Monday, 16 September 2013

Tuesday Chats: Georgia Lienemann from Stirring Change + Nourishing Smoothie recipe

HELLO! It's Tuesday and I am very excited to introduce you to who we are having a chat with today.
Georgia is a a clinically trained Nutritionist and certified whole foods chef with a passion for people and a talent to share her knowledge and teach her students in the most inspiring and simplest way, through doing!
I met Georgia at the Farmers market a couple of years ago, she was promoting her workshops and I was a new mum. The 10 minute chat we had, in between tasting her delicious raw deserts, lasted with me for months, I was intrigued and inspired to join one of her workshops so I joined up to do a course on gut health and traditional foods. Georgia opened my eyes to a world I had not yet found. Her passion for healthy living and the way she radiates this energy to everyone she meets is amazing and you fall in love with what Georgia is all about within moments.

Now grab a cup of tea, have a read and browse Stirring change website to see more of what this lovely lady can teach you.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your business. How did it all start?

I’ve always had a passion for food and health and have spent most of my life studying and experimenting with different dietary philosophies.  Stirring Change is simply a platform to share my conclusions with others.
In recent years I’m lucky to have discovered what fulfils me more than anything: educating large groups. It allows me to make a bigger impact and I love the group dynamic – when you bring like-minded people together, everyone has something to contribute.
In fact, this was the unexpected highlight of my new ‘What to Eat’ program. We created a Facebook community for our participants and I’ve been blown away by the incredible level of knowledge and shared experiences among the group.
The program focuses on tying together everything I’ve learnt about food and nutrition in a really simple format, with recipes and resources, demonstrations, shopping lists and weekly action plans to take home. It empowers people with the tools they need to make optimal food choices – very rewarding to teach! 

2. What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always having to clear up for people?

That fruit and veg are the most nutrient dense foods available. We have a very skewed perception of nutrient density thanks to the poorly designed, biased indexes used to measure it. There are examples of exceptionally healthy traditional peoples who survived without eating any fruits and veg. (Not that I recommend it!)

The most nutrient dense foods available to us are actually organ meats. They are prized by all traditional cultures and yet somehow we’ve forgotten them. As unfamiliar as most of us are with organ meats, they are nature’s multivitamin – the ultimate superfood.

In the program, we’ve designed a series of graphs, comparing various nutrients across all food groups so that people can see at a glance what they should be looking for. It’s really fascinating information when it’s presented in such a visual way.

3. 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?

Yes I do! My advice is to steer clear of extremes. Extreme diets, radical changes, or overly intense exercise. For long lasting health, slow and steady wins the race. Making 1-2 small changes each week allows your preferences (and your taste-buds) to evolve organically. It’s possible to radically change what you crave and enjoy as long as it’s done gradually and consistently. It’s quite a magical process.

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

Well, for the very first time in my life, I’m quite proud to announce that there are NO absolute non-negotiables – very freeing for a reformed obsessive! My diet is 80/20 and whilst we focus on being healthy at home, I’m relaxed about food whenever I leave the house. The one thing we’re extremely dedicated to is opting for grass fed, humanely raised animal products, organic fruit and veg and purchasing through ethical suppliers and farmers markets. Voting for a better food system with our weekly budget is the primary aim – healthy food is the by-product.

5. We understand that you strive to motivate others to be the best they can be; where do you get your drive?

I’m driven by a very deep, genuine desire to make a difference. I’m an exceptionally, unconditionally optimistic person. When others look at the state of the world and feel helpless – resigned to the fact that things are going downhill – I look around, in awe of the radical shift that’s already underway and excited by the possibility of helping to create a different world. I also have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a passion for sharing what I’ve learnt. I’m lucky to be able to combine all these elements and call it work!

6. If you had half an hour to cook dinner and realised you didn’t have anything planned, what would you cook?

Well one habit I’ve gotten into is preparing fish stock in bulk for the freezer. Takes only minutes to put together and stored in individual portions, it’s easy to defrost. It’s a great base for Thai soup – my all-time favourite easy snack or meal. To make the stock, simply simmer 1-2 fish heads in a pot full of water and a splash of vinegar or lemon for 30 mins and voila! A nourishing broth.

To make Thai soup: simmer the stock for 10 mins with any combination of vegies, garlic, ginger & chilli plus any fresh, fragrant herbs: kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, coriander or thai basil. I love adding enoki mushrooms because they’re a great noodle replacer and a big spoonful of Honest to Goodness coconut butter to replace coconut milk. Add a dash of fish sauce, maple syrup and lemon juice and salt to taste. The result is a super quick, uber delicious and utterly nourishing meal. Be warned though, it’s addictive!

7. What’s your favourite juice or smoothie?

Well I like to focus on having balanced macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) with each meal or snack to regulate blood sugar, keep stress hormones in check and boost metabolism. I’m going through quite a smoothie phase and my latest combo is fruit, raw egg yolk and grass-fed gelatin – far more delicious than it sounds! It’s an exceptionally digestible supershot of vitamin A, glycine and choline – 3 nutrients that are sorely lacking in our modern Australian diet and have far reaching effects on our health.

8. What is your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with us today?

My current favourite smoothie:  Big handful of berries, half a lemon or lime (skin removed), half a ripe banana (or some papaya instead), 1 raw (organic, pastured) egg yolk, 1 Tbl Great Lakes hydrolysed gelatin, vanilla, tiny pinch of salt, couple of ice cubes w/ a little water & local raw honey to taste.  

10. Lastly; Where can we find you?

Instagram: @stirringchange

For more recipes and information – check out the What to Eat program!

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