The beautiful model/health food writer and fellow chocoholic Brook Meredith recently interviewed me for her kick ass website A Conscious Collection where she offers wholesome recipes and healthy lifestyle tips to inspire the journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Check out her website – it’s full of beautifully photographed food, interviews and inspiration & read her interview with me below!
Photo credit: 35mm Fashion Photography | Drew Wheeler
Natascha Elisa: Model / Blogger / Explorer
“Whether she’s jet setting to Los Angeles or Bali or sipping coconuts under the Australian sun, Natascha Elisa is forever inspired by life’s simple beauty. Model and resident blogger to in Search of Sadie.com, Natascha offers a graphical keyhole to life with an open heart and open mind.” We Adore Natascha’s outlook on all things health and well-being and couldn’t be more delighted to feature this talented Australian beauty.
Where are you and what are you doing right now?
I’m at my home away from home in Los Angeles, munching on some raw cocoroons that I made this morning!
What does “health” mean to you?
Looking after your self, enough sleep, enough water, being active and being conscious about what you consume, being kind to your body.
What’s your food philosophy you live by.
Food is fuel, it gives you energy, it nurtures and it heals. Let it help you, use it well, respect it and enjoy it.
What or who inspires you?
The earth, I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, the ocean, palm trees, sunsets and sunrises are my favorite eye candy. It’s a wonderful world once you look, you can find beauty and inspiration in the most simplest of day to day things.
What does a usual day of eating include for you?
BREAKFAST! Always I’m a total sweet tooth especially first thing in the morning (sometimes I go to bed thinking about breakfast) I love make breakfast bowls, jars filled with seeds and fresh fruit – I also have a little habit of having raw chocolate first thing in the morning.
Currently I will start my day with just that, either a chia pudding or a breakfast bowl (I love papaya!) I use coconut milk.
Lunch is usually a wholesome salad or a ton of snacks, I love making a platter of veggie sticks, raw crackers, sundried tomatos & dips. If I’m on the go – brown rice sushi is a good option (usually avocado and cucumber nori maki)
In the afternoon I’ll usually have a handful of mixed nuts and seeds, a home made energy ball or a juice or smoothie!
Dinner is often a macro plate, brown rice or quinoa with steamed or sautéed veggies, avocado (always), boiled or roasted sweet potato or pumpkin and some leafy greens. If I cook anything It’s with coconut oil and I use cayenne pepper and vegetable based salt to spice. I also love making a tahini sauce!
Dessert also always happens… usually some kind of homemade delight, chia coconut milk pudding, banana ‘soft serve’ or a fresh coconut (inside and out!)
You are always on the move, how do you keep on track with your eating whilst traveling?
When I arrive in a new place I source the local health food stores, fresh food markets and organic cafes. It’s exciting trying new places! Being prepared is also a must, especially working as a model there aren’t always a lot of healthy options (if any) on a job. Packing pieces of fruit, nuts, energy balls and taking them along to a shoot is a great way to make sure I am fueled with goodness!
After a hard days work you like to unwind by…
A long walk! Preferably at the beach and at sunset!
Your top three healthy foods you can’t live without would be….
2. Sweet potato
Best advice you have been given?
Our biggest fears lie in anticipation. I used to worry a lot, a lot about the future and about the present. I have learnt that no matter how much you worry it won’t change the outcome. Live in the moment and enjoy every second.
Favourite quote you live by.?
All we have is now.It’s much better to be present. When living in the now we are not painted by past experiences or expectations of the future. We are at our full potential living in the now. Completely unaffected by the outside world. Wake up or stay asleep.
You create amazing healthy food and we love your blog; Clean Cooking would you care to share one of your favourite recipes?
Breakfast Berry & Seed Parfait
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tsp of flax seeds
1 tsp of sunflower seeds
4-5 fresh strawberries
1 small banana
+ mixed frozen (optional) berries, seeds and cacao nibs to top
1. The night before – place the seeds in a jar, add enough water (or almond/coconut/rice/hemp milk) to cover, place in the fridge.
2. Then also the night before – peel and chop banana & strawberries and place in an air tight container in the freezer.
3. In the morning, blend strawberries, add to your jar of soaked seeds, blend banana, add.
4. Top with mixed berries, 1/2 a fresh banana, extra seeds and cacao nibs
What is your advice to others wanting to start their journey into a healthier lifestyle?
Be realistic, start slow, don’t give yourself too many expectations, depending on where you are coming from it’s an entire life transformation so be easy on yourself and you will be surprised how easy it is to eat and live healthy when you start feeling great!
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