Today I’m chatting to Laura Burton. Laura is a Naturopath, a business owner and a blogger at Burton Health. She has been a part of the natural health industry since 2003 and has a passion for bringing health and happiness to all of her patients by educating them on good nutrition, balanced lifestyle practices and nutritional or herbal supplementation. Sounds amazing right! She is – meet Laura…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
I grew up making wild flower potions and setting up massage stalls at home but didn’t realise that you could actually do this stuff as a job! When I was in high school I was flicking through a TAFE handbook and landed on a remedial massage course and that’s when the penny dropped! I enrolled at a natural therapies college to study Massage which then led on to Naturopathy. I really can’t see myself doing anything else. I love helping people and I love the fact that I get to make “magic potions” every day!
What’s your number one wellness tip?
Do your best.
I’m not in to guilt and I don’t think it’s healthy for people to beat themselves up when they have a treat. If you eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, some nice oily fish, a bit of free range meat (if you desire), some nuts and seeds and drink lots of water then you really shouldn’t feel guilty when you find yourself eating something ‘naughty’ from time to time. Life is all about moderation and balance and being happy is a big part of being healthy.
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
Sleep! I’m totally anal about it! I will count the hours until I have to wake up to ensure I get to bed with 8 hours of sleep time to spare! When I was young I used to go out a lot and neglect my sleep and I was constantly suffering with tonsillitis. Now that I look after myself and understand the importance of sleep I never get tonsillitis any more.
What motto do you live by?
Live well, love much and laugh often.
What is your proudest achievement?
Becoming a Naturopath. I still have to pinch myself sometimes!
What are your goals for the future?
I want to keep working as a clinical Naturopath and helping as many people as I can through face to face consults and through my blog and articles. I’m already living my dream so I now I just want to perfect it.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I haven’t eaten pig since I was 17 years old.
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
Quinoa pronounced keen-wah, is a complete protein, packed full of macronutrients such as zinc, magnesium and iron. It’s wheat and gluten free so it’s a great alternative to cous cous and it tastes great!
1 cup quinoa
1.5 cups gluten free chicken stock (no nasties)
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons macadamia oil
½ cup pepitas
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup basil pesto
1 bunch broccolini, trimmed
Fresh basil leaves
Place chicken breasts in a saucepan of simmering water for 5 minutes, cover and remove from heat, stand for 20 minutes until cooked through, remove from liquid. Meanwhile, place quinoa in a saucepan with the stock and bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes until tender. Remove from heat and stand, covered for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Steam or blanch your broccolini. Shred the chicken and toss with the lemon juice and macadamia oil, then add all other ingredients and toss until well combined. Serve and enjoy! Is also delicious cold for lunch the next day.
Where can we find you?
Do you agree that being happy is a big part of being healthy? It’s an absolute non-negotiable for me.