A Savoury Soul: Jules Galloway

Today's lovely guest is Jules Galloway, a naturopath and holistic health coach  who specialized in gut health. Her mission is to educate and motivate you to explore a variety of foods, help you make small, achievable changes to increase your well-being, and to spread the word that it’s easier than you think to feel awesome again! Without further ado meet this lovely gem...

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Tell me a little more about why you became a naturopath? What is your mission?

I became a naturopath after becoming jaded by the limitations of conventional medicine. I had seen close friends and family members suffer the side effects of drugs and medical procedures, and became frustrated that a lot of common health conditions can be easily prevented with diet, exercise, detoxing and a positive mindset. My mission is to teach people that’s it’s easier than you think to live a healthier life.

You specialize in gut health and food intolerance. Can you tell me why you are so passionate about that topic?

I grew up in a family where 2 members had coeliac disease, so I learned all about eating gluten free at an early age. But it wasn’t until much later that I was diagnosed with my own set of food intolerance's! I had always been a sickly person until I straightened out my diet and avoided the foods which were hurting me. Because my health improved so dramatically from this point, I am now passionate about helping others.

What are some of the most common allergens and why should you remove even a small intolerance from your diet?

The most common allergens are gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs and seafood. But you can be allergic or intolerant to just about anything. I’ve seen people who are sensitive to beans, rice, citrus, and even kiwifruit! Even a small intolerance will chip away at your health over a long period of time. You may not notice it or make the connection, but intolerance's can affect your moods, immune system, skin, and digestion, just to name a few.

How has your own health changed over the years? What do different now that you didn’t do then?

I used to eat a lot of processed foods which were nutrient poor. White rice, white pasta, lots of convenience foods, low fat foods, junk foods… I also used to smoke cigarettes and go out to a lot of parties. I quit smoking over a decade ago, I’m not such a wild child anymore, and these days I eat a mostly unprocessed diet, with lots of juices, raw veggies, fruit and smoothies. My health has improved outta sight! Less mood swings, less anxiety, more energy, no candida problems anymore, and a better immune system. Yay!

What is your daily healthy routine? How do you implement self-care into your daily practice?

It goes without saying that I try and eat well all day long, and I make sure I get enough nutrients by adding juices, smoothies and superfoods to my diet. But I also look after myself by exercising regularly. I surf a couple of times per week, do classes at the gym, take my dogs on long walks, and do lots of yoga! I’m also a big fan of chicken soup, a hot bath and an early night if I’m feeling run down. I’ve learned to listen to my body and give it what it needs. And I take the time these days to slow down, smile and be grateful.

What is your go to favorite meal and snacks?

My favorite meal when I’m in a rush is a smoothie. Blend some fruit, dairy free protein powder, almond milk, chia seeds and a handful of greens, and you can power through whatever life throws at you. You can’t beat a quick and easy goats cheese and kale omelet if you’ve got 5 minutes up your sleeve and need a quick protein hit. I love making hearty soups in winter, and big salads in summer. For snacks I keep nuts, seeds and fresh fruit on hand, and sometimes make a batch of bliss balls with nuts, dates, coconut oil and raw cacao. Oh, and I’m hooked on coconut milk yoghurt!

In your words, what is A Savoury Soul?

A Savoury Soul is someone who is not afraid to be adventurous, who is dedicated to making positive changes for their mind and body, and who thinks health and happiness are the most important goals in life.

Jules GallowayJules Galloway is a naturopath, food and wine lover, beginner surfer and recent sea-changer, living just 10 minutes from Byron Bay. She specializes in gluten, dairy and sugar free living, and is dedicated to helping people make the transition to healthy eating.

You can find her on her blog, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

A Savoury Soul: Mia Uren // Chia Mia

Another fellow IINer (Institute of Integrative Nutrition), Mia from Chia Mia is extremely passionate about living a healthy, happy life.

Her blog is full of enticing recipes like this one and this one plus great health tips like why it's important to keep your body in a state of being alkaline instead of acidic and why Dandelion Root tea is so good for you.

Read on to learn more about Mia and her mission to help others learn to love eating healthy as much as she does.

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Tell me more about what led you to health coaching and The Institute of Integrative Nutrition?

I grew up in a very healthy household as both my parents are Chiropractors and living a healthy life is extremely important to them. However, when I moved out of home at 18 I started to get into the party scene and only cared about getting drunk on the weekend. As a result I did not take very good care of my body. About a year and a half ago I started to get sick of having no direction in life and constantly being tired and feeling like crap so I started to search the web looking at the benefits of certain super foods. Before long, I was obsessed with the benefits of organic wholefoods and how I could incorporate them into my diet in a fun and delicious ways. I stumbled onto numerous health blogs which I would check religiously every day. I then came across the role of a health coach on one of these blogs and instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. I enrolled with IIN and life has just been getting better and better ever since!

