journey.

Tell us about your eBook †˜Eat Well Look Good Feel Great’:

I wanted my first book to be really manageable and not like big encyclopaedias of information, to be easily accessible and have a theme. Because salads are what I eat every single day it made sense to launch with exactly how I eat.

Think beyond iceberg lettuce. This is all about salads to nourish, sustain, energise and make you happy. There are meals, side dishes, super easy lunch ideas and ‘you’ll – be – invited – back’ table sharers.

The eBook contains 21 salad recipes and 19 supporting essentials recipes to get you organised, inspired and eating a variety of delicious foods.

This is health that tastes great.

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Do you any advice for others who want to start following their dreams?

It sounds a bit †˜hippy’ but my advice is to forget money, because in my case it kept me trapped for so long and I think it’s really false. You’ve just got to follow the heart and not the money.

As Steve Jobs famously said, †œ†¦ and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.†

 

FOOD

What is your food and diet philosophy?

My philosophy is to eat as close to nature as possible. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, two autoimmune system diseases and genetic insulin resistance, all for which I don’t take any medication for any more because I decided to make food my medicine.

I don’t eat things from packets or cans, I make everything from scratch and it’s not that complicated. I don’t eat fancy or elaborate things, I don’t have time and simple ingredients are the ones that taste the best anyhow!

Put simply: I eat real food.

What are you 3 must have ingredients in your home:

Avocado – when avocados are not having a good season it’s a pretty dire situation in my house!

Raw cacao – so versatile and surprisingly satisfying!

Coriander – in everything!

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You say you eat predominantly raw foods, what are some of the benefits you’ve seen and felt of eating raw?

Digestion! Your stomach has to do a lot of processing through the ‘roughage’ and when you eat raw food, the enzymes which assist digestion are retained which helps the digestion process so much. You just generally feel lighter things don’t sit. I notice now if I do eat a steak or something like that, the processing in my body is so different, the way I feel the next day is so different. It’s not bad, it’s just not ideal.

Also, the difference in my skin has been amazing. I’ve always had pretty good skin though when I went mostly raw my skin just glowed, I’m 29 and no one thinks I look 29, it’s almost like a permanent detox!

What is your typical day on a plate:

I try to change it up a lot, the same as my exercise and I don’t do the same thing for more than a month.

Breakfast:  I make my own bread with nuts, seed and quinoa for breakfast and have that with 2 boiled eggs, half an avocado and a tomato. Sometimes I have some of my homemade hummus and/or pesto if I’m really hungry.

Lunch:  I usually have a salad. Today was a quinoa salad with eggs, loads of fresh herbs, baked vegies, chickpeas and lentils.  Sometimes I might put some halloumi or goats cheese in there.

Snack: A natural protein smoothie after exercise and a delightful raw cacao ball for those times when you just need something sweet.

Dinner:  If I do have a cooked meal it will be at night, like baked fish, cous cous with lamb or bbq chicken.

Everything I eat is very simple, uncomplicated and fresh.

BEAUTY

What is your beauty/skincare routine?

Just like my diet, my routine for my skin is very simple. I cleanse and moisturise in the morning and use tinted moisturiser with sunscreen during the day. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and if I do I always wear sunscreen underneath. I’m not a huge fan of makeup, even things like mascara I feel damage my eyelashes and make them fall out the more I wear it but I do love lipstick!

I exfoliate my whole body once a week and moisturise twice a day as well.

What is your best-kept beauty secret?

Water. Today I didn’t drink enough water and I immediately noticed my skin was not as plump or dewy, the difference was obvious. Also sleep – I read years ago that Jennifer Lopez said that sleep was her beauty secret and I think she’s stunning so it must work!

How do you nourish yourself from the inside to glow on the outside?

I think upping the fats in my diet definitely made a huge difference. Switching from high protein, which I was doing for many years, to high fat, I’ve noticed a big difference to how my skin looks. †˜Good’ fats like your Omega 3s and 6s are so amazing for our hair, skin and nails. I probably eat an avocado a day, nuts and eggs as well, fat is a large part of my diet and it’s working!

*My recent cholesterol testing from October 2014 showed it to be the lowest it has ever been.

LIFE

What happiness to you right now?

