Side note: This about section is summarising the most important points I want you to know before you dive in, but it’s still rather long. So I’ve highlighted some key points, making it easier for you to skim through if you’re not into reading all of it.
My name is Helena, I’m a holistic health coach for women, specialising in training and nutrition in line with our hormones. I believe that optimal, long-term health and wellbeing can only be achieved by creating a lifestyle that’s enjoyable and sustainable, and so my aim is to help you feel and look great for the rest of your life.
My mission is to redefine women’s views on health and fitness. I want to break all the misconceptions out there that the fitness industry has made you believe over the years, so you can become aware of nutrition and training mistakes a lot of people make. I want you to feel empowered by sharing science-backed training and nutrition facts which actually work to get you the body you want, and that actually make a difference to your wellbeing and energy levels. You’ve probably been manipulated and conditioned to believe so many fitness and nutrition myths over the years, and it can be so hard to choose from the information overload on these topics out there. My aim is for you to know the reality of health and fitness, so that you can feel in control and confident about what works and what doesn’t.
You won’t find any quick-fix fitness tips, magic pill or fad diets on here. I’m all about a balanced nutrition consisting of fresh, organic whole foods, combined with strength training, and incorporating those in line with your hormones for optimum health, fitness and wellbeing. When you live a lifestyle that’s healthy and supports your hormones, you will find that you’ll have plenty of natural energy to do all the things you want to, as well as feel and look amazing.
Here are a few key things to know about me, my coaching and the content on here:
I advocate a diet consisting of a wide variety of clean, unprocessed natural food - whole foods basically. If you eat a lot of different, fresh, nutritious food you most likely won’t need any supplements for your body to function properly and to feel great.
Moderation is key. You don’t have to cut out any foods you really love or obsess about fad diets. If you eat right 80% of the time, you can “go crazy” with the other 20%. I still eat out and enjoy it every time, without compromising my health or looks.
I don’t believe in counting calories or macronutrient ratios. While a lot of fitness gurus tell you to keep meal plans to achieve your training goals, I’m all about doing things that you can keep up for the rest of your life. Eating and training right shouldn’t be something you just do short-term for some quick results. If you really want to feel great and be healthy for the rest of your life, turn this into a lifestyle that nourishes your body and make it your natural way of living. So, being realistic - diets, calorie counting and meal plans just don’t work for me in the long-run (although I do think there’s a place for them if you’re just starting out, if done right).
Instead, take the time to prepare fresh food, sit down and be present when you eat, give your body what it naturally craves to function optimally, eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. Make eating simple again.
No alcohol. As I just said, you don’t need to cut out anything completely, but I personally don’t ever drink alcohol anymore. There are way too many severe negative side-effects of having alcohol, seriously affecting your hormones, health, and training.
Back to the good things - I’m a happy, positive and optimistic person, so this space focuses on what’s working, what’s enjoyable and delicious, and adds positive benefits to your life.
My background is in photography - I studied documentary photography at uni in London, then got into food and lifestyle photography as a freelancer, ran photography and Pinterest workshops, and started a content marketing agency with a friend back in London. When I moved to Melbourne I published an online magazine on unconventional business, people and stories. I’ve only ever had one “real” job, which I quit again after 3 months. Being creative, free-spirited and doing my own thing is the only path I can imagine to go in life, and I totally encourage you to challenge what you’re “supposed” to do as well. Think unconventionally and go after what you want!
I’ve always been into health and used to run for 9 years, eating lots and lots of salads and what I believed to be a healthy diet. It wasn’t terrible, but nowhere near as balanced as I like it to be now. After moving to Australia a few things changed - I went to see my gynaecologist because I hadn’t had my period in over a year (after coming off the pill). My gynaecologist wasn’t as concerned about my missing periods as she was about me having run for the last 9 years. At the same time I started learning about a couple of things - hormonal health and the terrible effects running has on our health. I stopped running, started lifting weights instead, and changed my diet based on what I had learned about hormones. Within a month I got my period back, and I’ve been feeling great and way more excited about training and food than I ever have before. I’ve experienced the positive effects the right kind of training and eating can have on our health and wellbeing, and so I started educating myself more and more, experimenting with myself in bringing all three aspects together - hormonal health, training and nutrition. They’re all related and you can’t take one out of the equation without compromising the other two.
So that’s the beginning of my journey, and this space is for sharing all that knowledge and excitement that’s in my head. If you’ve got any questions, want to have a chat, meet up, talk about collaborations or working with me, please get in touch.