It is our GMB Family that inspire us each month and Amanda caught our attention with her 'down to earth' food philosophy and love for food. We love how she never feels restricted by food and wanted to share her story with you.
What is your food philosophy?
Food is meant to be enjoyed. I love to eat and even when I’m eating a meal I’m often thinking about my next meal. I’m not someone who likes to restrict myself when it comes to food. I have a saying that I use regularly when people ask if I can eat a certain food, and that is ‘I can eat whatever I want to, and I choose not to eat some foods.’
That quote gives me the freedom to know I am not missing out on anything. There is consequence for every action and what I choose to eat has an impact on myself, the animals and the planet. This outlook works for me and I always feel like I’m living in abundance.
Tell us about your eating choices now compared to a few years ago? How different does your shopping trolley look?
I have always thought I’ve been pretty healthy, but looking back I think there is always room for improvement. My trolley consists of whole foods – usually from the outside aisles. I love to cook and I will often look at packaged food and its’ ingredients and then go home and make it myself.
When I buy packaged food, it’s always food that has an ingredient list that I can read, understand and know what the ingredients are.
What was the turning point that made you sit up and make a change to your lifestyle?
In 2010 I moved interstate and had a lot more time to read. I read Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live and it lead me to becoming plant based and to doing more research on avoiding animal products. Selfishly, it started as something I could do for me, but I now realise it’s something that benefits the animals and the planet as a whole.
How do you feel now compared to when you were eating differently?
So much more energy. I’m now running marathons, competing in triathlons and doing adventure races. People tell me I look younger than I did 5 years ago. I was even told by someone that they could tell I am vegan because my skin is so clear. It’s also led me to recognise the connection between food, people, animals and the planet and the flow on effect of choices we make.
Is there anything you can do now or have done, that you once never thought possible?
My mum has always taught me that I could do anything. I’m one of those people that if they get told they can’t they’ll go out of their way to prove they can. It’s just much easier now to prove those things because I have more energy and I’m much fitter.
How has GoodnessMe Box helped you on your health journey?
Like most people, I’m incredibly busy but I don’t want to give up anything to slow down, so GoodnessMe Box is fantastic at showing me some really quality products that fit in with an active lifestyle. Products that enable me to keep making incredibly healthy, delicious food in minimal time, or products that I can pop in my bag and have (literally) on the run.
What are your ultimate favourite health product finds that you have discovered through GoodnessMe Box that you recommend to help others?
I loved the blk. Alkaline mineral water. I’m a huge water fan and the Alkaline Mineral Water is such a great way to get minerals and electrolytes into your body. Also the Higher Living tea. Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body (along with the right food, of course) and I love to wind down with a cup of tea each night.