I’m pretty happy that the sun is out! That and the fact I am living my heart’s wishes. It always felt like a really unreachable goal and although I’ve not kicked all my goals, I am living my bliss and I’m so grateful everyday. I do what I love which is pretty amazing because not many people can do that.

What the best advice you’ve ever been given?

It sounds really silly but when I was 8 a friend’s mum told me to †œstand with your shoulders back and walk tall† and that has always stuck with me. Not only has it helped all of my fitness work because I have good posture and minimal injuries though I think it really translates to how you feel. I feel confident when I walk tall, I feel proud.

What’s next for you?

My new site! It will be the ultimate food, health and wellbeing destination. Also more eBooks, I’m working towards another few over the next 6-12 months. Think delicious raw desserts, refreshing smoothies and juices and recreated classic dishes.
There’s currently some exciting collaboration plans in the works with some wonderfully talented people in the health & wellbeing industry + I also have my eyes on an app to bring my knowledge right to your phone!

Nadia Felsch Yoga

 

To connect with Nadia or to download your copy of ‘Eat Well, Look Good, Feel Great’ head to her NEW website, facebook or instagram.

 

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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 †œwhat 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.

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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.

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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: †œMost 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 †œI’ve got all these big dreams! I want to be the next Cate Blanchett!† and she would turn around and †œsay 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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Mother’s Day Special: Naural Beauty Interview with Patricia Alice Mitchell

This month we’ve interviewed a delicious woman by the name of Patricia Alice Mitchell. Name not familiar? That’s because Patricia is none other than Cindy Luken‘s mum.

This month is about appreciating the woman who gave life to you, so for our May She’s Delicious interview Cindy has sat down with her own mum to reminisce and reconnect. Now, you don’t have to sit down for a formal interview with your mum, but simply taking the time to ask about her childhood, interests, opinions, passions etc is a fantastic way to connect on a deeper level and make your mum feel loved. Often it is the everyday woman who is actually a superhero in disguise so what better time to let her know how much she is appreciated…and you never know, you might just learn something!

INTRO + BUSINESS
Mama- one of the things I love about you is your caring and selfless nature. You’re also incredibly strong – can you tell me about how your life has shaped this about you?

I hadn’t realised that I was perceived as strong. I’ve suffered a few heartbreaks in my life but from each of these I have tried to focus on the good parts of those relationships and how they have strengthened my character and given me joy – such as my two children, a love of my home and an interest in antiques. I have become a much more resourceful person.

Apart from being a schoolteacher, you are also the best mum in the world. What do you think makes a good mum?

What makes a good mum? An ability to play with & enjoy children whilst guiding them to be kind & confident. My happiest childhood memories are of activities with mum and dad – backyard cricket, tennis, table tennis in our lounge room, and picnics. Mum and dad were very loving to each other and that set a wonderful example to try to emulate.

You’re nearly 70 and still working! Tell us about your business and why you love it?

My late husband Paul introduced me to antiques and collectibles. We both loved the business that we set up and now after 20 years I’m still just as keen. Through it I’ve meet people, shared information and above all kept learning – even reluctantly becoming computer and social media literate.

Mum searching for antiques for her shop

Mum at an antique fair in Newcastle with her goodies

When you’re not exploring and hunting for new antiques, what do you do to relax?

Home for me is a special place where I read, garden, cook and fiddle. I’m a great fiddler with all the bits and pieces that I buy for my shop. I also take a great interest in current affairs and am addicted to the ABC and Q&A but at the same time enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

FOOD
What did you grow up eating and how has this changed over the years?

Growing up we lived on the land and had our own milk, eggs, fruit and vegies. Only basic essentials such as flour, sugar, cereal, white bread and meat were bought in. Our meals were very predictable. Mum’s shopping lists were almost identical from week to week. A lot of lamb, stew, & grills with 3 vegies. Always a desert – stewed fruits with homemade custard, junket or ice cream made from eggs and fresh cream.

At 17, when I met Cindy’s father, a German migrant, he introduced us to many different food experiences such as continental cheeses, cakes and small goods. I loved these new tastes and experiences and with his help, developed my cooking skills to encompass these things.

Tell me about your diet now, what do you eat to give yourself the energy you need to continue being so active?

