Nadine Lee is a qualified Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, Raw Food Chef, Author and, Tantric Embodiment Coach who goes way beyond calories and macro nutrients. She combines a plethora of modalities including cutting edge nutrition, self development, tantric yoga, meditation and, bodywork into the wellness mix- a true trail blazer! Meet our Real, Raw &, very Radiant Woman of the month – Nadine Lee!
What led you to eat and live in a ‘real and raw’ way?
I eat in a real and raw way in order to practice self love and care. I chose to only prepare meals with love and containing beautiful nourishing ingredients as a way to really appreciate my body and love myself fully. By eating in a ‘raw’ way I guess I am just tapping into what is raw and real for me in each moment/at each meal – so not denying my body of the things it needs, not judging myself if it feels like some sweets or something not so strictly textbook ‘healthy’… Accepting who I am and where I am in every moment is key to eating and living in a real and raw way to me.
What is your absolute fav meal?
It changes all the time, but at the moment I am just really enjoying my greens. So green smoothies with spirulina, banana, mango, coconut water, dates, almonds, spinach, sunwarrior vanilla protein powder.
I do love a good salad packed with quinoa, lots of greens and some protein like boiled egg or tofu/tempeh.
Do you have a healthful morning ritual?
Yes I wake up and say one thing I am grateful for each morning. Then I will drink about one liter of water. Massage my temples and eyes with Nasya Oil (an ayurvedic technique), and then I will move my body for about an hour, either doing Yoga, Running, or Dancing ~ whatever I feel like on the day. Then I have a yummy breakfast, either quinoa / oat porridge or, a big smoothie.
Eating real and raw foods obviously gives many benefits, what extra ‘health habits’ would you recommend?
I practice and teach intuitive eating. So not confining your body to one particular diet or regime. Some days your body may really benefit from pure raw foods, other days you might need some cooked foods, other days you might need some animal protein. I believe our bodies are ever changing, never constantly wanting the same thing day in day out. So it is all about tuning into our bodies, trusting our intuition, and ourselves our inner guide that knows exactly what it is our body is needing in terms of nourishment. So this is how I stay ‘healthy’ in body mind and spirit and I teach others how to do the same.
Who are your health inspirations?
Geneen Roth, author of Women Food & God – for her philosophy on intuitive eating & the connection with food & emotions.
David Wolfe – for his passion and enthusiasm regarding discovering all these freaky new super foods we never knew existed.
Jemma Gawned – owner of Naked Treaties in Byron Bay – for making the best raw treats I have tasted.
You are a Tantric Yoga Instructor, Raw Chef, Nutritionist Writer and Coach .. do you have a fav role??
I love all these expressions of who I am and what brings me & others joy. I find it hard to stick to one ‘role’ and love one more than the other. And I find myself always expanding, growing, and learning so my roles change very rapidly. I love learning, and I love sharing my gifts with the world. So however that is expressed on any given occasion I am happy with that. The main thing though the undercurrent is spreading love, supporting others in awakening to the truth of who they are, bringing community together and having fun ~ so as long as my ‘role’ is embodying these key elements, all is good.
Please share a healthful recipe with us?
I love raw desserts so I will share with you a recipe for this amazing Raw Orange & Carrot Cheezecake I made recently at a Retreat I did the catering for.
Raw Orange & Carrot CheezeCake
For the cake
- 3 cups carrots, finely grated
- 2 cups pecans, ground in a food processor
- 1/4 cup raisins, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice*
- Date paste**
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
* Mixed spice is a blend of cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.
** Make the date paste by grinding 1-cup soft dates and 1/2 cup orange juice in a food processor until smooth.
- Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Shape into individual cakes or press into one large cake, ready to be cut at the end.
- Place on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrate at 115 degrees F for 8 – 12 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can simply place the cake into the fridge to set.
For the frosting
- 1 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
- Place in fridge to achieve a thicker consistency and spread on cake when you’re ready to serve.
- Garnish cake with nutmeg.
Nadine Lee is a Tantra Yoga Teacher and Embodiment Coach. She has a 300-hour teacher training in Traditional Tantra Yoga with Shri Kali Ashram India. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. She is gifted in seeing others potentials, and is passionate about creating sacred spaces & community for others to awaken to their true essence & innate wisdom. Devoted to the call of Kundalini Shakti, has led her on a radical path of self-discovery; however the path of Tantra has provided her tools for integration, to come back to what is real at the core. She is currently passionate in sharing Tantra as an integrated & embodied path to awakening & love, through 1:1 Embodiment Coaching, Playshops, Retreats & Online Resources.
Connect with Nadine here:
Website: Nadine Lee
Online Shakti Shop: Shakti Shop