Guest Interview: Therese Kerr

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This week’s guest is the lovely Therese Kerr. The very proud mother of Miranda and Matthew Kerr, Therese is an author, speaker and ambassador for holistic family health, as well as General Manager of KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr.

In 2012, Therese co-authored and launched her first e-book with Jennifer Barham-Floreani and Chef Kate McAloon called “Lunchbox Solutions” and will be releasing another four books by the end of 2013.

Therese shares more about herself and her family along with some lovely affirmations below. Also check out her delicious recipe for Quinoa Pilaf.

Have you always lived a healthy lifestyle? If not, what was the turning point for you?

I have always, or rather thought I had always been really healthy. In 2002, my body, after giving me signs which I chose to ignore, developed tumours in my spleen. That was a turning point in my life. Going through an experience like that is such a highly personal experience, I have never felt so alone, although I had the support of my family and friends, it was an extremely personal battle that I had to endure myself. The insight into my body, spirituality and life itself was incredible at this time. I nurtured my body to wellness, after having a splenectomy (my spleen removed) and have since lived an organically rich life – living and breathing all things healthy.

What does your daily beauty routine entail?

I use the KORA Organics certified organic products (naturally) as I know the extent of the work that went into the development of these products. Miranda is, like me, a health nut – predominantly brought on by my illness. The KORA Organics products are making a huge difference to people’s skin and also their lives. They are incredibly highly nutritious, anti-oxidant rich, power packed nutrition. Everyday I cleanse, tone and moisturise (morning) and of an evening I do the same but I add in the Luxurious Rosehip Oil. I also use the Recovery Eye Gel morning and night and I also use the mask twice a week and the exfoliating (to remove the dead skin cells) three times a week. I had Rosacea in 1999 and my Rosacea disappeared within 10 days of using the KORA Organics products.

As a mother, what were some health tips you passed on to your children?

  • Only eat healthy oils
  • Only drink filtered water (at least 2 litres a day)
  • Always eat plenty of greens and alkalising foods
  • Treat your body with respect, take time out to nurture it and to appreciate it fully, giving it adequate rest (including enough sleep), exercise and don’t stress – stress is something that will cause you to age prematurely.

What advice or tips do you have for parents who have children that are fussy eaters, to try and get them to enjoy healthy food?

As Jen Floreani says and as we point out in our book: “Lunchbox Solutions” – one thing that should not be flexible on is providing an adequate diet for our family. Our children’s health depends upon our stand in providing them with the adequate nutrition their bodies need to grow big and strong. We say elect “Food Captain” and we recommend that you enrol your children by including them in making healthy choices and preparing healthy meals. Education with our children is the key to them having healthy bodies and minds, and to them being the best they can be in all things.

I know that affirmations play a big part in you and your family’s life, which I love! What are 5 of your favourite affirmations?

“In every breath I take, I live my life passionately”

“I am the creator and master of my universe. I live from the point of view of gratitude every day and the universe provides me with abundance in all things”

“I am the possibility of compassion, understanding, power and love”

“I am surrounded by the people I love, I am supported by the universe and I create my life daily”

“I am a loving, giving, compassionate human being and I make a different to this world, and I love the difference I make”

Your new ebook Lunchbox Solutions – co-authored by Dr Jenn and Chef Kate has the most delicious recipes in it. Where does your inspiration come from when you are thinking up new recipes?

Without a doubt when I create new recipes I am interested in firstly, ensuring the recipes supply the body with incredible, antioxidant-rich nutrition that nurtures and supports the body. There is a big difference between diet and nutrition and I talk about this in my new soon to be released book “Live Loving Life”. Diet is the food we actually consume, and nutrition, on the other hand, is the nutrients absorbed from the food we eat. To me, as parents we have a responsibility to provide our children with highly nutritious food and the only way we can do this is if we educate ourselves. In todays society there are so many chemicals and additives in our foods, the incidence of Autism, A.D.D, A.D.H.D and the like as well as childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses are becoming so apparent and I believe this is predominately because of the lack of nutrition in the foods we give our children and ourselves. Personally I always try to eat certified organic, healthy foods that support my body, my mind and my overall general wellbeing.

