Detox Your Pantry – Lessons from Stay Strong Mummy + Friends
Last Friday, the Eco Tan team was lucky enough to be invited to mega babe and super mum, Kimberley Welman’s “Stay Strong Mummy” Detox Your Pantry Workshop. The amazing Certified Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer, Vicky Reihana, and Instagram wholefoods blogger, Amanda, joined Stay Strong Mummy (Kimberley) in hosting an intimate gathering for like-minded mums.
Stay Strong Mummy (Kimberley) is a strong and empowering woman, much like Eco Tan’s founder, Sonya, who has created our brand’s ethos to be based on striving for health, passion and integrity. These ladies continue to teach us that a wholesome healthy life translates to inner joy personally and that extends to others.
Kimberley, Amanda and Vicky sharing their health and wellness journeys
The theme of the Stay Strong Mummy event was learning about wholefoods for the whole family. Busy mothers, Kimberley, Vicky and Amanda, shared their personal stories of how they came to see the health benefits of “trading up” every day pantry staples with heavenly whole food alternatives. As the women spoke, we (the audience) held onto every word while sipping organic wine and easting delicious wholesome treats!
Vicky and Kimberley, a vision of health and wellness
The mummy’s were inspiring yet relatable women, all successful in their own way. Balancing a crazy household and children, while teaching them vital lessons on the importance of health and wellbeing. We wanted to share our top five takeaway lessons from the night with our Eco Tan family.
Nourish not punish
Although these women are at different stages of their whole foods journey, Kimberley, Vicky and Amanda now know to nourish and fuel their bodies. Eating on a regular basis, a balance of natural and unprocessed foods is the key! Stay Strong Mummy said, “I now eat more than ever before and feel the best I have since pregnancy”. These women made it clear that they did not believe in punishing their bodies with crazy diets that restricted food intake.
We need to be super careful when we scan labels for nutritional facts. The “organic” or “gluten free” label on food fools many people. But what people fail to see is that this does not necessarily mean the food is healthy. Vicky pointed out that sugar can easily be disguised in the foods we eat under one of it’s different 257 names!
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it
It’s scary how many foods contain preservatives and processed ingredients. We would never eat these ingredients by themselves, so we shouldn’t be okay with eating them when they’re hidden in common foods. Vicky recommends avoiding big lists of ingredients with things that we can’t understand. She says “if we don’t know what it is, our body doesn’t know what to do with it”.
The key is being organised!
These super mums say the key to eating healthy is buying healthy. If you have wholesome foods in your pantry, you will cook with wholesome foods! Amanda said her kids like to be involved in their weekly food preparation (sometimes!). Also, in her family, they dedicate Sunday afternoons to preparing and cooking several meals for the week ahead.
Some highlights of Amanda’s delicious and wholesome kids lunchbox creations.
Trick your kids into eating more veggies
This is a lot easier than you think! Amanda showed us five different ways she cuts up carrots to make them appear more exciting to her children. “My kids actually enjoy having the responsibility to choose what snacks or vegetables they want in their lunch box! They also tell me how they would like them prepared and they even help to make it!” She also shared some of the insightful ways in which she manages to sneak more vegetables into her children’s meals, such as in savoury muffins and frittatas.