May 1, 2017

Lina Hayes – How One Moment Can Change A Life: On Conscious Living and Keeping It Real Through Photography

Lina Hayes – How One Moment Can Change A Life: On Conscious Living and Keeping It Real Through Photography

“We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.” ― Desmond Tutu

In this episode, I speak with Lina Hayes of Wild at Heart Photography.

I am not sure where to start with Lina! She’s an amazing self-taught photographer from Sydney with acclaimed work in landscape photography and wedding photography. I’ve long admired the high calibre of photography that she produces – and the powerful stories behind what she shares.

There’s beauty in what Lina talks about and the fact her Wild at Heart story begins from such a confronting moment of fragility. Throughout our conversation, I felt a lost for words but I hope the podcast speaks for itself. It was a real pleasure to sit down with Lina and discuss our shared passions.

In a nutshell, we speak about the importance of making the most of our lives while we’ve got them and capturing real moments and stories with an underlying respect for slow, conscious living. Something that I treasure and I am sure you do too.

I hope you love this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.

Thank you, Lina. You’re top notch!

Snapshot of this episode

Lina’s reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • Lina’s passion for storytelling and capturing moments through photography
  • A severe case of the travel bug and the inspiration behind it
  • “Colouring” outside the norm and the origins of Lina’s creativity
  • The life-changing catalyst behind Wild at Heart Photography
  • Blessings in disguise: Lina’s dramatic start in the industry
  • The privileges and pleasures of documenting local, interstate and international weddings
  • Mistakes, pleasures and lessons learnt from photography
  • Lina’s respect and love for simplicity, slow living and mindfulness
  • Enjoying each day and taking the time to slow down
  • The pressure of living in an always on society and stepping outside that
  • Taking inspiration and time to exercise: the power of moments away from work
  • Photography’s ability to inspire positive actions and adventures
  • Mindful wedding tips and wisdom for creating an authentic wedding
  • The beauty of an unplugged wedding
  • The joy of working with like-minded clients
  • Where Lina finds the courage to swim against the current
  • How Lina starts each day and finds strength within her lifestyle decisions and attitude
  • The driving forces behind Lina’s work and the motivation to keep doing it

Connect with Lina Hayes

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  • Swoon over Lina’s personal work on Instagram
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April 10, 2017

Alexx Stuart – Can One Person Make a Difference? 3 Ways our Health Choices Impact the Planet

Alexx Stuart – How Can One Person Make a Difference (While Having Fun)? 3 Ways our Health Choices Impact the Planet

 

 

In this episode, I speak with Alexx Stuart, Founder of the Low Tox Life.

I first met Alexx at a Christmas party she hosted in 2014 – and while her hospitality inspired me, that wasn’t the only thing that got my attention. I started devouring her personal blog (an empowered movement and soon-to-be Low Tox Life business) while making some life-changes of my own.

Her Low Tox Life community is now upwards of 53,000 people, with courses that’ve seen about 2,000 people go through.

Alexx is an educator, health coach and influential authority in this space. Alexx’s infectious passion for change is creating ripples in the world. She’s helping a movement of people to ditch the guilt and get excited about the choices they make – and to ultimately be “a part of a solution.” She’s often at the back of my mind when I am buying food or coffees, or taking reusable bags to the shops! I rarely wear make up now too.

If you’ve ever wondered – like I have many times before – how one person can make a difference, then I encourage you to listen to this episode with Alexx Stuart. She’s an example of just how powerful your voice and life can be.

“My life is my message.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

What is Low Tox Living?

I believe it’s impossible to live a completely chemical-free life (chemicals exist in everything including the air we breathe) and, in a nutshell, the aim of low tox living is to be more mindful of any chemicals or toxins that we consume that could be detrimental to our health or the health of our planet. The idea is to minimise both the consumption and production of harmful chemicals or toxins.

In this episode, Alexx talks more about her beautiful low tox life philosophy – and how it’s important for us to give what we can to low tox living. We don’t have to join a movement or become the next Gandhi, but we can make simple and affordable low tox choices right now.

Low tox living could be our food choices, what we put on our skin or around our home, or it could even be our mindset.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Snapshot of this episode

  • The origins of Alexx’s insatiable enthusiasm
  • Making a difference with our wallets each day
  • The ability to relax and chip away with daily actions – without the pressure
  • Alexx’s approach to low tox living
  • Saying no to plastic
  • Switching to spray-free foods or organic where possible
  • Doubling your vegetable-intake
  • The catalyst for Alexx turning her family organic in a week
  • Making positive health and food choices even while money is tight
  • Finding excitement in low tox living, without the overwhelm
  • How one person can make an enormous difference
  • Tips for anyone navigating overwhelm in the face of the “ginormous” issues
  • Conversation starters: Inviting curiosity through small changes and choices
  • An alternative approach which does not involve preaching to other people
  • What Alexx loves about seeing people transition to the low tox life
  • Suffering anxiety or illness but finding courage to do work that matters
  • What gives Alexx the courage to continue this movement
  • How we owe it to each other to be involved with a cause
  • The empowering impact of Alexx’s growing community

Connect with Alexx Stuart & Join the Conversation

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Do you live a low tox life? What are some of your low tox goals? Comment below!

March 20, 2017

Lily Nichols – Connecting the Body and Mind through Real Food Nutrition and Mindful Eating

Lily Nichols – Connecting the Body and Mind through Real Food Nutrition and Mindful Eating

 

 

In this episode, I speak with Lily Nichols of The Pilates Nutritionist.

