I was recently introduced to Anthea and her stunning blog Rainbow Nourishment and literally had to stop myself from drooling over my computer.
Anthea creates amazing, colourful and nourishing vegan recipes including to die for cakes. All of her creations are plant-based because it’s more sustainable for the world and minimises harm to animals.
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Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?
My name is Anthea and I am a food blogger and own a raw vegan cake business in Australia. I have been passionate about food for as long as I can remember! During my childhood, my parents owned restaurants so I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and watching them cook. As I grew up, I became aware of some of my chronic health issues so embarked on a journey to nourish my body and wellbeing. I think it will be a life-long journey!
What is your health and wellness philosophy?
Nourish your body inside and out and remember to be kind to yourself.
What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your own health and wellbeing?
I have a predominantly wholefoods diet and enjoy being in nature. At the same time, I try to be practical by not having a black and white mind set about what’s good and bad to eat and do. I am often put in situations where I don’t have access to wholefoods or nature so it’s good to be flexible.
Rainbow Nourishments is about sharing stunning colourful and nourishing vegan recipes with people. Why is eating Vegan or for those meat eaters, at least 1 or 2 Vegan meals a week important?
It is sooo important! Minimising consumption of meat, dairy and animal products will improve your overall health, cholesterol levels, minimise your risk to cancer etc. It will minimise your carbon footprint and help support the environment in the same way the environment has already supported you. It could also save the life and prevent the torture of at least one animal. Animals are sentient beings so it’s cruel to strip them away from their families and keep them in traumatising places like meat and dairy farms.
You create some droolworthy recipes to say the least on Rainbow Nourishment. What would be your favourite or go to recipe?
Aw thank you! Even though I have a cake business, my favourite recipes are actually savoury. It’s good to get a bit of balance ;). So my favourites are my Deep dish falafel pizza (http://www.rainbownourishments.com/deep-dish-falafel-pizza-revised/) and my Deep dish pizza quiche (http://www.rainbownourishments.com/real-life-and-my-all-time-favourite-pizza-recipe/). The recipes are wholesome, delicious, easy and I love heating up leftovers for the next day.
This is one of my favourite questions, because I think it shows that we are all different and there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition…. What does a typical day look like on your plate?
Hahaha! I spend most of my waking day in the kitchen, so when it comes to actually feeding myself I like things to be as simple as possible.
Breakfast: Chia oats with a banana and almond butter or banana nicecream with a lot of homemade granola
Lunch: Steamed or baked veggies with some protein like chickpeas or tofu, drizzled with tahini and nutritional yeast
Dinner: Um, the same as lunch?! Sometimes I’ll have a burger, burrito or dhal with brown rice.
Snacks throughout the day: Fresh fruit, nuts, miso soup and tea.
What does ‘self love’ mean to you, and how do you practise it?
I won’t lie, practising ‘self love’ is something I definitely need to work on! I grew up in a way where self love didn’t come naturally so, at an older age, I had to learn from scratch how to be compassionate to myself.
To me, self love means allowing yourself to feel whatever emotion or have whatever thought that comes into mind. If I’m stuck or start critisizing myself, I’ll try to speak to myself like a friend would speak to me. We can be our worst enemies! On a day to day level, I ensure I have regular breaks from work, try to eat well and move my body. In terms of self talk, rather than telling myself that I ‘should’ be feeling/thinking something, I try to be compassionate to myself and say ‘I notice that I am feeling/thinking XXX. This part of my body feels XXX. It’s okay and understandable why I’m feeling like this.’
I believe that how you spend the first 80 minutes of your day sets up how the rest of your day will flow. Tell us about your ideal way to spend the first 80 minutes of your day?
Ideally, my day will gently start off by listening to music and preparing an easy yet delicious breakfast. I tend to check my email and social media at around the same time so I have an idea what my day is going to be like. If the weather is nice, I love going for short walks after breakfast to soak in the fresh air.
For someone wanting to start eating a rainbow of colour and nourishment, what advice would you give to them?
Eat wholefoods and what;s in season. I try to ensure my meals have a mixture of carbs, protein, veggies and some sort of healthy fat. Cook in batches and freeze meals so it’s not a hassle to find something to eat every time. Be kind to yourself and don’t set strict food rules.
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