Belinda Crestani's Youthful Habits

 

Belinda Crestani is a meditation teacher, holistic counsellor and the creator of healthy living website, YouthfulHabits.com. Belinda’s first cookbook The Healthy Girl’s Breakfast, featuring over 100 deliciously nourishing breakfast recipes to make you feel healthy, whole and well, goes on sale this month. Beautiful Because caught up with Belinda for some invaluable healthy living advice and to discover more about her own holistic health journey.

How did your holistic journey begin?

It happened very gradually. I truly believe that knowledge is power and the more you learn and understand, the more you are willing to change. I started studying nutrition, reading a lot of self-healing books and, with that, my interest in my own health and wellness grew.

I switched my mentality and way of living from ‘restrictive’ to ‘kind’. I went from counting every calorie I ate, trying out numerous diets, depriving myself of any treats and exercising excessively to respecting my body and being kind to myself. When I changed my mindset, I changed my life.

Have you always been so health conscious?

I started out being more ‘weight conscious’. I was totally ruled by that number on the scale. I wish I had someone to tell me that good health trumps weight.

Today, I am conscious of my health; to me, that means caring for my mind, body and spirit daily.

Why did you decide to launch Youthful Habits?

I believe true beauty comes from within and is affected by what we eat, do – and even think. I wanted to create a health and wellness resource that focuses on informative and insightful articles that would inspire, educate and empower readers to take control of their health.

What are your top tips for staying healthy and happy?

Why is meditation so integral to yours, and many others, well being?

For me, meditation is incredibly grounding. It’s a great reminder to be still, conscious, aware and at ease with who I am, where I am and what I’m doing. 

It only takes about 10-20 minutes to get a benefit from meditating. These few moments of quiet reflection may bring relief from stress as well as increase your tolerance to it. And it is simple to do: sit quietly, listen to peaceful music, relax and try to think of pleasant things or clear your mind of all thoughts.

What do you recommend to those wanting to try meditating for the first time?

Do not get intimidated. When you first start to meditate, you might experience an overwhelming onslaught of thoughts but it's important not to feel intimidated. This is natural because your mind is not used to being still. It fights your effort to be quiet. Don’t fight it back. Just keep on returning to the breath and practicing.

Tell us about your upcoming book...

The Healthy Girl’s Breakfast is jam-packed full (over 100 recipes) of deliciously nourishing breakfast recipes to make you feel healthy, whole and well. I was constantly being asked what I ate for breakfast and writing out meal plans for friends, family, clients and magazines. It was one of my dear friends who suggested I put all my breakfast recipes into a book and now I’m so excited to share these simple, wholefood recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. There are also plenty of gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, sugar free and paleo options.

What’s next?

I have just launched a series of wellness packages:

This year, I will be launching a YouTube series focusing on meditation, weight loss and sharing healthy recipes, hosting meditation workshops, and speaking to schools about the importance of mental health and wellbeing. I am also in the planning stages of developing a program to reset and reprogram your health, priorities and habits.  

Your fave super food:

At the moment, I love chia seeds. These tiny black and white seeds are widely known as a health powerhouse which are a fantastic source of omega-3, protein and fibre. The reason I love them is because they’re incredibly versatile; they can be used in cooking, sprinkled on food and salads, or even mixed into drinks and smoothies.

Your fave quick & easy healthy recipe:

This summer I have been enjoying a lot of homemade frozen yoghurt. My Sweet Lemon Berry Frozen Yoghurt Recipe is a favourite in my household. This recipe also features in The Health Girl’s Breakfast cookbook.

Your fave way to exercise:

I really enjoy Pilates because it uses gentle, non-impact stretching and strengthening exercises that focus on the abdominals, lower back, hips and thighs. Pilates can also help release stress and promote relaxation – that’s all the things I love! 

Your fave way to unwind:

I love getting lost in a book, watching a comedy flick and getting a hot stone massage!

Your fave natural beauty product:

Rosehip oil is the best moisturiser I’ve found! It hydrates my skin beautifully. I use Kosmea Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – this is all I need!

Your top beauty tip:

Stay hydrated! The best way to keep your skin at its best and most youthful, not to mention your body functioning well is to stay hydrated.

Make the effort to carry a bottle of water around with you. Remember to avoid plastic bottles and choose stainless steel or glass ones instead. The purer the water, the fewer toxins it contains and the better hydrated your skin will be. Aim to drink between 1.5-2 litres of filtered water a day.

What do you think makes someone beautiful?

Confidence is beautiful! Who doesn’t want to be around someone who oozes confidence? When you value yourself, others will too. Choose to eat and live well, be positive, prioritise you and your health and your confidence will show.

Visit www.youthfulhabits.com to discover more health and wellbeing advice from Belinda.

 

By Nina Weston


 

The Beautiful Because Newsletter

Sign up to get exclusive offers, latest products & beauty advice.

Follow
Beautiful Because