Wellspo; Hannah aka Health Synergy
Earlier this year she graduated from Sydney Uni with a degree in Media and Communications. Since then she has been focusing her time on building her blog, creating new content (recipes, articles, blog posts, etc) and collaborating with some of her favourite brands in the health/wellness industry.
Health Synergy has enabled Hannah to combine her interests in health, writing, photography/styling and digital media in a way she never could have imagined.
Hannah's recipes not only look amazing, they taste it too! Her instagram makes me drool whenever I look at it. I hope to be able to create content like her some day. I also can't wait to download her app to dig deeper and discover more delicious and nutritious recipes from Health Synergy.
What sparked your interest in health?
My mum! Having a nutritionist/naturopath as a Mum I was brought up with very healthy foods but it wasn’t until I was about 15 that I started to take more of an interest in it. I began asking my mum lots of questions about health/the benefits of various foods and from there I became fascinated by it all and also developed an interest in cooking.
I just love the way healthy eating makes me feel and how delicious it can be. For anyone following our IG you will see we include plenty of sweet treats in our diet, the difference is that they are made using healthy, whole food ingredients and if you ask me they taste even better!
A typical day on your plate?
First up I have a glass of hot water and lemon to kick start my metabolism.
Then I have my daily almond milk piccolo which I buy from my local coffee shop where they use organic coffee and my fave inside out almond milk.
For breakfast I have a big acai bowl… Our Hawaiian style acai (recipe from our app) to be precise. It is so delicious and really keeps you going until lunch, especially if you like to go a little overboard with toppings as I do.
For lunch I either have avocado on toast with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, chilli and Himalayan salt (preferably on gluten free toast from the organic bread bar). My other go-to lunch is a salad with avocado, tomato, goats cheese, mixed salad greens, tamari roasted nuts/seeds and a lemon/olive oil dressing.
In the afternoon I usually have some kind of healthy sweet treat, dependant on what we have in the fridge. Usually it’s some kind of raw cake or a few squares of raw dark chocolate. Otherwise I might have a few medjool dates filled with nut butter (my weakness!)
Dinner is often a big vegetable stir fry with brown rice or sometimes my mum’s cauliflower “rice”. The vegetables depend on what produce looks the best and what is seasonally available. We try to buy our fruit and veg from the farmer’s markets.
After dinner I love making a Mayan Hot Chocolate (recipe is in our Ebook - The Ultimate Chocolate and Caramel Collection) or a Turmeric Latte.
Throughout the day I am constantly sipping on filtered water or Sencha green tea!
Your top five foods for better health?
- Nuts and seeds
One food you could not live without?
Acai! Can’t go a day without it.
Have you a motto you live by?
Idon’t think I have a particular motto I live by (although when I went on exchange to London my friends and I lived by the motto “It’ll be a good time or a good story!” to push us out of our comfort zones)… but I do have a few favourite quotes that inspire me and push me to follow my dreams…. Some include… “If you can dream it, you can do it”; “life exists outside of your comfort zone”; “in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take”… and lots more!
Who and/or what inspires you?
Again I would have to say my biggest source of inspiration is my mum. Not only by her immense knowledge of health and wellbeing but also by her attitude and positive outlook on life. She is incredibly kind, compassionate & hard-working which inspires me every day.
I am also inspired by fellow members of the health foodie community on Instagram. I love having an insight into people’s innovative creations and health regimes.
Your favourite type of exercise?
Pilates hands down! I just love it. I love my morning routine of getting up early and walking to my local pilates studio (of course picking up an almond milk piccolo on the way). I go to KX pilates in Bondi Junction.
How often do you exercise?
I aim to go to a pilates class 3-4 times a week and I walk for 30 minutes to an hour every day. I walk everywhere! It is a great way to get in some exercise as well as allowing some time to clear your head.
How do you take care of your mental health?
I think it is important to take time out for yourself when you are starting to feel a little run down or burnt it (or preferably before you reach that point!) My favourite ways to clear my head are to go for a walk in nature, go to a pilates class, take a bath with Epsom salts, go for a swim in the ocean or watch a light hearted movie.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
I would tell my 16 year old self that the HSC (High School Certificate) is not the be all and end all… Yes I think it is important to try your best but there are always other pathways in life. I think I would also tell myself that it’s ok not to have life completely figured out at 16 and know exactly what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
I have learnt that while eating healthily and looking after yourself is very important, it is also important not to stress about eating foods that may not be perfectly healthy. I believe that diet shouldn’t be obsessed about or interfere with social situations - sometimes you might have to eat foods that you wouldn’t necessarily choose but if you make healthy choices majority of the time, your body can handle it.
Equally I think it is important to indulge in your favourite sweet treats from time to time… it is all about moderation. My guilty pleasure is a chocolate fondant - I can’t go past it when I see it on a restaurant menu!
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