Now I’m more health conscious, looking for healthy fats, reducing salt and eating very few refined foods. Fresh vegetables and fruit are the main part of my meals with small servings of meat or fish. My energy comes from eating regularly the freshest home cooked meals. I have almost become intolerant of takeaway foods – they affect my sleep and don’t sit well in my stomach any more.

Mum looking gorgeous in her garden

Mum looking gorgeous in one of the beautiful wild flower gardens she loves to visit

What is it about cooking that you love so much?

I love trying new recipes – particularly savoury and we seldom have the same meal twice. I cook at least 80% of our meals and really look forward to preparing my evening meal and enjoying a glass of wine.

What are your top three ingredients when you cook?
  1. Fresh fruit and vegies
  2. Herbs
  3. Spices
Can you share with us your favourite recipe?

This is my own creation and all of my grandchildren absolutely love it!

Chicken, tomato & fennel with pasta & parmesan cheese

What you need |

600g boneless organic chicken thighs

olive oil

1 onion sliced

2 cloves garlic chopped

½ red chilli [optional for adults}

I punnet fresh cherry tomatoes

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 tspn fennel seeds

1 tspn raw sugar

silver beet or English spinach

salt & pepper

to serve

pasta

parmesan cheese

chopped Italian parsley

How to |

  1. Fry onion, garlic, chilli, fennel seeds and cherry tomatoes in 1-2 tbsp olive oil in wok or lidded pan until almost caramelised then set-aside.
  2. Cut chicken thighs into small pieces.
  3. Brown in wok.
  4. Return the sauted ingredients to the pan with the chicken. Stir in tomatoes. Add ground black pepper and salt to taste. Cook for 30 mins.
  5. Top with chopped silver beet and cover and simmer until wilted. Stir in. (note if using silver beet you may want to add in at step 4 as it takes longer to cook than English spinach)
  6. Serve with your favourite cooked pasta. Top with parmesan cheese and chopped Italian parsley.
BEAUTY
What is your skin/beauty regime?

As a child we were a weekly bath family with cat washes on other days. With no hot water or electricity until I was 10 years old, that’s how it was done.

With the connection of electricity, showers became a daily pleasure and skin care became easier and more a priority. As a teenager I suffered terribly from acne with very oily skin. But in some ways the oily skin has been a benefit – I’ve had almost no wrinkles and lines  until recently! I have religiously cleaned my face each night since my teens – mostly just with warm water, then moisturised. It’s become a ritual that cleanses my soul and skin for sleeping well.

What is your best-kept beauty secret that has kept you looking so young?

Religiously cleansing my face, applying my lip nourish and doing Tai Chi with U3A to keep me supple and relaxed.

What is your favourite lip nourish?

Vanilla & cinnamon!

LIFE
So much of what you’ve taught me, I’ve passed on to my own children Karl and Ciara- what were the core values that you instilled in my brother and I growing up?
  • A love of nature and nurturing. Being considerate of those less fortunate.
  • Sharing of tasks around the home so that you appreciated what’s involved and didn’t take things for granted.
  • Setting boundaries so that you knew where you stood.

I hope that my children have benefitted each in their own way from seeing how I have coped with life’s misfortunes. I believe that I have become much more self-sufficient but with an ability to empathise with and be interested in other people.

My little ones Karl and Ciara

My little ones Karl and Ciara

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

Be interested in how things work, whether it be money matters or home maintenance. You never know when you’ll have to be responsible for it all yourself.

What is happiness to you?

Feeling healthy and fulfilled. I believe it’s up to me to make the most of life – to try new things, stretch my boundaries and keep myself well both physically and mentally.

Also having my grandchildren come to stay with me. I love to have them engage with me in my love of old things, my garden, books and games. Karl tells me he loves Nanny’s old things. That makes my heart sing.

What is next on the cards for you mum?

For my 70th birthday, I’m going treat to myself – I’m off to the Kimberley region on my own, to join a small group bus trip in this remote and precious area. I’m very excited.

Well there you have it! This is my gorgeous mum. I hope you have taken something from this interview, even if it’s just the desire to sit and down and have a chat with your own mum. It definitely made us both a little emotional and nostalgic but this was such a beautiful way to learn and connect with each other. Happy Mother’s Day natural beauties! xx

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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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Cindy Luken and Alexx Stuart at Fratelli Paradiso

Natural Beauty Interview with Alexx Stuart of www.alexxstuart.com

Meet the delicious Alexx Stuart- avid researcher, recipe creator, explorer, truth-finder and mother. In Alexx’s words, she wants “to help people want to (not *have* to), make changes for the better in their lives, to help you feel more awesome”.

