Lola Berry is an inspiring health and yoga nerd, she is committed to being the best version of herself that she can be. Lola considers herself very lucky because she gets to spread the message through media with books, radio and TV. She's a qualified nutritionist and yoga teacher with a Bachelor degree in Health Science. She studied raw food, iris analysis and even crystal healing, making her quite the hippie nerd!
Health and nutrition nerd
YQ: When and how did you first become interested in nutrition?
Lola Berry: I was so unhealthy, I was a DJ and a party kid and one day I decided to go on a summer time detox. I started to feel awesome, my skin was glowing, I was healthy and I felt pure. Then I started studying for a Bachelor degree, majoring in Health science, more specifically Nutritional medicine. I didn't think I was smart enough to get through the sciency stuff, so, if I was able to do it, trust me, you've totally got this.
YQ: What interests you most about health and nutrition?
Lola Berry: It’s so cool that every day you get to choose how to nourish yourself. When you realize the ball’s in your court, so to speak, it becomes really empowering.
YQ: What is the best diet to follow?
Lola Berry: I honestly don’t think there’s any one diet for anyone, I mean, there are so many out there. But ultimately it’s about trying them out and seeing what works for you. I have tried them all and at the end of the day I trust my body, it knows best, and it’ll tell me if something works or not.
Important eating habits, bite by bite
YQ: What are the most important eating habits for women in their 30's?
Lola Berry: Protein and fat I reckon, people freak out about calories but I’m not a fan of that, I think that it's in the 30’s when we really start to care about the way we’re going to age. And people ask me what my skin secrets are and I always know it’s because I eat so much fat. I’m an avocado, salmon, extra virgin olive oil (Aussie), coconut oil and macadamia nut nerd!
YQ: Sugar, fat and gluten: what is allowed and what isn't? Why?
Lola Berry: Well I’m all for fat and I feel gross when I eat gluten or refined sugars, so healthy fats that are good for you get the thumbs up. Gluten just doesn't work for me, and again, it’s just about finding what works for you. When it comes to sugars, think real foods: maple, fruit, honey, stevia. The body knows what to do with that.
YQ: Name 3 things people are mostly doing wrong when preparing food?
Lola Berry: I think we are all doing a million and one things at a time, so it’s really easy to eat on auto pilot and you almost forget you've even eaten. I’m big on mindfulness when it comes to eating and life in general. Take time to make your food nutritious and for me it’s almost a sacred experience.
YQ: What is the silliest nutrition myth you've ever heard of?
Lola Berry: Hmmm… Not too sure, I mean, I think everything has it's place, but the silliest thing I've personally ever done was a really long fasting period, which caused me to make myself very sick. That’s just something I did though! Not fun at all!
YQ: What are the most effective metabolism boosters that people can use everyday?
Lola Berry: Ginger, coconut oil, chili, weight training.
Important and easy to follow health advices
YQ: What is your advice for people who want to lose weight fast?
Lola Berry: Take the timeline away, make it about changing your lifestyle and start loving yourself, then it just falls off. You've got to learn how to love yourself though, and embrace the journey, that’s the key.
YQ: You inspired a lot of people to change their bad eating habits. Would you share your secret with us?
Lola Berry: Be happy, and be around the ones that make you happy. It’s the key to staying on track. Trust your gut, it really knows best, you know if you want to be around someone or not, trust yourself, love yourself and do the things you love most.
YQ: What are your 3 favorite nutritious, healthy, and at the same time, delicious meals?
Lola Berry: Crispy salmon and Charlie's salad from The 20/20 Diet Cookbook.
Raw banoffee pie also from The 20/20 Diet Cookbook.
Avocado dream boat smoothie from The 20/20 Diet Cookbook.
YQ: Do you have any piece of advice for our readers who are struggling with their eating habits and their body image?
Lola Berry: If you need help, get it. I did, and it made the world of difference and brought perspective to an area that I didn't have any perspective on. Then, work on loving this life of yours, I mean, it’s real short our time on this planet. So find what you love and make that your life. If you’re not too sure about what that is, find your flow, that means that you should find out what it is that will assure you that you’re living out your purpose, doing what you love.
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