Monday, 29 July 2013

Tuesday Chats: Amy from Learning to F.L.Y + her recipe for an amazing Raw coco-berry tart


  • Tell us a bit about yourself and your business. How did it all start?
Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity Cass, I love your beautiful online space and feel so blessed to share my story with everyone here. I’m a 27 year old health nut-foodie-spirit junkie from Melbourne, I’m so incredibly grateful for this life of mine and ready to step up and live in a way that can inspire others to live their best lives imaginable and most importantly a life that is right for them!  I’m not sure this journey really had an exact starting point, every event to fine detail brought me to doing what I am and it is all developing and growing every day. I am currently a third year Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Student and also studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a holistic health coach. I have such a love for healing and helping people and this has all grown from going through my own emotional, weight and health issues and searching for that healthy balance. To still be learning and expanding my knowledge on what works for me, I want to be here for others to guide them through the same process. 

I'm a huge believer in intuitive eating. What works for you won't necessarily work for someone else. Same goes in life, what works for one person won't always tick the boxes for you in your own personal growth. My blog Learning to F.L.Y first love yourself came about as a place I could share my journey with people. I came to realise at this point in my life that my ability to be my best self, to have the most loving relationship, to be the best friend I can be, to make the most loving and nurturing food choices all comes from loving myself first. To say yes to my biggest and wildest dreams, to care enough about my body to fuel it with nourishing and natural food, the core of this was finding my own self worth and love for myself.

Everyday we make choices, I want people to step up, to choose love, unconditional crazy mad love for THEM!

  • What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always having to clear up for people?
Just because it worked for one person doesn’t mean it will work for you. There is so much information out there on health and wellness, and often when it comes to the science there is always a study to completely contradict another on the same topic. There is no magic pill and there are rarely quick fixes, people need to start making healthier life choices every day.

  • Do you have any advice or inspiration to send out to any of our readers that are thinking about starting a healthier way of living???
It’s all about getting back to basics and honoring what feels right for you. The stage you are at of your health journey will be unique to where you are at . You may be at the very beginning and totally overwhelmed. You may know what is healthy but don’t know how to implement it in your life. Don’t let it get you down. I’d love to help where I can and where I can’t to connect you with someone who can.
At the end of the day Cass, you sum it up so well…

CHOOSE LIFE – LIVE IT – DO IT

I want people to know It’s up to them to find the answers they need, to make new choices to live a healthier life. It is ok to ask for help! Xx

  • What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet and/or skincare?

I will never touch anything that says low-fat. I try to eat as natural as I can, so mostly fruit and veg and stuff I make from scratch at home but low-fat is a big no-no. Low fat is a big fat con, sugar converts to fat and often these products are full of sugar. Skincare for me has to be natural, I steer away from as many chemicals as I can, I adore the Jacqueline Evans range. As a woman a massive non-negotiable for me is using organic tampons. I was horrified the day I found out that most tampons have a list of ‘ingredients’. I use the TOM organic range.

  • We understand that you strive to motivate others to be the best they can be; where do you get your drive?
I lived too many years of my life, being a total drama queen, feeling completely sorry for myself and the things that had happened to me. The day I realised I had a choice to live life another way. To learn and grow from those experiences, that I am not my past I was set free. I want to make a change for generations to come, I’m just not comfortable with sitting back and settling for anything less than my wildest dreams and at the very least I will know I tried. I want this for everyone.

  • If you had half an hour to cook dinner and realised you didn’t have anything planned, what would you cook?
Eggs, Avocado and sweet potato are staples in my house. I often poach a couple of eggs, scoop out half an Avo and bake some sweet potato. Simple and so yum!

  • What’s your favourite juice or smoothie?
I love my juices. Orange, carrot, apple, ginger, lemon. - zing!

  • What is your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?
I have many but my absolute fave is ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ Gandhi

  • Do you have a recipe you would like to share with us today?
Do I ever, I made this one especially for you guys!


Raw Coco-Berry Tart

To start you will need a food processor of some kind, and two little tart cases. I purchased metal ones for $3 each from one of those house and kitchen shops. You can get them with bases that pop out which make pushing the tart out much easier.

‘CRUST’

INGREDIENTS:
130g Raw almonds
7 Medjool dates
1 tablespoon of Cacao Powder

METHOD:

Blitz all ingredients in your food processor together to make a sticky, rough consistency. The power and size of your food processor while determine the time this will take. You want to be able to press it in to the tin to cover the base and sides. Once pressed in the tart cases put these in the fridge for half an hour to harden.

(Clean your food processor)

COCONUT FILLING

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil/butter
2 teaspoons honey
3 cups of desiccated coconut
4 tablespoons of Coconut Cream

METHOD:

Blitz all ingredients in your food processor together to make what I can only describe as like the inside of a bounty. It won’t be creamy, but soft and fluffy.

Take your crusts from the fridge and spoon the coconut mix in to the crusts. Press coconut mix firmly and fill to the top of each tart. Put back in the fridge for an hour or so.

Serve with your favourite berries and sprinkle with Cacao powder.

ENJOY!

Lastly; Where can we find you?
Instagram: @_firstloveyourself_


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