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What new and exciting things do you have planned for the future?

We are releasing “Breakfast Solutions” in the very near future. Our goal in doing so if for parents to provide not only themselves but their children with a nutrient-rich breakfast that will sustain and support their bodies. When we give our bodies the nutrients it needs we have higher energy levels, better concentration and get to experience the general wellbeing feeling of being alive and lit up by life.

What delicious recipe would you like to share with us today?

Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut Sultanas and Lime

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This nutty crunchy pilaf has a delightful exotic twist full of tropical flavors and nutrition. It’s wonderful served as a side dish with curries too instead of rice.

The veggies in this recipe are a guideline you can add others if you like. I usually make a large batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week to use in recipes all week long. It’s great in soups, on salads, and in this recipe and save prep time cause it’s already in your fridge. You can also freeze quinoa to use later too.

NOTE: Quinoa cooking instructions are included below.

MAKES: 5 generous cups
PREP TIME: 15 – 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes (add 20 minutes if cooking quinoa)

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked quinoa (assorted colors/types of quinoa look and taste great)
2 – 3 tbsp coconut or olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup finely chopped capsicum
4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
4 tbsp finely chopped mint
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup raisins or sultanas
1 – 2 tbsp honey or agave (optional)
Juice of 1 lime
¼ tsp lime zest
1 tsp sea salt
Pepper

Method:

1. In a large sauté pan/frying pan
heat the oil over medium high heat for about 1 minute. Add the veggies and cook while stirring for 2 – 3 minutes or until the veggies begin to become tender.

2. Then add the coconut, pumpkin seeds, and raisins and continue to cooking while stirring for 2 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa, honey, lime juice and zest. Reduce heat to medium and cook while stirring until the quinoa is heated through. You may need to add a little more oil or a little water while you are cooking so it does not stick or burn.

3. Check for seasonings and add a little more salt, pepper and lime juice if desired. Serve hot or chilled.

To Cook Quinoa:

NOTE: Quinoa has a protective coating so you must rinse it well in water first and drain before using.

I do a two to one ratio; 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water and a little salt. (1 cup uncooked quinoa with 2 cups water make 2 cups cooked quinoa and for this recipe use 2 cups uncooked to 4 cups water to make 4 cups cooked quinoa).

Add the rinsed quinoa to the water and bring to a boil and cook for about 7 – 10 minutes.

Then reduce the heat and continue cooking for about 3 – 5 more minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Cooking Tip: I then remove the pan from the heat and cover the pan with a couple of paper towels and put the lid back on and leave for about 10 minutes. This step helps to make the quinoa or other grains light and fluffy. You can also cook quinoa in a rice cooker just like rice.

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Lettuce Leaf Bruschetta

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I made this dish on the weekend as an entree for my friend Madeleine’s birthday and it was a big hit: Madeleine, her boyfriend Julien and I were silent for a good 5 minutes while we scoffed it all down! This recipe made enough for the three of us, however, we tend to eat a lot so I would say this would serve about 4 people.

I must also thank Julien for his wonderful photography skills.

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Ingredients
7 large tomatoes
3 small cucumbers
Large handful of basil leaves
Half of a red onion
3 cloves of garlic minced
8 iceberg lettuce leaves

Dressing
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
Pink Himalayan salt
Pepper

To serve
2 very ripe avocados
Juice of half a lime
Salt and pepper
¾ cup crushed pistachios

Method

Cut the top off each tomato and squeeze out the seeds. Then dice the tomatoes, cucumber and onion and chuck it into a bowl. Roughly chop the basil leaves put them into the bowl and combine with the garlic.

Mix the vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl then pour it over the tomato mixture and stir to combine. Place in the fridge.

For the guacamole, scoop out the filling of both avocados and place in a small bowl. Pour over the lime juice and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Roughly mash up the avocado with a fork.

