Wellspo: Rebecca Gawthorne @nourish_naturally
Bec is a dietitian from Cronulla in Sydney.
I have been following Bec on instagram for ages and she is a huge inspiration to me. I love how she spreads evidence-based nutrition information, delicious food and her epic workouts. When Bec agreed to dong this interview, I was beyond excited!
What sparked your interest in health?
I studied food tech at school and was amazing with how vital food is in a healthy life. I decided to peruse a career as a dietitian as I wanted to help people live healthier.
A typical day on your plate?
Here are some important things about the way I eat:
- My diet is based on natural, healthy, real foods – vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fish & foods made from these. Some people call this a “plant-based diet” but I do consume fish regularly.
- I eat intuitively, which means what I eat day to day can differ. I don’t count calories or macros. If I’m hungrier one day, I will eat more, and if I’m not as hungry on other days, I’ll eat less. I don’t have any “rules” when it comes to eating. What I eat is a choice & I listen to my body.
- I eat seasonally, which means I try to eat foods that are currently in season. So what I eat in summer will be different to what I eat in winter.
- I enjoy all the foods I eat and I don’t eat any foods I don’t like and there aren’t any foods I want to eat that I don’t.
Before My Morning Workout; Water + Coffee (homemade or out)
Breakfast (Post Workout):
- Cooked veggies (e.g. baby spinach, tomato, broccolini, mushrooms & sweet potato) with salmon/ocean trout/tuna + piece of fruit – currently mango or banana
- Fruit Smoothie made with mango/banana, soy milk, seeds (e.g. chia, flax) + oats/muesli/wholegrain cereal
Lunch + Dinner:
Salad or cooked veggies (at least half a plate full) with a protein source:
And a carb source:
- Sweet potato / brown rice / quinoa / wholegrain pasta / lentils etc
I’ll often make the above into a big salad with a yummy dressing (see recipes section of my blog) like poke, serve on a plate like baked veggies + piece of fish or stirfry it all up together.
Snacks + Dessert*:
- Fresh fruit
- Left-over baked veggies
- Fresh cold-pressed juice
- Tin of baked beans / tuna / salmon / tofu
- Soy / Coconut Yoghurt
- Nuts + seeds
- My banana cake / nice-cream / bliss balls or any other snack recipes here on my website
- If I’ve run out of home made snacks, I’ll have a healthy packaged one
*Note – Which snacks and how many I have depends now what I feel like during the day.
Your top five foods for better health?
I can’t narrow it down to 5. A healthy diet needs a variety of foods but my too food group for better health would be vegetables.
One food you could not live without?
Have you a motto you live by?
Live in the sunshine. Swim in the ocean. Drink the wild air.
Who and/or what inspires you?
My husband :)
Your favourite type of exercise?
How often do you exercise?
Every day - but I take rest days when my body needs them.
How do you take care of your mental health?
Exercise is my de-stress time.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
Be confident & don’t worry about what people think.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
Your body is an amazing creation and we need to look after it with healthy food, exercise & good sleep :)
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