Today I would like to share with you ‘The Nutrition guru and The Chef’, a husband; The Chef, and wife; the Nutrition guru living the healthy living dream on qlds beautiful Sunshine Coast (the chef factor definitely helps!)
NBB: The Nutrition guru and the Chef are well renowned for your healthy, (delicious), nutritious meals. What do you attribute this success to?
Our recipes haven’t been designed to follow the latest health or nutrition fad, only to please our own bellies and taste buds. Most importantly, they are designed to pack a nutritional punch using ingredients that are inexpensive and readily available. I think because of this, our readers are able to make the recipes quite easily, enjoy the final product and at the same time, know that it is relatively healthy for them.
I never tell people what NOT to eat. I find many health pages focused on outlining all the frightening facts about junk food eg, the terrible aspects of margarine, the cancer causing effects of soft drink and the sins of nitrates which personally drive me nuts. I find that it does get a lot of people reading and interested in the material, but in reality does not necessarily convert to long time healthy eating habits. Instead, I only focus on outlining the positive benefits of foods, nutrients and behaviours we could be doing MORE of.
‘To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.’ Buddha
NBB: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the Nutrition, health, wellness industry?
I was a dancer for almost 20 years and then moved into the fitness industry as a personal trainer so being active has always been a part of me.
5 years ago I had to have a large surgery on my hip and I was in a wheelchair for 4 months. I had to think seriously about a long-term career which wasn’t so reliant on peak physical fitness, so I went and studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and here I am!
NBB: How does it feel, living your dream?
I couldn’t imagine not filling life with things that make me happy. It’s not always possible for us to do, as there are always stages in life where it isn’t always possible to do what makes us happy, but I believe we do have to strive to make those moments happen. We can’t wait for them to come to us, if we aren’t doing what makes us happy, we have to go actively make changes to live our dream.
‘The groundwork of all happiness is health.’James Leigh Hunt
NBB: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?
I have never considered myself as being inspirational but it is something I most definitely aspire to be. It always nice to receive emails from readers who say that I have inspired them to make changes in their life, whether that is that they have revamped their diet and lost weight, or took 5 minutes to just stop and relax. We all have a reason to be here in this life, and I feel blessed to have found my purpose and look forward to building on that and using it to reach as many people as I can in order to put a smile on loads of people’s dial!
NBB: Has there been any challenges along your journey?
I have experienced ill-health for the past several years which has prevented me from reaching the goals I had set out to achieve. I keep coming up against road blocks and this is very challenging and upsetting, but I have now learned that the challenges we all come across aren’t there simply to make us mad. They are there as part of the overall big picture to steer us in the direction we need to go. If we can adapt to changes and road blocks in the plan, then we are well on the path to the most fantastic adventure.
‘The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease. ‘ Thomas Edison
NBB: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?
Well, a dream is just that – a dream. Something that is in your thoughts but doesn’t actually happen. So, you can let it remain a dream or actually make it a goal. Once it is a goal, you can put steps in place to actually make it happen. Once you have a dream, no matter how crazy it is, then acknowledge it and sit down and actively work out how to change it from a dream into a goal and then a goal into reality.
NBB: What can we look forward to next from you?
Lots of great things. Top secret!
NBB: Top 3 healthy tips/advice?
Focus on what foods you could eat MORE of, rather than what foods you should be eating less of. Choose one thing in your diet that you would like to change, and focus on that as your goal for 1 week. Once you have mastered that change for 7 continuous days, add another goal and repeat. You won’t get anywhere if you want to change every single thing about your diet at once, your brain and emotions will explode. Carbs are not the enemy. All too often I see people cut carbs completely of their diet due to fear and incorrect information they have read on the web. When, all they need to do is switch to a whole grain variety and reduce the portions. Carbs are extremely important for our brain and immune function as well as our mood and with life already being hectic and stressful enough, carbs as a very important part of a healthy diet.
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann
NBB: Share something no one knows…
My pet hate is washing up cutlery. I can’t stand it and always leave it for The Chef to wash up.
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You can do anything you put your mind to, anything you believe you can achieve…YOU CAN.
Hope you have a fabulous Monday, start your day and week the right way. And why not share some love today 🙂
Love & Light, Charlie x.