Health Insider – James Hay

February 18, 2016

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What better way to finish the week than with some inspiration from active people in the health world. I am always fascinated reading about other people’s perspectives on health and what makes them tick! This week we have James Hay of as a guest and he shares his story below!

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you developed an interest in health?

Like many people in the health and wellness industry, there were particular events that lead to an interest in this area. For me, the main thing was the stress of working as a lawyer for a big corporation. At the start of 2013, I was driving to work and suddenly lost all focus and was extremely dizzy. It turned out to be a severe case of vertigo. I was fortunately put in touch with a great acupuncture therapist who helped me and also showed me how our bodies symptoms are often if not always caused by what is going on in our lives.

Since this event my interest has grown to the point that I have developed a business around health and wellness. I am fascinated by all of the incredible people out there helping others to be happy and feel so fortunate to be able to hear and share their stories through our website

2. What has most surprised you about the health world on your journey so far?

My biggest surprise is how beneficial alternative or natural therapies can be. I am a huge believer in the need for western medicine, and think it has made some incredible advances. But there is so much to be said for the more alternative practices, which have often been practiced for thousands of years in other countries.

3. What is your favourite healthy recipe? (something you love without even trying to be healthy!)

It’s an excellent question, especially because what some say is healthy for others is very much not. I guess what I have found is that sugar that is refined or not in its whole version does not do well for my body. So my favourite “healthy” recipe would be something savoury, like some grilled fish with seasonal vegetables. I love how easy this meal is and with a few different spice combinations it can be delicious in lots of different ways.

4. What is your biggest motivation to continue your health journey? Any go-to motivational self-talk to help you on week days?

I really find it useful to set a monthly goal in an area I want to improve. At the moment I am looking to shed a couple of extra kilograms after a very festive couple of months. At the moment I’m pretty excited to be following a course by Jack Wilson who is a health and wellness guru. The course is
called “The Fastest Way to Lose Belly Fat”. I’m only a few days in to it but already I love it as he encourages you to eat as much as you want of the foods that are good, and even have a cheat day with as much of the foods that are not good!

5. There is so much contradictory information out there about how to live life well and be your healthiest version. If you could pick one piece of advice that has stuck with you, what would it be?
Although I often struggle to do this myself, the best advice I have is to keep focused every day on where you want to be, whilst appreciating and being grateful for what you already have.

6. What are your thoughts on living a holistic life and the mind, body & spirit connection?

I’m very much a believer in all things being connected. The more we look after ourselves in terms of mind, body and spirit, the better I find life to be generally. I do find it hard sometimes to do those things to nurture the mind, body and spirit. But when I am in a good routine it seems to be easier to look after each of those elements. Then as we are each happier and more in tune with our deepest purpose, it can only help to better serve the universe and those around us.

7. What is your ideal morning routine?

I know my day is better when I first give myself sometime in the morning. One of the best things I find, apart from meditation, is doing at least a page of free writing as soon as I wake up. This is adopted from the book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s such a good way to clear my mind and feel fresh for the day ahead.

8. Favourite Sydney restaurants/ cafes?
Gosh there are so many amazing restaurants that come to mind! One of my favourite meals to go out for is brunch, especially with some mates after surfing. I’ve found Bondi Massive always serves a delicious and decent sized breakfast.
It’s great as they are happy for you to sit in your boardies and if you’re sitting outside you can bring your dog too!

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