Today we welcome Emily Bingham from Ulladulla on the beautiful South Coast of NSW as our At Health Australia 'Fit Foodie of the Month'.
Emily is such an inspiration for so many reasons! Not long into her Nutrition studies Emily encountered a challenging health issue that transformed her passion to focus on the power of using food as medicine - which we love! She couples this passion for good health and her Nutrition degree with her own Fitness + Nutrition business, and if that's not enough, Emily is about to branch into a new health food offering (watch this space).
Emily is such an inspiration and you're about to discover why... enjoy your lil bite of inspiration for the day!!
Enjoy, Alexis + Trent xx
Tell us about yourself and your business EMpower Fitness and Nutrition!
I launched EMpower Fitness and Nutrition, originally known as EM P.T back in 2012. I had been working for about 12 months running group classes and private sessions for a friend in her garage and realised there was high demand and a need for a personal training studio.
After two and half years in the first studio, I realised there was something missing from my vision to help others achieve optimal health, so I enrolled in Nutritional Medicine. I wanted to create a partnership between functional movement and healthy eating and wanted to share my passion for food being used as medicine, and to educate my clients about making better choices when it comes to diet and lifestyle.
After graduating in July 2016, completing an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, the business was rebranded as EMpower Fitness and Nutrition to offer a broad range of services. With the opening of the Nutritional Medicine Clinic, EMpower Fitness and Nutrition guides clients to optimal health and wellbeing with an abundance of support, all under the one roof!
We now have a team of four, including myself, two other trainers and a studio/clinic coordinator. Its been a brilliant journey that I cannot wait to continue!
We’re soon expanding to offer a range of bulk wholefoods and select items, Stay tuned!
Have you always been this fit and active? What has your fitness journey been like?
As a young girl, I was always out riding my bike or walking with Dad to check the surf in the morning. I did gymnastics and have always loved moving. I remember going to the gym as a teenager with my best friends Nikki & Ella and just loved it!
I had a personal trainer when I was a flight attendant in Sydney some years back now and I quite liked the idea of helping people reach their goals and so I went on to study. Little did I know how much I would fall in love with this career and end up where I am today.
I have always been active, and I now just see this as part of who I am. I love to hike, walk and run outdoors, snowboard, go to yoga and Pilates, train of course in my own studio, and REST which I feel is one of the most important parts of a healthy, active lifestyle.
What is your biggest personal challenge when it comes to staying fit or healthy eating, and how do you combat it?
Not long in to my studies to become a Nutritionist, I was quite unwell with some hormonal issues.
Prior to this event, I hadn’t seen the profound benefits of a healthy diet in terms of illness. This experience lead me to really focus on this as part of my life. I was forced to look at everything I was eating in terms of healing foods and moving forward back to health.
I find it challenging now I have recovered, to understand the part where it’s ok to occasionally have a treat and enjoy the moment, especially with loved ones and on special occasions.
With regards to staying fit, sometimes I find there’s no motivation left after a big week, so to combat this I actually book myself in for a PT session with one of my coaches at the studio, and attend the local yoga or Pilates classes to keep on top of my own goals.
How would you describe your diet?
For a long time there I was certainly a strict Paleo gal. However since studying nutrition in depth and graduating, now I'm completing my Bachelor of Health Science, my approach has changed quite a bit. I stick to Paleo as a baseline and then branch from there in terms of what I feel I need. I don’t do sugar, and just very small amounts of dairy.
Basically a day for me would be some eggs with rocket, avo and mushrooms for brekky, chicken and roasted veggies or steamed veg for lunch with some rocket and a homemade tahini dressing, dinner generally consists of fish, slow cooked meals in the winter and zucchini noodles, steamed veg and roasted sweet potato.
As I mentioned prior, I ate a very strict, autoimmune paleo diet when I was unwell however I have since branched out somewhat and feel amazing doing the groundwork to get better and heal my immune system and gut.
Overall, I stick with fresh wholefoods, loads of water and fresh herbs and spices. YUM!
We know it's important to have health & fitness goals... What's your current fitness goal or challenge?
Currently, I have a goal of getting a little stronger. My best friend Ella and I have decided to give Pilates reformer classes a go! Looking forward to that one.
I’d love to run the city to surf this year as I’ve been trying out some running also and really enjoy it! Always my goal is to FEEL good. Nourish my body and thrive!
How many times a week do you work out, and how long do you typically train for?
Usually a regime would be a walk every day for 30 - 60 minutes, Pilates once per week, yoga once per week or more if I can! And anywhere between 2 - 3 5km runs, depending on my work schedule.
To be really honest, the last 2-3 months have been quite hectic with the business, uni and home life so I've just made sure that I do something every day, rather than a strict routine that’s likely to stress me. I just make sure I MOVE… that’s the most important bit.
What are your 3 favourite ways to work out?
What is your favourite healthy treat?
I love raw cheesecakes!
The local café ‘The Treehouse’ does AMAZING lemon and raspberry cheesecakes.
What are your favourite Protein Smoothie ingredients?
Spinach, Berries, LSA, At Health Australia Natural Protein Powder, Flaxseed Oil, Pre Soaked Chia Seeds, Cinnamon.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
I always start the day with green tea or hot lemon water then about 1-2 hours later…
Option ONE: Eggs, rocket, mushrooms, eggplant and avocado.
Option TWO: chia pudding with berries, raw local honey, cinnamon, almond butter, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Who inspires you and why?
I am REALLY inspired by quite a few of our local businesses here on the sunny south coast.
I am inspired by my family and my clients always give me such drive to keep going and chasing my dreams.
Best advice you've ever been given?
We’re not going to change ‘all’ of this at once. Lets work on ONE thing each week.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“Small daily improvements, long term results”
On that note, thank you Emily for being our At Health Australia 'Fit Foodie Inspiration of the Month' - We LOVE seeing other small businesses go from strength to strength and share their passion to help others.
Make sure you follow Emily on Instagram @empowerfitnessandnutrition for a healthy dose of inspiration on your health & wellness journey.
Alexis & Trent - At Health Australia
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