And to hit off this week with a bang is the gorgeous Jessica Nazarali --
Jessica Nazarali ~ Sexy chic currently living in Sydney, Australia ~ Holistic Health Coach ~ 25yrs young
Why do you do what you do? / Why did you start your blog and biz?
I started Live Healthy Simply as a way to share wellness information and recipes and to connect with other likeminded women who have similar goals and interests to me. In “real life” I didn’t have many friends who were interested in health and wellness and I thought through blogging I would be able to virtually meet others who did. (I’m pleased to say this has definitely been the case!)
Overtime I introduced LiveAspire Blog networking events with my friend Ursula from The Aspirer and my new online group health coaching program, Cosmopolitan Wellness. Through this my blog as turned into a business. I have also just launched an online health food store with my husband called Shop Healthy where you can buy a range of super foods, vitamins, teas, snacks and healthy chocolate!
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up, and the last thing you do before bed?
The first thing I do when I wake up is lie in bed with my eyes closed and set a positive intention for the day. Sometimes I try to mediate for 5 minutes but if I’m in a hurry the 1 minute of stillness is enough for me.
I usefully fall asleep listening to a guided meditation.
How do you make sure you’re looking after YOU?
I also make sure I have enough downtime and if I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed I take timeout and have a break instead of pushing through.
Setting boundaries and being realistic with how much stuff I can actually get done in a day has been a big eye opener for me. Before I used I used to try and do way too much, but I’ve now learnt to be more realistic with my to-do lists and in turn, be easier on myself.
Favourite place on earth and why?
I love Sydney! It’s so beautiful; in all my travels I’ve never found a city I would prefer to live in. (Aside from moving to Bali or Thailand for 6 months…I’m trying to convince my husband to go!)
5 things you’re grateful for right now?
+ My husband
+ Incredible friends
+ My almost healed leg (I fell off my bike two weeks ago), after a week of hobbling around it feels wonderful to be able to walk properly again.
+ That I’m a part of such an amazing and supportive community
+ The fact that people actually read my blog, that still blows me away!
What’s your food philosophy?
I’m somewhere in between vegan and vegetarian. I don’t eat any meat, fish, chicken, dairy, products with added sugar, eggs and I avoid wheat wherever possible. I eat organic at home and try to include lots of raw foods in my diet.
I try to look at my food choices as an experiment and don’t beat myself up if I eat something that isn’t really in align with how I want to be eating. I do the best I can each day, sometimes it works out well, sometimes I fall a little short but the positive intention is always there.
You feel most yourself when…
I’m by myself; reflecting and meditating.
Who inspires you most?
I draw inspiration from everywhere! I love Marie Forleo, Gabby Bernstein, Alexandra Franzen and all the inspiring young entrepreneurs in Australia and throughout the world who are mixing things up and challenging the status quo.
Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.
Recipe to share…
Chocolate Chai Ice Cream Hearts
3 heaped tbs raw cacao powder
1 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3 tps of Natvia
1/8 cup brewed chai
Brewed Chai Recipe
Dash of milk of choice - I like to use almond milk
1 tps masala chai spice mix or cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a bowl
Fill your heart shaped ice cube containers to the brim and allow to set in freezer for 2 hours
Dust with raw cacao powder or eat straight out of the freezer!
Jessica Nazarali is a Holistic Health Coach and Health Blogger at www.livehealthysimply.com. She helps professional and entrepreneurial women up their wellness, so they can achieve all their professional and personal dreams.
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