Wholefood goddess and creator of Star Anise Organics, Soulla Chamberlain is leading the Gut Health movement here in Sydney. But when she’s not busy testing new recipes for her Broth Bar in Bronte or developing products for her organic range of wholefoods, Soulla is a devoted mother of two, a lover of the sun & surf and is on a serious mission to bring nutrient-dense whole unprocessed foods back to the modern table. Read on to find out Soulla’s Day on a Plate and nutrition pearls of wisdom…
My Name is Soulla. I am the creator & director of Star Anise Organic Wholefoods. I grew up in Queensland to Greek-Cypriot migrant parents in a household where homemade food and entertaining played a pivotal role.
Prior to having my children, I worked as a corporate lawyer for over 10 years in Sydney & Melbourne. After too many years of long hours, high stress & being a strict vegetarian, I turned to a traditional wholefoods diet to rebuild & repair my own ailing health & that of my family’s. I’m a real & traditional foods cooking instructor, a certified MINDD practitioner, a health coach, a holistic lifestyle blogger and author of a school lunch book inspiration book.
I’ve always had an interest in health and wellness from a young age; I just took a lot of detours by experimenting with various nutritional regimes including veganism, the blood type diet, low fat diet etc. I would say the biggest ‘uh ha’ moment came when I learnt and fully appreciated that all the systems, structures and functions of the human body are built and run on nutrients, so the more nutrient dense foods we eat, the more the human body can run and thrive.
I wake at 4:45am everyday (I am a very early riser). My morning routine consists of oil-pulling, squats, shower and then I work for an hour at home while my kids are still sleeping.
Breakfast usually consists of eggs and greens, a smoothie and fermented veggies. Sometimes I mix it up and we make activated buckwheat pancakes. Lunch is often left overs with broth and fermented veggies. Dinner is meat and 3 veggies plus broth or they all come together in a soup or broth based casserole, which are often pastured fed organic lamb or beef, fish and occasionally organic chicken.
I drink 5 litres of filtered water with sea salt daily. I also exercise regularly and mix it up with dancing, yoga twice a week and costal walks if I have the time. I eat 3 decent size meals every day. I am not one to snack! I believe in giving your digestive system a break between meals.
During the school term, I prepare a fully cooked breakfast for my kids and myself. Organize and pack school lunches with either free range ham or wild smoked salmon, assorted raw veggie sticks, a mandarin, some activated nuts and a carob bear. I drop the kids off at school and go to work. My working days vary; I might be making deliveries, buying materials, attending meetings, prepping for workshops or blogging. I pick up the kids from school, do house work, prepare and cook dinner; homework and we are all in bed by 8pm.
My three foundational foods would have to be: Bone broth, Organ meats & Fermented Veggies.
My philosophy is that we should eat what we are biologically designed to eat based on our anatomy and physiology as tailored to us as individuals. My advice would be to educate yourself as much as possible on where our food comes from and how its been processed, how to affordably source it and the best way to properly prepare it to maximize its nutritional benefits.
For more information about Soulla’s gut-healing mission and her wonderful range of products, check out her website : http://www.staraniseorganic.com/
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When I started my studies, I was drinking lots of coffee and I was eaten the wrong foods, and feel bad about it, I wasn't at my best. So I had done some research on the net but at first I didn't found advices that are for me, and then I found your blog. It was exactly what I was looking for, good advices and healthy recipes. Now I'm following your advices on rest more, and snacks between meals and prep the meals and take time for myself to reconnect with my body and let go my anxiety, etc, and I have a more balanced life and have a new relationship with food thanks to you.
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Hey Jessica! I haven’t yet brought ‘The Healthy Life’, but I do have the clean life and your slim down plan! I would like to thank you so much for the knowledge your share and the message you put across about health and wellness. I’m studying Nutritional Medicine in Melbourne and absolutely love the philosophy that you share with your JSHealth community. The work you’ve done to show people that leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring, tasteless, difficult or depriving is amazing and hope to share the message myself one day. You’ve inspired me to start my own blog , to share the message and have taught me so many things about my own health! You should be proud of your achievements! Thank you again
I searched for help and tips through the Internet and found Jessica Sepel. This is seriously not exaggerated, but she was the reason why I have dared myself to eat again, to have snacks in between, to nourish my body. I could slowly improve my negative thoughts about my body image and my stupid anxiety of gaining weight. Besides, The Cleanest Gut was awesome too! A huge thank you! Especially from my mum. Seriously, without you I wouldn’t be where I am now!
Congratulations on your new book! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years and you’ve inspired me to slowly but surely eat healthier without giving myself a hard time when I don’t. It made me so happy (and weirdly proud) to see the Daily Mail article on The Healthy Life. I remember trying out your recipes before you even had your eBook out! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book. Keep up the great work.
Cooking in this way truly brought out the foodie in me and has instilled a huge passion for health and wellness! Life throws you hard and frustrating things sometimes but I truly believe that this is where we learn more about ourselves and what our passions in life are! Thank you for inspiring me on my journey to health and wellness!
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