I am so excited to introduce you all to my dear friend, Summah! I met Summah through studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I felt an instant bond with her and feel so grateful to have her in my life. She is such an inspiration and the epitome of health. Below, learn all about Summah, her journey from party girl to inspirational health advocate & meditation teacher, A Natural Connection, her faves and her recipe for Brazil Cacao Cake.
Please tell us about yourself:
Hi I am summah and I am the founder of A Natural Connection. I am a holistic health coach, meditation teacher and nutritionist in training. I live and work on the south coast of NSW with my fiancé, 4 horses, 2( soon to be 3!) dogs, 2 cats and 3 chooks.
How did A Natural Connection come about? What was your inspiration?
After going through a lot of personal change and really seeking online support, I saw a niche and decided to go for it! It is a blast, and my inspirations are the people I connect with every day on the blog and Facebook page.
What goes on over at A Natural Connection?
The Facebook page is where we have the conversations. Someone will PM me a personal question that they require guidance with and I post it to the community. The replies are so beautiful, and we have created a support system of women. The website is for my blog posts and sharing information. Both are very dear to me.
What does health and wellness mean to you?
Health and wellness means my body keeping up with my mind so that I can live the life that I desire. There is no point in being slim and toned if you are mentally sluggish and unhappy,
What did your life look like before you started your journey to health and wellness?
I was a drunk, overweight, acne and piles of baggage all around me. My life was a maze of boozing, binge eating, lashing out at those around me and playing the victim. What a change!
What is your favorite part of the life you lead today?
The promise of a new adventure Every.Single.Day ! And sharing it with the love of my life
What are some of the daily rituals you practice?
Connections with my fiancé and animals. Meditation every morning and plenty of time outside.
What are your non-negotiables?
organic food. Anyone who eats organic will tell you that there is a WORLD of difference. The feeling being mindful of what you place into your body/temple is addictive.
What do you do for fun/for you?
Kayaking, anything on or near the water, reading non study books on womens wellness and personal development, TV series like The Walking Dead and playing with my animals. I also really enjoy lifting weights and challenging myself.
A lot of people have a hard time staying healthy when they aren’t in the comfort of their own home. How do you keep your balance while traveling or eating out?
Prepare ladies prepare. It can be a pain, I know, but it is SO worth it. For e.g., as I type I have a granola in the oven, quinoa soaking, and pumpkin in my convection oven so that tomorrow when I am on the road I can enjoy a quinoa warm salad and granola as a snack with fresh fruit. My water bottles are made up, Im having a huge smoothie for brekky and dinner will be a fresh salad. It is possible, just create the time and make it a priority.
What is your #1 tip for living a truly balanced, healthful life full of vitality?
Put yourself first, and everyone will win!
Place? With my horses or my family
Book? You can heal your life by Louise Hay or Womens Bodies, Womens Wisdom Chris Northdrup
Magazine? Wellbeing or Nature & Health!
Music? Nahko, Il Divo, No use for a name… eclectic I know but I’m a punk rocker from way back
Meal? Right now I cannot get enough of my chilli pasta! ( this will be posted this week! )
Season? All of them
Guilty pleasure? Lingerie!!! I am addicted!
Beauty Tip: Scrub your insides as well, Water and greens baby!
Recipe: Cacao Brazil Cake
- 1 cup of cacao
- 1 cup of GF flour/ Nut meal ( if using nut meal, you may need a little more coconut cream)
- 1 cup of coconut sugar
- 1 cup of coconut cream ( full fat )
- 1/2 a cup of water
- 2 tbspn coconut oil
- 1/4 tspn of celtic salt
- 1 tspn Cinnamon
- Dessicated Coconut
- Brazil Nuts, crushed into large pieces
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- Mix ingredients ( except the dessicated coconut )until they are well combined and you have a lovely batter to drool over.
- Place into pan, muffin tray whatever you are using! Sprinkle the coconut on top, and bake for 30mins.
- The texture should still be moist in the middle, and leave your knife dirty when inserted. There are no raw eggs in this recipe, we want that gooeyness!
- Remove from oven and place in the refridgerator to cool.
- Trust me, the flavour will be SO much better and texture more mudcakey once its cold!
- Serve cold with vegan whipped cream and a sprinkly of berries/crushed nuts
Note. You can play around with this recipe SO much. To date, I have made peppermint mudcake muffins, decadent brownies with roasted coconut flakes, added berries to the mix for a richer version and added chia seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds and topped it with quinoa flakes for a strange choccy crumble. YUM!
You can connect with Summah here:
A Natural Connection