20 Aug Real Foodie Interview – Rachael Plunkett Kiwizest
I met Rachael about a year ago and I loved that she was creating an online natural health supplement store. I think supplements can play a huge role in our health, but unfortunately there are so many out there that just aren’t that good. Rachael site Kiwizest has some fantastic supplements available and not only that essential oils. I just recently got myself a oil vaporizor from her along with stocking up my essential oils which I LOVE. So not only does my new revamped office look good, it also smells amazing to. I feel very inspired when I walk into my office now. So if you are after some supplements or essentail oils, make sure you check out Rachaels site www.kiwizest.co.nz
Real Foodie Interview – Rachael Plunkett Kiwizest
Who is Rachael Plunkett?
Certain parts of my life have not been easy but this has shaped me into the person I am today, strong, calm and very well balanced. I am also a wife, a mother of two beautiful girls, and a business women.
What was your turning point that made you search for real health?
I gave birth to both of my girls fairly close together, I now realise that it put a huge strain on my body physically and mentally. I was tired all the time, like dog tired, the type of tired that doesn’t get any better no matter how much sleep you get. Also I was having digestive problems as well as constant nausea. However, through all of this I managed to compete in a body sculpting competition, this brought my exhaustion to a whole new level! I noticed that I was not getting as lean as the other girls and felt I had to work twice as hard to get the results, it turns out I had leaky gut, candida, adrenal fatigue, hormonal issues and low thyroid, no wonder I was a wreck. I got in touch with Nicola and did some testing through Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, this was a turning point as I had the figures right there in front of me, there was no more guessing! My diet was already clean but by introducing bone broth, kombucha, fermented vegetables and some specific supplements into my everyday eating as well as a few tweaks to my diet my health has done full 180, there are still issues that I am dealing with but I am confident that I can achieve perfect health.
Would you say you are a “live to eat,” or “eat to live” kind of person??
Definitely a live to eat person, I love food and I love what it can do for our bodies.
How do you like to move your body?
I am fortunate to live in one of the best places in New Zealand when it comes to finding ways to exercise. I have the Mount (Maunganui) a stones throw away, the beach at my doorstep and a wonderful online gym in my lounge. I take every opportunity to exercise, I love anything that gets my body moving, I climb hills, walk on the beach, do HIIT’s, yoga, bike, you name it and I’ll give it a go.
How would you describe your philosophy around food?
Food is a great way to bring people together. In our family we eat breakfast and dinner together every night, we sit down at the dinner table and connect as a family as well as teaching a five and seven year old table manners, some nights are not as peaceful as others but at least we sit down together as a family, something that is not done very much these days! Every Saturday night we have dinner with extended family, in today’s world I think this is a great tradition to pass on to our girls. It is a time when I relax my rules on eating for our girls, they have some good quality ice-cream, homemade chocolates made with cacao butter and cacao powder, whipped cream and berries, it is eaten with love and appreciation by them as it is not an everyday food,
How would you describe your philosophy around exercise?
You have to do what you love, there is no point in pushing yourself to do exercise that you don’t like, that is not the point. It needs to be enjoyable, exercise may not able be fun but you need to get a sense of achievement from doing it without feeling resentful.
What does your typical days food look like?
This is an easy question to answer because all three of my meals are mostly the same! It will normally be broccoli, cauliflower, silverbeet and green beans for breakfast lunch and dinner with a bit of kumera or pumpkin, I love to saute my veggies in coconut oil, it takes them to a whole new level – yum! For breakfast I add poached eggs then for lunch I will throw in some leftover protein from the night before. I also have a serving of blueberries, usually with lunch, I like to add some coconut cream to them and it feels like a dessert. Dinner in our house is very simple, my girls love simple food which is great as it is always easy to cook, it is usually some form of meat with vegetables, they are not into one-pot wonders or things in sauces which can sometimes be a pain as it limits our recipes but for the most part they are great eaters. I never get tired of eating this way, I look forward to every meal.
What was your last workout?
My last workout was a walk with my mum, I strapped on a pair of 1kg leg weights and we walked the streets in the early hours of the morning, it is a great time to catch up and gossip!
Whats your go to meal to cook?
I would like to say it is something interesting but I would have to say it is good old roast chicken, I season it with salt and pepper, Bragg’s Herbs & Spices seasoning and a bit of paprika, drizzle a bit of olive oil over it and pop it in the oven for 90 minutes, there is always plenty left over for lunches for the next two days.
Name your top 3 people you admire the most?
My mum would have to be the first one, she is an amazing lady who runs three businesses, is generous, always seems to have energy and is my best friend. My husband Mike who is the most wonderful person I have ever meet, he has made me a better person! He is very creative and seems to know everything, it blows me away whenever the girls ask a question (which I would google) but he knows the answer. The last would be Pete Evans from My Kitchen Rules, he is trying to change the face of nutrition and is coming up against a lot of flax, I love his philosophy around food and what he is trying to achieve.
Whats one of the biggest health myths you would love the world to really understand?
That fat is good and you need it to nourish your body and feed your brain! I love to use coconut oil in everything, I add it to the girls porridge in the mornings, into their smoothies and cook just about anything in it. I do a lot of baking with butter, adding things to their lunchbox with goods fats in it fuels them for the day and gets their brains fired up. Avocado season is coming up again which I am very excited about as they are so easy to add to any meal.
What does being foreverfit mean to you?
To love the body you have and treat it with respect.
What is so great about this recipe you are sharing?
I wasn’t sure what recipe I was going to share as I have many but then when I was answering the question above about fats I thought I would share a recipe for Chocolate Mousse using avocados, it is super easy to make and tastes amazing, you definitely have to try it.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- 3 ripe Hass avocados
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp natural vanilla essence
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
- 1⁄4 cup water
- pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Put everything including 1⁄8 cup of water into the food processor and blend it all up.
- Add more water if required to create a smooth, velvety mousse-like texture.
- I like to serve this topped with berries, or orange zest, cacao nibs and/or some coconut cream. Enjoy!
Where can people find you?
Head to our website www.kiwizest.co.nz