When we met for brunch at Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point, it was very clear from the get go that this woman seriously knows her stuff- we could have listened to Alexx’s wealth of knowledge on food, low tox living, health, motherhood, economics, environmental issues and MORE for hours! Read on to find out how Alexx turned her life around, professionally and physically, and how she can help you to be the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.

Fratelli Paradiso's Riso al Latte: jersey milk †˜risotto’, camargue black rice, golden queen peach, pistacchio

Fratelli Paradiso’s Riso al Latte: jersey milk †˜risotto’, camargue black rice, golden queen peach, pistacchio

ALEXX’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS
Tell us about Real Food and Low Tox Living and how it came about?

Essentially it came about because it had to come about.

I had begun writing this ‘little hippy blog’ about four years ago now. It was nothing serious, I was just writing about my own research and discoveries around organic food and natural remedies simply because I’d had a pretty challenging health past. I soon realised that this was actually something I wanted to really explore not just for myself but also for other people because I’ve always really loved teaching so I decided to formalise it.

I thought about what I wanted it to be and I searched for brands names but personally for me creating  a brand name felt like I was acting or trying to be catchy; so I just called it me! Its www.alexxstuart.com. I’m not a naturopath, I’m not a doctor, I’m just a concerned citizen wanting to spread the word on things that I think will bring a bit more justice into the world and a bit more health into our lives. We cannot think just about ourselves any more. It may feel scary, but thinking big picture and our place in the world, is what’s really going to help us live in a meaningful, lasting way.

I then added Real Food and Low Tox Living so people who were sharing and discovered my content could know what it was about and the business began to grow rapidly from there.

You’ve always been passionate about making a difference in the world, how do you hope to  create change with Real Food and Low Tox Living?

Essentially it’s by raising awareness. A lot of people trust that if it’s on a supermarket shelf or on a beauty counter, it must be ok but they don’t know there is actually no need for testing on ¾ of the chemicals that are put in these products and I find that so unjust and shocking so I hope to make a difference is simply by educating people to pull themselves back into line with nature and to appreciate the amazing beauty in doing so.

I want to welcome people into thinking a different way rather than tell people how it has to be, that’s a really important thing for me because if we tell people how things have to be then we have them assuming we’re perfect, and we’re not, so I’m making a difference in small, easy bite sized ways as opposed to creating this perfect model that people feel they have to emulate.

Have you got any tips on keeping that work/life balance?

I love to work so I feel that the cookie cutter idea of work / life balance doesn’t fit me, I do however now really embrace switching off and nurturing my energy flow throughout the week.

I’m a real night owl so I struggle to go to sleep at a reasonable hour [which is to do with underlying thyroid issues] so I began doing a small 15 minute meditation each night to help me take it down a notch and prepare myself for sleep. I do that religiously for half the week.

Another thing I do, which is a tip from my naturopath, is at some point between 11am and 2 pm I put my feet up above head level on the couch with nothing going on around me, no music, no reading, no internet, no phone just nothing. Doing this actually recovers your adrenal system by up to 90% to do nothing but focus on breathing steadily and deeply.

What is your advice for others wanting to start their own business?

I worked with this amazing life and business coach last year, who works with people to align business with self. The very first session we did was around values. I had an idea of what my values were but I quickly realised I had never lived by them in terms of business decisions.

This exercise ended up being a mega uh-huh moment for me; what I found was when I listed and ranked my top five values, they were inspiration, peace, experience/adventure, changing the world and freedom, changing the world was number one on my list. My coach then challenged me to re think the order of my values, so I took some time to really think about it and I found that actually even with my values I bumped up the ones that make me look better or feel better about myself. Changing the world ended up being number four and the most important thing to me out of everything was inspiration.

So what happened from that day on was that I made every decision based around my values.

When you’re in line with your values you don’t feel like you’re acting, and when you’re not acting you flow and you feel more creative, determined, clearer and you feel like the those outcomes that you want in life and business are far closer than they initially appear. So my advice would be to work out your values before you start your business, so your business is in line with your values and live your truth.

