Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Hannah Miles
Hannah Miles established her brand Nourish To Health – a place that offers guidance, and support for mothers who are the guiding, protective force in their family. Hannah is of the belief that before the family can heal – the mother needs feel that she’s supported, empowered and has access to the knowledge she needs to best care for her family. Hannah is a health coach who’s been inspired by her life experiences to empower her clients and help them learn how to heal themselves so they can be the best and healthiest they can be. Meet Hannah.
I believe our bodies are composed of what we eat as fuel, but that nutrition is just one key to good health. It’s only after we learn to find the ideal balance of mind, body, food, spirituality, career, joy, family and environment that we can find true wellbeing.
Although I have been in the organic/gourmet food industry cooking, lessons, selling, living and breathing food for 10 years, my family’s journey to health began five years ago following the birth of my amazing boys – my eldest has High Functioning Autism and my youngest has a Developmental Delay. I’m also recovering from Autoimmune Diseases and Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and inspiring my husband to be fit and healthy.
What’s your survival food when you’re on tour, travelling or working late in your business?
I love Apple Cider Vinegar. I take a small 125 ml bottle when I fly and then I can add it to my water. It helps with jet lag and keeps me hydrated. And just before I land I rub some on my face with a tissue to freshen up my skin, then wash it off and my skin glows. I also carry my Himalayan Sea salt with me everywhere I go so I can flavour foods and keep myself balanced by adding some to my water.
What’s your healthy go-to comfort food – either at home or in a restaurant?
Oh my comfort food would be a big bowl of hot sweet potato wedges, with cumin and cinnamon salt. And a big pot of homemade garlic mayonnaise to dip them in. This treat always makes me feel like I’ve indulged.
Seasoning a high carbohydrate food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact on your blood sugar levels. Cinnamon slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. Also baking them in coconut oil with their skins on gives you maximum nutrition and healthy vitamins like vitamin A and C, there’s no healthier comfort food . . . and even better too share with friends.
Do you have a secret remedy that keeps either your voice / mind / body in shape?
Overcoming an auto-immune condition can be tough work so my favourite super food is maca powder. It helps balance my hormones out and keeps me energized and increases my endurance. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acid that helps with my bones and cell repair. It helps balance my mind and keeps me feeling happy and healthy. I use 1 tsp daily in smoothies or drinks.
I also make time for 10 minutes mediation each morning and afternoon to re-focus my mind and stop me getting to overwhelmed with my busy schedule. Sometimes I do this with my legs up the wall. As this can help energized my body and make me feel like I’ve had a little nap . . . which wouldn’t we all like to be able to do when we wanted?!
What’s the most obscure rider or patron’s request you’ve ever heard?
Q: Is it gluten-free if I wipe the flour of the top of the bread roll?
A: Bahaha, no sorry . . .!
My ‘No Tomato’ Bolognese
All children love Bolognese and it’s quick easy meal to have in the freezer ready to go on those nights you have little time and hungry kids at your feet . . . we have all been there, right?
I make this and portion it in to 2 serves and freeze it. Or if I know the week is busy, I will have a big batch in the fridge ready to put on zucchini noodles or a spoon full on top of a baked sweet potato.
My children can’t have nightshades which are tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums with their food intolerance – and tomatoes are in so many dishes. With this recipe you will still get the look and aroma of a traditional Bolognese but without the nightshade reactions. This is also a great way to hide extra vegetables into kids’ food without them seeing it. If your child doesn’t like seeing pieces of vegetables, try puréeing them, and then all they will see is the meat.
This is my children’s favourite meal . . .
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes
1 500g pack mince meat (I use lamb)
1 litre stock (I use lamb)
1/2 litre filtered water to add if needed through the cooking
2 tbs gee or coconut oil for sautéing
3 onions, finely chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups pureed raw beetroot ( 2-3 puréed in a food processor)
5 carrots, finely diced
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
3 zucchini, finely chopped
1-2 cup frozen peas
2 tbs rosemary, finely chopped
1tbs dried oregano
1 handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 handful fresh basil, finely chopped
2 bay leaves (to remove after cooking)
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1. in a large pot with a lid add the oil or ghee, chopped onions and crushed garlic and sauté on a low heat till soft and slightly golden.
2. once soft add the chopped carrots, celery, zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.
3. then add the stock and puréed beetroot and dried herbs, bay leaf and apple cider vinegar.
4. simmer with the lid on for 30-45 minutes until all is soft and the flavours have developed. If needed top up with the water.
5. the finally 5 minutes remove from the heat, add the frozen peas and fresh herbs and stir well.
6. season to taste.
This makes enough for serving a family of 4-6 and some left over for the freezer.
Tip: try adding puréed kale or spinach to get extra greens in to your child too!
Hannah Miles – Health Coach
Nourish to Health a Pathway to Healing
Tel: 0414 967 763