I met Bianca during our time studying at IIN – we were both in the same class, and I was lucky enough to help her get her site going. Bianca is a bit of a fitness freak and yogi, and I love watching all her updates about her yoga classes wishing I could go to one – but unfortunately she is on the other side of the country – if you are in Karratha, make sure you you check out her classes!
She was also lovely enough to lend me her talents for the Starter Kit and wrote about yoga + showed us some simple stretches we can do at home! I can’t wait to meet her in person one day and catch up with a herbal tea, I have a feeling it would be like chatting to an old friend. Check out all of Bianca’s wisdom and get to know her more over at Vitality!
Let’s me introduce you to Bianca…
What was the catalyst that started you on your health and wellness journey?
I’ve always been very conscious of the food I was putting into my body, yet I spent a long time completely contradicting this with the amount of partying I was doing. Drinking, smoking, drugs, paying no attention to my inner self whatsoever – yet thinking that because I was vegetarian and eating well that it was all balancing out! I was so very, very wrong.
The catalyst came when I was in a pretty troubled relationship, I was broke and I had no idea what I was doing with my life anymore. I ended up moving state, detoxing, going vegan and completely turning my life around. I realised that actually, that part of me that had always stayed conscious of what I was eating? That was the part that I needed to be listening to. So I listened, and sitting here before you is the plant-eating, yoga-teaching, nutrition-coaching teetotaller I was always meant to be!
Your #1 tip for healing disease?
Go on a plant-based diet. Get rid of all that dead food – the meat, dairy, processed and packaged foods, and get stuck into the live food. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, superfoods. Plants contain everything the human body needs to live and thrive! And once we give the body what it needs, then the body is able to heal itself.
What does a soul-tingling day in your life look like?
Waking up next to my hubby, of course, and having morning snuggles with my pug. Then getting stuck into my morning routine – warm lemon and apple cider vinegar, followed by a dry body brush, warm shower, and then an hour or two of yoga and meditation. The rest of the day would include some form of writing (on my blog or elsewhere), reading one of the twenty books I have on the go, and there would be fresh green juices and some form of raw dessert in there too!
Then ending the day with a vegan dinner party with a few of my closest friends, enjoying good conversation with good people over great food. Or, scrap all of that and let’s start by waking up in a foreign country with a day full of adventure, culture and wonder in front of me. Traveling really gets my soul tingling!
If you were Marty McFly and could go back in time 3 years, what would you tell yourself?
That I am enough. I don’t need all the partying, or the drinking, or whatever else to make me stand out from the crowd. I don’t need to create some kind of alter ego to be special. That everything I am inside is perfectly adequate. And to follow my heart, stop worrying about what other people think, just listen to what I think. Oh, and also that I’ve just met the love of my life, so love and cherish that man with everything you’ve got!
What’s your favourite…
Food Matters, Hungry for Change, and Forks Over Knives. These docos were instrumental in my wellness journey and I cannot speak highly enough of them!
There are way too many. I have so many books that I’m reading or want to read, I can’t possibly choose one! My latest reads were ‘F**k It – The Ultimate Spiritual Way’, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ and ‘Anatomy of the Spirit’. All brilliant reads. (Shae comment: added to my wish list!)
All of them! But I think broccoli tops of the list.
Can I say my own?! I was actually a huge fan of Jess Ainscough and her blog, I was devastated by her passing and also by the removal of such an incredible and inspiring corner of the internet. She was not only a gorgeous human being, but also an absolute wealth of knowledge. (Shae comment: me too x)
Smoothies or juices?
Both equally – sometimes I’ll have a juice for breakfast and a smoothie for lunch! If I had to pick one though, I think it would be juices. I love the freshness and how they make me feel.
What’s your latest food obsession?
Sweet potato and lentil mash, with garlic and coriander. It’s so good, and great comfort food. Also steamed greens with a tamari and sesame oil dressing.
What’s your favourite quick snack?
I’m a big fan of Emma and Tom’s Life Bars, especially the cacao and orange. I’ve been known to eat more than one at a time… (shhhhh!)
Share with us your best natural beauty tip:
Allow your inner glow to shine through! I think fresh-faced is beautiful, and I don’t understand why so many women hide behind their make-up. Plus so many products are loaded with chemicals that have a detrimental effect on your body, and there is nothing beautiful about that. You are gorgeous just as nature intended you to be! Allow your natural beauty to shine through, rock what your mumma (and dad!) gave you!
Can you share your favourite recipe with us?
- 250g organic tofu
- 500g sweet potato
- large broccoli
- large handful green beans
- three large kale leaves (stems removed)
- tamari, sesame oil, sesame seeds, herbamare, chilli flakes to suit
- olive oil
- Take tofu from wrapper and wrap in paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Cut tofu into small pieces and place in reuseable marinading bag. Add two tablespoons tamari, two tablespoons sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds into the bag and shake it to allow the marinade to spread evenly over the tofu. Let this sit in the fridge for an hour or two.
- Prepare sweet potato by chopping into small pieces. Coat lightly in olive oil and sprinkle with herbamare, chilli flakes and any other spices you like. Roast at 200’C for 40 minutes.
- While the sweet potato is roasting, prepare broccoli, green beans and kale. Once the sweet potato has 10 minutes to go, add the veg to your steamer along with the marinaded tofu and steam until the kale is wilted (between 5-10 minutes).
- Combine the sweet potato, steamed veg and tofu in a large bowl. Drizzle on a dressing made of one tablespoon of tamari, one tablespoon of sesame oil and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Serve and eat immediately!