WELCOME TO WHOLEHEARTEDLY HEALTHY!

Love your food ♥ Love your body ♥ Love your life

 
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 help women stop getting in their own way, find balance and start living their healthiest, happiest most fabulous lives.

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 moved into our semi detached forever home slap bang in the middle of suburbia.

I started Wholeheartedly Healthy as a way to keep myself motivated after losing 4 stone in weight. 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. 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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  • Do you struggle to fit in workouts? I certainly do, especially since I became a mum. Today on the blog the brilliant @lcpersonaltraining is sharing some awesome tips for working out when you're super busy. She's teamed up with me in @thebalanceclub to offer members expert fitness advice! Check out the link in my profile for more 🏃🏻‍♀️
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  • MATCHA PEPPERMINT COCOA LATTE ⭐️ up on the blog is the recipe for this absolutely delicious antioxidant rich healthy treat! @PureChimp matcha is the perfect ingredient in these babies. GIVEAWAY ⚡️ to win a 100g pouch of PureChimp matcha just head to the post, sign up for the PureChimp newsletter and leave a comment! Link in profile!
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  • Full on cosy fest in our house now 🍂🌟
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  • WHOLEHEARTEDLY HEALTHY BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE DAY 7 💘 
Today's challenge is to do a little planning and batch cooking for the week ahead.
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Meal planning, even just a little is a great way to not only save time and money, but to make your working week flow better and ensure you have healthy options right there ready to go. Stews, soups and curries can all be made in larger amounts and then portioned up in the fridge ready for meals during the week. If you've never planned before, maybe just try planning your evening meals Monday - Thursday. That's what I do most often.
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Share a pic of you getting your #SundayCookUp on with the hashtag #wholeheartedlyhealthybootcamp!
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  • #wholeheartedlyhealthybootcamp day 6 challenge is to try a new recipe so I made a chickpea, cauliflower and cashew curry inspired by an @nigellalawson recipe from Simply Nigella along with some gluten free flatbreads inspired by some we made at the retreat last week. So delicious! .
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  • WHOLEHEARTEDLY HEALTHY BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE DAY 6 💘 
Today's challenge is to try a new recipe! .
Pretty straight forward this one, just get cooking! It can be easy to fall into a rut cooking the same meals, and although I think there can be benefits to healthy meals 'on repeat' it can be really nice to try a new recipe at least once a week.
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Share a pic of your new recipe with the hashtag #wholeheartedlyhealthybootcamp!
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  • WHOLEHEARTEDLY HEALTHY BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE DAY 5 💘 
Today's challenge is to spend time doing something that brings you joy!
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How often do you actively do something that lights up your heart inside? Today I want you to do just that, because believe me when I say, you deserve it. Spending time doing something that brings you joy can have crossovers with self care, but there is a subtle difference and I'd love for you to explore that today. Really try and listen to what your heart wants rather than worrying about being judged, there is no wrong or right here 🌟 .
I'd love to know what brings you joy, and I'm looking forward to exploring this myself today! #wholeheartedlyhealthybootcamp!
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  • @thebalanceclub is now open! If you're ready to put self care and self love at the top of your list and to get amazing support to help you live a healthier, happier and more balanced life, all for just £6 a month, then this is for you. There's already over 50 members joined just yesterday (which totally blew me away!) you can find all the details at thebalanceclub.com (direct link in profile) #findingmybalance #thisismybalance #selfcare #selflove
  • ⚡️REMINDER ⚡️I'm going to be chatting all things Balance on Facebook Live over at the Wholeheartedly Healthy Facebook page (fb.com/wholeheartedlyhealthyblog) at 8.30pm. Hope to see you then!
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  • WHOLEHEARTEDLY HEALTHY BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE DAY 4 💘 
Today's challenge is to write your treat smart list (and maybe even enjoy a treat smart treat!)
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Being treat smart is about being aware of the foods you'd give a 10/10 so that when you have the opportunity to eat something indulgent or less healthy, that is just 'meh' you can pass it up knowing you can eat something you really love guilt free. Make sure you enjoy your treat smart foods mindfully - enjoy every single bite!
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I'd love to know what makes your treat smart list (mine includes Starbucks cinnamon rolls, anything salted caramel or chocolate peanut butter, good bread and butter or pastries 😍Share yours! #wholeheartedlyhealthybootcamp!
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