How did you first get into eating the way you do now?
In my first year of University I developed a food intolerance to gluten. It took me the entire year to figure out what was causing the constant rashes on my face and body. After realising it was to do with food (and stress) I started getting really interested in food, nutrition and health. I was constantly reading books and blogs about different ways of eating and from there I decided to start a degree in Human Nutrition.
Who inspires you?
Dr Libby is a huge inspiration to me. I love everything she stands for and all of her books are amazing and packed with so much information. Lorna Jane Clarkson is another, I love her ‘active living’ vision for the world. Rachel Brathen or @yoga_girl is amazing. She is probably one of the most real people on social media. Finally, I’ve been watching Mimi and Alex Ikonn on YouTube for about the last six years and they are perhaps my biggest inspiration. They are all about living their dream, being positive, and they happen to be gluten and dairy free too!
What is your favourite quote you live by?
I honestly have hundreds of quote screenshots on my phone so it’s quite hard to pick but I might have to go for the most recent quote I took a screenshot of: “your body hears everything your mind says”.
What is your typical..
Breakfast: Porridge! At the moment I’ve been having oats cooked with milk and dates and served with peanut butter, blueberries, banana and Greek yoghurt. Heaven!
Lunch: Either a roast veggie salad or rice cakes with an assortment of toppings! Today I had one whole avocado, tuna, feta and cucumber.
Snack: A handful of raw almonds, or a green smoothie
Dinner: I love salads in summer and soups in winter. Ratatouille is also a favourite of mine any time of year. Oh and homemade kumara (sweet potato) chips. I eat a lot of kumara chips.
Dessert: Banana with Greek yoghurt, honey and toasted coconut chips
What are some of your favourite books?
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch is the most life changing book I have read around food and health and Beauty from the Inside Out by Dr Libby is another favourite.
What would be your last meal on Earth?
That is the hardest question! Don’t hold me to this but probably something with salmon and salad and avocado. And kumara!
What ingredients would we always find in your pantry and fridge?
You’ll always find ground almonds, coconut oil, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, avocados, blueberries and kumara in my pantry/fridge.
How do you stay happy and healthy on a day-to-day basis?
Going to the gym and lifting weights makes me feel strong and happy. Getting in the sunshine every day, spending time with friends, and eating an abundance of fresh whole foods.
What are non-negotiables for you?
I don’t have any non-negotiables really. I try to live my life as intuitively as possible so if that means I wake up feeling like walking instead of going to the gym, that’s what I do. The same goes for my diet, some days I crave a green smoothie like crazy, other days all I want is a huge pile of kumara chips.
What would your ideal day look like?
Waking up to a beautiful day and walking to the gym for a workout. Then meeting friends at a favourite place for lunch, relaxing in the sun with a great book in the afternoon and cooking a delicious dinner for some of my favourite people followed by a movie on the couch.
And finally, where are your favourite places to eat out?
[All in Auckland, NZ] The Food Truck, Mondays Wholefoods, Little Bird Organics, Mekong Baby, Atomic (the coconut bircher with honey yoghurt chia and the smashed avocado on gluten free toast are amazing!)