Wellspo: Lola Berry
Lola Berry is a a nutritionist and yoga teacher. She is 31-years-old and lives between Sydney and Melbourne.
She has smoothie bar in Melbourne called Happy Pace. Lola has also published many health books.
What sparked your interest in health?
I’ve always been a bit of a heath nerd. Mum used to send me to school with spirulina balls, salmon salads and raw trail mixes.
A typical day on your plate?
It changes all the time but usually it will start with eggs or a smoothie. Then raw chocolate as my morning tea, then protein like eggs, fish, chicken or meat with veggies and avocado for lunch with a lemon juice and olive oil dressing then I’ll often make raw vegan protein balls or salted caramel slice. Then for dinner it’s as many green veggies as possible then protein and fat. I have a sweet tooth so I always like having some kind of lovely treat after dinner, at he moment I’m loving raw snickers slice. I also drink lots of water, different teas and have 1 coffee in the mornings, I am all about mindful eating.
Your top five foods for better health?
- Avocado, we need good fats and fiber and this fruit (yes it’s a fruit) is one of the best sources of both
- Blueberries for their high antioxidant status.
- Macadamia nuts make the perfect snack, they’re locally grown in Australia too, I love macadamia nut butter on gluten free bread with honey, cinnamon and fresh banana discs.
- Spinach: we all know the green stuff is amazing, in fact you really can’t have enough of it, it’s also really high in magnesium which is great for helping with study stresses.
One food you could not live without?
Coconut oil, I have one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom. I used it for cooking(it’s a heat stable cooking oil) and also in the bathroom, post showers as a moisturizer, hair treatment and even
Have you a motto you live by?
You are the only person who can turn your dreams into a reality and the only person who can stop them coming true.
Who and/or what inspires you?
Steve Irwin for his authentic passion.
Your favourite type of exercise?
Yoga and being out in nature so hiking is also lots of fun.
How often do you exercise?
About 5 times per week, I mix it up some days its yoga, other days it’s walking or strength training.
How do you take care of your mental health?
I meditate but if I’m ever super stressed out I make sure I check in with my counsellor.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and know that you are much stronger than you give yourself credit for.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
Listen to your body, go with what feels good, really tune into to what your body needs and don’t compare yourself to others, you are perfect.
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