INSPIRATION CORNER WITH LIBBY MATTHEWS
The Inspiration Corner is a weekly series where I interview inspiring soul-centred wellness advocates on what inspires them. We dive deep into Inspiration, health, wellness and self-love.
Introducing Libby Matthews. The other half of Julia + Libby. I recently interviews Julia – you can check it out HERE. Libby is based in Auckland NZ where she works part-time at the clinic My Remedy and is studying Naturopathy. Libby believes a healthy life requires much more than just a focus on food and believes in treating her clients as a whole person with health requirements which stem not just from food related issues.
Libby oozes health and vitality. Not to mention how stunning she is!
Enjoy her insights and inspiration
Connect with Libby:
Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here.
My names Libby Matthews I am a Holistic Nutritionist from Auckland. Last year I graduated with a Diploma of Nutrition and that has completely changed my life, it is one of the best decisions I have made. I love being able to help educate others with their diet and well-being. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Naturopathy at Wellpark College in Grey Lynn, Auckland.
My sister Julia and I both run a health and well-being blog called ‘Julia and Libby’, this keeps us really busy but we love it!
What INSPIRES you?
Happy positive people.
Where do you SOURCE your inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from my family and people that I meet in the health industry. Since studying Nutrition and Naturopathy I am constantly researching and reading new information on health and well-being so that is always inspiring reading what other people around the world do to stay healthy.
How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life?
I use this inspiration every day, it helps me grow and expand into becoming more of the person that I want to be. Every experience that happens to us in life helps us learn, heal and grow, weather it is a positive experience or a negative experience.
When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you?
To me, health and wellness all around is so important! I try to eat as much nourishing food that enhances my health rather then impair it, to exercise enough so I am physically fit and surround myself with positive people who make me happy. A positive outlook on life is very important when trying to reach your goals.
What’s your routine?
When I wake up I always have a green smoothie that is full of green goodness then I have a big breakfast so that I have enough fuel and energy for the day, I find that eating a big breakfast helps me make better food choices throughout the day. When I get home after work or uni I try to make time for myself, this ‘me’ time allows me to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate.
How do you find balance + happiness?
No matter how busy I am I always take time out to relax and do something that I enjoy such as going our for a delicious dinner, going to yoga or watching a movie.
How do you practice self-love?
I think learning to forgive and let go would have to be a big one for me, as soon as you learn to do this it enables you to move forward in life. I try do something I love once a week and I also will reflect on what is going on in my life every week. Practising self love is the fundamentals for us to be able to love others.
What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
My coconut and banana bread served with coconut yogurt. Simple and delicious.
What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc)
I follow a whole foods diet and I try to eat a lot of vegetables and drink a lot of water. I try to exercise three times a week and be in bed by 10.30pm every night
How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation?
I try to take half an hour out of my day and listen to music or read a book, I find this helps a lot as I can focus better on tasks I need to do.
What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness?
Some people have health symptoms which they will ignore until they become a serious health issue, such as irregular or no periods, low back pain and constantly feeling sluggish. These symptoms if not checked out could lead to something a lot more serious and I think people need to take their health a lot more seriously because at the end of the day our health is our most important asset.