CLEAN FOOD
You have said yourself you’ve eaten your way through pop tarts, microwave meals and take away foods what lead to your change in habits and attitude towards food? 

Growing up I had a number of chronic health issues [in particular chronic tonsillitis] and the uh-huh moment for me came when I was about 27/28 and I got to the point where I had an incredibly painful ongoing case of strep throat. I remember being in my apartment in Bondi and I was in so much pain that I couldn’t swallow and I remember thinking there’s just got to be a better way. So I decided to go to a naturopath, who put me on a diet of brown rice, chicken stock and carrots all mixed together and that was the only thing I could have for two days. She also put me on an extreme dosage of natural vitamin c and within a few days my strep throat and my tonsillitis were totally gone. From then on I also made a lot of major dietary changes myself and I haven’t had strep throat or tonsillitis since… what I can tell you, I just haven’t.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, as a society we’ve just been covering up symptoms and not asking why it’s happening in the first place. You need to strengthen your immune system from the inside out and then the outside in starts.

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

Firstly, I’d like to say that I don’t feel deprived, stressed or concerned about anything that I’m †˜missing out on’ by anyone’s standards.

So the number on non-negoitable for me is gluten as I have a gluten intolerance.

Grains are an 80/20 for me. I eat gluten free grains and grain-like seed in a social situation or every now and them at home, but I do try to avoid them as auto immune issues run in my family and starch is not so good for people with compromised immune systems.

At home we are 100% refined sugar free and 100% organic  but if I’m out at a friend’s birthday or something and someone has made a beautiful gluten-free flour-less chocolate cake then great I’m going to hone in….I might even have a second piece! And I  won’t stress about whether veggies are organic or not either when at someone’s house. You can’t control everything and over controlling things can bring about food disorders.

I’ve learnt about these non-negotiables for my diet on my personal health exploration and I encourage everyone to do the same and embrace the changes at whatever pace suits them. It’s incredible what can happen once you empower yourself with a bit of curiosity!

Can you share with us your favourite skin-loving recipe?

 Powerhouse antioxidant red salad: 

What you need:

(feeds four as a side, and 2-3 as a meal)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, light toasted in a frying pan if you have time

2 handfuls chopped, activated almonds. (why activated? read more here)

1/2 bunch chopped fresh mint

1 bunch chopped parsley

1 punnet small cherry tomatoes ripened on the windowsill a couple of days (fridges are the death of tomatoes!). I halve them for the salad

1 pomegranate, cut in half across it and then bash upside down with a rolling pin so the seeds naturally fall into the bowl.

2 medium beets, grated on the large setting.

1 teaspoon dulse flakes (optional for mineral extras. I like to get a cheeky teaspoon into most savoury dishes)

1/2 a red onion, fine sliced (I used a mandolin)

Your dressing of choice (I made a simple vinaigrette of 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 8 tablespoons olive oil, teaspoon mustard, 2 pinch salt and a teaspoon maple syrup with a raw egg yolk for creaminess from a pasture raised organic egg which you could leave out if that irks you)

What to do:

Combine everything in your salad bowl. Toss through to mix and then toss through once again to mix with the dressing. I always use half of the above dressing initially, then toss through and then add if still needing more dressing.

Cracked pepper to finish and maybe a few extra bits of chopped herbs for a green †˜splash’ on top.

Alexx's Powerhouse Red Antioxidant Salad...YUM

Alexx’s Powerhouse Red Antioxidant Salad…YUM

Describe your day on a plate: 

Breakfast: Usually eggs and avocado with chia seeds

Mid morning snack: a juice made up of cucumber, coconut water and fresh herbs, and sometimes a green blend like Shakti’s super blend.

Lunch: a salad full of healthy fats and protein with at least 2-3 cups of assorted vegies. Left overs from dinner are often incorporated into it so that it’s not hard work.

Afternoon snack: a berry coconut smoothie or handful of nuts, or our treat of the week [this week it’s an apricot seed bar]

Dinner: meat and veggies in various forms, always with a little stock incorporated for easy digestion. Always far more veggies than meat.

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

1. Stock: I’m such a geek when it comes to stock. It helps us replace so much of what were missing the modern diet by way of minerals especially, and it’s very healing to the gut.