To serve, put big spoonfuls of the bruschetta mixture into the lettuce leaves, top with the guacamole, sprinkle with some pistachios and enjoy!

Guest: Dr Brett Hill (Co-host of The Wellness Guys)

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I am extremely excited to present to you this week’s guest Dr Brett Hill.

Brett is a wellness expert, chiropractor and author of the book How To Eat An Elephant. He regularly appears on TV, radio and in print, and his media appearances, seminars, coaching and consulting have inspired thousands of people over the last decade to live a long, happy, healthy life full of energy and vitality.

Brett is also a co-host on one of my favourite websites ‘The Wellness Guys’ which he runs with two other chiropractors, Dr Laurence Tham and Dr Damian Kristof. Each week these guys post very informative and entertaining podcasts on different health and wellness topics, they also interview other experts in the wellness industry, so be sure to check out the site.

Brett shares more about himself, The Wellness Guys and what role chiropractic plays when it comes to our general wellbeing below. Also be sure to check out his book for even more health tips.

So tell us a little bit about yourself, what inspires and motivates you?

I am a chiropractor and wellness author from Adelaide, South Australia. I am a married father of two, I run a family wellness chiropractic office (Greenhill Family Chiropractic), I am co-host of Australia’s #1 health podcast show (The Wellness Guys Show), co-founder of the world’s first wellness podcast network (The Wellness Couch), author of the book How To Eat An Elephant and I do regular media work on the radio and TV. I am inspired by a drive to get the most out of life. I love getting outdoors, playing sports, being active with the kids and having fun and I want to make sure that I can keep doing the things I love, to the best of my abilities for as long as I possibly can. And I am motivated by a desire to create a healthier world for my kids to grow up in.

Why did you become a chiropractor?

I was always interested in two things. Helping people and nature. I had decided I wanted to be involved in health care in some way from the time I was in grade 3, I just didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. And as I said I loved the outdoors, I was into camping and fishing and hiking and I really excelled in Geography. In chiropractic I found a way to combine the two philosophies into a career that has respect for the innate intelligence of the natural world and by removing interference from the spine and nervous system is able to allow this intelligence to be expressed as true health and optimal performance.

What do you love most about your job?

I love the interactions with people. It is inspiring to see the lights go on in someone’s head when they realise that true health should be the norm not the exception, that they are the ones in control and they can (and do) take action that ultimately turns their life around.

What role does chiropractic play in the wellbeing of an individual?

Chiropractic plays an essential role in health. The nervous system is the master control system of the body. It controls how you digest and utilise your food, how you perform, integrate and recover from your exercise, your perception of the world and communicates your thoughts to the rest of the body. Of course it is important to eat well, to exercise and to think positively but without a fully functioning nervous system free from interference you are never going to get the full benefit. Chiropractic helps to keep your spine and nervous system free from interference and so helps you gain true health and optimal performance.

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What is the main purpose of The Wellness Guys and how did it come about?

The main purpose of The Wellness Guys (and now The Wellness Couch) is to share the message of true health and wellbeing with the world. We realise that there is so much awesome information that we have been exposed to that so many people in the world just don’t know. We realise that we can’t possibly share this information with everyone person to person and so we wanted to find a way to get it out to even more people. The internet allows us to catch up weekly (all from different states of Australia) and interview people from all over the world on our podcast show and so make this information accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection for free. We also now realise that we can’t do it all on our own. This is why we have created The Wellness Couch to bring together other like minded people who can help us spread our message even further

What are your top 5 tips for maintaining a healthy body and mind?

Wow, just 5 (I have 97 in my book)! Ok here goes…

1. Take a long term view of health. Aim to be healthier in months or years or decades time, not in days or weeks. The decisions you make will be vastly different.

2. Make your goal to get healthy, not to get thin, to feel better, to get musclier or to look better. There are plenty of unhealthy ways to do all of those things but if you get healthy they will all be happy side effects.

