Mooloolaba, Queensland. Age: 23
Ash is a health and wellness superstar. A qualified Physical Education Teacher, a first year Nutrition and Dietetics Student, Amazing Athlete and Awesome Blogger. She is a Women of Tao. She shares her story with us.
About: I am a qualified Physical Education teacher and first year Nutrition and Dietetics Student. I am a passionate health and nutrition enthusiast who believes there is nothing more important than looking after our bodies. After tearing my anterior Cruciate ligament twice I was driven into the sport of triathlon. I love getting active in the mornings while the sun rises and in the evenings everyday, mostly swimming, riding, running, doing cross fit classes, surfing, bush walking, snowboarding and anything adventurous! I love reading all things health and nutrition and blogging about my findings on my page SixAteTea.wordpress.com!
What makes me happy: Seeing the sunrise, educating people on the importance of good food, learning about the human physiology, training with amazing people, seeing my family and puppy dog.
A typical mid-week and weekend day in the life of me is:
5am: Get up for training and have a glass of hot water with lemon
7.30am: Come home to make my own nourishing breakfast (usually includes Tao)
8.30am: Go to work at a triathlon store, attend Uni or teach at school
5pm: Attend second training session
7pm: Cook up a mean dinner
8pm: Hang out and laugh with my amazing room mate, write on my blog and catch up on social media
9pm: Burn my amazing mimco candle for a few minutes then bed time!
6am: Wake up and have some tea then set off for longer training session
9-10am: Breakfast at my favourite cafe on Mooloolaba esplanade, Ground Organic!
11am: Visit local markets to get some amazing local produce and do some shopping
12pm: Head out for a surf
3pm: Read one of my nutrition books, blog or catch up with friends
Night time: Can consist of catching up with friends or movie night in with my roomie!
The best advice I have ever been given is: My dad has always told before every sporting competition ‘you make your own luck’. I now apply this quote to every challenge in my life!
My top 3 health and wellness tips are:
1. Eat from what nature gives us
2. Take time everyday to do things that make you happy
3. Be grateful for everything you have in your life.
My favourite way to be active is, and I do this how many times a week: This is a hard one! I have favourites depending on how I’m feeling at the time or the climate. If I had to choose I would have to say swimming. I swim about 4 times per week. I love the emotional and spiritual benefits of the sun on my back, being weightless without the effect of gravity, having time to just be with my thoughts and the feeling of moving through the water.
My most memorable achievement to date is: Probably coming 5th at age group nationals in Auckland 2012!
Why I started to use Tao Nutrition: Tao was established around the same time that I became totally obsessed with nutrition trying to find a diet that truly suited me and accommodated for all my daily needs ( I am always searching for new ways to improve my diet and health). I had just read a book called Thrive by Brendan Brazier who talked about all the benefits of super foods and foods from nature! Tao Nutrition was packed with everything I wanted so instead of buying all the separate ingredients Tao was the ultimate fuel source all packed into one. As soon as I tried it I was hooked!
Why Tao Nutrition works for me: I love Tao because it’s so versatile. You can use it simply with coconut water as an electrolyte drink after training, in smoothies, sprinkled over porridge, pancakes, coconut yoghurt or in any snack recipe. It’s an amazing way to add flavour, nutrients and energy to all food, you can take it when you travel and it keeps me nourished and feeling great.
My go-to meals and snacks when I am super busy are:
Breakfast: Homemade coconut milk with Tao powder
Snack: Coconut fermented yoghurt with Tao, tahini and walnut sauce!
Dinner: Steamed vegetables with avocado and dukkah
Ash’s Coconut fermented yoghurt with Tao, Tahini and Walnut sauce!
This recipe is so easy to whip together, it takes literally 2 minutes
, packed with nutritional properties such as good gut bacteria, protein, antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, multiple vitamins and keeps me full for hours
. Here’s how to make it, enjoy
Scoop 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and melt it in a pan, add 1 tablespoon of tahini paste to the oil and stir through. Poor liquid into a bowl and add 3/4 Tao scoop and combine into a beautiful chocolate syrup!
Add 2 scoops of Burncultured coconut milk yoghurt to the bowl and top with activated walnuts! Try not to eat it too fast!
Tao pancakes recipe and many more Tao recipes on my blog www.sixatetea.wordpress.com
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