2. Lacto fermented vegies: we have a tablespoon of this with every meal, it’s amazing for gut health.

3. Vegetables: I cannot go a day without fresh vegies!

NATURAL BEAUTY 
What is your best-kept beauty secret?

Exfoliate with sand at the beach. Its natural and its free.

I really encourage people to use natural exfoliators, like sand or my coffee body scrub [see below] because all those micro beads in exfoliants at the supermarket are made of plastic and end up in our waterways which  are extremely damaging to marine life who mistake them for food.

Homemade Coffee Body Scrub: 

What you need:

Take the spent ground coffee from an espresso

1 tablespoon of celtic / himalayan / fleur de sel / dead sea / touched by the fairy godmother of an angel salt

2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil (more oil = gentler scrub)

2 teaspoons of vanilla bean extract

What to do:

Mix in a bowl. Put into a jar. That’s it. Takes less than a minute!

Alexx's natural Coffee Body Scrub

Alexx’s natural Coffee Body Scrub

What is your skin/beauty regime? 

I use coconut oil all over my body and face [I also shop at nourished life and try all sorts of fab moisturisers; I’m currently using is the cosima day cream which is stunning, they have done magic with this one]

I use Zuii and Ere Perez for make up and RGB nail polish because I love to do my nails!

What is your favourite lip nourish? 

Tangerine and vanilla– it’s amazing I could smell it all day.

It's all smiles when you're wearing Lip Nourish!

It’s all smiles when you’re wearing Lip Nourish!

NOURISHED LIFE
What is the best advice and how do you live it each day? 

Think big and believe those little truths inside you deserve to be nurtured and grow. I’m getting better and better at this as I get older. I surround myself with brave, inspiring friends who take me to task if I waver.

What is happiness to you?

Happiness to me at the moment is discovering a joy in discipline [stay tuned on alexxstuart.com for more on this!]

What is your personal Monday mantra?

I have more of a ritual than a mantra. On Monday mornings I go completely phone free until 10am, including no emails or social media. I just set my intentions for the week and I look at what I want the week to look like when its finished to make sure that I’m on track in a joyful disciplinary way.

What’s next for you and Real Food and Low Tox Living? 

I have two new books I’m working on and I’m also setting up a YouTube channel, which will be fun! Also shall be doing some workshops and speaking events this year that I’m really looking forward to!

If you’re inspired to be kinder to the environment whilst living a healthier, less toxic life then be sure to head over to Alexx’s website where she posts her amazing nourishing recipes, lifts the lid on toxic products and digs up the dirt on the food industry. Here, you’ll also find out information on her real food and low tox living workshops, corporate master classes, consults and coaching. Be sure to follow her on facebook and twitter. 

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Natural Beauty Interview with Irene Falcone of www.nourishedlife.com.au

Meet low tox beauty LEGEND and close friend of lük beautifood –  Irene Falcone of www.nourishedlife.com.au. Irene’s enthusiasm, ruthless determination and passion for toxic free living has made her online shop and blog the number one place for organic and natural beauty and healthy home products.

After leaving her job in marketing, Irene came to the realisation of what was really in our home and beauty products and the damaging effects they have on our bodies. Now, it’s her mission to provide Australia with 100% safe, clean products.

Between taking care of her gorgeous kids, running the shop, researching and writing for the blog, Irene takes some time to chat to us about business, natural beauty, food and reaching her dreams.

IRENE’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

Irene, tell us about your life and career before †˜Nourished Life’ and why the change of direction?

Before Nourished Life I was marketing big brand beauty products, I was unknowingly smothering myself with a cocktail of toxic chemicals everyday. Then as Advertising Manager for Universal Studio I was putting in really long hours at the office and attending functions every other night. As a mum of 2 young children, any time I had left was spent looking after them rather than myself. Eventually I was so fatigued I couldn’t walk the flight of stairs to my office. It was that moment I decided to take control of my life and pay attention to what I was putting in and on my body.

Irene - last day at Universal Studios

Irene’s last day at Universal Studios

How did †˜Nourished Life’ begin and how has it evolved since 2010?

That evening, after the †œstair awakening† I did something I’d never done before – I looked at the label on the back of my beauty products to understand what I was actually using, from there I moved to my pantry and laundry. By the end of that night I had thrown away every product in my entire house!

