At ALAS, we are huge advocates of a wholesome life, however staying motivated can be challenging at times. We are only human! It's important we have people like Nicole Maree to help guide us gently away from convenience and laziness, and ignite a spark of energy back into us. Nicole's amazing recipes are an inspiring way to get into cooking and healthy eating.
Why do you do what you do?
Each day we are faced with quick fix diets, stereotypes of how we are ‘meant’ to look, detoxes, how much we should exercise, what is socially acceptable and what isn’t. It is rare that we actually take a moment to think about what we are putting into our body, how we are moving it and the effect this has on our health.
I’m on a mission to help people worldwide experience the joy of healthy cooking - but more importantly, create the most vibrant, healthy, blissful version of their life possible. I want everyone to be able to nourish their body with nutrients, listen to their body, enjoy their favourite foods, never miss out and gain greater energy to lead an active, powerful day. We deserve it!
What motivates you?
I get my motivation and inspiration from my followers. Seeing them create my recipes, love them and share them with their friends and family inspires me to keep going. Each and every one of them motivates me to keep creating and living my dream because I know how much I am helping others. If I succeed in getting at least 1 new person to try a healthy recipe and honestly enjoy it, then in my eyes that is success.
What makes your day?
Receiving a email from a new or long term follower. I have the sweetest foodie family and when they email me to share their story or to tell me how much they enjoyed a recipe it honestly makes me so smiley! I absolutely love it!
What is the best wake up routine for a happy day?
Every morning I wake up and have a big glass of warm water with 1/2 a squeezed lemon. This kick starts my digestion and energises my body ready for the day ahead. I then do some light stretching, breathing and meditation in the sunshine before sitting down and enjoying a healthy protein filled breakfast. This to me is the ultimate combination for a healthy and happy day!
Where is your favourite place to escape?
I absolutely love escaping to the rainforest! I am such a forest girl at heart and I love getting away and relaxing with nature. I absolutely love the quote that says “There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection”. So true!!
What piece of advice has been most helpful in your life?
A few years ago I was given the advice ‘If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal’. These words really spoke to me and I still apply this to my daily life. Starting a journey to discover true health takes a lot of planning and changing your routine to find what works for you. You know your body more than anyone. So you will know what is working for you and what isn’t. It is always vital to listen to what your body is telling you and act accordingly. For me, it took six years to find exactly what works for my body. I changed my plans multiple times during the years but my ultimate goal of true health always remained the same. Always remember your goal and strive for progress, not perfection.
What are your top tips for a peaceful sleep?
My top tips for a peaceful sleep are:
- Make sure your bedroom is completely dark! Even a tiny amount of light can interfere with melatonin production and impair your sleep. So it is important to turn off any electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime and make sure your blinds/curtains are fully shut. Hang a blanket or towel over your bedroom window if light creeps in. You can also consider buying blackout curtains for extreme darkness!
- Ditch the mobile! I know... it is soooo hard not to scroll through your Instagram feed before you experience some shut eye. However it is important to know that radiation emitted from cell phones can increase the amount of time required to reach deep sleep cycles and decrease the amount of time spent in those cycles. If you’re using your cell phone as an alarm clock, stop. Replace it with a normal battery powered clock and turn your phone off or plug it in somewhere outside of your bedroom to charge overnight. You’ll get the added benefit of not being distracted by the buzz of an incoming text, Instagram notification or email.
- This one can take some discipline, but I promise you it is worth it. Wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Your body can’t establish an effective rhythm if you don’t allow it to normalize to a pattern. Choose a time to go to bed when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.
- Stay away from big meals at night. Try to make dinnertime earlier in the evening and avoid heavy, rich foods within two hours of bed. Fatty foods take a lot of work for your stomach to digest and may keep you up. Be cautious when it comes to spicy or acidic foods in the evening, as they can cause stomach trouble and heartburn. Drinking too many liquids in the evening can also effect your sleeping patterns and may result in frequent bathroom trips throughout the night. Caffeinated drinks, which act as diuretics, only make things worse so avoid them at late afternoon/night!
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