Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Leandra the Cosmopolitan Hippy!
We are all busy and are trying hard to fulfill big dreams and goals, manage our long to do lists and have a social life! The art of doing this without sacrificing our most important assets, our bodies and our health, is the challenge we are all faced with day to day. All of us, no matter who we are, have to keep working at it and can learn from each other – so each Wednesday we will chat to a passionate bright spark to hear about what they are up to and fill in their wellbeing blanks!
Today we are filling in the blanks with Leandra Brady-Walker the (original) Cosmopolitan Hippy. A Chiropractor by trade, Leandra is a busy modern woman who wants it all, including good health. She teaches women how to minimise the three stressors (physical, chemical and emotional) in their lives without giving up the things they love. Let’s hear what Leandra has to say:
To Leandra to be well means: having the energy to: run my business, chase around my 18month old daughter, create delicious healthy food, go out, dress up and look fabulous, all in one day!
I have lots of jobs. My day job is Dr Leandra Brady-Walker, Chiropractor, I am also a business woman, running The Chiropractic Place in Darwin with my husband and The Cosmopolitan Hippy brand, I am a writer (books and freelance articles on how to be healthy without becoming a hippy), a cook (developing grain free, sugar free, gluten free, dairy free sometimes raw recipes, mainly baking), I run a clean eating program, I consult with restaurants and cafes on how to make their menus more diet restriction friendly, I am a passionate health advocate speaking at numerous functions and charity groups and of course, I am a wife, mummy and Domestic Goddess too.
Eating a balanced high vegetable, low grain, sugar dairy and animal product diet and getting enough sleep are usually easy for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.
Becoming overwhelmed and trying to do more than one person should are usually hard for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.
Listening to the negative voices in my head always seems to throw my wellbeing off track.
Taking time out for myself and spending time with my family brings my wellbeing back on track
I usually sleep 8 hours per night. I’d love to sleep those hours uninterrupted!
Something I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is being realistic. No day is ever perfect, but you do your best. Be organised with your meals, take the stairs not the lift, look at yourself in the mirror and TELL yourself YOU ARE WORTH IT at least once a day.
Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is that I am worth the time, effort and money it takes to look after myself. Everyone has a budget, but I sacrifice things like cable TV and gym memberships for walking the dogs, free outdoor fitness classes, organic food, sustainable fashion, organic skin care, vegan makeup and post-it notes with affirmations on my bathroom mirror.
The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is don’t over think it. Move, eat green vegetables, take time to read and walk. Love yourself. Tell yourself how amazing you are. Know that you are enough, just as you are.
The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and wellbeing is that unless you have training, like specific health training, there are too many conflicting messages out there about what “perfection” is when it comes to health. Without proper guidance you will end up tearing your hair out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a professional who gets you.
If my body stopped working my ability to do my work would be non existent. Plus “healthy” is my brand. No one wants to take health advice from someone fat sick and on their way to the grave!
If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say / ask for is stop doubting yourself, you are destined for greatness and please so more sugar! (but Easter holidays only come once a year!)
Enjoyed reading? Feel free to forward on to a friend who you think would enjoy this too or could benefit from the great work that Leandra is up to. xx