It was love at first sight. Belle won me over straight away with her amazing images on Instagram – with food which promised not only to taste as good as it looked, but to also nourish the body with essential nutrients, vitamins and 100% goodness.
You see Belle was enticing us with a stream of pictures from her new creation – the world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app which has a vision to restore the balance and empower The Whole Pantry Community to live their whole life. And she has certainly succeeded. Since the apps release it has stayed strong at the top of the iCharts, is every editors must have ‘pick’, and is inspiring everyone all around the world to think about their health, and to get in the kitchen to recreating her recipes.
If you haven’t purchased the app yet, do it. And do it quick.
Without further ado…welcome Belle Gibson as she shares her amazing story and some great tips.
Occupation: Mother, Writer, Director @ The Whole Pantry
For the people who aren’t familiar with you (or just want to know more), tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m living in Melbourne and working on multiple projects, with my main focus being my little boy, Olivier and my smartphone apps The Whole Pantry. I launched TWP, the world’s first health, wellness & lifestyle apps just this month and it’s become a full time investment of love and energy.
What made you choose the path of leading a healthy life and was there a particular turning point?
A few years ago I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the turning point wasn’t necessarily the cancer, but more of a ‘if this is it, I want it to be the best time of my life’. Illness of any kind is exhausting and debilitating, but there was a part of me that knew it didn’t need to be like that. When I had that revelation, I took the leap to heal myself naturally and haven’t looked back. Every day is an attempt to have the best day ever, with constant nurturing and respect for my body and life.
What does your usual daily routine look like – what is on your ‘must do’ and ‘must take’ list?
Drink something with a mountain of liquid vegetables in it. Stack the odds in your favour; sneak as much goodness in where possible.
Meditate. Even if that’s five minutes of quiet reflection before sleep, or ten deep breaths when I wake, it’s a small effort that has a big, accumulative impact.
Move. Again, even if it’s for five minutes, it gives your body the final link to this ‘whole life’ we’re all dreaming of and striving for. I am big on HIIT training, pilates and yoga, but on days where it just cant happen, I walk where possible and stretch it out of the morning and evening.
iPhone! My life literally revolves around my phone – The apps are on it, photos of oli to show everyone are on it haha, and so is all my work.
Hemp lip balm, filtered water and comfortable shoes. They’re all my essentials, whatever I’m doing and wherever I am – They’re my little cues to keep my skin, body and exercise in check.
Let’s take a peek in your bathroom cupboard – what are your must have products?
Jacqueline Evans cleanser and moisturiser – a really cool naturopathic range of skin care that has no nasties
Essential oils – of all kinds, for headaches, swelling, bruises, crankiness… the lot!
Coconut oil – for moisturising, oil pulling and hair masks
Tea tree deodorant – because it works, free from heavy metals, carcinogens and im gross without it. Most people forget about the nasties they put on their body… you cant be 200% in one area of your life and 0% in the other. I
What do you always have in your kitchen (both fridge and supplements)?
Hemp seeds – protein, brain food, good fats
Supergreens Pesto – Recipe in the app. Its good on everything, seriously!
C Coconut water – it keeps my moodiness and dehydration at bay, and is carbon neutral!
Overflowing vegetable draws, Kombucha and raw chocolate
Supplements – magnesium, herbal teas, coconut oil, mixed protein (hemp, pea & cranberry), and LOTS of superfoods.
I’m big on superfoods, the body knows what to do with them and how to make them work. Essentially they’re foods (herbs, plants, roots, whatever), which have a significantly higher mineral, vitamin and antioxidant count. At the moment I’m loving medicinal mushrooms (not the hippy kind!), gubinge, açai, cacao, goji and noni extract, bee pollen, maca and AFA/Spirulina.
How important is clean, nutrient rich food in your diet? Do you follow a certain style (ie raw, vegan, paleo etc)
I don’t like labels, but if I was to try – I would be a vegetarian paleo. I eat eggs once a week, but dairy, sugar, grains (gluten) and meat are all out. I recognise that we aren’t all equal so listening to what works for your body is super important. Essentially, my ‘diet’ is what keeps me going, I wouldn’t be me or here without it, so I keep the food local, organic, fresh and full of added nutrition wherever possible.
How do you like to move and keep fit? Is exercise an important part of your life?
I love exercising, in the past I’ve had a very love/hate relationship with it but now I recognise how much happier and healthier I am for it, so it’s not optional anymore. Im big on pilates, yoga and HIIT weights/cardio training, but like my food, its all intuitive. If I planned pilates for one day, but my body needs a rest, I rest or opt for yoga. Its good to listen.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your health journey? These days we’re influenced by so many different sources – from friends, family, blogs, magazines and now even Instagram!!
Steve Jobs, its bizarre, I know, but I really do admire his vision and how much he fought for what he believed in.
My online community; The entire lot of them, all with the intention of living their best lives, always striving for wellness, fitness and happiness. Always being curious and trying new things, inspiring me to keep on top of all I do, so the cycle continues.
Im loving Pukka Tea at the moment, they have some really cool, thought out blends that sneak in extra nutrition and nurturing without effort. Im loving their licorice, nettle and peppermint blend at the moment.
My App – The Whole Pantry. It sounds funny, but I’m serious. I cook out of it every day, its something that inspires me and also immensely proud of.
Magazine – only this week I discovered this magazine called ‘The Simple Things’ and im hooked.
Fave local cafe or restaurant?
Shoku Iku, here in Melbourne. Run by one of the most passionate and creative women, ever. Its raw food, but you’d be none the wiser if you ordered her warm soup. Creativity and food at its finest.
As your parting gift to us – what is your favourite recipe?
Chocolate Nutbutter Cups
makes 8 GF, DF, VGN 15mins
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- 2.5 tbs maple syrup
- A pinch of sea salt flakes
- Sea salt flakes or cacao nibs for topping.
- 2Tbs Superfoods (optional) – See Tips
¼ cup nutbutter (or sunflower seed butter if allergic)
- In a bowl, whisk through the cacao and salt through the melted coconut oil and maple syrup so no clumps are present.
- Pour 1tsp of chocolate mixture into mini muffin cases/chocolate moulds and place in freezer for 5 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from freezer and spoon on ½ tsp. nubutter into the center of each chocolate, place back into freezer if nutbutter is runny.
- Top each chocolate with 1 tbs. of chocolate mixture and leave to set in fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Top with sea salt or cacao nibs if desired.
- Add 1tbs of superfoods to the chocolate mix before freezing to boost nutritional benefits; we recommend mesquite, lucuma, açai or maca for this recipe.
- These are raw; so serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Double the quantities to make into larger cups.