WELCOME TO WHOLEHEARTEDLY HEALTHY!

Here you’ll find healthy but delicious recipes, healthy living advice and inspiration and the ramblings of a 30 something mother of one who loves coffee, tattoos and red lipstick trying to balance her love of cake with kale. 

This blog is for the serial dieters ready to ditch the habit, the ladies that love food but want to get healthier and the busy mums just trying to hold it all together, get healthy and feel good at the same time – believe me when I say I know what it’s like to be all of those!

I’m Laura and I’ve been enjoying this little corner of the internet for the last 5 years. I’m mama to a one year old little boy called Finley, and I live in Durham close to Newcastle Upon Tyne up in North East England. I’m married to a bearded music junkie and we’ve just about to move into our semi detached forever home slap bang in the middle of suburbia.

I started Wholeheartedly Healthy, which was originally called Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish, as a way to keep myself motivated after losing 4 stone in weight, as well as a place to share my love of fashion and style. 
 
I certainly managed to keep myself going, and ended up losing a further 2 stone for a total 6 stone weight loss. I ran the Great North Run half marathon twice (and again more recently but that’s a whole different story!), and became a vegan in a bid to be the healthiest I could be.
 

However, at my lowest weight I was the furthest from healthy I’ve ever been and I realised that ‘skinny’ was just not worth it. I suffered from some extreme hormonal issues that took years to fix.

To make myself well again I stopped being a vegan, reduced how much I exercised and chilled the f**k out to reduce my stress levels. I started a journey to love myself more and really connect to what I wanted out of life.
 
That was when I decided to study to become a health coach and set up my own rocking biz empowering women everywhere to ditch the diets, get healthy and feel fabulous – all by being wholeheartedly healthy.

Being wholeheartedly healthy is about seeing life as a whole and living it with passion and love.

 
It’s so much more than just food and exercise. It’s your mindset, how you feel about your body, how you express yourself, your style, your environment and what you put on your skin. It’s whether or not the job you do makes you happy, your stress levels, quality of sleep, your relationships and your finances. Yes, food and exercise are really important, but to me, health is a culmination of all of those things.
 

No amount of kale or marathon running is going to make you truly healthy if you are missing a big piece of the picture somewhere else ♥

 
That being said, it’s not about being perfect in every area of your life, despite what the ‘clean eaters’ on Instagram might have you believe! It’s about seeing things as a whole that matters, and understanding how all these areas impact your health and ultimately your happiness, contentment and generally how fabulous you feel! That is what health is to me anyway. It’s a state of being that enables me to live my life to the fullest and follow my passions. It’s about feeling like a 9 or 10 on the fabulous scale, not a 1 or a 2.
 

It’s certainly NOT eating ‘rabbit food’, denying yourself a slice of cake occasionally or feeling guilty if you miss a workout!

 
It’s eating a range of wholesome delicious food that nourishes your body, while also eating treats that nourish your soul. It’s moving your body in whichever way makes you feel good. It’s realising that you are actually worth the effort of dressing well, managing your stress and looking after your body, skin and hair. It’s making the place you live worthy of the goddess you are, seeking joy in every day life and pursuing the things that make you happy. It’s recognising how awesome you are! If you need to lose weight, doing those things will lead you to your naturally healthy weight easily.
 
In addition, I’m also passionate about being Uniquely Healthy by discovering your own version of healthy. What’s healthy for one person isn’t always healthy for another, always be true to yourself and your body.
I understand that changing the (un)healthy habits of a lifetime can feel like a struggle, but I’m proof it can be done! I’m not going to bull shit you though, it’s not always easy, but it’s 100% worth it. 
 
I’m here to give you as much support, inspiration and advice as I can so you too can live a wholeheartedly healthy life and find your very own version of healthy!
 
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PROFESSIONAL BIO

 

IMG_1819Wholeheartedly Healthy is a healthy living and lifestyle blog written by Laura Agar Wilson. Formerly called Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish, the blog follows Laura’s healthy living journey after she successfully lost 60lbs, and kept it off. Established in 2009, Wholeheartedly Healthy is a forerunner of the UK healthy living blog world being named as one of the Top 10 UK health blogs as well as being featured in several in print and online publications. Through her blog and health coaching practice, Laura inspires and educates women on how to look after their health with a truly wholehearted approach, including everything from good nutrition, exercise, style, environment, parenting, body image and personal development.

Laura, is a certified health coach who trained with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She also holds a qualification in diet and nutrition advice, NLP and CBT and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. In addition to her blog and health coaching practice she is a professional health writer and recipe developer and also delivers healthy living projects in the community.

In 2015, her work was published in Grains As Mains from Dorling Kingsley. In addition to her health coaching work, she also offers business coaching to other UK based wellness entrepreneurs. Mother to a one year old called Finley, she lives in North East England with her bearded husband James, and when she isn’t blogging, at a community project or cooking up a storm in her kitchen, she enjoys photography, coffee dates, getting tattooed, traveling, decorating and watching live music.

 

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  • Happy Shrove Tuesday! Currently reminiscing about these double chocolate and cream pancakes I made last year (go to link in profile and search 'double chocolate pancakes' for the recipe) but today I think I'll be making some simple 2 ingredient banana pancakes with my community group. How are you enjoying your pancakes today?
  • Me and my #heartwarrior wearing it red for  @the_bhf couldn't be prouder of my boy who was born with a congenital heart defect. We were lucky that his was relatively easy to fix with one open heart surgery at 9 weeks, but others face many more complications. Support the BHF today and wear it red! #redlipstickselfie #wearitred #heartbaby #vsd #bhf
  • This week I've been reviewing my supplements. I'm still making sure I'm taking extra vitamin D, my fave being from @purepharma. I find taking extra vitamin D really supports my immune system and mood in the darker months of the year until we get more sunshine! ☀️
  • Up on the blog and @activiauk website I'm sharing my top tips for feeding your inner smile! 😊 link in profile #health #happiness #feedyourinnersmile
  • Currently our new house is like a building site with giant holes in the walls, wood chip wall paper and no flooring. Spent today stripping said wood chip and feeling so far away from what I hope our house will eventually look like (this is one of my inspo pics via Pinterest) just needing to keep the faith right now! 🏡
  • After knowing each other online, and hosting a podcast together, finally we meet! Such a great day with @supernaturallyhealthy starting with yoga with the amazing Jo from @happyyoganewcastle then lunch from @bunker_ncl. Made our plans to take over the world starting with our amazing reTREAT in September 💘
  • Taking care of my immune system this morning with ginger in my choc cherry green smoothie and some @comvita_uk olive leaf extract supplements!
  • Sunday Smoothie Bowl 💕 with frozen blueberries, banana, avocado, @purepharma PR3 and almond milk topped with almond butter, cacao nibs and coconut #wholeheartedlyhealthy
  • Up on the blog (link in profile) is my recipe for this energy and metabolism boosting matcha coconut latte 💚 #matcha #wholeheartedlyhealthy
  • This mornings reading @_sarahwilson_ @iquitsugar #simplicous @livingetcuk Really loving Simplicious, amazing recipes as always! Living Etc giving me lots of inspo for our new place!