Sharing our love of yoga, travel, food (of course!) and sunny Sydney is Sami Bloom. Nutritionist and plant-based advocate, Sami is a cheerleader for living the healthy life and using food to nourish and heal yourself. Sami has recently finished her nutritional medicine studies and has already got a large following for her simple and easy meals and wanderlust worthy travelling snaps! We’re so happy to feature Sami on the blog today and can’t wait to see what she gets up to next!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.
Hello! I’m Sami, a lawyer turned copywriter, turned yoga teacher, health coach and nutritionist! I’ve certainly tried on many hats! I worked in both Sydney and New York before my own health complications prompted me to make positive life changes, revitalising my health and leading to a drastic career change. I live in Bondi, Sydney with my Canadian fiance who I met in Costa Rica (in yoga!), and we are getting married next year in Kauai… So, as you might guess, travel is a huge part of my life and I believe it really has enriched my journey.
As a nutritionist, I draw upon my own experiences from my dysfunctional relationship with food and body image as well as hormonal chaos, to my passion for plant-based nutrition. My studies taught me to utilise scientific evidence and holistic principles to treat each individual case in a way that is effective, sustainable and enjoyable for my clients. My philosophy is deeply rooted in whole food, plant-based nutrition and using food as the wonderful medicine that it is! I absolutely love the career I have tirelessly worked toward and truly am grateful for every mistake I have made. When I am not seeing patients or teaching yoga, I am working on my blog.
We have ten times the bacterial cells in our guts than human cells. Ten times! 👐 We are ourselves an ecosystem 🌱 It stands to reason then, that we cannot separate ourselves from nature – we are intimately connected to this earth and everything we do to it 🌏 ✨What is good for the macro, is good for the micro✨ I believe in eating and living in a sustainable way. Being in nature makes us feel so good for a reason! We are a part of it 🙏 When you look at it this way, you begin to take care of yourself the way you would a garden, and/or your natural surroundings the way you would yourself ☺️ Eating less meat, recycling, avoiding single-use plastic, composting, not littering/picking up trash are all things you can do to care for your external environment, which ultimately influence your internal environment ♻️ Take a walk, spend 5 mins a day feet on the earth ("earthing"), grow your own herbs/plants, bring plants in indoors to purify air, eat a more plant-based diet, spend time in a quiet park gulping fresh air… these are all things that enhance your health and beauty and your connection to your natural surroundings 🌲🍃
2. What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get in to health and wellbeing?
My background of disordered eating and a broken relationship with myself certainly was the catalyst. I was exhausted of the never ending thought-pattern of “never good enough”. Yoga was instrumental to my healing – the days I did yoga I didn’t want to deprive myself or have nasty thoughts. Instead, I learned to honour my body and all that it did for me. From here, I began to experiment in the kitchen, learning how to make some of my favourite meals with a healthy twist, and I became hooked on how good it felt (and tasted) to eat clean. I am a typical A-type personality, so it seemed only natural to me that if I was going down this path, I had to learn it all! I did my Yoga Teacher Training and enrolled into full-time Nutritional Medicine. During my studies, I was drawn toward veganism, which has only seen my health and my passion for health skyrocket, and was definitely another “uh ha” moment for me.
Don't forget about these strawberry custard tarts! 🍓 When it comes to sweet treats, you don't have to rely on butter & sugar for decadent desserts 🍰 Nor does it require hours of prep!! Find these on the blog & make sure you have all the ingredients for a cook up this weekend!! #glutenfree #sugarfree #vegancustardtarts
3. Talk us through a typical day in your life…
I wake up anywhere between 5:45 and 6:30am depending on my workout for the morning. I like to exercise early. But first! I rehydrate, alakalise and wake my body up with a glass of warm water with the juice of ½ lemon.
When I get home from my workout I have breakfast before I shower. I am usually very hungry in the a.m.! At the moment it is my favourite smoothie combo: 2 cups spinach, 1 banana, ½ cup mango, 1 tbsp ground flax, 1 tbsp rice protein, 1 tsp maca powder, 1 medjool date and 3 brazil nuts blended with coconut water or plain filtered water. I like to sprinkle it with bee pollen and goji berries.
I then take a shower and get ready for my day. I am lucky that I get to work from home, so I am usually at my desk with a peppermint tea by 8:45am. 3 days a week, I am either sitting down with clients for nutrition consultations or preparing for clients. The other two days I am working on the blog, future projects, experimenting with recipes or creating content for Sprout Market, which I am the ambassador for.
