Local Melbourne wellness Guru Andi Lew is an example of how to live your life ‘well’.

The author of 6 books, nutrition coach and TV presenter of FOX8’s The SCENE and MODE programs, I caught up with Andi to get her version of wellness.

Thank you Andi for being our June cover for Wellness.

How long have you been on your own wellness journeyand what was the trigger to get you started?

Since forever. Mum was a health freak. We were never allowed junk. My gran would make everything from scratch and I’d pretend to be sick so I could stay home when mum went to work so I could watch my grandmother cook. She would get up at 5am, I’d walk in looking weak and she would quip, “Sit down and watch! I know you’re not sick, but don’t tell your mother!”
My ex-husband Dr Warren Sipser is a wonderful talented and intuitive chiropractor. He inspired me with chiropractic philosophy about allowing the body to heal itself through a better functioning nerve system.

What got you into actually then working, coaching and publishing in the wellness space?

The above stories got me writing and publishing. I couldn’t hold the information to myself any longer.mi felt compelled to pay it forward in my first book I wrote with him; 7 Things Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You. We then opened a Wellness practice and I ran it for 13 years. I went on to self publish another 5 books, 3 of which are best sellers. My latest, Wellness Loading, Disconnect to Reconnect, is a digital detox and inspires balance which comes from my wellness coaching training.

You write and present a lot on healthy eating and have some delicious recipes. If someone wanted to improvetheir health through diet what would be the biggest tip on where to start you could offer?

Eat as close to nature as possible. This is where food starts to act as medicine, because it’s the process behind processed foods that removes nutrition, especially micro nutrition AkA vitamins and minerals and our brain needs this to feel full. It only switches off the hunger mechanism when it’s satiated nutritionally.

I wrote about this in Real Fit Food.

I really love your books Eat Fat Be Thin and Eat Fat Be Lean, how can a diet rich in healthy fats lead to overall better health?

Your hormones are made up of fats and cholesterol, so we need good fats, especially from plants, not always animal fats, to make our hormones work optimally. Your nerve system is also made up of fat.

In your new book Wellness Loading, you encourage people to take a digital detox. Was there a catalyst in your life that compelled you to write on this topic?

It comes from a real heart felt space after divine synchronicity, have set intentions to join a crusade with a wellness coach and the next morning I woke to an email from some in San Diego, asking me to collaborate. I visited the U.S and him and went on a press tour. I was so inspired to write about what I saw in this wellness mecca. There’s a strong need to reconnect with ourselves, nature and most of all, our community.

What’s the most efficient way for people to take a digitaldetox, without business disruption or major FOMO (fear of missing out)?

I talk about FOMO in the book, haha. We need quick, fast information. We even use acronyms, don’t we? As cliche’ as it sounds, it’s all about the balance. We don’t need to go cold turkey. I teach ways to work it into our tech savvy lives so that we consciously choose to disconnect for a chosen period of time, but also become more productive when we go back to our technology, with more purpose.

What are some of your favourite activities to do for relaxation while switching off?

15 mins – creating mindful food with recipes from the book
1 hour – walking in nature
1 day – acts of service in my community

Do you have a favourite natural beauty brand and/or treatment?

Botani all the way!

What’s your best natural beauty tip?

Drink Alkalized water. Cancer can’t live in an alkaline environment. I have a a Zazen filter. Mention me or Real Fit Food in the checkout on line to get a generous $50 off your filter.
Hydration with quality water improves everything.

Name one beauty ‘must have’ product you can’t live without?

My Botani skin care range. The whole thing is supreme when it comes to carcinogen-free personal hygiene products. I love their olive oil serum and eye make-up remover, but every single product has nothing but extremely active ingredients and that’s so rare for a natural brand.

Can you share one of your gorgeous recipes with us for glowing skin?

Green Tea Amazeballs

Makes 15 balls
2 cups quinoa oat flakes (gluten free options), or rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
½ cup of shredded coconut
½ cup of sultanas
½ cup of almonds
2 tbs organic peanut butter
1 tbs cocoa powder
2 tbs honey
3/4 tbs or more filtered and alkalized water
1 tsp vanilla extract
Organic green tea powder for rich anti-oxidants and metabolism booster
Put all ingredients apart from the water into a food processor and blend until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add the water and continue to process until it becomes sticky enough to roll into balls.
Use a tablespoon to measure the mixture and roll into firm balls. Roll into green tea powder to make the outside look pretty and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Note: You’ll need to make sure the peanut butter is a good quality, pesticide-free kind. Spiral Foods do a great one. If your guests are anaphylactic and cannot consume peanuts, you may like to use a different type of nut butter or cold-pressed organic coconut oil instead.
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