The Healed Life: Candice Aiken

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This week’s inspirational person is…

Candice Aiken!

Meet Candice…

Age:  28

Occupation:  Writer, Certified Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach

Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here:

I am a writer, blogger, speaker, Certified Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach and co-creator of Co-inside Wellbeing which I run with my beautiful hubby, Curtis.

I’m a bit of a risk-taker and always seek out the unstructured, unknown and more fun route in life. I adore helping beautiful souls achieve a level of health and happiness they never knew existed and find their purpose on this earth… which just so happens to be my purpose on this earth.

Life wasn’t always this way for me though. I spent many years chasing dollar signs, battling with low self-esteem, yo-yo’ing weight, addictions, negative self-talk and some major health issues. Then mid 2010, my husband… my best friend… my soul mate, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I was finally given the kick up the butt I needed to make a major change. From that day forward we promised each other to live as though we were ‘blessed by ms’ – and we were! We finally had a purpose in this world and so we began asking every day… how can I serve? How can I help? How can I show up every day as the best version of myself?

We started a blog to share our journey and learnings with the world and it has grown organically every day since then. As a result of this incredible journey, I was led to study holistic health coaching at IIN – my true passion in this world – nutrition and helping people take control of their health, love their life and become the greatest, grandest versions of themselves.

What does ‘health’ mean to you?

To me, health is not just the absence of symptoms and illnesses, but the ability to listen to your body and feel abundant energy, vitality, peace, happiness and love, always. It is the complete union between the mind, body and spirit which enables us to be the greatest, grandest version of ourselves.

How do you manage to stay so fit and healthy, please share with us your philosophy/secrets:

I have made self-care my number one priority as I do have so much on my plate and I need to make sure I don’t get sick or burn out.  I look after my mind through meditation and journaling; my body is thoroughly cared for through eating a 100% organic, high raw vegetarian diet, as well as daily ‘non-negotiable’ yoga and exercise (I’m loving the rebounder these days), and my spirit is nourished through daily doses of nature. I am not perfect by any means so if I happen to miss a day here and there, I don’t beat myself up about it, I just reprioritise self-care and start again.

  • Mix up your diet:  Though I follow a 100% organic, high raw vegetarian diet, life can get a bit boring eating the same thing day in, day out. Not only that but my mind and body get used to it too. I embrace the fact that there’s a cause for ‘cravings’ and we have seasons for a reason, so I listen to my body and continually mix up my diet and change or introduce something new whenever I feel the need to.
  • Drink lots of water: Water is amazing for eliminating toxins, is energizing and can prevent fatigue. Also, when consumed first thing in the morning… it gets the bowels moving and sets you up for the day. Seriously amazing stuff!
  • Clean out the colon: I truly believe that the colon is the cornerstone of a healthy body and a healthy mind. A clean colon = proper elimination of toxins, absorption of important nutrients, and even weight loss. If I am ever feeling a bit “off”, have been on a long flight, or simply for maintenance, I see a colonic hydrotherapist wherever I am in the world.

What brings balance to your life?

Balance comes from doing the things I love – the things that light me up, the things that make me bounce out of bed in the morning. Usually that includes being completely immersed in nature, writing something from my heart, a sweet yoga practice or guided meditation and cuddle time with my hubby and pups.

But there are also days where I need to completely disconnected from the world, from absolutely EVERYTHING and just ‘BE’. In those times, it’s not unusual for me to be out of contact or literally drop off the face of the earth. I believe we need those moments for true balance, to learn to accept ‘what is’, and to understand that there is a higher purpose for everything. In doing so, I always find that I rediscover my passion for life; gain immense clarity and am overcome with a sense of peace and feeling of freedom.

Your favorite healthy recreational activity?

Anything to do with nature… trekking in the bush, swimming in the ocean, or simply standing barefoot on the grass in my backyard as I watch the sunset. Nature is so healing and cleansing… it resets and energises me like nothing else.

 

Who is your greatest health inspiration?

