INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JULIA MATTHEWS
Julia Matthews is one half of the duo Julia&Libby. If you’ve never heard of these two beauties then you’ve been missing out of some of the most inspiring, delicious recipes, EVER.
I am so thrilled to connect with Julia via The Inspiration Corner. Libby will be up on the blog soon. As I am the youngest of a large family with three other sisters I love that these two sisters have teamed up to share their mutual passion for wellness, food and beauty from within.
1. Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here.
I am living in Sydney studying Nutritional Medicine at Nature Care College. I moved over to Sydney late last year with my partner for his career and love it! When I was living in New Zealand my sister Libby and I started up a health and wellness blog. Libby is a Nutritionist and I am studying to be one, we have a big passion for helping others try to live a healthier lifestyle. We are realistic and know that cutting out bad foods from your diet wont happen overnight so we try and give little tips and tricks to help others who want to start living a more nourishing life.
2. What INSPIRES you?
Family, friends, receiving feedback from people we have helped and knowing that if I work a little harder I will be able to help lots more people. Other health and wellness experts (such as yourself), I love love Dr Libby and my nutrition teacher Tabitha McIntosh is phenomenal,
3. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration?
Most of the recipes and information I give out is based around what I eat or practises I have put in place for myself that work. If it works for me I know it can work for others. At Uni there is so much information being absorbed from my lecturers, I use that as a source of inspiration for blog posts. My sister and I skype often and brainstorm, she is very knowledgeable so I like to wrack her brain for ideas and inspiration.
4. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life?
A lot of what I learn/am inspired by at Uni I take on board and put into practise, such as learning about a new food and ways that it can help heal/nourish me.
5. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you?
Being happy & comfortable with yourself.
Accepting your flaws and working with them.
Learning how to manage stress is extremely important and something I am still working on! Nourishing your body with nutritious food daily.
Making ethical food choices.
6. What’s your routine?
Monday to Thursday I have Uni so get up around 6:30am, read over class notes and eat a big breakfast. Class starts at 9:30am and finishes anywhere from 1:30pm-3:30pm. When I get home and if it’s not raining or I’m not working on a big assignment I’ll go for an hour and a half walk around the bay (if you live in Five Dock/Leichardt/Balmain area you’ll know what I am talking about) then prep dinner. Bed time is always before 10:00pm. Weekends are spent doing more Uni work, and supporting my BF’s footy games. I eat out a lot in the weekends; it’s fun finding new eating spots and discovering parts of the city I have never been to before.
7. How do you find balance + happiness?
I find happiness by reminding myself how lucky I am, lucky to be living in such a beautiful country, being able to study what I love and having such supportive family and friends. Balance, still working on this. I have weeks where I am totally in control of what happens and then other weeks where I get overwhelmed and stressed with my workload.
8. How do you practice self-love?
Respecting my body and giving it the nourishment it needs and deserves. Having ‘’me’ time, taking time out every day or every second day to do something for myself.
9. What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
Avocado Cacao Mousse – 1x avocado, 2 tsp water, 1/3 cup cacao powder, 1 T raw organic maple syrup, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract. Don’t have before bed or you wont be able to get to sleep!
10. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle
I try not to place too many restrictions on myself as that can leave me a bit stressed. I know what I can and can’t eat and generally stick to it. There are certain foods I will only eat if organic and try to limit intake of animal products.
11. How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation?
Talking to my Mum, Dad, sister or friends, they help put things into perspective. My boyfriend is extremely supportive of what I do and gives me little pep talks to help lift spirits if I’m feeling down. It is amazing what a hug will do! Writing lists of goals and things I would like to achieve is definitely motivating.
12. What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness?
That when you eat well, you feel well. It is amazing how small simple changes to your diet can have some a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
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