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 the amazing and inspiring Patty Kikos, who is a qualified counselor, kinesiologist, reiki master, energy healer, hatha + kundalini yoga teacher. I first came across Patty through Bright-Eyed & Blog-Hearted course and I have been a fan ever since. I hope you enjoy my interview with Patty.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, what you do and what inspired you to lead a healthier lifestyle?
My name is Patty and I live in Sydney at a beachside town called Bronte with my dog Rufus. I do everything I love for a living by holding the space for divine transformations as a yoga teacher, energy healer and wedding celebrant. I use the power of kundalini yoga & meditation in my chakra balance workshops to help you strengthen your nervous system so that you’re less likely to feel triggered by stress.
The inspiration behind my 40 day chakra balance e-course was after I spent years suffering from migraines and 2 adrenal fatigues when I realised that I didn’t understand how to manage my energy very well. I’m fascinated by the power of energy and believe that it’s important to understand how it works before you can transform it. One way is by understanding your chakras or energy centres. The other is by having a daily practice. I encourage my clients to do both.
What tips would you give to someone who has just commenced living a healthier lifestyle?
Don’t do something because someone else said it worked well for them. Trust your own instincts and learn to listen to your own body’s ravings. When you start something new, stick to one or two things first to see if they really work for you, and once they become a habit, then think of adding something new.
I used to get so inspired by people who were enthusiastic about either vegetarianism, paleo, juice fasts or cleanses, but in reality, this was sending my taste buds into a tizz and harming my body’s natural digestion.
I have a daily routine which is seasonal, and tends to revolve around the sunrise and the sunset – so my days are naturally longer in the summer months. I use this time to centre myself, walk my dog, spend time with my partner and make sure that we’re nourished with good food. In the warmer summer months, I swim almost every day and in winter when it’s a little colder, I start the day with a yoga practice that includes the kundalini yoga tradition of ‘breath of fire’ to give my circulation a nice boost so that I don’t feel the cold as much.
Do you have any tips for eating well on a budget?
1. Plan your meals in advance ie breakfast, lunch, dinner, am + pm snacks
2. Decide how many times a week you want to cook
3. Plan your leftovers so that you can have them for lunch /dinner the next day
4. Keep your fridge, pantry and lunchboxes organised, especially w leftovers
5. Write a list when you go shopping after you’ve planned your weekly meals
6. Eat out less or meet people for coffee or chai instead of lunch or dinner
How do you deal with food struggles from your children and/or family?
Boy is this a juicy question! My dad was the forklift driver for Lifesavers and Nestle, so from a young age, we were allowed to eat as much chocolate as we wanted. While this is every kid’s dream, in reality, the fact that my brother and I don’t suffer from obesity or diabetes is nothing short of miraculous. The truth is, sugar is still my nemesis and my Achilles heel. It’s not a demon I have conquered or slain, despite the fact that I try to be so conscious of eating less of it. In Chinese Medicine, it’s usually associated with a spleen deficiency. Ancient healing and yoga texts tell s that everything we need, I already within us, so if we are craving something external to us like sweetness, we need to find the sweetness within, and even though I know this intellectually, it has been difficult for me to embody at all times it as it’s been such a huge addiction.
What is your favourite food?
Potatoes in any form whatsoever. From mashed, to hot chips, to baked, to hash browns and even boiled. I could eat them every day, twice a day.
Who is your favourite foodie and why?
Would you believe that I don’t have one? Every time I’d buy a cookbook from the legendary likes of Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver or Sarah Wilson, I would flick through the beautiful photographs and then become disheartened when my attempts at similar recipes would look like a poor version of their beautiful concoctions.
I decided that I would draw inspiration from people in my life, primarily my mum who is always very encouraging and eager to share her tips and knowledge. If anything, it’s helped bring us even closer together as we now have more to talk about. I think she likes that she knows so much more about food and cooking than I do, and I like the fact that this is a domain where I don’t have to be the teacher, so I’m happy to be her student.
What is something that you enjoy doing when you have some ‘me’ time?
Anything from reading, practicing yoga, watching a sunset, officiating a wedding, or trawling for vintage.
What is your favourite recipe to cook? Can you share the recipe with us?
Lentil soup with quinoa, carrots, zucchini and tomato sauce – along with bolognaise, it’s my specialty. Here’s the recipe for a huge pot:
Soak red or black lentils first
Cut onions, garlic and pop them in the pot while you slice the carrots and zucchini
Once they’re diced, add them to the garlic and onion til they soften
Add some fresh chilli to the mix
When everything starts cooking, add some organic tomato salsa
Then add the lentils and the quinoa
Himalayan sea salt and ground pepper adds the flavor
My special addition is to slow cook everything with the addition of cinnamon sticks
for extra flavor.
A little more about Patty and where she can be found.
Patty Kikos is fascinated by the power of energy and believes that it’s important to understand how it works before you can transform it. One way is by understanding your chakras or energy centres. The other is by having a daily practice. She helps you do both.
In her 1:1 sessions, she adds to her 17 years of experience as a counselor by including energy healing and kinesiology techniques to help you clear blocks and release pain as a chakra balance healer.
Patty uses the power of kundalini yoga & meditation in her chakra balance workshops to help you strengthen your nervous system so that you’re less likely to feel triggered by stress. Her 40 day e-course encourages busy spiritual seekers to maintain a daily practice.
When Patty isn’t teaching Reiki, she’s usually watching a sunset, walking her dog or trawling for vintage. You can stay up to date by sending her a witty message on her Facebook page, showing her how to use a filter properly on Instagram, or by subscribing to her fortnightly-ish newsletters.
Linked In: http://au.linkedin.com/in/pattykikos