3. Drink more water.

4. Move more. I don’t care how or how much, just do a little more than you did yesterday.

5. Allocate some Me Time. Allocate some time to do whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed (so long as it is not too unhealthy) on a regular basis and prioritise it.

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Guest Interview: Candice Aiken

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This week’s gorgeous guest is the wonderful Candice Aiken, co-creator of Co-inside Wellbeing which she runs with her husband. Candice’s website was one of the first sites I came across when I first started taking a big interest in holistic health and she has been such a huge inspiration and role model for me ever since.

I will let Candice share her amazing story with you below along with her awesome tips for living the best life possible. Make sure you check out her delicious smoothie recipe at the end.

Also be sure to follow Co-inside Wellbeing on Facebook and Twitter for your daily dose of inspiration.

So tell us a little bit about yourself, what inspires and motivates you?  

I am a writer, blogger, speaker, Certified Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach and co-creator of Co-inside Wellbeing which I run with my beautiful hubby. I love taking risks, dancing around the house and scoffing raw chocolate when I think no-one is looking. I have a serious passion for experiencing a life worth living. I adore helping beautiful souls achieve a level of health and happiness they never knew existed and find their purpose on this earth… which just so happens to be my purpose on this earth – this inspires and motivates me like nothing else! I live my life by and truly believe the following statements: 1. everything happens for a reason, 2. love really does make the world go round and 3. laughter is the best medicine. That’s me in a nutshell.

Have you always lived a healthy lifestyle? If not what was the turning point for you?

Most definitely not… I spent many years in the earlier part of my life battling with low self-esteem, yo-yo’ing weight, addictions, negative self-talk and some major health issues and symptoms (including ovarian cysts, fatigue, acne, IBS, poor immune system, poor concentration…. the list goes on). I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder paired with a killer victim mentality and openly blamed the world for my problems. When enough was enough, I got down on my knees and prayed to be shown my passion, my bliss and more importantly, my life purpose.

It was when my husband, Curtis, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 that I was really given the kick up the butt I needed to change my life for the better. Together, we decided from that moment on to take our health AND our life into our own hands started living on purpose. We incorporated meditation, yoga, journaling, plant-based food, juices, green smoothies and learned to love and respect ourselves. I lost 25 kg, dumped the addictions and kissed my victim mentality goodbye. With this huge life transformation I became seriously happy and energetic and in the process, and learned to use the power of intention to live a healthy lifestyle and start making my dreams come true.

What are your top tips for maintaining a healthy body and mind?

1.       Eat organic foods or grow your own – Organic food is my life! I’ve been eating this way for a few years now and it’s not something I would ever change. It’s so satisfying know that I am avoiding ingesting toxic pesticides, eating in season and also supporting local farmers. I have my own vegie patch where I grow organic herbs & vegies. I find it very healing and satisfying being able to pick my produce straight out of the ground whenever I need or want it.

2.       Drink a ton of water – Water is incredible for eliminating toxins, is seriously energizing, gives you mental clarity and can prevent fatigue amongst many other ailments. When you drink a glass or two first thing in the morning with some freshly squeezed lemon or a dash of apple cider vinegar, it really helps to get the bowels moving.

3.       Get a colonic – I believe the colon is the absolute cornerstone of a healthy body and mind. If you have a clean colon it means you are eliminating toxins properly as well as absorbing important nutrients (which aids in mental clarity), and of course helping to maintain a healthy weight. When I first started out with colonics over 7 years ago, I underwent a course of 6 sessions in 6 weeks and it blew my mind. I now see a colonic hydrotherapist a few times a year, when I feel a bit groggy or simply to combat jet leg – it does wonders!

4.       Laugh at everything, including yourself – It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine and I completely agree. It’s incredibly healing… medicine for the soul. If I am feeling a bit “off” at any point, I find that laughing at myself, laughing with a friend, laughing at the world or whatever situation I am in lifts me immediately.

5.       Find something you love and DO IT! – if you are doing what you love in life (following your passion), then you are living life ‘on purpose’. When you are living life on purpose you will be the happiest, most inspiring version of yourself and a healthy mind and body is inevitable.

