Welcome to my Friday Foodie series where I get to feature my favourite foodies and wellness experts.
This week I am featuring Acie Teuber who is a Happiness Strategist, Holistic Wellness Coach and all around amazing and inspiring woman. I really enjoying interviewing Acie. Her story is amazing.
Also, Acie is currently running a Facebook live mini series titled '12 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS - How to not let stress and overwhelm completely ruin your holidays' which you can check out HERE.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I am a Happiness Strategist and Holistic Wellness coach currently living in Brisbane Australia with my partner.
I am looking for the few. The few who are willing to fully dive in and create their own happiness. The few that are ready to take full responsibility for their lives. The few who are willing to be real, and vulnerable. The few who are willing to fully invest themselves, their time, their energy, and abilities. The few who are ready to dedicate themselves to their own evolution. The few who are done living in the status quo. The few who know there is more to life. The few who are daring and wise enough to invest in themselves. Deep, true, real, change.
I offer the opportunity to create just that. Plus a whole lot of happiness.
My choice to lead a healthy lifestyle has come from a number of traumatic experiences throughout my life. All of which taught me a great deal about how much power we have over our lives and the impact of our choices and our mindset. I had a choice, I could continue down a very dark path of self-hate, unhealthy habits and destructive behaviors, or I could change.
My father died from pancreatic cancer when I was 12 years old. I always had perfectionist tendencies and suffered from anxiety. I became very sick in my late teenage years, to the point where I was in so much pain I could not be touched. I suffered from insomnia and had many eating issues. Doctors did not have any answers for me and diagnosed me with a number of inaccurate diseases. Eventually we uncovered the root of my sickness, I had severe and debilitating anxiety and depression.
I began to uncover the power of our minds, what we think, say and do on a regular basis, and how our thoughts shape the events and circumstances of our lives.
I took a holistic approach to my own health. I drastically changed my diet from a standard North-American diet to a Whole-Foods-Plant-Based diet. I started moving my body and exercising. I became aware of how negative I was and how mean my self-talk had been for so many years. I learned to be vigilant with my thoughts, my words and my actions.
I made a choice that I wanted something different. I decided to be happy. It has been a crazy wonderful journey of transformation.
What inspired you to start Born To Thrive?
I believe that at their root, people are amazing beings, capable of incredible feats. I also believe that we are not taught how to harness our power. The overall consensus in many societies is that life is hard, people are bad, you have to work your entire life at a job that you don’t love just to pay the bills so that one day you can retire and then start doing all the things you want to do. We learn all of this from an early age. We are also not taught how to handle all of the different emotional states that exist in life.
It’s no wonder anxiety, depression, eating and sleeping disorders are so common.
I want to change that. My own experiences have taught me that if you want to change, if you are deeply ready to commit to creating your own life rather than being a victim of it, you can.
I want other people to feel they have the tools, the knowledge and the support to change their lives for the better. I have been in some really terrible places, and I know the way out.
We forget how powerful we are. We forget how much say we have in our lives. I want to remind people.
What exciting plans do you have coming up in 2017?
I will be hosting a Holistic Wellness class at a yoga studio in West End every week, which I am very much looking forward to.
My partner and I will be doing some more travelling around Australia.
A new website will be launching soon!
I am fortunate to have some guest speaker positions at various locations around Brisbane.
Some new collaborations with other wellness practitioners is in the works as well!
What tips would you give to someone who is just starting to make changes to their health and wellness?
Set yourself up for success right from the beginning by instituting small practices and habits that you can stick to.
- Drinking water as soon as you get up rather than coffee or tea or juice
- Staying hydrated all day (learn to carry around a reusable water bottle wherever you go)
- Exercise every day. Start small, give your body a chance to adjust
- Make sleep a priority, don’t sacrifice your hours of sleep. You will be more productive if you are rested
- Empty your cupboards of any food that you ‘can’t stop eating once you start’
- BE KIND TO YOURSELF! You are changing, and change comes with an adjustment period.
- Stay positive and empowered! Educate yourself as much as you can on different recipes and ways to exercise that work for you and your lifestyle.
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
- Rice, beans, lentils, fruit and vegetables are amazing! Versatile, inexpensive and healthy!
- Get your produce from a farmers market
- Cook more than you eat out
- Buy in bulk when you can
What healthy dinner options would suggest to someone who is time poor?
Meal Prepping is a game changer, and very easy once you figure out a few options that work for you.
Quick salads (like my Quinoa Salad) and stir-frys are life saving. Meal prep one or two different combinations (ie rice and beans, or rice noodles and vegetables) and you will have meals for the next three to four days.
Make your meals simple. Make a batch of rice, stir-fry some garlic, onions, vegetables, beans and whichever spices you like and boom, delicious, nutritious and fast.
Also – try a soup maker! These things are legendary. All you have to do is cut up a few vegetables (sweet potato, pumpkin, cauliflower, garlic and onion) put them into the soup maker, add some vegetable broth, water, and spices (cumin, curry powder, salt, pepper), press a button, come back twenty minutes later and you have healthy soup!
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
I love going for walks with a good audio book, some fun music, or a quite walk in the woods.
I enjoy being in nature as much as possible and going to the botanic gardens and just…being there is really grounding.
I also love reading. I can read all day when I have the opportunity. Finding a nice spot outside with some sunshine and shade, some water and a good book is definitely recharging.
What is your favourite recipe to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?
I don’t know if I have a favourite! I enjoy so many different types of food. One of my go-to meals when I need solid fuel and also want something delicious is my Quinoa Salad.
Quinoa Salad (Wheat, Dairy, Egg Free = Gluten Free & Vegan = YAY!)
- 2 cups uncooked Quinoa - which ever kind you prefer
- 1 cup Vegetable broth
- 1/2 Yellow Capsicum
- 1/2 Orange Capsicum
- 2 handfuls Spinach
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 1/2 Cup Cranberries
- 1 Cucumber – medium or large
- 4 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
- Pinch of Salt
- Pepper – as much as you’d like
*Adjust the levels of vinegar and mustard to suit taste
*Easily adjust the amount of each vegetable and the vegetable to quinoa ratio depending on your preferences – this salad is super flexible!
In pot combine 2 cups quinoa, 3 cups water, 1 cup vegetable broth.
Bring to a boil, stir, replace lid, and simmer for 12-15 minutes (depending on your stove)
Dice up both capsicums, cucumber, and red onion, place in large bowl and put the spinach on top.
Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and pour on top of the spinach and other vegetables. Let sit until cool.
Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a separate bowl and pour on top of cooled quinoa.
Add cranberries and mix
Lasts 2-3 days in the fridge
A little more about Acie and where you can find her.
Acie is a Happiness Strategist and Holistic Wellness Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer, Speaker, and doTERRA Wellness Advocate with extensive experience in holistic wellness, plant based nutrition and mental health advocacy.
Her enthusiasm for all things expansive, limitless and joyful in life is infectious and she has inspired many to begin the journey of creating a life that is truly joyful, fulfilling and easy.
She is committed to creating a safe and caring environment for clients to acknowledge and explore the limiting thoughts, feelings and emotional patterns that often create unnecessary and unwanted stress and unease in life.
With her wealth of knowledge and multitude of pragmatic tools, Acie is able to assist clients to transform mental and emotional limitations and create a life of abundance, health, wealth and happiness.