I am very happy to share with you all this weeks extremely gorgeous guest Lauren-Rose Burke. I first discovered Lauren when she was a guest on another blog and I absolutely loved her approach to health and her passion for life, so I was very excited when she agreed to be this weeks guest.
Lauren describes herself as a yogini from beautiful and sunny Sydney, Australia who spends her free time practicing yoga, meditating, drinking tea, making smoothies and cooking delicious wholesome foods.
Lauren shares more about her amazing self below as well as a delicious breakfast recipe. Also make sure you follow her on twitter and have a read of her amazing blog.
So tell us a little bit about yourself, what inspires and motivates you?
I am a health food nut, a passionate yogini, a traveler, a meditation enthusiast, a believer in the power of positive thoughts and a lover of life! I am very much motivated by love. A love of health, and the incredible power of the human body to heal. A love of the gift that life is and how lucky we all are to partake in the incredible manifestations of the universe. A love of friends and family, and everyone who enriches our experiences and of the gifts I have been blessed with.
Have you always lived a healthy lifestyle? If not what was the turning point for you?
No definitely not. I had no interest in health and nutrition and really took my body for granted, especially during the last few years of high school where stress was dealt with by the regular consumption of sugar, simple carbohydrates, processed snack foods, dairy and manufactured meat products purely because I didn’t know any different. I began to practice yoga and very organically over time began to become increasingly aware of the effect of certain foods on my body. Over the past 3 years I have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy educating myself in nutrition and health, and would now live what I would call a “healthy lifestyle” in that I honour my physical, mental and spiritual being every day.
Who is one of your biggest influences when it comes to living a healthy life?
I have many influences in my life, and I am lucky to have been shaped by many incredible souls on my ongoing health journey! First and foremost, Miranda Kerr – Miranda embodies the natural, organic, holistic lifestyle I wish to lead and does so with grace and balance. James Duigan and the Clean and Lean Diet philosophy was really the catalyst in educating me about the power of food in determining our health and the importance of sourcing quality nutrients – James is a miracle worker, a health adovocate and a wonderful mentor. I also turn to my yoga guru’s Tara Stiles and Kathryn Budig who radiate health and use their yoga practice to deepen their personal and spiritual consciousness. Finally, Gabrielle Bernstein is a big part of my life. You can eat all the healthy, organic foods and do all the yoga you like, but without a healthy relationship with yourself and a desire to understand your place and power in the universe it really does not mean anything. This is what Gabby has taught me, and since becoming a “spirit junkie” my world has become a brighter, healthier place than ever before – she has changed my life in every possible way and I am eternally grateful.
Do you have a daily beauty routine? If so what does it entail?
Yes absolutely! How much time do you have?! I am MANIC about my beauty rituals! I am sure to only use certified organic, natural products because what we put on our skin soaks in! If you read the ingredients of your favourite body lotion or foundation and you would not eat them, don’t spread them on your body!! Morning and night I always cleanse, tone and moisturize with KORA Organics products. I also apply KORA tinted moisturizer during the day, and use a light brush of mineral powder. At night I apply rosehip oil to my face so I wake up with a glow! I also dry body brush everyday which is great for the lymphatic system and apply raw coconut oil all over my body to lock in moisture and smell like Tahiti (Coconut oil also makes a wonderful overnight hair treatment) I drink plenty of water, lemon water, herbal teas, coconut water and green juices – hydration really is key! – and eat around 70- 80% alkaline vegetables and fruits each day as fresh salads.
What are your top tips for maintaining a healthy body and mind?
Really believe that you are worth nurturing. Repeating positive affirmations and expressing your gratitude to the universe each and every day are key to lifting your self esteem and developing the belief that you are a special gift and it is worth your time investing in your health with a clean diet, exercise, meditation and having time for yourself everyday to do whatever it is you love!
What advice would you give to people who feel they are ‘stuck’ in their current job and lifestyle, to motivate them to find and live their dream?
At a life changing yoga workshop with Kathryn Budig, she shared one of her favourite quotes that I will never forget: “LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, AND 90% HOW YOU REACT TO IT.” If you are unhappy – whether it is in your relationship, at work or with yourself – you are the only one who has the power to change this. Change your language and your beliefs; don’t wake up and say “oh no work, I hate work” because you are setting yourself up with negativity and anger – this is not a place of love. Focus on the positives, and if you are still unhappy look at what makes you feel good and start integrating these more into your day.
What excites you most about life right now?
That I am alive, healthy, surrounded by love and that I trust in the process of life – I have no idea what is going to happen next, and that is very exciting!
What delicious recipe would you like to share with us today?
I have always been a breakfast lover – I would eat a breakfast dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday and be a happy camper!! Nothing is more satisfying than a delicious bowl of porridge that is loaded with nutritional super foods to give your morning a kick-start!
BUILD IT UP BREAKFAST BOWL!
Add 1 cup of your favourite cooked grain – I always have brown rice and quinoa in my fridge but you can use oats if you are not gluten free, millet, amaranth – whatever takes your fancy – in a small saucepan over a medium heat with 1 cup of your favourite milk (I love almond milk and rice milk, but coconut milk is a yummy treat!)
Let this simmer for a few minutes until the grains have absorbed most of the liquid and it develops a porridge consistency. Now add 1 tbsp chia seeds and 1 tbsp LSA and stir through. And the fun begins…
Top the porridge with your favourite super food treats!
Here is my favourite combination:
Brown rice, LSA, chia seeds, rice milk topped with blueberries, goji berries, sliced almonds, pepitas, cinnamon and a drizzle of raw honey! Heaven in a bowl!
Other winning combinations include:
* banana, dates, walnuts and honey
* blueberries, goji berries, almonds and coconut
* mixed seeds, grated apple and maple syrup
* mango, coconut, papaya, cashews and Brazil nuts
* raw cacao nibs, banana and a drizzle of tahini
To connect with Lauren:
Check out her blog
Follow her on twitter