Allow me to introduce the lovely Belinda Anderson of Living from the Inside Out. This incredibly passionate soul has been speaking out and inspiring people to live their best, strongest lives. I’m thrilled that she’s sharing some of her wisdom here today, and I hope you’ll take a cue from her in find a new state of being – starting from within.
NAME: Belinda Anderson
OCCUPATION: Life Coach. Author of Living from the Inside Out, A Guide to Healing and Transforming your Life from Within. Law of Attraction, Pilates and Meditation teacher.
LOCATION: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do and how you got here:
First and foremost, I am a proud mama to two very precious boys. They are why I do what I do. I have them to thank for making me so much more than my former self (now that’s a whole other story which I share in my book).
I get to live a life I love by helping others transform their lives. Knowing my boys are learning from me by how I ‘live’, not by what I ‘say’ is very important to me as I know children learn what they live.
I empower women who have lost a sense of themselves to discover how to live their happiest, truest, and most fulfilling and abundant life. I guide women to a new state of being and a new way of living. In saying that, I have recently released my 21-Day Mind Cleanse and men have come on board, so now I can add ‘enlightened men’ to my list!
My mission is to empower and inspire as many people as I can to become who they were born to be and create a life they love from the inside out.
Holistic health, exercise, nutrition, positive thinking, personal development, natural and physical therapies, mind/body connection and spirituality all entered my life at different stages. They have dramatically enhanced every aspect of my life, and today I embrace every one of them. They provide the formula for what makes me, ME.
I only “put myself out here” in early 2013 so Living from the Inside Out is still a baby, but a baby that is flourishing rapidly and incredibly beautifully! And why? Because I have discovered my purpose and passion and am simply going where life takes me.
What does “health” mean to you?
To be whole and balanced, our mind, body, heart and soul need to work in harmony with one another. Taking care of them all equally is a powerful step towards overall wellbeing (fixing one and neglecting another will not lead to a truly happy, healthy and fulfilling life). Having all these aspects of ourselves in alignment is what “health” means to me.
What brings balance to your life?
Balance for me is easy as I know what my priorities are and I don’t turn my back on them. If I ever feel myself out of balance, I know I am not being true to myself and that’s when I come back to my values and what’s most important to me.
Can you share your food philosophy?
Nature gets it right, human interference often gets it wrong. Eating food in its natural state is a great way to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. I am an 80/20s girl. I allow myself the not-so-healthy things on occasions, as I know it’s all about moderation. I believe depriving yourself of anything will only make you want it more. However, once you learn to respect your body and condition it against junk food, you will naturally want to fill it with the right fuel so that it performs at its best.
What is your favourite way to stay active?
Pilates, Yoga and walking out in nature. Living in a house with 3 sports-mad boys and 2 very energetic male dogs keeps me active!
How do you silence that inner critic?
I have reached a very happy place in my life and I can honestly say, the inner-critic does not exist within me anymore! It use too, but through a lot of inner-work, she has been kicked out!
True self-worth is something that comes with being secure and confident within yourself, and that generally comes with age and contentment. I am content with who I am. I don’t compare myself to anyone as I know I am here to travel my journey and do things my way by being ME and living my truth.
I have no problem with falling down, facing challenges and setbacks as I know they’re all teaching me and helping me grow. I feel very blessed to have such an amazing family and a life where I get to live my passion and purpose.
Who is your greatest health inspiration?
Oh, there are so many! I am inspired everyday by loads of different people and for many reasons. Off the top of my head I would say: YOU, Jess! You continue to inspire me for so many reasons. Your passion for healthy living can’t go unnoticed – your energy is contagious!
I am also inspired by Jenine from www.foodness.com, Kira Westwick (recent Master Chef contestant) www.kirawestwick.com.au, Joe Cross from www.fatsickandnearlydead, Lee Holmes from www.superchargedfood.com. Honestly, I could go on and on!
Where is your favourite place on earth?
There is no place like home. As much as I love to travel, there is absolutely no better feeling than being surrounded by those you love in your own home. I also believe we are incredibly lucky to live in Australia. Every time I travel, I always return home with an immense amount of gratitude for living in such a magnificent country.
What quote best sums up your wellness philosophy?
No-one saves us but ourselves. No-one can and no-one may. We ourselves must walk the path. – Buddha
What is your favourite healthy snack?
Chia pudding or a splash of almond butter on apple slices.
What is next on the cards for you? Your goals and aspirations?
This is my take on goals: Goals are great to have, as they give us clarity and something to aim for; they keep us focused and on track, but is it really the goal we are chasing or a “feeling” of being happy, successful, loved, admired and noticed?
The more study and research I have done, and personal experience I have had with self-development, the more I realise the significance of taking in the now by seizing the moment. By doing this, we relish and prosper in the present moment, rather than hovering and waiting around for the future to come and present us with our big master plan. Why do we need to sit back and wait for better days ahead – what’s wrong with today?
I wake up each day feeling grateful for today as I have complete trust that what is meant to happen, will happen. I believe if you go with the flow of life, do what you love and be your authentic self, the Universe will take over and bring you what you need, which may not be always what you want. Love, trust and allow is a favourite mantra of mine. Controlling and forcing repels, love and trust attracts.
Please share the recipe you make when someone needs convincing that healthy food tastes amazing:
- 2 tbsp cacao (you could also add some cacao nibs)
- 1/2 cup almonds or your nut of choice
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 4 medjool dates (or dried fruit eg. sultanas, figs, cranberries, blueberries, goji berries)
- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil (add more if mixture is too dry)
- 1 tbsp organic maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Using your blender, pulse the ingredients creating a dough consistency.
- Press into a shallow dish lined with baking paper. Spread evenly and place into freezer to harden up and then slice into bars.