As well as being the founder of The Pilates Nutritionist – Lily’s business in making healthy uncomplicated and eating interesting again – Lily is a beautiful human being. One of Lily’s gifts is empowering others to discover healthy eating from a place of trust and enjoyment.

I came to Lily in February 2015 with ailments galore (at least that’s what it felt like) and a question of whether food sensitivities were driving my myriad of icky symptoms. Things were not so peachy, but I was fortunate to work with Lily to solve some puzzles. I am grateful to Lily for her calm approach and ability to work me through the process of healing my body by firstly listening to its messages and I continue to reap the rewards.

What is Real Food and Mindful Eating?

What makes food REAL? Although all food may be “real” in some senses – it exists in the world after all – I’d like to get real with how I see it.

Real food is not “food-like” substances or an imitation of foods. It’s the honest-to-goodness, bona fide of food: relatively unadulterated* and unrefined, simple yet delicious and highly nutritious whole foods that not only nourish our bodies, but also nourish our producers, consumers, and the earth, with great respect for the food system. It can be traced back generations and it’s closer to nature than what you’ll find on most supermarket shelves.

Lily and I speak about real food as it relates to approaching and preparing food, and connecting deeper with what feels good for our bodies, which is basically where mindfulness and mindful eating come in. It’s about paying more attention to our bodies and being fully aware without judgement.

If you’ve ever had a case of your food disappearing, followed by a sense of guilt, you’ll want to hear what Lily says about mindful eating.

I get excited over the huge role that real food and mindful eating play in our lives, largely because the production and quality of the food that we put into our mouths (or into our bins!) has enormous impacts on our quality of life, our health, the health of our planet, and future food security.

Snapshot of this episode

A pivotal book for Lily: Nourishing Traditions

Lily’s book: Real Food for Gestational Diabetes

  • How Lily developed her philosophy in nutrition
  • The strong foundation of a health-conscious family
  • Importance of eating good quality food and maintaining health
  • Combining wellness and nutrition focus to create The Pilates Nutritionist
  • A tailored approach to mindfulness, movement and nutrition
  • The infusion of mindfulness within Lily’s work
  • Paying attention to the body’s signals
  • What “real food” is and how it plays into mindfulness
  • How to eat mindfully and fall back in love with food
  • Whether it’s possible to eat mindfully with a processed food diet
  • The bias around healthy eating and breaking through the noise
  • If it’s possible for healthy food to taste good (hint: it tastes REAL good)
  • The demonisation of fats and salt – and how to approach it
  • Permission instead of restriction when it comes to the body’s needs
  • Removing the guilt and the lessons to learn from “mess ups”
  • How to tune into your body and learn to navigate health challenges
  • The importance of mindfulness in making connections with your mind and body
  • Courage in standing up and being willing to speak your truth
  • Compassion around the difficulty individuals face in navigating this space

Connect with Lily Nichols

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If you like this, please leave a comment, like or share it. Feel free to let me know who you would like me to interview next and don’t be afraid to spread the love with a review once they become available.

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Enjoy the show.

*I write ‘relatively unadulterated’ because humans have played their part in agriculture and the evolution of food for many years. Like dog breeds, there have been many changes to food largely due to our hand in it. Did you know carrots used to be purple? 
March 15, 2017

Kate Alexandra – Tuning Into the Body’s Wisdom and Creating Space for Radical Self Care

Kate Alexandra – Tuning Into the Body’s Wisdom and Creating Space for Radical Self Care

 

 

In this episode, I speak with Kate Alexandra of the Radical Self Care Project.

Kate’s a multi-passionate YogaMama of two and Yogipreneur based in Sydney.

The moment I met Kate I fell in love with her approach to women’s health and empowerment. Kate has a beautiful way of creating sacred space for wholehearted learning through embodiment and she empowers her students to tune into their bodies and connect with their highest potential.

The Radical Self Care Project is a nourishing program for women, founded on the philosophies of yoga, mindfulness and the wisdom of seasons and cycles. Doors open again in mid 2017.

What is Radical Self Care?

What makes self care RADICAL? We often feel guilty about self-care because we worry we’re self-indulging or putting our needs above others; when that need not be the case.

It’s radical due in part because of the guilt and, if taken seriously, it asks us to go beyond our ideas of what it means to be well and nourished. There’s a beautiful level of self love, awareness and listening that we can access through self care and I love the way Kate guides her students to get clear on what the body, mind, emotional self, and spiritual self needs for personal sustainability as a journey and process.

I have experienced the powerful results of the RSCP process and I recommend digging in.

Snapshot of this episode

Kate’s reading: Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

  • An explanation of yoga nidra
  • Unlocking stories within the body
  • Yoga as a way of letting go
  • The impact of insomnia and anxiety postpartum
  • Post birth recovery and the healing power of yoga nidra
  • Surrender and experience of self awareness
  • Kate’s “magnum opus” and the catalyst for RSCP
  • Coming into relationship with her own self care
  • Making life-changing decisions and creating boundaries
  • The deepening and intermingling of self worth, self love and self care
  • Practical steps to tune into and listen to the body’s needs
  • Focus of serving others and reacting to the urgency
  • Self love and creating a positive change in the world
  • Building resilience through practice
  • Learning acceptance and maintaining focus when obstacles arise
  • Experiencing ourselves through connection

Connect with Kate Alexandra

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To get the most out of this episode, I encourage you to write down the things that really resonated with you that you would like to action in your own life, starting now.

If you like this, please leave a comment, like or share it. Feel free to let me know who you would like me to interview next and don’t be afraid to spread the love with a review once they become available.

You can contact me via my website or tweet me @freemansfit.

Thank you for listening!

Enjoy the show.

 

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