What is your health philosophy?

I believe in order to truly be healthy you need to fill your body with well sourced whole foods 80% of the time but also let yourself indulge 20% of the time as life is too short to deprive yourself of foods you truly love (for me it is cheese!). In saying that, though, also remember that there are many healthy alternatives to some of your favorite junk foods that in my opinion taste better than the original. Surround yourself with a positive supportive network of friends, find an exercise you love doing and be as active as possible, find a passion in life, enjoy time to yourself at least once a week and remember to stop and have fun every once in a while.  

What are your top 3 favorite plant-based recipes?

Kimberly Sniders ‘Glowing Green Smoothie’ http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/ggs/ I make a big batch of this every Sunday and keep enough in the fridge for 2 days, then freeze the rest to defrost when needed. This is what I put in mine but you can change it round to use whatever veggies or fruit you like. It makes enough for 6 days.

Ingredients

500ml filtered water 4 cucumbers 1 bunch kale, stalks removed (I like to steam mine lightly first) 5 stalks celery Big bunch mint ½ head lettuce 1 lemon, skin removed 1 knob ginger 2 handfuls baby spinach ½ pear

Blend all ingredients until smooth. You may need to do this in 2-3 batches as there are a lot of ingredients.

My ‘Supergreen Pesto’ recipe. This is great to add to zucchini pasta or as a sauce or dip. http://chiamiablog.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/super-green-pesto/#more-869

My ‘Lettuce Leaf Bruschetta’. This is a great entrée for a dinner party. http://chiamiablog.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/lettuce-leaf-bruschetta/
What are your top 3 favorite plant-based ingredients to use?

Avocado - my all-time favourite food; you can do so much with it and it can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. My current obsession is this choc pie where avocado is used for the filling. http://chiamiablog.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/chocolate-banana-cream-tart/

Kale - I think this is every health foodie’s favorite! Again it is so versatile and the health benefits are endless.

Zucchini - another very versatile vegetable; I am loving zucchini pasta at the moment.

If you have one piece of health advice to give what is it?

Can I give two?

Drink at least 2L of clean filtered water every day. I know this is so cliché but it really is so important as it flushes out a lot of the bad stuff in our bodies and helps you glow from the inside out.

Also eat your greens! Try and incorporate them into every meal if possible; their health benefits are endless.

Blend your veggies and filtered water to make a smoothie in the morning and you have these two health tip combined :)

What are your favorite healthy go to snacks?

I love nut butter spread on some apple or celery then sprinkled with cinnamon. I also love activated nuts; they are a very quick and easy and accessible snack.  Cutting up some carrot and dipping it into an avocado is another favorite.

In your words, what is a Savoury Soul?

A savoury soul to me is someone who has a positive outlook on life and is grateful for everything around them. They are someone who is always willing to help inspire and improve the lives of people around them. 

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Mia Uren is a health coach and founder of health blog Chia Mia. She is extremely passionate about living a healthy, happy life and her mission is to promote an educational approach to food and drink consumption by providing wholesome, tasty and stimulating alternatives. Through this she hopes to help men and women explore a positive, anxiety-free approach to eating and, ultimately, move towards self-acceptance and self-love.

You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

A Savoury Soul: Claire Baker // This is Lifeblood

I've said this several times before and I'll probably keep saying it but I love the world of blogging because of all the awesome people you find along the way. Claire from This is Lifeblood is one of the latest I've discovered and I've been having a blast perusing her world. She is magnetic. There is something about the way she writes that pulls you in and before you know it, thirty minutes have gone by and you are still engrossed. Claire, like myself, is currently enrolled with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is on an incredible journey of self discovery and growth and future health coach.

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It doesn't take long to see that Claire is authentic, real and passionate about life, personal growth and helping others discover their path. She has incredible nuggets of wisdom and a truth that is  bold, kind and humble.

Some of my favorite posts thus far are Turning Chaos into Creativity, Screw Your To-Do List & Head to the Beach, and ALL of her Heroines with Heart. Okay, pretty much ALL of her posts are on the favorite list!

She's another inspiring woman who I wish (if I lived in Australia) that I could call up and head out with for a power creativity session.

In the short time she has been blogging she has already done incredible things. She's one to keep an eye on cause she's going to good things for some many people!

You can find her blog, This is Lifeblood here and you can also check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Have an lovely weekend and do something that makes you laugh and smile!

Love,

Amanda