Wellspo: Indy Power aka The Little Green Spoon
Indy Power is a 24 year old food blogger and author,
She studied business at Trinity and then went on to study Nutrition & Health Coaching at the IINH (Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health) . She started her website thelittlegreenspoon.com while in college and published her first book, The Little Green Spoon in September 2016 which was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland.
I love all of her delicious recipes and was fortunate to get a few minutes of her time to ask a few questions!
What sparked your interest in health?
When I was in college I started working out for the first time. I wanted to compliment my exercise with a healthy diet so I started researching a lot about nutrition and I quickly fell in love with it. I started experimenting loads with different ingredients and recipes and that’s what led me to start my website.
A typical day on your plate?
For breakfast I usually have eggs with either avocado or smoked salmon. I like to have something with lots of protein and healthy fats. Lunch and dinner vary a lot day to day. I’m testing recipes all the time so it’s whatever I’m trying out that day. I snack a lot on roasted nuts and I have some kind of dark chocolate every day, I can’t live without it.
Your top five foods for better health?
Nuts, coconut (oil, sugar, desiccated), oats, avocado and cacao powder. I use all of them pretty much every day and they’re all really versatile and nutritious. Stock your kitchen up with them and you can’t go wrong!
One food you could not live without?
Nuts. It’s ironic because I’m allergic to peanuts so I spent my childhood avoiding them but I love all other nuts and eat them every day now. Cashews and almonds are my favourite and there’s so many different ways to use them.
Have you a motto you live by?
‘Eat to feel good’ there should be no rules and restrictions with your diet, just take the time to learn what works for you and makes you feel best. Listen to your body. I’m also a big believer in ‘Do what you love you'll never work a day in your life’. I think the job that you’ll be best at is the one you love.
Who and/or what inspires you?
I want to get as many people as possible eating well, cooking from scratch and feeling amazing. That’s my inspiration! I want to make healthy food accessible and that’s what drives me every day.
Your favourite type of exercise?
Weights. I love seeing myself getting stronger and they really transform your body.
How often do you exercise?
I workout 3 times a week with a personal trainer. Sometimes I do a yoga class as well, I’m trying to do it more.
How do you take care of your mental health?
For me it’s mostly about diet. I suffer from anxiety and I find it so much easier to control when I’m eating well and taking care of my gut health. Exercise is also great, even when you don’t feel like it, you’ll always feel better after.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
Don’t stress so much! Let everything fall into place and take advantage of being young with no responsibilities.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
Listen to your body. Health is so personal and wellbeing is different for each person. Take the time to figure out what works for you and experiment. It’s so worth it, your body will tell you what’s working and what isn’t, you just have to listen.
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