The Healed Life: Claire Obeid

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This week’s inspirational person is…

Claire Obeid!

Meet Claire…

Age:  31

Occupation:  Holistic Health Coach + Yoga Teacher

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

I am a full time Holistic Health Coach + Yoga Teacher.  I’m stupidly in love with my life and can’t believe I get to work with amazing clients and students each and everyday!

I am the founder of The Wellness Project which offers coaching and one-on-one yoga classes to individuals who are ready to make a change in their lives. Together, with my clients, we tackle some major road blocks to living and being in your full glory! Digestion problems, lack of self-love, stress, exhaustion, little energy and more are some of the areas I focus on.

These are all areas that I personally battled with. Having always had digestion and stress problems it all got a little out of hand after leading a very unhealthy, physically and emotionally taxing lifestyle. Yoga saved me. It showed me that it was possible to feel better and even to look better. The breath, the stillness, the movement – it sang out to me and I responded! Eventually this re-ignited a passion for health and wellness bred in me from my family (my parents owned and ran a middle eastern wholefoods business).

Couple that with an innate ability to guide, coach and love people – not long after I found my calling to become a Holistic Health Coach.

What does ‘health’ mean to you?

Health IS everything to me. It’s not just something I hope for, clutch to. It’s how I live my life. From health. Feeling amazing in body, mind and spirit is a birth-right and it’s something I see as a non-negotiatble. It’s changed my life and allowed me to fulfill my true potential.

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

My philosophy is food that is REAL, WHOLE, FRESH. If your grandmother recognizes it, then it’s in my cupboard and fridge. I don’t get too caught up in fads and listen to my body instead. I’m not interested in what works for everyone else, I’m interested in how my (or yours!) body responds.

  • Regular yoga practice. Daily meditation.
  • No junk – I never drink sodas or sugary drinks.
  • Coffee is a rarity as is alcohol.
  • I eat a truckload of whole, fresh organic vegetables with a BIG focus on dark green leafy’s.
  • Fruit – low fructose/high antioxidant ones.
  • Lots of probiotic and fermented food.
  • A heap of good fats – coconut oil, butter, fatty fish, avocados, nuts, lamb, eggs.
  • When I eat meat it’s only grass-fed/pastured.
  • Quality biodynamic grains.
  • Good supplementation through selected superfoods, Vitamins and Minerals.
  • NO SUGAR. 

What brings balance to your life?

Me time – always making sure I carve out time in my day to press pause. That could be meditation, yoga, a walk, journaling. Sometimes it’s connecting with like-minded people face to face – getting away from work and the computer and instead laughing, smiling, sharing with beautiful souls. Switching off regularly. Nourishing my body and trying different things. But mostly, ROUTINE. Consistency makes me sane, whole, happy and balanced.

Your favorite healthy recreational activity?

When I’m not at yoga I love doing the Bondi – Coogee walk. I grew up at Coogee and this walk is both filled with memories, a deep fondess but it’s incredibly stunning! Finished off with an ocean swim.

Who is your greatest health inspiration?

Every single health coach, nutritionist, advisor out there who is passionate about sharing true health and happiness to others. You people ROCK my world and I’m forever grateful to you for the work you do.

Where is your favorite place on earth?

Home. Sydney. The beach. It’s where the love is!

What is your favorite healthy meal/snack?

At the moment I love a berry coconut yoghurt smoothie with sun warrior protein powder and lots of delicious superfoods.

What is your favorite healthy neighborhood restaurant?

I visit About Life often, Earth 2 Table in Bondi Junction and The Nourishing Quarter in Surry Hills.

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

Oh, so much! This year is about growth for me and The Wellness Project. I’ve got an e-book on the horizons and I want to build up my video blog offering. I’m eager to study again so will be furthering my coaching and nutrition skills. I want to plan big amazing health events. AND make sure I get away on retreat somewhere like Bali.

I’m also getting married soon, so that’s a very BIG DEAL.

Please share with us one of your favorite healthy recipes:

 Quinoa, Pomegranate and Poached Chicken Summer Salad

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Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Cherry tomatoes 1/2 punnet
  • Red capsicum 1/2
  • 4 sprint onions
  • 2 cups chopped watercress
  • Snap peas
  • Asparagus
  • Pomegranate
  • Goji berries
  • Mint
  • Chicken breast
  • Dressing: lemon/ACV/olive oil/mint/sweeten if needed with 1tsp raw honey, pomegranate concentrate or maple syrup

Method:

  • Soak and rinse 1cup of quinoa
  • Cooke quinoa as per instructions
  • Meanwhile lightly steam the beans and asparagus, allow to cool before adding into salad
  • Rinse and chop all other veggies
  • Toss veggies and goji berries together and leave aside
  • Marinate chicken breasts in sumac and lemon juice – slice in half and wrap tightly in cling film, tie the ends together
  • Poach chicken breasts in hot water (bring to a simmer, turn off heat) for 15 minutes with the lid on
  • Remove chicken, slice thinly and add to salad.
  • Sprinkle in pomegranate, fresh mint and drizzle over the dressing – be generous!

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