It’s the weekend! I am so excited to be sharing this INSPIRE-A-THON post with you!
2 years ago I was living in Coffs Harbour and had just become a vegan. I would read and watch every single vegan health blog that I could for inspiration, ideas and motivation. I came across Freelee’s blog and was hooked. Her confidence, controversial humour, glowing skin and knowledge was so INSPIRING!
I watched every single video that she had made, and then anxiously awaited every new one that she posted.
It was Freelee who inspired me to do my very first ever video blog!
Last August I was at a health documentary screening on the Gold Coast and spotted Freelee and her partner Durianrider (Harley) across the room. I was with Rory and he knew how much of a Freelee stalker I was! He urged me to go up and talk to them but I panicked as they walked out of the room. I had seen soooo many of Freelee’s videos that I felt a little star struck!
I went to the bathroom about 5 minutes after my little freak and and spotted them talking to someone by the front door (they hadn’t left yet!). I couldn’t let the opportunity go by so I went and said hello – I was freaking out the whole time!
Since then Freelee and I have become friends and she even made the effort to come to my 21st birthday dinner.
Without her INSPIRATION, I’m not too sure I would be video blogging today.
I hope that she can INSPIRE you as much as she INSPIRES me!
Thankyou so much Freelee, you are such a beautiful, kind hearted, funny, friendly person and a HUGE inspiration in my life!
Banana Girl Freelee
What is your biggest tip for anyone looking to transition to a healthier lifestyle?
Buy the 80-10-10 Diet book by Dr Doug Graham. Eliminate meat and dairy immediately from your diet and replace with yummy low fat plant foods like fruit, rice, potatoes and pasta. This will give you an instant taste of a healthier body and mind.
How do you take time out for yourself?
The morning bike ride I do about 5 times a week gives me time to reflect and plan. The way I have structured my life these days allows me to take a day off whenever I feel like it and I don’t have to report to anyone, which totally rocks!
What is your ‘go to’ food?
Bananas and lots of them.
What does an average day of food look like for you?
BREAKFAST: 10-15 banana smoothie
LUNCH: 1.5-2kgs of figs (If my tongue doesn’t burn up before I reach that figure)
DINNER: Maybe a salad creation or the recipe below:
BANANA GIRL APPLE STRUDEL
* 1-2 apples,
* 3 bananas
* 12 or so dates
Take the dates, half a banana and a little grated apple, and cinnamon. Using a “bullet blender”, blend until thick and pasty (not runny). Don’t add water unless you absolutely have to then only add a tiny to get the blender moving. Put paste aside.
* Cut a banana in half then cut in thin slices lengthways (for layers).
* Cut/mandolin apple slices very thinly for layers.
Layer down slices of banana then a layer of apples followed by a layer of BAD paste (banana, apple, date). Repeat to desired height then eat before loved ones dive on it
Optional add cinnamon to paste or sprinkle over top.
You could also blend in strawberries to the paste too for a different flavour.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
Say what you mean and mean what you say because those who matter do not mind and those who mind do not matter.
What is your biggest tip for having a balanced life?
Carbs, water, sleep. It’s so so important for us to look after our basic physiological needs if we want to lead a balanced life. The 3 most important factors are getting enough carbohydrates in our diet (eg, fruit/rice/potatoes with low fat sauce) and enough water and sleep. The body and mind cannot reach homeostasis if these factors are not taken care of first, anyone who thinks this is incorrect and does not do it will face a lifetime of emotional turmoil.
What song motivates/inspires you the most?
Actually it tends to change as time goes on but recently YOUR amazing song Sarah, Rhys’s Song. It is so wonderful and heartfelt, I played it over and over again and it gives me goosebumps everytime.
Where can we find you to keep inspired?
You can find me on Youtube: youtube.com/user/freelea
My blog: TheBananaGirl.com
Facebook Page: facebook.com/freeleeVegan
Banana Girl Diet group: Bananagirldiet.com