Welcome to the latest edition of my Friday Foodie series, where each week I feature my favourite health and wellness stars. Each week, they share their tips for healthy living and their favourite recipe.
This week, I am featuring Ivy Thompson, who is the creator of Paleo in Melbourne, an amazing resource for people wanting to live a healthier life. Through Paleo in Melbourne, Ivy promotes events, products and services that embrace the paleo lifestyle in Melbourne.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
I’m a 35 years old and have 3 kids. When my youngest was born 5 years ago, my health took a big hit. For the first time in my life I was forced to think outside the conventional treatment-box, and consider nutrition for healing, not just relying on quick-fix band-aid solutions like medications.
That became the start of my real-food journey and it made me feel so good I just kept going. My journey and way of eating has evolved since then, but with that I have also grown in my philosophy and my motivation of doing what I do. I wrote about it in A Good Gut Feeling: http://www.paleoinmelbourne.com.au/content/good-gut-feeling
What tips would you give to someone who has just commenced living a healthier lifestyle?
Don’t be scared of taking baby-steps, and spend the time researching what you’re doing. Baby-steps because it took you years to feel unwell, it will take a while to reverse that, but also: it shouldn’t feel like a restrictive diet, it should be like a lifestyle overhaul. Slow and steady Wins the Race: http://www.paleoinmelbourne.com.au/content/slow-and-steady-wins-race
The more research you do, the more knowledge you’ll have. It’s easier to eat well if you know how much damage some processed foods can cause, especially with long-term and daily exposure. If you know the WHY it’s certainly easier to stick to a plan. Your tastebuds will adjusts with time, so hang in there! You can learn more in our How to Succeed at Eating and Living Paleo: http://www.paleoinmelbourne.com.au/content/how-succeed-eating-and-living-paleo
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
I do! I’ve written about it in our article called How to Make Paleo Affordable: http://www.paleoinmelbourne.com.au/content/how-make-paleo-affordable. The slow-cooker should be your best friend; and learn to love sardines! Ancestral superfoods are all very affordable if you know where to look (think offal, bones and cheap cuts of meats).
What advice would you give to parents who are experiencing food struggles from their children?
Be patient and let them adjust. They are going to complain, whine, sook and throw tantrums, BUT you’ll find that there’ll be first one, then 2, 3 and 4 healthy dinners they love, and you just go from there. My kids will get sometreats but I focus on low-sugar options like 85% dark chocolate (which they have learnt to love after I cut out the Cadbury Dairy!) and home-baked cakes and smoothies. Take the really bad stuff out of their diet and re-introduce healthier options, one by one. Like you, their tastebuds will adjust.
What is your favourite food?
I’m a sucker for fresh seafood like oysters, scallops, all sorts of fish but quality salmon in particular! I also love my green smoothies and fermented foods; I don’t feel like myself If I go too long without!
Who is your favourite foodie and why?
I have really enjoyed following Sarah Wilson’s health-journey and her IQS-philosophy. The fact that she is a “messy” cook that seem to cook intuitively with all the food, scraps and all, appeals to me because that’s exactly what I do too!
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
Yoga, walking and morning-runs. I also love some quiet Netflix-time or going to catch and afternoon movie-session at the movies by myself.
What is your favourite recipe to cook?
I don’t actually use recipes much at all, but follow a few quick and easy steps that results in meals the whole family loves: http://www.paleoinmelbourne.com.au/content/quick-easy-paleo-dinners-save-day
A little more about Ivy and where she can be found
BIO: "My mission was to create the resource I wish I've had when I started my Paleo real-food journey in 2011. PiM aims to be a useful and helpful resource based on real life experiences and constantly updated partnerships, affiliates and contributions from leaders in the industry."
Paleo in Melbourne offers the resources, workshops, support and motivation you need to embark on a healthier lifestyle.