This week on #healthinsider is Karley Neyenhuys from Complete You. Karley is an Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Biologist and Health Educator from Sydney. I met Karley through doing the branding and web design of her newly launched website Complete You. It was such a pleasure working with Karley and she really has some great advice and recipe over on her website! It was Karley that gave me the most incredible restaurant recommendations when I went to Hong Kong.
- Tell us a little about yourself and how you developed an interest in health?
I grew up with a family of swimmers, I literally knew nothing else but training 10 sessions a week, Friday night club and weekend competitions. Unfortunately, during my last year of school I got a serve case of Glandular Fever that developed into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This ended my swimming career. I focused entirely on school and getting into University where I studied science, health and fitness. My interest in health has only grown, to the point after many years of teaching and working in the area I have decided to create my own business ‘Complete You’ where I can teach the skills and knowledge needed to help others feel empowered to take control of their own health. Living a healthy lifestyle, not fearing food, and loving your own unique self is something everyone should try.
- What has most surprised you about the health world on your journey so far?
The power of social media, from Facebook, twitter and Instagram and now snap chat, and so much more that goes on in the world that Australia has yet to tap into. Social media is so influential. Once you get past the endless selfies of very glamorous people, there are so many health bloggers who really inspire and motivate you. It has become an endless stream of information, which can reach anyone anywhere. This however, makes it so important to choose your sources wisely to prevent absorbing the wrong information.
- What is your favourite nutritious recipe?
My smoothies. They are so quick to make and you can drink them anywhere, usually driving. My favourite, when I am really need a pick me up:
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 small mango
- 2 tbsp. of homemade lactose free yogurt
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 1tbsp. Chia seeds
- Blend until smooth.
- What is your biggest motivation to continue your health journey? Any go-to motivational self-talk to help you on weak days?
Since having my son, my health journey has become a lot more family orientated rather than just focusing on my own health. Preparing nutritious meals, encouraging outdoor physical play, being a role model and still making sure I stay healthy so I can get through each day. Making realistic goals and expectations is so important. You need to do what works for you and be proud of what you have achieved. Everyday, I write down one goal that I want to achieve by the end of the day, a run, a long soak in the bath, baking something nutritious and yummy, or getting to bed early. On those weak days and when I feel mentally exhausted, I hug someone who loves me.
- 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?
We are all biologically different (except identical twins of course), this makes us unique. There is no quick fix or formula to live life, you find your own. Once you find that healthy balance you stick with it. My approach to nutrition and exercise is all based on scientific evidence. Understanding our biological makeup makes that a little easier for me. I believe your healthiest version is when all aspects of health are in sync: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. And most importantly understand that they are continually changing throughout our life.
- How do you approach living a holistic life and the mind, body & spirit connection?
Health and happiness is a balance of all these aspects. When one is down, the others are all affected. When our mind is over anxious due to work/life stress, our body becomes stressed; we loose sleep, become fatigued, then we start to become flooded with negative feelings and emotions. Therefore everyday I eat nutritious foods to fuel my body, exercise to clear my mind, read something inspirational and always surround myself with family and friends who provide encouragement and support rather than those who drain your energy through criticism or emotional bullying.
- What is your ideal morning routine?
I will admit, I have not always had a morning routine, there were many of days, where I would be hitting the snooze button more than once, then just jumping into the shower, getting dressed and running straight out the door. Breakfast, something I would grab from the seven-eleven. Now I prioritize my morning routines, I make time for it, because it is the one part of the day that I can really be in charge. All before the rush of school drop offs, work, school pick-ups, dinner, baths and bedtimes.
So for me this means, getting out of bed the same time every day, sometimes a little earlier to fit a morning run in before anyone else in my family wakes. Nothing beats the sunrise to help you wake up. I then sit and have a freshly squeezed warm lemon water while my son has breakfast and I write down my tasks for the day ahead. I eat my breakfast about 30mins later, once I have gotten dressed, a little house-work and before I head out the door.
Breakfast is usually a smoothie or eggs on sourdough with ½ glass of kefir.
- Favourite restaurants/ cafes?
Always changing, but at the moment my favourite night out is at the Italian Stallion in Gymea. Great food, the atmosphere is fun and the staff are amazing, which always helps.
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