Welcome to the latest edition of my Friday Foodie series, where each week I feature my favourite health and wellness stars. Each week, they share their tips for healthy living and their favourite recipe.
This week I am featuring Sam Beau Patrick, who is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Health Coach, as well as the author of several books, including ‘Beauty and the Beast Within’. This is an amazing book about hormone imbalances and how they affect women (and men) in all areas of their lives. Sam has also been interviewed on Sunrise, Today and Today Tonight about the content of this book. I hope you enjoy my interview with Sam and if you get chance, I highly recommend you check out her books.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I grew up in Tassie with my grandparents (mum died when I was young) and grandpa was Italian. That lead to my love of food, passion for life and zest for art and quirky things. I have 3 children that I am raising on my own (shared care with their dad) which has been interesting as we have totally different values around food and life.
I am a nutritionist and naturopath and have published 5 books. For the last 15 years I have been a professional speaker and enjoy talking about all sorts of things – hormones, nourishment, finding your mojo and more. My own career as a hormone specialist really started one night when I had a dinner party and experienced a “hormone melt down”. I found not many health professionals had any training to diagnose or help so have been educating other practitioners, and helping individuals for many years now on how powerful hormones can be in influencing our lives and how to manage them through thoughts, food and lifestyle.
My life has been extra ordinary and I am very blessed.
The healthier lifestyle thing needed to happen. I have always played sport at a high level, have loved nutrition from high school and used to have my own newsletter in grade 11. Since then I have nursed, done pharmaceuticals and started to study nutrition under Mim Beam in Sydney. She consolidated what I instinctively felt and that is ultimate control and liberation lies in our ability to “self nourish”. I relate this not only to food, but happiness, higher purpose, love, connection – all sorts of things. To be intrinsically motivated to love life is freedom for me so I work hard at it. I am trying to raise my kids with a similar outlook.
What tips would you give to someone who has just commenced living a healthier lifestyle?
Go FOR it. The most important thing is to understand that WE are all works in progress. No one wakes up and is “michelle bridges”… we wake up with a motivation to change, but change is the start. Daily consistent steps forwards is where it is at. Keep moving forward and don’t try to conquer health in a “boot camp”style approach. It is an evolution and gradual exciting process
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
EASY – shop at markets. They are far cheaper than super markets, better bang for buck and once the farmers know you love them and value them, they start slipping food into your basket. It’s a two-way reward system.
How do you deal with food struggles from your children and/or family?
My approach has always been to let them “nut it out” themselves. Gluten is a good example. I let them eat it and when they get tummy aches, I don’t say “I told you so” I highlight that it is probably the gluten and many people experience the same thing. This way they learn to make their own choice.
What is your favourite food?
Rib eye and a massive green leafy vegetable. (I don’t think wine is a food?!)
Who is your favourite foodie and why?
I quite like Nigella – mainly because she was pivotal in bringing sexy back to the kitchen….
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
I am always in nature- bushwalking, SUPping, enjoying great restaurants, painting and traveling. (Life is alright)
What is your favourite recipe to cook?
My fav recipe is very simple. Rib eye, with a massive green salad.
- Rib eye
- All sorts of greens – spinach, lettuce, sprouts, chinese vegetables, bunches of herbs
- Carrots, tomatoes, artichokes, capers, olives
- ½ lime or ½ lemon juice
- 3 Tbs tamari sauce
- ¼ cup olive oil
A little more about Sam and where you can find her
Sam Beau Patrick, is a leading natural medicine practitioner and professional speaker. Sam has a comprehensive understanding of health related illnesses due to stress, poor work life balance and poor lifestyle choices.
Sam appeared on Australia’s Sunrise, Today Tonight and Today all shows with over 1 million viewers, discussing women health and the importance of work-life balance.
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