First up, thanks so much for visiting my online digs. I really appreciate you stopping by!
Welcome to Nourish Daily, my little corner on the internet, born out of a growing desire to live, eat and breathe clean. It’s a place to collect thoughts, share, and hopefully inspire you to nourish your life, daily.
So who am I? My name is Sarah, and I’m an IT professional with a heart for Christ, health and wellness. I’m a self confessed health junkie and aspiring wellness warrior, on the path to discovering true wellness through a clean eating, healthy and active lifestyle. This lifestyle truly began for me at the end of 2012 which you can read more about here.
I work full time in the corporate world which means time is everything to me. I have a special interest in making sure meals are quick, easy but still packed with goodness AND as close to nature as possible! We live in a fast paced world, so it’s important to ensure the food we eat is fuelling us the right way.
I haven’t always been passionate about superfoods and green smoothies though. In fact I had a pretty unhealthy relationship with what was on my plate growing up. I knew enough about the basics and what we are taught per the Food Pyramid and that junk food is just that…junk. That’s not rocket science. But I didn’t understand about truly nourishing the body. Not just with food, but in mind and spirit too.
I thought eating “healthy” fast foods (with more salad and no sauce) low fat yogurt and skim milk was pretty good, skipping breakfast wasn’t that bad, eating a packet of lollies was needed to beat the 3 o’clock slump in the office and coffee/sports/energy drinks would help energise me when I was feeling lethargic.
I also struggled with my body image in my early 20s and would try cutting out big meals where I could, substituting them with nutrient devoid junk or processed foods. It was no wonder I had these slumps! It also didn’t help me that I was not very interested in cooking…nor was I very good! My mum and sister were great in the kitchen, but if a recipe had too many ingredients, I just wouldn’t bother. Too hard and too time consuming especially when I landed a busy corporate job. I relied on packet stir fry sauces, white rice made in the rice cooker, lots of bread and meat with the odd veggie to be safe. That was on a good day. All the while, my body was craving nourishment, and not surprisingly I felt like crap. I looked like crap too…a longtime sufferer of dandruff, weak nails, bloating, skin prone to breakouts, and dull dry hair. Not cool.
Since taking it upon myself to learn more about a diet rich in raw, plant powered and whole foods, I was able to start making simple changes like swapping the highly processed and refined sugary treats for a piece of fruit, replacing highly processed white bread/rice for whole foods like quinoa and brown rice…and from there things started to look up. I started to love food and it’s power to nourish, and cooking became fun! My mindset shifted and so did my outlook on what health really is. i.e. not just being skinny!
Exercise, prayer and meditation was also a big factor for me during this phase. It continues to this day. (I am just getting through rehab on my knee and can’t wait to get back into hikes, charity runs and yoga again!) As such, my approach to health is now a holistic one. Meaning mind, body and spirit and since moving in this direction I have happily reconnected with real food and have seen firsthand the outcome of clean living. That is, digestive issues subside, energy levels rise, clearer skin, and a healthy weight maintained effortlessly. Best of all, I have not been sick with the flu in years! (No flu shot necessary!) Wherever possible, I do prefer to use natural remedies for any ailments, but also accept that everything has it’s place in this world. So when I was hospitalised for my recent knee reconstruction I understood the benefit of taking the heavy pain meds. That being said, even during that recovery period, I found my body bouncing back so much quicker and I was able to ditch the pain killers a lot easier than the first time around. Not trying to be a hero, just saying, I was able to listen to my body and give it what it needed. At the time, this included a lot of green smoothies, cold pressed organic juices, and fresh whole foods. Anyone can do this. And I encourage this always.
I am so fortunate to live in beautiful Sydney, where we have an abundance of fresh produce, a growing number of organic health food stores and whole food cafes. As well as a positive health food culture. All of which definitely help me to thrive on a mainly plant based diet.
Hopefully you too can see how making even just the smallest change in your world can help bring about a larger change on the planet. Whether it be investing in more organic foods, eating less meat, moving your body or meditating for 10mins a day. It’s no secret we are living in times where illness and diet related disease are on the rise, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Something is obviously wrong. But I believe in the health revolution and that collectively we can change the future and the existing health crisis by spreading the word about healthy habits and getting back to basics. Getting back to nature and changing mindsets. Eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring and that’s what I’m here to uncover.
Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy day to stop and read what I have to say.
I would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop me a line, fill me in on your health story or tell me about your experiences with any of what I have shared! I hope you find something beneficial and look forward to having you join me on this journey.
Live well and nourish daily xx