Hi, I'm Abi!
For 8 years I worked in a fast paced office environment, travelling all over the world, managing a large team of people, working with demanding business execs from the world's largest companies, and I was burning out.
I ate pretty well, but used coffee, sugar and carbs to get me through the day. And with the crazy hours I was working, take aways, eating out or cooking the 'easy' way with pre-prepared food was the norm.
That's when I got into yoga. At first it was just an exercise for me, but after a year or so I found a connection with it that changed my life.
Yoga gave me the ability to leave work and not take the day home with me. It allowed me to focus and be more productive during my days. It generally made me much calmer.
But there was still something missing.
In 2013 I decided to take my practice to the next level and completed my 200 hour Hatha Flow Teacher Training with the incredibly talented Raphan Kebe, and it was during this time that my love of food and yoga collided.
During my teacher training I found out just how much my food and lifestyle choices were affecting me.
They were either wiping out my energy (which I needed for a physically and emotionally demanding four months), or giving me strength, stamina and focus; all of which I needed to complete my training, and continue to work crazy hours, whilst travelling to a different country every month.
At the same time I completed my research paper on The Link Between Food & Yoga, which gave me an opportunity to explore my two greatest passions in more depth. It was then that I knew I wanted to learn more about nutrition, and hoped by doing so I could help myself and the people I loved lead healthier happier lives.
Then along came my little boy. And wow, did that change... well everything!
Having Jasper spurred me on to train with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN); the world's largest nutrition school.
My studies with IIN and experience as a mum have taught me that being healthy is about so much more than just the food we eat. Every choice we make in life effects our health. Our jobs, our relationships, our exercise... but of course the best place to start is with what we're putting into our bodies.
Easier said than done with the busy lives we all lead though huh?
For me, going back to basics and making simple meals made from wholefood ingredients, I found the process of cooking less stressful, I gained more energy because of the food choices I was making, and felt proud of these beautiful meals I was making, confident I was setting the best example I could be for my son.
So if like I used to be, you want to feed your family the best food you can, are fed up of not knowing which supermarket products are actually healthy or not (sadly ‘organic’, ‘natural’, ‘low-fat’ foods are not always good for us), actually love healthy food but don’t have any energy left at the end of the day to make it, and wish so much you could be that shining example for your kids (and yourself) to look up to, check out my Eating Your Way to Health Programme here.