Exclusive Interview: Joy From Joyous Health
I’m a health nut and a chronic foodie. We all know it. Which is why today I have the extreme pleasure of sharing an exclusive interview I did with none other than Joy McCarthy. Joy is the brilliance behind the blog Joyous Health – a blog I have been following for the last four years
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Joy is a Holistic Nutritionist, coach, author and all around awesome resource for anything health related. She blogs about everything health related and on her site you’ll find recipes, tips, tricks and everything you need to boost your overall health. No shortcuts and fads just great advice.
I can’t share how utterly excited I was that she let me ask her all sorts of fun questions. I think even the most health aware people can learn quite a bit from here so check out our interview below 🙂
So Joy, to start the ball rolling tell us bit of how you came to delve into the world of healing nutrition.
Well over a decade ago I was suffering from my own health issues. My hair was thinning, I had anxiety and I had chronic digestive problems. I was diagnosed with hormonal imbalance. After spending years trying to solve this problem with western medicine and getting nowhere, I decided I needed to take the responsibility for my health in my own hands. I focused on dietary and lifestyle changes. It was truly a holistic approach and a positive health transformation. It wasn’t easy but within 6 months my symptoms improved dramatically. I was shocked and this inspired me to go back to school and study nutrition so that I could help others.
You recently became a mama to a gorgeous little girl, what is one thing you hope she learns/holds onto when growing up regarding nutrition?
Yes! Being a mama is the best job in the world. My biggest hope for her is that she has a healthy relationship with food. I want her to be friends with food and love good quality food (Mama Bear note: this is insanely similar to the goals I have for my daughter.. hence why I love this lady so much!)
What is your stance on dieting and why?
I rarely use the word “hate” but I hate diets. They don’t work, period. They promote deprivation and make you feel bad about yourself. They are not sustainable or realistic for anyone. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be to ditch the diet and just focus on quality vs quantity.
Like most babes, I’m assuming yours doesn’t always want to eat her veggies! What are some tips you have about making sure your child gets all her required nutrients?
Oh ya totally. Vienna will not eat broccoli or cauliflower. To get her to eat greens, I make a smoothie every single morning for Walker (my hubs), Vienna and I. I put green veggies in our smoothies every day. For example, this morning I put arugula microgreens along with blueberries, coconut milk, flaxseeds and it was delicious! Since she likes pasta, I make kale or spinach pesto for her and she gobbles it up!
We all know I’m a sucker for nutritional smoothies! Check out one of my favorites here.
What are three small habits that people can implement each day to improve their health?
- Make time for self-care every single day. This can be as simple as doing lunges around the office (I do this, haha!), going for a brisk walk or taking a bath with your favorite essential oil before bed.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your body is 60% water. Your brain and heart are 70% water and your lungs are 80% water. If you don’t drink water your body cannot function properly. I keep a huge jug of water beside my bed and that’s the first thing I do every morning before I get out of bed is drink water. Add some lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it detoxifying.
- Try one new recipe per week! Many people are stuck in a rut of eating the same foods week after week. Even people who are super healthy often fall into this trap.
What was the motivation behind your first book “JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting“?
I wrote Joyous Health to be your favorite healthy living guide that is not only packed with delicious recipes but a book you could pick up at any time and feel like you were talking to your girlfriend. I wanted to make sure that holistic nutrition was approachable and give people realistic ways to improve their health.
What are your most frequented “super foods”?
Raw cacao, kale, coconut butter, raw honey, cauliflower (I know… probably seems weird right?), medjol dates and kombucha.
As mamas, our immune systems take a beating what are three things we can include in our diets to improve them?
Vitamin D, probiotics and elderberry. I take all 3 religiously and I’ve managed not to get sick when both Walker and Vienna had the Norovirus! I’ve stayed healthy this whole winter (knock on wood!!). Also, when I feel like I could be coming down with something I listen to my body and make sure I get to bed early. Sleep is EVERYTHING! I swear you can sleep off anything. But I know as a mama this is super tough because who’s gonna watch the kids?
You recently launched a new book, Joyous Detox, can you tell me a bit more about the book and the purpose of detoxing?
YES! A dream come true. I’m absolutely thrilled about my second book because the feedback I’m getting from people is that they are loving the recipes as much as I do! This book is about living the detox lifestyle. It’s a truly whole-foods based plan that includes foods that are naturally detoxing. I don’t believe in time limited detoxes, I hate diets.. this is a recipe cookbook for those who want to feel good every day. It is imperative that we eat foods that have nutrients that aid the body in detoxification. We need to eat these foods every single day because our body is detoxing every single second of every day. If we eat poorly, we simply cannot eliminate waste, toxins, excess hormones, chemicals as effectively. My new book is a celebration of incredibly delicious, detox-friendly recipes.
And because indulgence is part of life…what’s your favorite guilty pleasure food wise?
I LOVE chocolate. It’s totally my vice, my coffee. I don’t drink coffee but chocolate gives me a nice buzz. I’m talking super dark chocolate though – none of this sugar-filled milk chocolate.
If you haven’t already, you can learn more about Joy at Joyoushealth.com where she posts frequently about food, healing and oh so much more. Like I said, I’ve been following her blog for the last few years and have learned more than I could have imagined. Her recipes are tasty healthy and provide awesome energy and her tips are practical and healing. If you haven’t already, you can check out her books here!