Belle Gibson on Cancer, Cooking & Her 75,000 Instagram Followers

I stumbled across Belle’s Instagram account a few months ago and fell absolutely in love with her photos. If you don’t already know Belle now is you chance.

What sparked your interest in health?

A few years ago I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, which lead me to move to the other side of the country for conventional treatment. It didn’t take me long to notice the stress conventional medicine was putting on my body, recalling the ‘Don’t do anything that doesn’t serve or nurture you’ philosophy something lit up and I started searching for a better option.

I reflect back on it now and feel really naive about it all, I remember lying in bed reading a cliché ‘detox’ article and something just clicked. All this instinctual stuff and information unraveled after merely learning about lemon in water and from there I began healing myself naturally.

How do you manage stress and anxiety?

Good question! With my long line of medical disruptions, as a mother to a toddler and a businesswoman, keeping everything in check is a priority. I practice yoga, meditate, stay hydrated and hide in a quiet space for two minutes when I need a breather or time to recollect. It sounds funny, but even as grown adults we get over-stimulated, finding somewhere quiet to take a few deep breaths is an important coping strategy to counteract the negative impact of stress.

Ginseng, mint and chamomile are my favorite clarity promoting, stress busting, brain function teas (add in some lavender to reduce nervous exhaustion and relieve stress and anxiety related headaches) which I sip on throughout the day.

You have a huge following on Instagram and are currently developing an app! How did this come about?

My friends and family knew I had a lot to share (and were probably over being my only audience!) so they encouraged me to spread my wings. I feel really blessed to be welcomed so greatly by my online communities – it’s my biggest motivator and inspiration seeing nearly 50,000 people so eager to boost their wellness, eat a little better and move a little more all whilst living a conscious life.

When I had my stroke, or even diagnosed with cancer, I had no support and didn’t know where to begin; I hope my community never faces challenges like I have but the lack of connectedness with recipes, wellness, health and fitness information still isn’t there so along came the idea to develop the worlds first health and wellness lifestyle apps. It all still feels like a big (huge!) dream, I’m very blessed to be able to give back to everyone around me in such an accessible way. The Whole Pantry App will be available in July, more information is available at www.thewholepantryapp.com

Please share with us a favourite recipe

Vanilla and almond choc chunk cookies

Vegan    Paleo friendly      Gluten Free        Dairy Free

Ingredients

1 cup almond meal (see note for nut free option)

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

⅛ teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup (coconut nectar, rice malt or honey)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate, chopped.

Belle Gibson

Method

Preheat oven to 170c

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

Mix wet ingredients together and combine with dry mixture. Measure out 1Tbs of batter, roll into ball and place onto lined baking tray. Press down lightly in the center. Bake for 10-12 minutes until bottoms just start to turn light brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.  Ovens do vary, so keep an eye on these and take them out when they’ve gone only slightly golden. They stay moist in the center and firm up as they cool.

Note: can be made nut-free by processing 1 heaped cup of sunflower seeds in processer until flour like consistency. If using sunflower seeds, reduce oil to 2.5tbs)

What is the number 1 thing you would recommend to a person who wants to improve their health?

Do The Swap – Small intentional changes have a big positive effect.

  • Swap table salt for high mineral sea salt, Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt
  • Swap bottled water for home filtered or tap water – Get rid of those chemicals your absorbing through leaching plastics!
  • Swap the ten-minute snooze in bed for ten minutes of morning stretching or a light jog… you’ll feel (and look!) better for it!
  • Swap meat for Meatfree Monday. It’ll give your digestion a rest, save you some money and help heal the environment. Make it your new regular thing with friends.
  • Swap low nutrient for high nutrient foods. White rice for black rice or quinoa, potato for sweet potato, sodas for coconut water, gluten for gluten free options and include easy to find superfoods like spirulina, cacao and maca wherever possible.

Belle can be found here:

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/healing_belle

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheWholePantry

Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/thewholepantryapp

What did you think of the interview? Don’t forget to go and check out Belle’s site…It’s so beautiful!

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