Friday night in with Valeria from The Well Nest
Welcome to the first of my new 'Friday night in' blog posts. I'll be chatting to inspirational women and men who can help you in all aspects of your life, so you can truly enjoy being you.
Whilst on holidays in the beautiful Northern Rivers, I had the pleasure of catching up with Valeria from The Well Nest in Brisbane. Such a gorgeous soul who shares my appreciation for a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Grab a cuppa, snuggle up on the couch, and find out a little more about this stunner below.
Body Beauty Q+A with Valeria
Share a little about yourself
In a nutshell I am a serial multi-tasker, personal trainer, holistic health coach and mama to beautiful Orlando. My passion for wellness began as a personal journey to live with vitality and balance and break out of the 9-5 rat race. I founded The Well Nest in 2011, which is a hub connecting people with inspiration and ideas to create their version of healthy because I don’t believe there is one cookie cutter approach to fit everybody.
I am currently studying Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) and spend my days inspiring clients to love and be the best version of themselves.
How did The Well Nest come about?
I am a firm believer in education. Education empowers you to make better decisions for yourself and not just follow “expert” opinion. The first place we learn anything is at home, your nest. The Well Nest is your little go to space, like coming home, to learn what you need to know to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.
The most rewarding part of your job?
Every day I get to make people happy. I have never had a session when a client didn’t walk away with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, albeit sometimes it may be wobbly. I help people become strong, both inside and out. The smallest changes they make have a profound effect on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. I wouldn’t change my job for anything in the world.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
I have been sitting on a book idea for such a long time. I just need to make time and start writing.
Favorite place in the world?
As much as I love to travel and could think of a million beaches I would love to go to, if I close my eyes I always go to the same place. My grandma’s dacha in Russia. Every summer as kids we would spend our school holidays there helping grand ma harvest fruits, vegetables. Everything we ate was from the ground, organic and real. There was a tiny pond we used to swim in hidden in reeds. In the dizzying heat and after “helping” in the garden, the murky water was as good as St Tropez for us.
If you were a spice, which would you be?
Paprika. A little fiery but not too much.
5 things you can’t live without?
My little boy – I know he’s not a thing but he’s always with me
A really big hand bag
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be?
After munching my way through Greece a few years ago, I still can’t get over the tasty deep fried white bait.
What was for breakfast?
A protein/berry smoothie from Cocobliss in Bulimba between clients.
How would you classify your eating style?
My eating style is adventurous. I love to experiment with flavours, recipes and ideas and make them my own. My kitchen is like a mad scientist’s lab – always working on the next project.
Your favourite way to stay active?
I am addicted to Lagree at the moment and running.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
Don’t believe everything you read, instead look within. Keep a food journal and notice how each food makes you feel during and after eating. Move every day, even if it’s 25 squats in the shower. Your body is a beautiful vessel that thrives on movement. You will have more energy and vigour when you work with your body, rather than against it. Love it. Nourish it. Nurture it. Together you’ll go a long way.