I met Joy McCarthy at a special Greens+ Extra Energy event in Toronto a few weeks ago. She was giving a talk about the product and also about health and nutrition. I was immediately drawn to what she was saying as well as her super positive energy. Joy is not only a new mom, she is also an author, a holistic nutritionist, a speaker and the founder of the website Joyous Health. I became a big fan of her health and wellness website after the talk so I am thrilled she can share some of her knowledge with us on the blog today!
1) What first got you interested in nutrition and health?
I’ve been interested in nutrition and health as long as I can remember. However, I realized the true healing power of foods when I had my own health transformation about 15 years ago.
2) What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about what it means to eat healthy?
That you need to deprive yourself and that healthy food isn’t tasty or enjoyable. These misconceptions couldn’t be further from the truth!
3) What are three key foods active women should absolutely include into their diets?
1- Protein such as beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, fish, chicken and in smoothies adding a high quality protein powder.
2- Plenty of colourful vegetables to ensure a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Again, supplementing with a green superfood like Greens+ is a great way to boost your intake.
3- Raw nuts and seeds. These provide fiber, good fat, protein and they are portable! Great for snacking on the go.
4) What are some of your go-to fitness workouts to keep you in shape?
I love Barre classes and yoga. But something I do every single day, rain or shine is walking. I think walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s free and it’s a great way to boost your mood and refresh your mind.
5) What’s the most important thing women should do in 2016 to achieve health & wellness?
Make self-care a priority. Women by our very nature are nurturing and always taking care of other people. More often then not many women put others needs before their own. Taking time for self-care is not selfish – it helps you be more productive in all areas of life and happier.