Inspiring, motivating intelligent and absolutely glowing with health….I am so excited to be featuring this lovely lady this week!
NAME: Jessica Nazarali
OCCUPATION: Holistic Health Coach
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you go here.
Thanks for asking Jess!
I health coach and blog daily at Live Healthy Simply (www.livehealthysimply.com), in April I launched Cosmopolitan Wellness (www.cosmopolitanwellness.com) a super fun online 6 week program in wellness & inspiration, I’m the Co-Founder of Shop Healthy (www.shophealthy.com.au) with my husband and I have an events company with my best friend Ursula from The Aspirer (www.theaspirer.com) called Live Aspire Blog (search the hashtag on Instagram if you want to find out more!)
I also work part time in Business Development, so I’m pretty busy!
My journey to get here is been an interesting one. I studied business at uni but after working in the corporate world I realised it wasn’t for me. I started questioning what I was doing and what real impact I was making on the world.
Although there is still SO MUCH I want to do and create I feel I am much closer to living out that dream.
What does ‘health’ mean to you?
As corny as it sounds, being healthy to me means being healthy in mind, body and soul. You can be eating all the right foods and exercising daily but if you’re unhappy, in a negative relationship or hate your job you’re not going to be healthy long term.
Health is so much more than just what we eat.
How do you manage to stay so fit and healthy?
I go to the gym at lunch time. I find it’s a great way to break up my day and get me out of my head. I also love bike riding, walking and yoga. I enjoy fitting incidental exercise into my day by walking to dinner instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the lift…that type of thing J
Share your dietary philosophy/secrets…
I grew up in a vegetarian household who was very health conscious. At 21 I decided to stir clear of dairy and eggs and more recently I’ve chosen to avoid wheat products as an experiment to see how it affects my digestion.
I eat plenty of veggies, quinoa, brown rice, soups and salads. I love making my own dips, smoothies, nut butters, raw treats and gluten & sugar free baking.
What brings balance to your life?
Time out away from the computer and social media, although I love it sometimes it can get too much and I need to put myself in time out!
I also finding cooking to be very therapeutic.
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
My Mum & Dad – they are both very health aware and raised me to have the same values. I’m very grateful to them for giving me such a wonderful education from a young age.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Hmm this is going to sound really boring but our home is my favourite place. I’ve been married to my husband for less than a year so I just really love hanging out with him at home. Massive cringe I know!
What is your favorite healthy meal/snack?
This is a tough one because I have so many but at the moment I’m really into nut butter. I switch between cashew, almond & brazil nuts (sometimes a combo of all three) and if I feel like something a little sweet I add in a teaspoon of cacao and some stevia…..so good!
What is your favorite healthy neighborhood restaurant?
I love Earth to Table at Bondi Junction and Iku Wholefoods. They would have to be my favourites in Sydney.
What is next on the cards for you? Goals and aspirations…
I’m in the process of working on a book which is incredibly exciting yet daunting at the same time, it’s due for release in August.
Other than that my aim is just to continue to grow my community and be open to whatever comes my way.
Please share one of your favorite healthy recipes here…
Fruit & Nut Clusters
- 50 g raw cacao butter or coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla powder (or essence)
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- Celtic sea salt
- 40 g raw walnuts
- 40 g raw cashews
- 40 g sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp pepitas
- 40 g dehydrated buckwheaties
- 20 g goji berries
- 4 chopped medjool dates
- 40 g dried fruits – use what dried fruits you have
- 4 tbsp shredded coconut
Gently melt cacao butter.
Add other ingredients to melted butter and whisk till well combined.
Place dried fruit and nuts into a bowl and mix through the melted chocolate.
Ensure the raw chocolate mix coasts all the fruit and mix well.
Line baking tray with baking paper.
Spread into the tray and freeze for 15 minutes till set.
Use a sharp knife to cut into clusters of 1 cm pieces.
Store in glass container for 3-4 weeks (but they totally won’t last that long!!)
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