My Day On a Plate: Health Coach Rebecca Neale
Rebecca Neale is a Health Science (Nutritional Medicine/Dietetics) Student, Accredited IIN Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Creator of The Healthy Freedom Movement and a Food Blogger. After being a fitness model and experiencing severe depression, Rebecca discovered food really was medicine, and became passionate about whole foods, and how they can heal the body naturally. She believes life is all about balance, and that we need to nourish ourselves both externally and internally - mind, body and soul. Rebecca still loves her fitness, is a massive foodie and nurtures her soul with a regular daily spiritual practice. She doesn't believe we should label ourselves, but that we should all enjoy more of a plant based diet with a side of ethically sourced quality organic meats, seafoods etc if these are things you choose to consume.
We love Rebecca's holistic approach to health, so we sat down with her to take a peek at what her typical day on a plate looks like. 5am Wash my face, big glass of water and I take my ‘magic beans’ 100% natural nutritional support before heading off to train my clients. I choose to fast for the first few hours of the morning, I believe there is great research around doing so. I usually do some morning spiritual rituals then head off to my fitness clients sessions between 6-8am. 8am I come home and make a bullet proof coffee - made on sacred grounds coffee + Pepe saya butter + loving earth coconut oil all blended up in the vitamix. I then head off to the gym or outdoors for a cardio session. I always start my day with movement of some sort. 10am/11am I have a bowl of organic berries, banana, coconut cream/yoghurt topped with lots of goodies (nuts, seeds, bee pollen, chia, hemp seeds, goji) etc or a big green smoothie depending on how I feel. I then usually do coaching calls, emails, social media and/or study between 11am-2pm and then I head to gym for an afternoon sweaty weights session. 1-2pm Lunch after the gym is usually some form of protein with a huge bowl of salad and veggies, either topped with home made avocado (guacamole Im slightly addicted), hummus. Or I enjoy left over food from the day before. 4pm Raw treats - Im a sucker for my bliss balls or home made raw cacao chocolate hearts! Sometimes I will squeeze an afternoon yoga session in here or a quick walk outside to refresh before getting into the rest of my afternoon of work. 6.30/7pm I usually enjoy fresh cooked salmon or a plant based meal - I do love a good vegan mexican meal!!!! Dinner is always eaten outside in nature, with daylight savings its still so light and beautiful at this time of the evening, I do some grounding in the grass at the same time. 7-9pm Is more work! A lot of my team of girls who work with me at The Healthy Freedom Movement have other work on during the day or mummy duties, so I spend time working with them at night. 9.30pm Is switch off time (no more social media/internet - phone is on flight mode) and unwind until 1030pm - this is my time, I lay legs up the bed and continue reading whatever good book Im currently engrossed in.
10.30pm Is sleepy time.
Matcha, Berry + Coconut Bliss Balls I love making bliss balls, they are such a quick and easy and snack to have in the fridge for during the week when you just feel like something a little naughty but still healthy. These bliss balls are packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting goodness! Ingredients: 1 cup of desiccated coconut 1/4 cup of cashews or macadamias 1 cup frozen mixed berries 4 fresh dates 1.5 tsp of Matcha 1 tabs Coconut Oil Squeeze of lemon juice Method: Blend nuts in high speed blender first on their own til almost a paste. Add in the remainder of ingredients. Blend until a good consistency Mixture is quite wet due to frozen berries, but coconut oil will help them harder once in fridge. If its too wet to roll, add some more coconut. Roll into balls, rolling in desiccated coconut (add small amount of matcha to mix to create green effect) Put in freezer to harder and keep them here ready to enjoy.