Amanda Bigelow is a health coach and works with high achieving women who have come to a crossroad with their health. She specialises in helping them to get crystal clear about their life, renew their bodies, become more energised and to create an easy, healthy lifestyle.
She helps women with: nutrition, weight loss and exercise, stress, sleep, improving digestion, and lifestyle challenges.
She has received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learnt cutting edge knowledge from the world’s top health and wellness experts. She has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods. To go with this she has trained to become an entrepreneur through the Change School.
In this episode we talk about:
- Why she got into health and wellbeing
- The importance of preventative health
- How she defines preventative health
- What exactly are the destructive forces that effect people today
- processed food,
- unsatisfied and unfulfilled lifestyle,
- disconnection with nature,
- a highly chemical world, and
- hypersensitivity and our exposure to technology
- How Wi-Fi is effecting our sleep patterns
- Lack of sleep and getting the 8 hours we are supposed to be getting
- Feeding your body at the correct times to help you sleep
- Fad dieting and its effect of sleep patterns
- How doing a juice fast helped her lose weight and kick sugar
- Eating the foods you should be eating without becoming to rigid
- Challenging your fears of the unknown
- Her journey through the Arctic and challenging herself through nature
- Visions for the future and Amanda’s goal for women
Nutrition and Meal Plans
What foods to avoid
- processed foods
What foods to actively seek out
- healthy foods
- organ meats
Amanda’s fondest food memories
Amanda loved going out to the meet the milkman. She remembers fondly how the butcher would also come and deliver the meat. It was about the hearth. The kitchen was the heart of the home, it was where all the love was being focused. Her mother would always cook three meals a day, and put so much love into caring for their diets and nutrition. She remembers hiding over cooked vegetables under her seat cushion.
- Always try to make cooking an experience.
- Batch Cooking – preparing multiple portions of several meals at once and storing them
- Spice it Up!
- Experiment with breakfast, incorporate as much nutrition into your breakfast as possible. Amanda combines all types of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and usually an egg in her breakfast recipes.
- Experiment with different flavours
- Fill a Lazy Susan with fresh herbs and place it in the centre of your dining table. Let your guests choose their own fresh herbs rather than cooking with them.
Quick dinner ideas
Salmon or Wild Barramundi (grilled or steamed with herbs or ginger), with a rainbow array of seasonal steamed vegetables, a dob of butter, and a little wasabi.
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Who would you love to have dinner with and where?
A terrace in Sardinia at twilight, seated at a long table filled with hearty food, sparkling water, and great wine. Surrounded by a group of wonderful friends, some great locals and Deepak Chopra. Sardinian people have wonderfully long lives. They would spend the evening enjoying the company of the really beautiful elders and appreciate the things they do in their lives to give them their longevity.
Sting with great music playing!
Last meal on the planet?
The food that revolutionises our way of connecting with ourselves and what’s important about food and what nourishes us. It would be prepared in such a magical way that it would transport the people eating it. It would have extraordinary flavours, be highly nutritious and would be shared with others.
The Model Health Show – Shawn Stevensons
Sleep well through tweaking your nutrition – Amanda Bigelow
Juice Fast – Joe Cross
Where to find Amanda