Simone Butchard is a local Sunshine Coast holistic health coach who radiates health, wellness and passion. She truly is a ray of sunshine. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm for life brings a smile to everyone’s face. Meet Simo…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
I became hooked on the wellness path due to my own personal health battles. Growing up I suffered from a lot of digestion issues, in particular chronic constipation, and this was beginning to take over my life. I wanted to feel good again so I embarked on one incredible healing journey to achieve ultimate health and happiness. Oh boy, what a rollercoaster ride it has been so far, but I am thankful for my struggle as now I get to help others with theirs – YEW!!!
What’s your number one wellness tip?
Grow your own baby!! I am a HUGE campaigner for nourishing our bodies with real, wholesome & clean food direct from the Earth. There is no better feeling than having your very own backyard veggie patch to keep you and your family healthy. Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it has been treated, is crucial in maintaining wellness. Everyone should grab a shovel and get amongst it!! Or otherwise support your local farmer at the weekend farmers market – local produce is always best.
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
Simo-time for sure!! I have realised that I function so much better when I schedule in time to unwind and look after myself. This means getting enough sleep, shutting off technology, having a bath full of Epsom salts or hitting the yoga mat to get bendy. Everything in my life is a reflection of me, so when I am feeling centered, calm and in control, everyone else around me blossoms also. It’s a win win!!
What motto do you live by?
“The more I trust my intuition and act on its wisdom, the more extraordinary my life becomes” Cheryl Richardson. Such a beautiful reminder to always stay true to your authentic self and that everything we need is already inside of us. I love it!!!
What is your proudest achievement?
Apart from creating “Sunshine & Health” (which is totally up there with my most proudest achievements ever) I would have to say that I am proud of myself for staying strong and sticking to my own personal beliefs and values. During the darkest moments of my health, I was faced with surgery or a lifetime of pharmaceutical drugs as my only option. Alongside the AMAZING support of my husband Willis, we stood our ground and went the natural route and it has paid off – big time!!! Yay!
What are your goals for the future?
Oh my goodness, my absolute dream would be to write a book one day. Writing is something I have only recently stumbled across since the launch of my blog and I can’t begin to express the amount of joy it is bringing into my life. I also want to continue to live simply, enjoy time in the garden, sunshine and nature. And of course to continue to grow our family starting with a puppy, chickens and then little Simo & Willis’s – my perfect life!!!
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I have a good cricketers arm – aka I can throw a cricket ball just as good as the boys can!! Growing up with four older brothers meant countless games of backyard cricket and classic catches. I was destined to pick up some sort of sporting skill I reckon ha ha– thanks bros.
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
This is my all-time-favourite!! Never again will you have to say no to pizza!!!
Pizza Base Ingredients (made 2 small bases):
1 cup ground cauliflower (or finely chopped)
1 ½ cups almond meal
1 cup of freshly chopped herbs (I used coriander and parsley from my garden)
2 organic pasture-raised eggs, beaten
Sprinkle of sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
Topping Ingredients: Finely sliced pumpkin (enough to cover your two bases. I used a quarter of a medium sized pumpkin)
200 grams of hot smoked salmon (you can use regular smoked salmon, grilled chicken or any other vegetables you like)
Organic wild rocket (one big handful to coat)
Drizzle with Simo’s Lemon & Dill Cashew Cream – click here for the recipe
Method: Pre heat oven to 180 degrees. Using a sharp knife finely cut your pumpkin into wafer thin slices and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil and then transfer to pre-heated oven for approx.15 minutes (or until the pumpkin is just cooked through). Set cooked pumpkin aside but keep the oven turned on at same temperature. While the pumpkin is cooking, steam the cauliflower until soft and then let cool. Drain as much liquid as possible (I used a nut milk bag) and then mash with a fork. Combine the cauliflower, almond meal, eggs, herbs, sea salt and ground pepper in a bowl. Mix through well. (If the mixture is sticky to handle, add up to ½ cup of almond meal. It should be similar consistency to bread dough). Divide the mixture in half and place between two sheets of baking paper, on two separate pizza trays. First flatten into a round shape with your hands. Then, using a rolling pin, roll into two small thin circles. Take care to keep the thickness even. Once flattened to desired shape and thickness, remove top layer of baking paper and transfer the pizza bases to the oven for 10 minutes. (Make sure to check half-way through). Remove from oven and then top with a layer of cooked pumpkin wafers, hot smoked salmon, rocket and a drizzle of cashew cream. Return to oven for a further 5 minutes or until heated through. Best served immediately while still warm with a fresh, organic, crisp salad. Top with extra cashew cream, sea salt and black pepper if desired – yummo. Simo Says – Enjoy xxx
Where can we find you?
Check out my blog at
If it is a weekend you will find me at my local farmers market (Kawana & Noosa) hanging out with my awesome market family and serving the best, organic, vegan smoothies you will ever come across. Holy moly! You have to check out The Sunflower Hotel here on the Sunshine Coast – the smoothies are out-of-this-world good!!