The Gratitude Project Interview with Angela Simson: The Gratitude Project is a delicious online space dedicated to wellness and bliss where you’ll find nourishing recipes, self care tips and natural beauty solutions. Holistic health coach Angela Simson founded the Gratitude Project as a place to share, help and inspire those looking to improve their wellbeing or for anyone who’s health may be suffering, as Angela’s did.
Angela’s journey: At the tender age of twenty, Angela found herself in poor health, suffering from debilitating migraines. Determined to heal herself naturally, Angela began her journey focusing on health and happiness inside and out. Today Angela is a happy health coach and mommy to beautiful daughter Bo and continues to inspire those who visit her blog. I caught up with Angela to discover her favourite go-to healthy snack recipe, how to evoke gratitude everyday and how to begin your very own mental detox:
Q. Could you recommend one daily practice to envoke gratitude?
I think it’s important to take as much as you can from the small things in life. Savor that first bite of breakfast, appreciate the way your body feels nourished after a glass of water, kiss your loved ones more than usual. Life isn’t made up of just the big moments, it’s all the little seconds and minutes that pass us by without a second thought. They come together to beautifully create your life and if you aren’t trying to get the most joy and bliss from the your everyday life then you’re not fully living. So smell flowers, stare at the sky, stop and breathe for a moment and really feel everything in your life as deep as you possibly can. Gratitude will come naturally when you slow down and really notice what’s happening, inside and out.
Q. From your healthy recipes, which would be your all-time staple go-to easy dish?
Whenever I’m short for time I’ll either make a smoothie or a salad. It’s so easy to throw everything in a blender, pour in some extra nutrition from chia seeds, flax seed oil, coconut oil and raw cacao powder and get a big burst of green goodness in 2 minutes. Otherwise I’ll make a quick salad from whatever is in the fridge. I like to keep a dressing ready made and I usually have some left over roasted vegetables I can add in. All together with some avocado and pumpkin seeds and I have a complete meal ready.
Q. For those aiming to cut out the junk foods could you suggest one easy snack that is tasty, budget and time friendly?
I love making bliss balls, experimenting with different flavours and adding fun textures like goji berries. It’s so simple, just start with your favorite nut, blend it into a meal and then add a sweetener – dates, honey or rice malt syrup, flavoring – raw cacao powder or maca powder are my top choices, and some extra goodness such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, cranberries, flax seeds or your favorite fruit. Roll into balls and set in the fridge!
Q. You have previously written about embarking on a mental diet, what are the first steps you’d recommend to take? What are the pitfalls and do you have any advice for those thinking about doing a mental detox?
The first steps would have to be to really become aware of your mental chatter. We don’t realize sometimes how much we put ourselves down or how many negative thoughts pass through our mind. Our ego just wants to judge everything. Once you know what you’re dealing with it’s easier to work with it.
The pitfalls are simply finding the mental space to remember to be positive. It’s easy to forget, the day passes us by with so much to do and suddenly you find that you haven’t given your mental diet a thought for several hours. The main thing is to just be gentle with your self and get back on track immediately. Give yourself every chance to succeed by putting reminders around you, on your phone, your desk and around your mirrors. The benefits from training yourself to focus on your self thought are incredible, life looks and feels completely different when you’re focusing on happiness. You can read Ange’s full article on Mental Detox HERE