My personal journey of finding my passion into whole foods and healthy living. The Reveal Yourself Story!
Six years ago I become a first time mum to my gorgeous daughter Sofia. Learning the ropes of motherhood was exceptionally challenging and I found myself feeling low with a host of issues. I was 25kg heavier, was tired all the time, had bad acne, low iron, very brittle hair and I was fatigued. I struggled to keep up with my very busy toddler. I felt stuck. Prior to children I had been very passionate about health and fitness so I knew ‘what’ to do, I just struggled to do it. I could not get out of the rut.
Eventually my parents confronted me one day concerned “I had lost my SPARK”. Admittedly I was quite offended by their honest observation, however I knew it to be so true and this became the catalyst for me to make significant change to my health and lifestyle. Initially it was all about losing the weight as this had been the heaviest I had ever been in my life. At first I wanted a quick fix, so I signed up for a ‘ diet program’. Two weeks in I felt bloated, had terrible constipation and was disgusted by all the processed foods I was expected to consume daily. I gave up after two weeks. I realised very quickly there were many ‘diets’ out on the market and yes you could lose weight but you didn’t feel great in the process. Many of these diets did not fit into a family lifestyle and were not teaching my daughter healthy eating habits -something I endeavor to model for her. I soon realised I wanted to focus not only on losing more weight but regaining my health; to get my “SPARK” back and my journey into whole foods and clean eating began.
I got back to basics, I used my own knowledge on healthy eating, put together a plan with my husband David Leon BSc who has a degree in exercise science and athletic training, went online to different whole food, vegan, vegetarian, clean eating websites, social media sites and I read, read, read,read. I wanted to understand the power of food to not only keep my weight off but to heal my body. It was also important to set a good example for my daughter (who is now vegetarian). The results were phenomenal. Not only did I lose over 25kg but, I started to notice a big improvement not only in my physical state but my mental state, I didn’t seem to get so stressed as easily anymore and I slept much better.
My energy levels increased dramatically and my daily sugar cravings diminished (I began creating my own raw sweet treats using un-refined ingredients). I witnessed major improvements to my skin, hair and nails.
I started my own facebook page Reveal Yourself as a way to document my journey and also to share with people my recipes and new found passion of eating clean.
In 2014 I became a student of Well Park College, studying holistic nutrition. I developed the Reveal Yourself 21 Day Plan with my husband David Leon. I wanted to create a plan that not only focused on weight loss but that helped people fully regain their health and get their own “SPARKLE” back. A plan that was not a ‘diet’, but a lifestyle plan (using my personal food and healthy living philosophy) that would impact not only the client but their families also. I wanted to give clients personal support, offering tools and guidance needed to reach their personal goals.
I helped 100’s of clients, reach their own personal goals and supported them as the launched into their own clean eating journeys.
I loved the personal one on one coaching but I wanted to reach more people and create a community of like minded people who where on a similar journey of wellness and who could support and inspire each other. I developed the Reveal Yourself Cleanses and Detox Program and created an online private support group where I could personally support them but they could also support and encourage each other
Last year I was featured in Good Health Choices Magazine and shared my personal wellness journey with the readers. I also become a monthly Food Columnist for the magazine and now have a monthly column ‘On a Sweet Note’
My monthly Column in Good Health Choice Magazine ‘On a Sweet Note’
I have had the pleasure to be writing blogs to some amazing companies; sharing my tips on wellness, clean eating and healthy living. Check out my articles.
I run my own healthy snack workshops and have been so lucky to run many workshops for beautiful companies such as Wellness Retreat NZ . I absolutely love sharing my passion of healthy food with people and showing how easy it is to get back into the kitchen to create nutritious healthy food for yourself and loved ones.
Last Year I collaborated with Kilo NZ to create my line of whole food products. A dream come true for me. I created my Berry Cacao Granola and Bliss Ball Mixtures
I wanted to create products that were only packed full of whole food goodness, no added preservatives and refined ingredients. Just nutrient dense ingredients, that nourishes the body from the inside out. Collaborating with Kilo NZ has been wonderful and our vision and philosophy on providing affordable but high quality products were fully aligned with each other.
Reveal Yourself is all about ‘Reveal Your Best Self- Mentally, Physically and Spiritually’. I feel so grateful everyday that I have found my true calling and can inspire people to truly Reveal their Best Selves.