23. How women can have it all according to Key Person of Influence speaker Leandra Walker

23. How women can have it all according to Key Person of Influence speaker Leandra Walker

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23. How women can have it all according to Key Person of Influence speaker Leandra Walker

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Leandra is the Cosmopolitan Hippy.  She is the author of the very sexy looking book “Cosmopolitan Hippy: A modern girl’s guide to being healthy and fabulous”.

She is a Chiropractor, business owner, mother and wife. And she wants it all. Good food, a fast paced fashionable lifestyle and good health.

She, Ladies and Gentlemen specialises in teaching women how to find the balance between raging party girl and blissed out hippy, all while nourishing their inner goddess. 

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In this interview we cover:

 

Leandra’s entrepreneurial journey

This bit of the conversation is fascinating and for the people out there who are running their own businesses in particular. Leandra talks about how she found out, that she was proudly unemployable. She mentions her journey from Melbourne to Portugal to Dublin and then landing up in Darwin where she is now. Her journey from finding a job, realising that she didn’t want to work for someone else, then doing whatever it took to raise the money needed to start their own business. 

Leandra points out how going to the Key Person of Influence Brand Accelerator day changed her life. How going through the KPI program she realised that her entrepreneurial sweet spot was around the area involving gut-brain health. And now, on the 15th of August 2014, she will be speaking at the Brand Accelerator in Melbourne.

How to have it all: The balancing act!

We talk a lot about how she balances having two businesses and being a wife and mum week in week out. She also talks about her passion – food! Which is why we get along really well in the interview. In fact, just like Michael’s interview, all the regular questions went out the window. 

We talk in detail about how every woman can have it all – health, wealth and vitality. We talk about women and the challenges women face when it comes to food and healthy eating. How guilt plays such a huge emotional consequence in our lives. Leandra goes into detail talking about how listening to your body and why you are craving certain foods. How to find the substitutes to make sure you get what you want. 

You’ve got to listen to the part of the interview where Leandra helps her accountability buddy off soft drink. 

Wheat! Is it good for you?

We talk about gluten, the effects gluten has on our bodies. We talk about how wheat is really good for our economy but how it isn’t good for our body. Leandra goes into detail on the change the wheat strand has gone through over the last few decades. She tells us what symptoms you might have if you’re allergic to wheat. And, she also tells me what to substitute wheat with, if you really love it.

In fact, Leandra gives us a lot of options on how to migrate to a diet that is gluten free. 

Leandra stresses on the 80-20 rule and how nutrition is 80% of the challenge. 

Nutrition and Meal Plans

What foods to avoid

  • Gluten
  • Foods that make you feel horrible 

What foods to actively seek out

  • Buckwheat crapes as a wrap 
  • Foods that make you feel great

Leandra’s fondest food memories

Custard … Dairy! She loved cheese, chocolate, ice cream, everything wrapped up in dairy growing up.  

Cooking tips

  • Break components of meals down that you like, and find healthy substitute.  
  • Find out why you crave certain foods and correlate that to foods you need. 

Do you have a clean eating diet plan?

Absolutely! I pay attention to how I feel after I eat certain foods and I eat more of the foods that make me feel good. 

Know more about Leandra

Who would you love to have dinner with and where?

Heston Blumenthal at his restaurant The Fat Duck.

Last meal on the planet?

Champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries and Toasted cheese sandwiches.  

Resources 

Where to find Leandra

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Comments 3

  1. Phill Tsingos

    Great interview. So many issues to deal with.
    *So true about reading the ingredients list. Most of the packet food is a laboratory experiment.
    *True that maintaining a healthy weight is 80% diet 20% exercise. I lost 16kg with no exercise just stopping wheat and dairy.
    *I do have a question about motivation. How do you motivate people to take action? I know people take the path of least resistance but obesity and poor eating habits will burden the health system worse than smoking and alcohol combined.
    Thanks for a great show Ronsly.

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      Ronsley

      Thanks for the comment Phill. That is a great question and one that a lot of us struggle with on a regular basis. My view point is that if we get enough of people to believe, and we push that number enough, we will get more people to take action. Its like when a new technology comes out, some embrace it, some wait for people around them to tell them they should try it, some wait until they don’t have a choice and have to adopt it, and finally, there are some that don’t change. 🙂

    2. Justin Hoover

      Phil,
      The way I motivate people is just share your story, the good and the bad. You can’t force them to change but you can get them to think. Simply talk to them about why it excites you and how it has helped you. You will be surprised at how it inspires them to move to an intrinsic motivation.

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