Kellie Holland is a naturopath, clinical nutritionist and medical herbalist based in Sydney, Australia. Kellie has a passion for nourishing food, women’s health and inspiring people to lead healthy, happy and active lives. She runs online health programs and offers e-books, meal plans, free recipes through her website. Meet Kellie…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
I’ve always been a bit of a nature lover. I actually got into this industry through my fascination with plant medicine. When I was a little girl I would play in my mother’s garden pretending to make medicines from the plants. I didn’t actually know what I was doing – I thought I was just playing until I heard about herbal medicine when I was older. I decided to study naturopathic medicine through my love of herbs, though it wasn’t until I started my studies that my passion for food and nutrition took hold.
What’s your number one wellness tip?
Eat your veggies! Not everyone likes vegetables and I believe there are many reasons for this. Vegetables are so important for health and not a lot of people get enough in their diet. You should be aiming for 5 serves or more every day and trying to eat a rainbow of colour – especially greens.
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
Sleep! I make sure I get at least 8 hours every night and if I’m tired during the day I give myself a nap. Sleep deprivation causes so much havoc in the body; hormone imbalance, stress, depression, anxiety, gut issues… it really is one of the most important things for your health!
What motto do you live by?
No Excuses!! I use this as a sort of affirmation when I’m feeling unmotivated. Excuses will always pop up for people when it comes to health and wellbeing. I’ve learnt that there really are no excuses and that health and wellness is our birth right – we may feel unmotivated, feel like we have no time or money, but there is always a way. The body wants to be healthy; it does so much for us every single day to keep us disease-free. I figure that the least I can do is give it a fighting chance by eating nutrient dense foods and keeping fit!
What is your proudest achievement?
My daughter, for sure! Not only bringing her amazing little soul into the world, but also the achievement of creating such a healthy eater! She is such a healthy eater, she does yoga with me most days, and loves to hike, kayak and rock climb. She is my biggest and proudest achievement because I have set her up for a healthy life with healthy habits.
What are your goals for the future?
I’m currently writing a book which I hope to publish possibly in the New Year. I am also creating online weight loss and other health programs for busy women which should be available on my site by the end of the year. I’d love to inspire women all over the world to reach their health goals and live longer, happier and healthier lives.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I’m one of the biggest geeks… most of my close friends know this though! I read comics, I love superheroes and I have tickets to comicon (I’m super excited to meet the cast from Stargate Atlantis). If I wasn’t a naturopath I would probably be an astrophysicist or a forensic biologist. I love science!
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
I have a bit of a sweet tooth and absolutely adore banana bread so I created a healthier version! This is a favourite of mine, but also of my family and my friends. It’s so delicious. It’s also vegan friendly!
1¾ cups spelt flour (for a gluten free version, use quinoa or coconut flour)
½ teaspoons baking powder
1¼ teaspoons bicarbonate soda
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
½ cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
4 tablespoons flaxseed oil (you can also use olive oil)
3 over ripe bananas
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees celsius. Grease a loaf tin with coconut oil and line with baking paper. Sift the spelt flour, baking powder and bicarb into a bowl, mix through the salt. In another bowl add the bananas and mash like crazy. Add in the vanilla, maple syrup and flaxseed oil and mix really well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until your batter forms. Pour into your prepared loaf tin, smooth the top out and for extra prettiness add half a banana (sliced lengthways) on top. Add to the oven and cook for 45 minutes – check with a skewer to make sure it’s cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve warm!
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