Nicole Joy is an inspirational foodie who passionately shares her story of rediscovering her love of food. Nicole believes in nourishing the body and soul with delicious, wholesome ingredients, and advocates that healthy eating does not mean compromising on flavour. Having grown up in an Italian family, she is also very adamant that there will always be a place for mum’s lasagne and good red wine! It’s about creating healthy habits not restrictions.
What form of meditation do you prefer and why?
Definitely guided meditations for me, and if it’s candle-lit – even better!
What are some changes you’ve noticed in your life since beginning your mindfulness journey and how have these helped you achieve your goals?
When faced with stressful situations (which is often when you run your own business!) I find I can return to a normal, relaxed state a lot quicker. I don’t stay stressed out for very long and can return to a productive and efficient workmode within minutes.
We all need some crazy powerful stress-busting tools and techniques – we would love to hear works for you!
Breathing! All it takes is exhalations that are longer than your inhalations. Dr Libby taught me that one and I have never forgotten it!
We would love to hear of a powerful experience you’ve had of people coming together for a cause -as a collective.
Just recently, I have started the group #TheCollaborateEffect – a place for like minded entrepreneurial women to connect and have the support that can often be missing when working alone. Just seeing the connections women are making through this small group, and the support they give each other give me the warm and fuzzies!
Have you always been into wellness or was there a light-bulb moment that sparked your health journey?
For the longest time, I just wanted to me a ‘skinny’ model and would try the latest fad diet or exercise regime to accomplish that. Of course, results are short-lived when what you are following is not sustainable for the long term and I quite literally crashed and burned. I was introduced to the concept of intuitive eating and mindfulness by a dear friend of mine and it was with her help that my relationship with myself and my body started to take a positive turn.
What is your secret nutrition weapon?
What’s your favourite daily health ritual, and why?
Meditation and walk with my dog Nobby
How do you express your creative self?
I sing! I think one day I might audition for The Voice or something
What’s your favourite way to treat yourself?
Nothing beats beautiful food in a gorgeous setting. My husband and I are foodies and wine-lovers so if there is a new restaurant to see – we are there!
How do you embrace yourself, flaws and all – even in self-critical times?
I picture myself as a little girl, about 5 or 6 years old and think how I might speak to her. That normally makes me re-think those harsh thoughts and negative thought patterns.
How do you manage to stay motivated both in your personal life and work life, even on those mediocre, flat days?
I let myself feel what I need to feel. Sometimes you need to feel a little blah and instead of pushing yourself, it can be better to give yourself more time and a little nurturing. Ignoring your true feelings is the fastest way to burn out!
What is your life vision for the next 5 years?
Continue speaking to teenage girls across the country, have my own cooking show on TV and a big fat published book deal! Would love to be living beachside with my husband and fur baby.
What advice would you love to give beautiful women just beginning their wellness journey?
The journey is YOUR journey and no one else’s. Don’t compare your start to someone else’s finish line. Find what works for you and what makes you feel the best. Note – this may not be the latest fad, or what all the ‘it’ people are following and you need to be ok with that. Not everything works for everyone.
Nicole, thank you so much for taking the time out to share your goodness. You’re a real life mindfulness champion! Checking out #TheCollaborativeEffect is an absolute must (Amy Kate is a very frequent flyer here) if you’re an entrepreneurial-minded soul. We actually have a #TheCollaborativeEffect event coming up shortly, hosted at the Better Life Centre. Nicole has passed on her Snapchat detes: nicolejoy01. Oh and her two books, ‘Why it’s perfectly acceptable to eat dessert for breakfast’ and ‘Life’s too short for diets’ are available on her website – www.nicolejoyinspire.com – get on it!