Interview with the inspirational Melissa Ambrosini

 

What was the catalyst that turned you into a health foodie?

A few years ago, I was hit with a whole host of health issues which placed me in and out of the hospital for over a year. The doctors suggested I take antibiotics indefinitely. I declined the offer and begin my research on how I could heal myself and get my body back into balance. I knew it was my liestyle and how I was treating my my body that was causing all these problems so it was now my turn to take back control.

 

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet?

There are some things I budge on. For instance, if I am going to a friends for dinner and they are cooking with non-organic vegetables I will not kick up a stink. Nor, will I storm out. I feel so grateful someone else is doing the cooking. But I will not eat non-organic animal products. I always buy local grass fed and grass finished meats.

 

If you were trying to convert someone to your dietary philosophy, what would you make for them?

I would serve them my famous 10 hour slow roast lamb, with coconut and rosemary roasted vegetables. Plus, a beautiful green garden salad overflowing with superfoods, like chia seeds, quinoa and goji berries. Followed up coconut ice cream for dessert.

 

How do you stay healthy while travelling?

Before I go anywhere I do research. I search out the local organic farmer’s markets. I also make sure to stop there as soon as I get to my destination. This way I have an abundance of fresh food I can keep in my hotel room. Also, I never eat plane food. I usually take a little goodie bag of treats when I travel. So, this way I am never caught unprepared. Preparation is key!

 

What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy?

Eating well is a priority for me so I am never too busy for that. I always plan and prepare on the weekend so I am never caught empty handed. For example, I will make a huge bowl of quinoa and a few boiled eggs. I also always have cut up celery, cucumber and carrot sticks in my fridge. I make sure I have a homemade hummus or guacamole too, for a quick snack.

 

Juices or smoothies: Which do you prefer? What’s your favourite combination?

Mmmmm that’s a toughie! I love fresh green juices first thing in the morning. But I also have a weak spot for smoothies. My favourite receipe is coconut water, a handful of blueberries, and a teaspoon of cinnamon or organic vanilla bean powder. The electrolytes from the coconut make it extremely hydrating and refreshing post-workout.

 

What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always having to clear up for people?

That fats are bad. Our brain is made up for 60-70% saturated fat: we need good fats! Yet, so many people are buying low fat this and low fat that. People are scared to death of fats. I really work on educating my clients on the importance of good fats, like acocado, salmon and coconut oil.

 

If you could prepare a meal for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?

Again that’s a tough one, there are too many. But I guess I would love to dine with my soul sister Kimberly Snyder or Gabby Bernstein, oh or Louise Hay. And I’d whip up my raw zucchini spaghetti, followed by my raw berry cheese cake.

 

What does being a Wellness Warrior mean to you?

Being a wellness warrior means spreading the word about health and wellness to as many people as I possibly can. Walking my talk and sharing all the knowledge and wisdom I learn along my journey.”

 

via http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2012/04/foodie-friday-melissa-ambrosini/#

 

What a wonderful discussion and delicious food. This is what inspires me to write about food and healthy living; food is an integral part of our life on this planet and our lifestyles should allow food the respect and consideration which our health deserves. For out own good, and as an extension, the state of the environment we live in.

I’m often dissapointed with many people’s seeming lack of desire to live well as part of this planet, but when I read this, I realise that indeed ‘Wellness Warriors’ are on the rise. 🙂

We are so lucky to be here, so let’s not waste one bit of that good fortune.

 

 

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