My Health, My Happiness with Kasey Willson ND

This week we catch up with the gorgeous Kasey Willson ND. Kasey is an Adelaide based Naturopath, Nutritionist, Writer and Speaker and is all about spreading the healthy word!

Her aim is to create loads of health and happiness in your world, by providing you with exciting health information. You can use her tips to achieve the healthiest and happiest version of you. This includes meal ideas, recipes and other qualified dietary support, supplementation options, condition based information and treatments. She also loves to share healthy activities and exercises, to enhance a happy mind and body. All to look and feel your very best!

Read on for Kasey’s inspiring story…

Tell us a little about your journey and who you are?

I’m an Adelaide based Naturopath & Nutritionist, with an undeniable passion to help women achieve balanced hormones, healthy digestion and vibrant energy levels!

I provide this support through my Adelaide based Naturopath clinic, my online program- ‘Vibrant Woman Challenge’, speaking appearances and my writing across at www.myhealthmyhappiness.com.au.

Being a Naturopath and Nutritionist, others assume I have always been vibrantly healthy. It was through experiencing my own health challenges, including chronic candida overgrowth, food intolerances and adrenal fatigue however, that my interest in Nutrition and Naturopathy was sparked.

Throughout my studies, I began to realise the damage I was doing to my body. The pieces of my health puzzle came together as I researched the underlying causes of my presenting health challenges and discovered how important nutritional medicine was for my healing journey.

Teenage binge drinking ‘all nighters’ were swapped with green smoothies, bone broth and coconut oil. My personal health journey began and what followed was a great passion for helping others.

What is your health and wellness philosophy?

I believe the highly processed diet that is taking over Australian households, is severely impacting our digestive health. Optimising the health of the gut is paramount for the proper function and health of other systems of the body, such as brain, cardiovascular, endocrine (hormone) and immune system.

As the population becomes more dependent on prescription medications and fueling up on packaged convenience foods, change is well overdue!

I teach women to instead nourish their body with traditional, healing foods.  Foods like bone broth, which are highly nutritious, easy to digest foods and help promote healing of the gut.

What are your ‘non negotiables’ when it comes to your health?

Smile and laugh everyday! It is important to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.

As you start to make and maintain healthy changes, celebrate your victories, as these wins all add up toward achieving your long-term health goals. Shout yourself to a massage, pamper yourself with an epsom salt bath foot bath, soak up the sunshine, take a beach walk, catch up with a friend, create a new healthy recipe, or simply reward yourself with a pat on the back. Congratulate yourself for putting in the time and effort for personal growth.

 

You create some amazing recipes. What is your favourite go to recipe?

When you’re after a snack for yourself, a healthy after dinner treat, or entertaining guests, my grain free, dairy free Chocolate Delights are a winner! They are super quick and easy to make and can be stored in the freezer to enjoy later on J

Chocolate Delights

1⁄2 cup activated almonds, or macadamias, chopped

1⁄4 cup activated walnuts, chopped

¼ cup shredded coconut

1⁄4 cup hulled tahini  

2 tbsp cacao powder

½ tsp vanilla extract, or paste

Add all ingredients together except for the coconut, into a food processor. 

Blend until well mixed. 

Place coconut onto a plate and remove a teaspoon of the almond mixture. 

Roll the mixture into small balls and then roll in the coconut to coat. 

Place onto a plate to serve, or put in the freezer for a treat later on. 

Enjoy! 

 

What are some steps you encourage your clients to take in order to start living a healthy full life?

  • Soak up more sunshine and fresh air.
  • Go barefoot on the grass or sand and spend time amongst nature. Even if it’s a small pot of herbs, learn how you can start to grow your own produce.
  • Stand and move more.
  • Nourish your body with homemade meals made with love, from organic wholefoods, where possible. Include ethically sourced protein and good fats with each main meal, to normalise blood sugar and insulin levels.
  • Make meal times a happy time. Turn off the telly and chat amongst your friends and family.
  • Include enjoyable activities into your day. Laugh and smile often J

We 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?

Each day is different for me, but generally I’ll wake around 6am and start my day with lemon water. I follow this with coconut oil pulling, while I ground myself on the back lawn and head out to my garden.

Here I take in the beautiful morning, breathe the fresh, crisp morning air and pick some greens to include in my brekkie and lunch.  Every couple of days, I’ll complete a high intensity interval-training workout on the back lawn before I get ready for work. I find this enenrgising and keeps my blood sugars stable throughout the day.

On my drive into work, I listen to my favourite pod casts, while sipping on a warmed bone broth.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Health & happiness is always within you- it’s through choice that you’re allowing this to blossom.

What is the single best thing you believe someone should do to get their health and wellness journey started?

Write down your goals and create a vision board that is full of images and words to remind you what you want to do, look and feel like. Looking and reading these every day, helps to create your dreams a reality.

Just remember, everyone is at a different stage of their health journey. Work at your own pace, but just be sure you are always headed towards your goal.

Stay focused on your goal by checking in with yourself on a regular basis. Journaling is an effective tool to use when reflecting on the day. It also helps you to break down and achieve the small steps that lead to your health goal.

Knowing your values, strengths and what you’re grateful for, is critical when working towards goals, but also achieving happiness in every moment.

Where can our FW family find you?

Blog: http://www.myhealthmyhappiness.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaseyWillsonND/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaseywillsonnd/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaseyWillsonND

 

I hope you have enjoyed another week and another inspirational story. Stay tuned for next week.

S xx