With an empty house, I needed to replace everything with safer toxin-free alternatives. Nourished Life was a simple blog I started to share my story and reviews on the best natural alternatives I could find. The Nourished Life Blog gained a lot of momentum really fast with many other women also wanting to use safer, products in their lives.

The task of finding safe, natural products was very overwhelming, there was nowhere to go where we could just replace everything in our homes and feel confident they were completely natural and safe. So I decided to set up my own shop based around this need!

What is your business philosophy?

I believe that anything the mind can dream, we can achieve. I believe building a business is as much about the creative energy and focus we put into our vision as the physical work we do.

What is a typical work day for you?  How do you juggle a family, a business and keep that life balance?

I’m still trying to achieve the balance I want, but my goals are to wake up earlier, fit in some Yoga, skip to the office after the school drop off and get through my to-do-list before pick up time! Then spend the evening nourishing the family. I’m not there yet†¦ but I believe I can do it so I will. 

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

Find your passion and focus on that, when you do what you love, you can’t go wrong!

BEAUTY

What is your daily †˜beauty regime’ ?

 These days my beauty regime is really simple, I use a basic organic cleanser, toner, day cream, eye cream and tinted moisturiser with natural sunscreen . Then at night a concentrated Rosehip oil!

What is your best kept beauty secret?

Laughter!

What is your favourite product from †˜Nourished Life’ and why?

This changes every day as I discover new toxin-free goodies for the store. At the moment it’s the Eco Tan organic deodorant.  It’s hot outside and I’m racing around a lot and IT WORKS! If all women knew this existed, every mainstream deodorant brand would go out of business.

Tell us about the difference using natural, toxin free products have on your skin and body?

Energy!!!! I have energy to bounce out of bed every day, and physically my skin has gone from dull to glowing. The dark circles under my eyes have brightened, my hair has gone from straw-like to shiny and the biggest difference is the disappearing of cellulite that I believe is due to having less toxins in my body!

What are your top tips for those wanting to detox their beauty kit and home?

 My best tip is to simply replace each item as you need it. For example, once your old mascara runs out, simply replace it with an organic one and before you know it your entire home will be transformed!

†˜Nourished Life’ makes it so easy for anyone in Australia to have access to safe, toxin free products- what products would you recommend for the busy mums who want to look and feel gorgeous the natural way?

The best thing is for busy mums to send me a quick email with their skin type and the products they currently use. I then send back a simple list of beautiful replacements options together with some samples so they can get started.

FOOD

How do you fuel your body to ensure you have the energy you need to keep you going throughout the day?

 I avoid as much sugar & gluten as possible and replace those foods with greens and healthy fats instead.

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Breakfast – Organic espresso with a big teaspoon of organic coconut oil, smoothie with coconut water and as many superfoods I can find!

Lunch – Massive salad with organic corn chips.

Dinner – Stir Fry vegies or home made fried rice.

Dessert – frozen berries.

What are your top three †˜can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook and why?

Coconut oil  (you can cook anything in it and it keeps us energies all day), Sea Salt (brings out the flavour in everything without the need to add any sauces), Passion (every meal taste better when love and passion is added)

LIFE

How do you live the life you love every day?

Everyday I feel so incredibly grateful for being able to work full time on Nourished Life and not be back in the 9-5 grind of corporate life.

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

Follow your gut and not your head. Every day I have to make decisions and choices about the next steps in my business. My head and my gut are always at war so I have had to learn to trust my gut instinct.

What is your personal Monday morning mantra?

 I can change the world one day at a time.

What’s next for †˜Nourished Life’?

In 2014 I’m focusing on the health and fitness side of living a nourished life. This combined with the Beauty & Lifestyle focus I had this year should really round out the business to cover all areas of living a Nourished Life.

Irene of Nourished Life is now experiencing a more healthy, toxin free lifestyle. Look at her lustrous thick mane!

Irene of Nourished Life is now experiencing a more healthy, toxin free lifestyle. Look at her lustrous thick mane!

Want to meet Irene and learn more about natural beauty products? Come to Irene & Cindy’s ‘Detox your Beauty Kit’ class in February. Click here for details.

Be sure to follow her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 

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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!)
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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 †œfall 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.

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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 †œThe 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