My amazing husband is my greatest health inspiration. We have been together for nearly 10 years now (married for almost 5 years) and every day he opens my eyes to the endless possibilities and opportunities in life and how I can strive to be the very best version of myself. He is a qualified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner so every now and then he springs seriously effective tools and techniques on me to whip me into shape emotionally and mentally, which is awesome. The man has a knack for asking the BIG and scary questions and challenging me in every situation.

Just being able to witness his courage, strength and passion grow every day since he was diagnosed with MS has taught me so much– that this life isn’t about the ‘stuff’ (the physical things around us) and that everything really does happen for a reason. As well as being the most loving and generous man I’ve ever known, all of this inspires me to live the healthiest and happiest life I possibly can. I am very lucky.

Where is your favorite place on earth?

Although I’m at peace anywhere in nature, I am very drawn to mountains and tropical rainforests. Earlier this year we stayed in a little village called Sideman in Bali which is a few hours drive North East of Denpasar airport. We were overlooking the rainforest and Mt Agung, where I practiced yoga and journalled daily – it was absolutely breathtaking and so inspiring. More recently we visited Mt Shasta in Northern California and I felt so at home the minute we arrived, in fact we cancelled the next leg of our journey in order to stay longer. We went on a guided spiritual tour where we were guided through meditations and visualizations in the freshly fallen snow – it was magical. There’s just something about mountains that grounds me and lifts me up all at the same time.

What is your favorite healthy meal/snack?

It really depends on the season, time of day and if I am in the vicinity of a kitchen to make my own food or if I’m out and about… but I always find something healthy to eat or nibble on. Usually that consists of any or all of the following: Green smoothie, freshly squeezed juices, kale chips, raw chocolate (Pana Chocolate ROCKS. MY. WORLD.), fresh young coconuts, my raw raspberry and macadamia sheezecake, choc chia pudding, a massive green salad, sweet potato chips, quinoa pilaf, and sourdough toast topped with avocado + tomato. I eat ALOT of really good food.

What is your favorite healthy neighborhood restaurant?

I have a few in my area, but my favourite of all time is Source Foods in Highgate, WA for the most incredible (not to mention MASSIVE) organic vegan tempeh burgers in the West. I also adore Samudra in Dunsbourough, WA when I am down that way. Unfortunately it’s nearly 3 hours drive from my place otherwise I would be there much more often.

What is next on the cards for you, what are your goals and aspirations?

My major goal in life is to be ‘location independent’ and continue following my bliss and my passion (writing & coaching) but full time and on a much larger scale. We are currently in the process of making this dream a reality which I am really excited about. I also hope that through our never-ending journey of creating the life of our dreams that I can inspire and coach beautiful souls to do the very same.

As for the rest of my future, although I have an inkling of where I’d like to be and what I’d like to be doing, I have no idea what the universe has in store for me. I try not to make plans too far ahead as I strive to live in the moment and really experience each and every minute as it presents itself. I have had a very blessed life so far, so I am completely and 100% open to all opportunities and possibilities of the future.

On upcoming projects… as a result of living in the moment, Curtis and I are always working on something new. There are rough plans to release e-books, online courses as well as officially launching our one-on-one coaching services in the very near future.

Please share with us one of your favorite healthy recipes:

Raspberry & Macadamia Sheezecake

Ingredients:

For the base…

  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 3/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates (+ a couple more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling…

  • 3 cups cashews (soaked for an hour or two)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or agave
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons lecithin or agar agar
  • 1.5 cups raspberries (plus a few extra to garnish with)

For the topping…

  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Method:

For the base…

Place dry ingredients into a food processor and blend until roughly chopped. Leave food processor on and feed through wet ingredients and dates. Process until finely chopped. Firmly press the crust onto the spring form pan and place into the fridge to set.

For the filling…

Drain the cashews and then place into a high speed blender along with the rest of the wet ingredients (set aside half the raspberries), then top up with the remainder of ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour over base, then gently mix in the remainder of the raspberries.

For the topping…

Place the nuts into the food processor and pulse to chop. Mix in the coconut flakes and nibs to combine. Decorate the cake with the topping and place into the fridge to set overnight.

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