What do you do?
My mission is to find, meet and feature people who run nourishing businesses, programs or initiatives based in Melbourne. This can be related to food, body and mind, beauty or home. I’m also a ‘nourished’ marketing and communications consultant.
Your mission at Nourish Melbourne is to find the most nourishing places, people and things to do in Melbourne? Do you have selection criteria for this?
There’s not a fixed selection criteria per se but it’s important that the business, program or initiative will ‘nourish’. If it’s food, we are talking organic or eating for different diet types. With body and mind, it will be anyone or anything that involves movement and lastly, if it’s beauty, then it has to be organic or natural skin care and makeup must not contain toxic ingredients.
How did you come up with the idea for Nourish Melbourne?
I’ve always wanted to mix my love of health and wellness with my passion for marketing and communications so I thought, why not create a platform where I can share all the nourishing hot spots in Melbourne! The people listed on the site are in business to better the health of other and they deserve a louder voice. And in my opinion, everyone deserves to be nourished!
What is your favourite cookbook and why?
I don’t have just one but I absolutely love all of Jamie Oliver’s books. His passion for food and matching of flavours, his ad-hoc/crazy nature and goal to make fresh food as tasty as possible is so hard to resist. I rarely use recipes but rather search for inspiration for my cooking.
What do you like to do on a day off?
Go for a bike ride, long walk, lie in the sun, read, cook, be pampered and watch a good movie.
What is your favourite neighbourhood restaurant?
Fitzrovia on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. It has honest, tasty, nourishing food and everything is made from local produce.
Tell us three exciting things you will be doing in the next five years?
Traveling, growing Nourish Melbourne, spreading the model to Sydney and Brisbane, and also starting a family – hopefully!
We read that you have been on the paleo diet? Could you tell us about your experience? Have you noticed any changes/benefits?
I changed to a predominantly Paleo diet about twelve months ago and initially I was really strict: no fruit, 90% green vegetables, a grain was not to be seen! Today, I eat the Paleo/Primal way about 80-90% of the time; my rules are that food should be in its most natural state, mostly organic and always fresh.
What are three natural remedies you swear by?
Massage, acupuncture and clean eating (food is nature’s medicine).
Please tell us your top 5 must-have’s
1. Up to date technology (loyal Apple fan here) – With this I can work from anywhere.
2. An amazing cleanser – My hands down favourite is the Jacqueline Evans Naturopathic Skin Care castille cream cleanser.
3. Rocking hair, i.e. a good hairdresser – (See ‘Who’s Your?’)
4. Mindfulness and gratefulness
5. Good quality, organic dark chocolate – every day.
… Can I have six? Coconut oil! I cook with it, use it as a moisturiser, makeup remover and hair treatment. It’s magic.