The Inspired Series #1

The Inspired Series #1

April 20, 2016
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Kavisha Jega

We first met Kavisha at one of our workshops in 2015 and she instantly made an impression on Kate our founder. Kate and Kavisha later exchanged details and eventually went out for lunch. Her love and passion for health and wellbeing has inspired us throughout our journey, so we asked Kavisha (a year after first meeting) if we could interview her for our very first interview as part of The Inspired Series.

Holding a Masters degree in Wellness, Kavisha works to promote optimal health and well-being by teaching people how to move away from processed foods and towards a more nourishing whole foods diet. Her educational seminars and cooking workshops draw on her knowledge of whole food cooking and passion for wellness to show everyday people that healthy eating can be easy and attainable. A lover of all things food and travel, Kavisha also has a wellness travel practice, which focuses on connecting health savvy travellers with good food by showcasing local, organic and whole food experiences all over the world.

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Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I don’t really have an official title for myself! I’m a bit of everything, Wellness Advisor, Whole Foods Educator, Cooking Teacher, Wellness Writer. Basically I work to teach others about healthy eating and living, and how to transition from a diet of processed foods to more whole foods based way of eating.

What inspired you to get into the wellness industry?
Believe it or not I was not always this kale loving wellness chick. In fact, I was the complete opposite. From childhood up until my early 20’s my diet consisted of fast food (nearly every day), soft drinks, plenty of sugary treats, and then a lot of coffee and alcohol (in my first years of uni!). It wasn’t until my early twenties, that I really began to take control of my health. Studying my Masters in Wellness through RMIT allowed me to completely change the state of my mind and my body. I truly believe in the power of knowledge and that is what has inspired me to get into the industry, share my knowledge and teach others.

How do you see the wellness industry at the moment, in particular the food aspect of it?
Growing! It’s amazing at just how much the wellness industry has taken off in the past few years. Consumers are becoming more health conscious and starting to become more aware of where their food is coming from. It’s great to see so many restaurants and cafes responding to this by including healthier food options on their menus. In relation to fresh local produce and health food options for people with intolerances and allergies Australia is really ahead of the game.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to create a balanced life incorporating good health and a happy mind?
As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start off small by incorporating 2-3 health driven practices in your life (such as drinking a green smoothie for breakfast twice a week or going to yoga every Sunday). Then work up from there. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to live a ‘healthy’ lifestyle 24/7. I live by the standard 80/20 rule when it comes to healthy living. 80% for the body and mind (eating well and exercising), 20% for the soul (eating ice cream, watching Netflix, and the occasional G&T). Also don’t forget to take time to connect with those you love. Call your mum, hang out with your best friends, spend time with your partner without your phones. Connection is key to living a happy and healthy life.

Tell us three random/funny facts about yourself?

  1. I like to walk around and browse food stores/health food stores just for fun. Once I walked around Wholefoods for about 45 mins and walked out with only a banana (I got hungry and needed a snack!)
  2. Although I grew up by the beach my whole life I’m not a big fan. Only because I hate the sand!  l do love nature, but definitely more of a trees, forest, greenery type of gal.
  3. I’m a morning person but need 8 hours of sleep a night to function properly as a human being!

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