1. What inspired you to take up ‘clean eating’ and what are your thoughts on even calling it this?
It was a gradual process really, I’ve always been relatively healthy in my food choices and trying to juggle long hours at work and still having the energy for workouts in the evening definitely requires a nutritious diet. I saw all these amazing looking vegan and gluten free cakes, smoothie bowls and superfood salads coming through on instagram and the level of inventiveness inspired me to check it out.
2. Do you see it as more of a fad or phase or do you think people have a heightened awareness of what they’re putting into their body and the effect this has?
I definitely think there are fad elements to it, the more extreme and strict diet plans for example. I like to take a more holistic approach, unless you have intolerances i don’t necessarily believe you should totally eliminate certain foods 100% A little treat or glass of wine here and there is fine by me!
3. How did you come to learn and educate your self about it?
Through instagram to start with, which then lead me to some fantastic blogs. There are people who have been doing this for a long time now and have become masters of using limited food groups and rediscovering forgotten grains and veggies. ‘My New Roots’ is a favourite, her recipes and photography are incredible and she delves into a different nutritional benefit in each article.
4. What are you favourite ingredients?
Ive also been a bit of a chocolate fiend so raw cacao is my saviour – there is so much you can do with with and the benefits are great. More antioxidants than green tea, a healthier natural stimulant than coffee, and packed full of magnesium for muscle recovery. And its delicious! Real chocolatey taste without the sugar and additives. Chia seeds, coconut oil, almonds, berries and any/all fresh veggies!
5. Do you have any cooking secrets?
Always buy fresh whole spices and toast them before use.
Make your own almond milk as a pose to shop bought.
Chop up and freeze ripe fruit or veggies before they go off for instant smoothies.
Buy seasonal produce.
6. If you could have one last meal what would it be?
Ooh thats a tough one. Its a toss up between fish tacos and a good old roast I think!
7. You live in Melbourne, do you think this has had an impact on your lifestyle?
Definitely. Its so inspiring to be in a place where everyone is so passionate about the food on their plates. The produce is fantastic here, and people aren’t afraid to try new things, resulting in an incredibly rich variety of foods from different cultures. Its actually tough to go out and have a bad meal.
8. If you could recommend someone to make one change to their lifestyle for the better what would it be?
Do something you enjoy. I don’t go to the gym because i find it boring and soulless, some people love it and thats great – i think its really important to find exercise / hobbies / work that you get fulfilment and enjoyment out of, because life too short!
9. What’s next for you?
Im currently studying to become a fully qualified chef, which has been fantastic so far. My business partner Steph and I are going to continue running the Nourishing Workshop series, and hopefully expand more into the healthy catering sector. Watch this space!
10. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to make a career change and inspire others to follow their foodie dreams?
Its scary and daunting – there’s no way of sugar coating that side of it. Every other day i have little niggling doubts as to whether I’ve made the right decision. But then i get back in the kitchen and instantly remember why – it makes me happy. I feel calm and at home there. To have happy moments every day for the rest of your life makes the sacrifices and hard work totally worth it. I’ve been lucky to have some incredibly supportive friends and family egging me on, so surround yourself with positive and caring people.
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