02 Jul Real Foodie Interview – STIL Sarah Tanner Inspired Living
I havn’t met Sarah Tanner in person yet, but we have had a few emails back and forth and I love the message she is sharing and can’t wait to have a good old catch up one day in person. I simply love it when I met people sharing a similar path to me and out there spreading a similar message.
Sarah is all about inspiration! Finding inspiration to be better, so she has created a site that is about just that. On her about me page its says she believes that our minds need just as much fuel as our bodies. Inspired thoughts. Inspiring people. Inspiring stories and I simply love this! Her site is a take on how to live the most fun, fabulous, positive, healthy, launch-out-of-bed-in-the-morning life, so who better to interview than someone sharing another fabulous real food message than Sarah Tanner.
Who is Sarah Tanner?
There are so many parts that make up the whole of me. A mum, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. Underneath all the labels, I am a hugely passionate, driven and ambitious bundle of positivity that loves seeing both myself and others realise and reach their full potential.
Through my blog, I gain and spread knowledge about living an inspired life. My focus is mainly on optimum nutrition and connecting to our true selves. I like to think that I can provide a little clarity and motivation in such a busy whirlwind and I endeavor to carry this through in my new business adventure!
What was your turning point that made you search for real health?
I had a few nudges along the way, like so many of us. Little messages that I chose to ignore, until I couldn’t turn my back any longer! I got an awful case of shingles at the start of 2013 that really boosted me into action. I considered myself to always being a pretty healthy person, so it made me dive deeper and learn more about health and wellness…little did I know it was to be my ‘falling down the rabbit hole’ moment that there was no coming out of!
Once you start learning about what’s in our food, the impact of our thoughts and lifestyle on our health, there really is no going back. That’s why I share my findings with others through the blog, if I can prevent even just one other person from being unwell, the blog is a success.
With my new business, I want to take that service of health and ultimate living to a larger scale. Reaching out to people wanting more from life, providing inspiration and the tools to living authentically is my motivation.
Would you say you are a “live to eat,” or “eat to live” kind of person??
Most definitely eat to live. Food can either be our medicine or our poison, I truly believe that. It’s sad that we’ve been ‘fed’ so many lies over the last 50-60 years in regards to our nutrition. Childhood obesity and diabetes was literally unheard of 60 years ago, we need to ask why. We have been sold convenience, at the risk of our health. People say they can’t afford to eat healthy, I say, if you summed up all your doctors and medical bills, your prescription costs and the amount of time you worry about your kids’ health…you can most definitely afford to eat healthy.
How do you like to move your body?
As much as possible! I had a bilateral lapidus bunionectomy 12 weeks ago and am only just managing to take small walks in the park again. It’s another 12 weeks of nothing too strenuous and then I’ll be back into my running, interval training and yoga. I’ve added learning to surf to my movement goals now that I’ve had my feet fixed, so I look forward to that this summer. I’m also taking up Tai Chi on Saturday mornings once I’ve got a little more stability and flexibility.
How would you describe your philosophy around food?
I see food as a pathway to living my ultimate life. If I put the most vital, nutritious and power packed fuel into my body, then I can function at my peak. It really amazes me how so many people are so together in their working lives, maybe even hugely successful, and yet they are overweight, or totally unsatisfied. A respect and embracing of what we feed ourselves is the first point to living a life of maximum potential.
When I was around 16 I had a shocking approach to food. I went on a crazy diet and lost a heap of weight, much to the concern of my friends and family. I was focused on the notion of what I looked like, which is so one dimensional, I realise that now of course. These days I focus on what I feel like. Great nutrition makes me feel great…and guess what you look like when you feel great?
How would you describe your philosophy around exercise?
Essential. We were made to move. If we have been blessed with a body that works, arms and legs that move, then we need to use them.
Again, like in the answer above, exercise should be focused on how we feel, not how we look.
