Lee Holmes, Supercharged Food, Supercharge Your Life
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Man continues to interview some of world leaders in
the health, well-being and lifestyle sector. Today
we hear from health nut Lee Holmes and learn some
of the secrets of her success, and how everyone can
benefit from utilizing much of her approach to life
and healthy choices.
You have quite a vast background in food, nutrition
and well-being. When and how did you realist you could
make a career out of helping people with their diet,
well-being and overall lifestyle?
am an accidental entrepreneur and all the way along
I didn't think about this as a career. Really, all
I wanted to really do in the beginning was to just
share my knowledge and recipes with my immediate friends
and family and then social media had really started
to take off and more people were noticing my recipes
and I was reaching people who had been in the same
predicament as me. I realised then that I had a powerful
platform to inspire and help others to live their
best lives. So it was very exciting to be able to
help people do that, and improve their diets and lifestyles
without pushing a fad-like message to them.
2. Are more people becoming aware that their overall
lifestyle (habits, food intake and life choices and
the like), have such a massive influence on their
overall health, both physical and mental?
think a lot of people are becoming more aware of their
overall lifestyle; the things that they're consuming,
how much they're drinking, their life choices and
habits. I believe that wellness is holistic, it has
many facets and avenues. Particularly when it comes
to things like mental health, and the way that the
mind and it's fluctuations have a massive influence
and impact on overall health. What people are becoming
more aware of is that human connection is important
and your external environment, past traumas and the
way they influence you now are the keys to understanding
your health. It's in those areas where I believe the
work begins. That's why introspection and working
on going inward is just as important as what you are
putting into your body. I like to look at health holistically
and help people find their own wellness solutions
that come from looking after themselves physically
and mentally and understanding the way that those
two worlds connect and influence each other.
Has the beach lifestyle assist you and your family
much with your overall health and quality of living?
really love living by the beach and I live here with
my daughter and my dog and my cat in a little beachside
shack. I like to live in a minimalist way and have
a very simple lifestyle. What excites me most is getting
out into nature and taking my dog for a walk and exploring
the area and the beaches. It's a life in tune with
nature and the seasons. I like to get my hands dirty
and grow my own food and am consciously trying to
minimise my footprint on the earth.
4. What's the biggest challenges you have overcome
in your life, own health, and business, and how did
you manage to keep on succeeding?
of the biggest challenges that I overcame was after
a horrendous year last year, and during the pandemic,
everything in my life turned itself upside down. I
was challenged in every area with loss, heartbreak,
illness, having to sell my house and losing loved
ones. I felt like I had been beaten down mentally
and physically. It was during that time that I took
up Vedic meditation and realised that everyone has
their own struggles and for me my saving grace was
going inward and working on myself so that I could
be able to show up and help others more. I think timeout
and introspection is paramount to having a successful
5. Why is it so important for people not to focus
too much on their actual weight, and more about their
overall health and well-being?
think it's important for people not to focus too much
on their weight because weight is just a number on
the scales and it fluctuates all the time. It depends
on how much you're eating, how much you're exercising,
hormone imbalances, and different factors that you
might have. I think focusing on the basics; eating
real and fresh food, ensuring adequate hydration,
a balanced intake of protein carbohydrates and good
fats and looking after your mental health are what
is necessary to feel good. Wellness fads will always
come and go, but the basics will always be there.
Having a balanced approach to wellbeing is what will
ground you and guide you through.
6. Do you find that most of your clients and followers
are more Mum's, teenagers, the 30s to 50s demographic,
or perhaps the Mum or Dad in the family who has everyone's
best health interests at heart?
find most of my clients and followers are a broad
range of people from 20 all the way up to 70 sometimes
I work with people who are in their 90s and just starting
to get fit and eat well and it's just so encouraging
and wonderful to see.
7. How has the current global situation (known as
Covid), both being a negative and positive situation
for your own and your clients' health?
think Covid has impacted everybody in negative and
positive ways. When I speak to my clients some of
them say that it's allowed them to take a step back
and go inward and focus on their own health and spend
more time with their families and then others say
that it's been very difficult for them. In lockdown
I'm here in Sydney and we've been in lockdown for
the past eight weeks which is very challenging for
people both living alone and also for families.
8. Is working from home generally a more healthy situation
for most people, rather than the more traditional
traveling into the office and buying lunch out, or
does it get down to the individual's health awareness
and how they manage themselves?
think that working from home can be beneficial for
some people, especially who are introverted and like
to work by themselves. For the extrovert, working
from home can be really difficult. When it comes to
nutrition, being able to work from home can be a good
thing as you're able to have more time to make food
and cook your own healthy lunches. Having said that,
I have noticed a steep rise in home delivery and also
alcohol consumption during this time.
9. As is common knowledge, stress and cancer are major
problems in western society. Has awareness levels
of the population gone up to a point where most people
over say 15 years of age know they should be eating
well for the betterment of their life and likely life
10. Do you ever work in collaboration or partnership
with other health or even medical professionals, or
do your clients ever tell you they were advised to
see a credible nutritionist about really improving
their diet and other lifestyle choices?
I work with a number of health professionals and practitioners
in an integrative sense. I work with doctors, specialists,
dietitians and physiotherapists and mental health
experts across the board. As a fully qualified clinical
nutritionist I see more people wanting to work with
credible practitioners to improve their diet and lifestyle.
11. Do you work with many athletes or even former
athletes, be it swimmers, surfers or boxers, as to
how to best adapt their diet for peak performance.
If so, any examples you can point to?
12. What's your favourite food, desert and beverage?
favourite food is definitely rocket also known as
arugula. I don't know why but I absolutely love it!
I have it for breakfast lunch and dinner. I put it
in my smoothie in the morning and then I have it in
a wrap or sandwich for lunch and then I always have
it for dinner as a side salad. It's a such a peppery
and distinctive tasting green which contains calcium
and vitamin C K and B!
favourite desert is always blackberries and raspberries
with yoghurt and my Love your gut powder (www.superchargeyourgut.com)
a spoon of almond butter with cacao nibs on top
I drink a lot of dandelion tea and make it on the
stove top with oat milk and so it's nice and creamy.
13. Do you believe it to be true that one or two cups
of coffee a day can actually be good for your health,
as long as the rest of the individuals diet is healthy?
I think 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day can be good for
you and especially good for your mental health so
if you love it there is no point in depriving yourself.
Opt for chemical free fair trade if you can.
Do you have any other projects on at the moment, separate
from your traditional business and offerings?
am currently working on my vegetable garden and just
about ready to get planting for springtime.
15. What's your motto?
motto is less is more.
Amazing. We're already eating well and exercising,
but there's always more one can do, and as well learning
what to cut out of a diet, and learning more about
one's body. The advice from Lee is going to help alot
of people in Australia and across the globe, and we
have been blessed to connect with Lee. Cheer's to
a happy and healthy life. Now you have more tips,
get to it!