FOOD FOR THOUGHT The average cholesterol level of an American meat eater was calculated to be 210 A cholesterol level higher than 200 raises your risk for coronary heart disease Average cost of artery bypass surgery: $3,700 Average cost of coronary bypass surgery: $57, 500 PREVENTION NOT ILLNESS ♥ REMEMBER TO TRY FOR 5 […]
So let’s put it out there – here is what I am NOT into: fad or extreme diets that have restrictive eating habits. There are no quick fixes or 6-week programs to changing your health and weight management, and the sooner we understand this myth, the sooner we can understand the real benefits of eating whole foods. The only way to change your lifestyle is to tune in and listen to your body. I encourage practices in mindful meditation and self-compassion, for you to fully engage in your bodies cues.
What is it that I am preaching? A sustainable lifestyle change! This is your fabulous life – are you ready to invest in yourself?
On my journey to health, I have found focus and clarity through mindful meditation. This is something I like to introduce to my clients and friends alike. Mindfulness helps bring you back to the present, by channeling your goals and ambitions positively. Mindful eating practices can help break dieting patterns and structure a better thought and behaviour process when choosing what foods we are going to fuel our bodies with. Creating a healthy mind and body will generate positivity and happiness within all aspects of your life. Below I would like to share with you, My Journey. In sharing this with you I hope that you too, know that you are not alone, other’s to feel and share this pain. It is up to you to choose to live by choice and not by chance. To choose self-compassion, not self-pity.
It wasn’t easy growing up in the country town of Kalgoorlie, due to the constant battle to keep cool from the red hot desert dirt that surrounded the rough and rugged gold mining town. My childhood was tough, those who know me well understand my life has been somewhat of a disjointed upbringing. A lot of my energy was focused on just getting through each week. Struggling, with no guidence and lack of self confindence, I had no direction, I was lost.
Looking back, I realised food education was something that was never important to me, and as a result I struggled with food insecurities that followed me into young adulthood.
I made some terrible health choices in my teenage years – drinking a lot of alcohol, and eating hardly anything at all. Upon starting work in the modelling industry in my late teens, I became consumed with body image, and the downward spiral of trying to ‘look like someone I wasn’t’ began.
I finally landed a more stable job at Miss Maud’s decorating cakes. While I didn’t enjoy decorating cakes and pies, this start in the food industry led me to complete my Diploma in Hospitality and from there I trained as an apprentice Chef. I could now see where my future was heading. Food was my calling….
In 2005, I moved to Europe and continued to study various cooking cuisines and expanded my culinary knowledge and skills. This led to working on luxury private yachts throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean. I soon found my niche, becoming a Pastry Chef and creating beautiful desserts, cakes and pastries. I had become a master at preparing and serving food FULL of refined sugars, fats and salts. In addition to this, I was tasting a lot of what I was creating. I was no longer ‘happy’ in this role and due to the long hours and lack of exercise, I began to gain weight and become depressed. I struggled to smile and had lost my reflections of gratefulness, that once carried me through some of my darkest of days.
It took me years to realise what exactly was creating my unhappiness, and once understanding it, I knew it was the food I was eating. I was desperate to understand the processes involved in creating this food, that was being so widely consumed. With this, I left my high-paying Chef job overseas in order to seek out and further my education in food nutrition. I craved vital knowledge in understanding what it is that we need to fuel our bodies for optimum health and wellness.
Returning back to Australia in 2011, I commenced study in a Bachelor of Nutrition Science, with a minor in Business Management. Given my previous knowledge of food, and now with this additional education under my belt, I feel I can make a huge difference to communities and families, especially in terms of organising their food plans, kitchens and revibing their pantries in such a way, that makes it easy to prepare and cook nutritious meals. Now hopefully after reading my journey you can understand why I feel so confident in my abilities to guide you on your journey to health and happiness.
♥ Amber Jane Rowe ♥
BHlthSc(Nutr & Diet)/BBus(Mgt)
Qualified Chef/Nutritionist/Health Coach
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