We have become, through mass media, so consumed with this concept of how we should look. Sure, the model in the magazine might have a flat 6-pack tummy, but she also might be as miserable as hell! If we focus solely on the exterior, we are missing out on the truly magical benefits of exercise on our spirit. If we go for a run thinking about how many calories we are burning, we will most probably be feeling negative, down on ourselves and self defeated…however, if we go out for a run, breathing in all the beautiful nature around us, the rhythm of our breath, the magic of the fact that we can actually put one foot in front of the other without even thinking, then the rewards are so much greater!
To sum it up, my philosophy is a holistic one – mind, body, spirit.
What does your typical days food look like?
Very colourful! I always have at least one superfood smoothie everyday, packed with power foods like lucuma, maca, coconut, mesquite, spirulina and plenty of fresh fruits, veges and healthy fats.
I have eggs most days, cooked any way they can be! Quinoa is another staple, as well as vege soups, brown rice, and oodles of avocado! I choose to avoid red meat, refined sugar, dairy and wheat for ethical reasons and because I don’t like how I feel after eating them.
What was your last workout?
A gentle walk in Cornwall Park pushing the pram this morning!
Whats your go to meal to cook?
Quinoa, kale, egg, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, garlic and ginger cooked in tamari, sesame oil and chili flakes…I could have it every night. Actually, the recipe is on the blog, under Caroline’s Kale and Quinoa!
Name your top 3 people you admire the most?
3 is way too hard!
Everyone that I surround myself I admire in one way or another. You are the sum of your company I believe. Lay with dogs get fleas, fly with eagles, touch the stars!
In a nutshell, my husband, daughter and family are my most admired treasures.
Whats one of the biggest health myths you would love the world to really understand?
That health is only about what you eat. It is soooooooo much more. A person might have the cleanest, purest, healthiest diet on the planet, but they might be feeding their minds with toxic talk and negative vibrations.
Our whole, miraculous selves have to be nourished. What we eat, drink and think are the foundations to a health that everyone deserves…that’s when the magic happens!
What does being foreverfit mean to you?
A journey. A constant desire for improvement. A realization that what you put in, you get out…forever.
What is so great about this recipe you are sharing?
It’s great for the whole family!
It’s quick, easy, doesn’t require cooking and packs a serious nutrient punch to power you through those tricky snacks times.
A Raw Slice Of Vitamin A
There are many sources of this precious, vital vitamin. Two of which that are very high, are dried apricots (organic and without sulphites), and sunflower seeds, (again, organic is best, activated even better).
Vitamin A is essential for skin regeneration and helps to keep us glowing with health. Anti-aging, if you want to help keep pesky lines at bay, is also aided with Vitamin A. If you suffer from dry, flaky skin or psoriasis, you may well be lacking…here’s a totally delicious way to get a little more A into your life!
Vitamin A is essential for kids too. It helps with their bone growth, vision, and their immune systems. I guarantee you won’t have trouble giving them their daily quota when this slice is in the house!
Fast to throw together, no cooking and of course, no wheat, dairy, or refined sugar…I give it an A!
Please opt for organic and sulphite free dried apricots. You can tell if they have sulphites because they will be a bright orange colour. Naturally, without sulphites, they are a brown colour.
For the Organic sunflower seeds I recommend getting activated seeds as they are more readily digested in our bodies. I use and recommend The Wright Sprouts brand
Enough for around 28-30 pieces, 50-60 if you cut into kiddy portions
- 2 cups chopped organic died Apricots
- 1 cup Organic sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Organic maple syrup
- 1/3 cup Organic tahini I use Ceres Organics brand
- 1/2 cup Organic coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup Organic desiccated coconut
- Place the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and tahini in a blender or food processor and blend until thick and creamy.
- Pour the mixture out into a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, apart from the desiccated coconut. Mix it all together. This can be quite a workout as it’s pretty thick, but keep at it to ensure it’s all well combined.
- Turn out onto a slice tray lined with grease proof paper. Flatten down with the back of a spoon to ensure it’s level and even. Lastly, sprinkle over the desiccated coconut and then place in the freezer for around an hour.
- Remove and lift out of the tray to place onto a wooden chopping board or suitable surface. Cut into your desired slices. I like to have a square size for the adults and little finger slices for Stella. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge where it will keep for up to 10 days. Works a treat x s
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