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You have the most amazing skin! What does your daily beauty routine involve? 

Thank you! It hasn’t always been like this and I still have days where it’s not “perfect”. Though there was once a time when I didn’t even want to leave the house because I had such serious acne!

I do believe my super simple and natural beauty routine has helped to clear it up to a certain extent (which includes: starting the day with a ton of water & apple cider vinegar, then a dry body brush, head to toe coconut oil moisturize and using only organic products), but I honestly believe that a getting to the root cause of why I had acne helped even more-so.

In her book ‘You can heal your life’, Louise Hay suggests that there is a metaphysical cause for all physical problems and that acne/pimples relate to ‘not accepting the self/dislike of the self’. For me, this was painfully true. Though, as soon as I realised that, I was able to do something about it and find a way of dealing with the cause rather than just treat the physical symptoms. Since then my skin has been great most of the time, though when it’s not, I know I need to love and accept myself – it’s actually a perfect physical reminder and I am grateful for it.

What advice would you give to people who feel they are ‘stuck’ in their current job or lifestyle to help motivate them to find and live their dream?

Joseph Campbell said it best… FOLLOW YOUR BLISS… do what it is you love, what brings you joy, what makes you happy and do it every day! Be willing to let go of the life you may have planned, the life you were told was best for you by society or your parents or any other ‘authority figure’ so as to have the life you dream of instead – the life you were always meant to live.

Not sure where to start or feeling SUPER stuck? Then here a 3 steps you can follow:

1.       Do one thing that scares you: Take a chance, a risk, a leap of faith and just go for it! What’s the worst that could happen? You may just end up exactly where you wish to be.

2.       Take a step, just one small step: Even if it seems like nothing at all, it’s far better than taking no steps at all and just staying put in whatever situation you are in. And if you happen to go in the “wrong direction” and you realise halfway through, then just change the direction.

3.       Ask yourself these 2 questions:

–          If I had $10 million (or ‘all the money in the world’), what would I do for a job? Here’s something to ponder… is it what you are currently doing? If not, then what is it and why aren’t you doing it? Just explore that one for a bit and see what it brings up.

–          What, if anything can I change RIGHT NOW? If you are “stuck”, can you change the situation? Or can you simply just change your perception about the situation?

A great quote I like to keep in mind in these situations is this: In any given moment, you have the power to say, “this is not how the story is going to end” – It’s your life, you get to choose. So if you want something different, then choose something different. If you want to be on another path, then pick another path and hop, skip and jump proudly down it.

When and where are you happiest? 

These days I am happy pretty much anywhere but the few simple things that put a massive smile on my dial are: being around and connecting with people I love, cuddling with my pup pups and being surrounded by nature in any way, shape or form.

What delicious recipe would you like to share?

CREAMY DREAMY GREEN SMOOTHIE

Creamy Dream Smoothie

Serves 2 people

What you need:

2 ripe kiwi fruit, peeled

2 large frozen bananas

1.5 cups almond milk (+ ½ cup if required)

1 cup baby spinach (tightly packed)

3 teaspoons ground flax seeds

½ teaspoon spirulina

6 ice cubes

Optional: a few mint leaves

How to make:

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until super smooth. If required, add the additional ½ cup of almond milk and blend a little more to make the mixture more liquid (depending on how big the bananas are, it can be quite a thick mixture). Serve immediately.

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Candice is a blogger, writer, speaker, Certified Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach. Having struggled for years with addictions, yo-yo’ing weight and numerous health issues, she was always in search of her life purpose. It was when her husband and soul mate, Curtis, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 that she was given the kick up the butt to seriously change her life.

Candice turned to green smoothies, plant-based food, yoga and meditation, and rid herself of her mental and physical weight. She discovered her life purpose which is helping others to choose health & love life and become the very best version of themselves.

Through their blog, workshops and coaching, Candice and Curtis continue to inspire and see incredible transformations in their clients, friends and family.