I eat quite intuitively, and only snack as needed. If I feel mid-morning hunger set in I could have anything from a piece of sprouted bread with avocado, sprouts and nutritional yeast to simply a handful of cashews, and likely, more herbal tea.
Fennel Sunshine Loaf – I've adjusted this recipe to make it even healthier! It holds so well! Those of you looking for a simple, gluten-free, vegan bread alternative… this is a must make! 🙌 You can hold the fennel if you don't have/want, but I always advocate sneaking a little veg in where you can 😊 I had a slice with some avo for a snack mid-morning & it kept me so full!!! 🍞🍞🍞 You'll find the recipe on the blog ✨✨
Lunchtime is around 1pm. If it isn’t dinner leftovers, I will make a large green salad with a rotation of leafy greens (Tuscan kale, rocket, shaved cabbage, spinach, watercress), approx 1 cup salad veg (cucumber, tomato, capsicum, carrot, snow peas, onion), a handful of broccoli/cauliflower, ½ cup purple sweet potato, ½ cup beans/legumes, ¼ avocado, parsley/coriander, 1-2 tbsp kimchi, 2 tsp dulse flakes and either a miso tahini dressing or lemon juice and nutritional yeast. It’s pretty big!
Around 3pm I try to sneak in a walk around the block. I get “cabin-fever” if I don’t do this, and it impacts my productivity! This is also a great time to plant my feet in the grass for 5 mins and really ground myself. I love this practice.
I generally require a snack in the afternoon – this winter I have been making a miso soup with torn up seaweed and shiitake mushrooms and/or some veggie sticks. For something more substantial I might make a berry, hemp seed smoothie.
Most days I finish work at 6pm, and begin to prepare dinner. Once or twice a week I try make it to a slow flow/yin yoga class, so this pushes this back a bit.
Dinner options vary – I love a quick tempeh curry, stir-fry or noodle soup, red lentil dahl with sweet potato, bean burger patties and salad, legume-stuffed veggies, buckwheat pasta with tomato bean sauce or an open burrito bowl – brown rice, avocado, black beans, fresh vegetables, coriander, Mexican spices. I’m all about the spice drawer! I also make sure to snack on celery/capsicum sticks whilst I prepare, as I believe it is beneficial to eat something raw before main meals, plus I am a chronic “pick-as-I-go-er”, so this helps!
Sometimes I will do another hour of work post dinner, but I do try to spend this time with Mike. We may read a few chapters of a book we read together (corny or cute?!) but we often use this time to unwind with an episode of our favourite TV show of the moment.
I usually finish off with a peppermint or chai tea. If I’m feeling dessert I will either stuff a frozen date or two with some raw nuts, or enjoy some vegan chocolate (homemade or Pana). Bedtime is strictly 10:30pm, and I love it when I get to bed even earlier!
4. Coffee or tea?
I love a soy latte here and there, but I am a loyal chai tea drinker- I’ll have at least one a day!
5. What is your indulgence of choice?
A trip to Gelato Blue in Newtown for some incredible vegan ice-cream!
6. Three foods you can’t live without?
Cauliflower, Tahini, Avocado.
Whole baked cauliflower on a bed of beetroot hummus, sprinkled with Parsley & Crispy chickpeas!! This is one helluva meal! I paired it with some quinoa today for Mike's lunch, but just took a generous slice for my own as is 😍 Seriously easy recipe, just throw the whole thing in the oven for 75 mins 😆 Full recipe coming tomorrow 🔜 Stay tuned 🙊
7. What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?
If I am well-prepped: a homemade breakfast cookie or 1-2 bliss balls, If not, I always have a carrot and a handful of raw nuts on hand.
My Friday gift to you!! 🎁 Delicious vegan breakfast cookies… Coconut, Spiced Apple & Blueberry 😍🍏🍇 Filled with antioxidants, fibre, omega-3/healthy fats (but not too much! There are no oil in these babies)… 2 of these should keep you nice & full if you find yourself in a pinch and always running out the door without brekky! On the blog & ready for you to bake this weekend in 25 quick mins 🍪🍪🍪 xxx
8. … And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?
Begin a stress-monitoring protocol – earthing, meditation, deep belly breathing, yoga, getting outdoors, journalling, whatever works for you (don’t try to do it all, as this can also be stressful!). Really work on getting to know yourself. Self-awareness and self-reflection are key to achieving a positive mindset, which will ultimately lead to more loving and healthy choices. When we are in tune with ourselves, we can help ourselves, and I think that is the foundation to self-love and living your truth.