Casey-Lee is one of our Sugar Free September Ambassadors for 2016 and runs the health food blog Live Love Nourish. But her website and Instagram is not just a food blog, she creates recipes, is a qualified nutritionist and with her expertise developed an 8 week nutrition program. We got to chat to Casey-Lee about running her business, being a mum and what a day in the life of her entails! Read the interview below.
Why did you decide to become a qualified nutritionist and naturopath?
I have always had a passion for health and wellness and absolutely loved learning about the body and the influence that nutrition and lifestyle has on wellbeing. I love to help others too so it for me it was a natural choice to become qualified in nutrition and naturopathy and now be able to help others in feeling their healthiest and best self.
Was starting a healthy blog the plan from the beginning?
The blog was actually not my plan from the beginning. I started out just simply sharing my recipes with clients, family and friends and eventually it naturally evolved to the website I have now that features all of my recipes and articles as well as my online wellness program.
Why did you begin your blog and website?
I really wanted a platform where I could share my philosophy and my love of developing nutritious recipes (specifically those free from gluten, dairy and sugar) made with whole foods that love your body back.
Before the website came about I was simply sharing my recipes with friends, family and clients and couldn’t keep up with the interest, so I decided to go online and share with the wider community.
With a passion for helping others, being online means there is no limit to how many people I can help to make positive changes. It is also a fun way for me to be able to spread my message, and share my philosophy and recipes for others to enjoy.
If you weren’t running Live Love Nourish what would you be doing instead?
I can’t actually imagine doing anything else than running Live Love Nourish at the moment (which I guess is a good sign I’m doing what I love) but if it wasn’t this I would be doing something else in the world of holistic nutrition.
What do you get out of creating and sharing recipes with your audience?
For me developing recipes is about sharing my love for wanting to help others to experience feeling their best and to help make meal times fun, enjoyable and nourishing. It’s such a joy to hear of others enjoying my recipes and it makes my day when I know that I have played a part in their choice to nourish their body.
Could you tell us a little bit about your 8 Week Program? What does it involve?
My online wellness program is an 8 week guide to reaching your healthiest potential. It is designed to inspire participants to nourish their body from the inside out with real foods that love your body back. It is an opportunity to cleanse, detox from sugar and processed foods and to give your body a boost of health by enjoying nutritionally designed meal plans and learning simple and delicious real food recipes.
Included in the program is 8 weeks of meals plans, over 120 nutrient-rich recipes, easy to follow shopping lists to save you time, weekly nutritional tips, a pantry detox including what to stock in your nourishing pantry, inspiration to love and nourish your body and access to the member’s only Facebook group, as well as weekly support to develop a healthy relationship with food and a loving relationship with your body.
Some of the many potential benefits of the program include more energy, more vitality, improved digestive health, reduced bloating, improved gut health, better sleep, less cravings and healthy weight loss, as well as finding food freedom and breaking free from sabotaging patterns and learning to love your body.
I want member’s to feel supported and inspired to live their best and healthiest self and I hope you can join me! If you are interested in finding out more please visit my website (www.livelovenourish.com.au) for more information. During the month of September, in collaboration with The Muesli, I am offering 40% off the program price to help you accelerate your sugar free journey. Simply enter the code: THEMUESLI at the checkout.
Your photography on Instagram is seriously amazing. Do you have any tips for aspiring food bloggers?
Thank you so much for saying so! I’m self-taught cook and now also teaching myself food photography. My photos have come quite a long way since the beginning and I’m learning as I go. My tip would be to embrace your own style and make sure it is an expression of you! This way your photos will be natural and your passion will shine through.
What made you want to do Sugar Free September?
Eliminating refined sugars from your diet is one of the most straight forward and beneficial things that you can do to improve your health. Sugar Free September is such a great way to make this choice one that is filled with fun, support and inspiration.
I really believe you are sweet enough already without sugar and hope to encourage others to enjoy the benefits of a sugar free lifestyle by being a part of this great campaign.
We use The One Line Rule as an easy way to be sugar conscious. How do you check for hidden sugars?
The One Line Rule is a great way to be sugar conscious. I too also look at the total number of sugar per serve on the nutritional label of foods and encourage getting familiar with other names for hidden sugars. There is a great resource of these names in the Sugar Free September e-book guide. One of the easiest ways to avoid hidden sugars is to stick to whole and fresh foods and reduce or avoid packaged and processed food where possible.
What’s your favourite way to deal with the 3pm snack-attack?
Fuelling your body at meal times with sustaining whole food ingredients including satisfying protein and a source of healthy fat such as avocado or olive oil helps to reduce afternoon cravings and snacking. If you are looking for a pick-me-up snack in the afternoon opt for nutrient-rich snacks such as nuts, seeds, toasted coconut, guacamole and veggie sticks, nut butter on a thin slices of apple or a homemade savoury treat such as a veggie muffin or frittata.
How do you balance your personal life and running a food blog? What do you do to de-stress?
Having a toddler as well as the business is quite the balancing act. For me it’s all about going with the flow and approaching each day with flexibility and positivity. I set myself achievable tasks each week and always schedule in time for rest, time for ‘me’ and for family time too. Being a full-time mum, every day is so different as to what the day holds and how much work I get done but I really believe in keeping work and personal life in balance and ensuring that your passion never becomes a stress or pressure.
To de-stress I either like to go for a walk and get fresh air and sunshine or I also love to cook. The kitchen is my happy place.
Are there any sugar-free foodies that you admire?
There are so many sugar-free foodies to admire that it’s hard to name just one! I have so much admiration for the home cook and busy mums and dads out their providing healthy sugar free meals for their families that these people really are my inspiration. I also love the recipes by Lola Berry.
If you had to pick a favourite healthy dish, what would it be?
I can only pick just one?! My favourite healthy dish at the moment is my creamy avocado zoodles (mash or use a blender to mix a generous amount of avocado with crushed garlic, a little olive oil and lemon juice until smooth, stir through sautéed zucchini noodles and chopped parsley and top with toasted pine nuts or pumpkin seeds). It’s such a simple recipe but so delicious and healthy too.
What does a day in the life of you entail?
There are no two days alike with a toddler but here is a snippet of a typical smooth day…
5am – wake up
6am – fun time and breakfast time with my toddler (enjoying muesli, smoothie bowls, greens and eggs or avocado on homemade toast etc)
7am – walk outside/ exercise followed by toddler time
12pm – my daughter’s nap time = work time for me, head down bottom up with emails, photography, recipe development, writing etc..
2pm – late lunch (usually green leafy salad with avocado and egg) and more toddler time
4:30pm – afternoon walk, fresh air, play time
6:30pm – dinner (our favourite at the moment is my signature nourish bowl – sautéed leafy greens, broccolini, avocado, herbs, salmon, fermented veg, chopped walnuts and toasted pumpkin seeds).
7:30 – winding down from the day, once bub is asleep complete today’s tasks and set up my day for tomorrow
9pm – early night for this mumma! (I’ll be up again in just a few hours with my toddler)
ON ANY NUTRITION PANEL, CHECK ONE LINE, SUGARS. IF IT'S MORE THAN 5g/100g (5%), MOVE ON.