Health Shelf with Ash Hart

Green smoothies, laughter and yoga are key ingredients in Ash Hart’s life.

Australian model Ashley Hart is a qualified yoga teacher and uses her daily practice to connect with her body, clear her mind and energise her spirit. Based in Los Angeles, a city brimming with like-minded people passionate about health and fitness, Ashley finds the sense of community cultivated through yoga a special part of the practice. With health and wellness such a focus of hers, she shares what items are on her pantry shelf and some of the ways she keeps her mental and physical health in top shape.

What is on your pantry shelf?

Muesli – Muesli is my staple for slow release energy all day. I try to make my own and it’s great to mix and match ingredients for different varieties. I’m usually out the door early in the morning so I’ll simply add yoghurt, fresh fruit and toasted almonds.

Pomegranate – These tiny pockets of nutty sweetness are the perfect snack and are a great addition to a mid week salad. Added bonus, they support healthy, glowing skin.

Green Tea – There are heaps of benefits todrinking green tea during the day, it is full of antioxidants and can stimulate digestion when you’ve had a big lunch. I enjoy switching up a coffee for a green tea later in the day to ensure I get a good night sleep.

Honey – Nature’s little way to sweeten up every recipe. It is hard to find anything that doesn’t taste good after a dash of honey.

Chia Seeds – I have a little bit of a sweet tooth, so my chia seeds soaked in coconut milk with cinnamon, dates and cacao nibs topped with smashed banana is a dessert you can have any time of the day.

Swisse Beauty Superfood – This little gem is an addition to all my favourite smoothie recipes, I just sprinkle a bit of the powder into a blender with soy milk, banana, honey and an apple to give it an extra boost. It supports my beauty regime with 100% goji berry and sea buckthorn extract.

What do you do to keep healthy?

I exercise every day, starting with stretching when I get up. I love doing yoga, particularly Kundalini Yoga at the moment. It makes me feel very energised. It’s all about awareness and focusing your spiritual energy. It helps you cultivate your creative spiritual potential.

How do you keep mentally healthy?

I meditate daily to clear my mind of the clutter of everyday life. I find that meditation, reading, being outdoors and staying connected to my family in Australia keeps me going.

What food and drinks do you love that contribute to your health?

I try to eat as much fresh food as possible and drink lots of fresh juices. Something that I find myself reaching for is my Swisse Superfood Digestion powder. I add it in when I blend up a green smoothie and it keeps me energised all day. I am not obsessed with eating healthy though, as in I don’t let it rule my life. It’s good to treat yourself now and again.

Who inspires you to be healthy?

Everyone who I meet on my travels inspires me to live life to the fullest. I strongly believe that happiness starts with your physical being and healthiness equals happiness.

For those who haven’t tried yoga, why would you recommend it?

It’s great for your core strength and long term health. It’s also designed to be shared, so it connects people and cultivates a sense of community.

What is the beat health advice you have received?

Laugh a lot.

You balance work, exercise and training. What tips do you have for people looking to achieve this balance?

People often say they don’t have time to train or exercise. But if you look for it, you can make time. It’s really not that difficult when you love the activity you choose. Don’t let work rule your life. By being mentally and physically healthy, you will be so much more productive at work!

Recommended reading - Issue Three Autumn 2013

Lifestyle

Getting kids into sport

We take a closer look at some of the best sports programs for kids.

Read more
Experts

Boot shopping

Tips to choose the right boots this season.

Read more
Experts

Use it or lose it

Activities to keep your brain fit.

Read more
Experts

Chinese medicine for the four seasons: Autumn

Advice to maintain good health from summer to autumn.

Read more
Community

The role of an optometrist

Optometrist Julia Kapov explains how an optometrist can help you on your journey to better health.

Read more
Community

The joys and challenges of trail running

Matt Cooper delves into his love and knowledge of trail running.

Read more
Lifestyle

The perfect apartment dog

They don't shed hair, they don't bark, and they don't need much space. Meet the Italian Greyhound.

Read more
Lifestyle

Finding the purrfect feline friend

A few things to keep in mind when considering a feline addition to your household.

Read more
Travel

Cherry blossom season

We've picked out the best spots in Japan to see these iconic flowers of spring.

Read more
Travel

6 things to do in Singapore

Bright, clean and colourful, the island city-state of Singapore is full of contrasts.

Read more
Lifestyle

The history of bottled water

A brief history of how we got so thirsty for bottled water.

Read more
Community

Xtend Barre

Merging the principles of pilates with the energy of dance delivers one serious sweat.

Read more
Recipes

Roast loin of pork with baked apples and quinoa stuffing recipe

This decadent roast is the perfect recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon with family.

Read more
Lifestyle

Bad fad diets

A look at some of the worst fad diets that somehow managed to gain a global following.

Read more
Lifestyle

Bill Granger on stress-free cooking

Learn healthy habits and delicious recipes with Bill.

Read more
Recipes

Roasted apricot yellow couscous with grilled fish recipe

Bill Granger believes in a relaxed approach to good food. Here, he shares a family favourite.

Read more
Lifestyle

Marion Grasby on cultural and culinary diversity

Marion Grasby tells us what’s on the menu for her wedding.

Read more
Recipes

Thai prawn fried rice recipe

Inspiring chef Marion Grasby shares one of her favourite Thai dishes.

Read more
Community

Working out with Serena Williams

Tennis superstar Serena Williams shares workout tips for staying in peak form.

Read more
Community

Learning from crisis

How to rethink your priorities and recalibrate your moodometer.

Read more
Community

Big-hearted Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch talks mindfulness, meditation, and about being an ambassador for Smiling Mind.

Read more
Community

Deborah Hutton’s balanced life

Deborah Hutton provides advice on ways we can achieve balance in our lives.

Read more
Community

Chris Carroll – Walking for a cause

Medibank has a team of four walking 100km together to raise money for Oxfam.

Read more
Lifestyle

Food on the move

Run on solar power and vegetable oil the Veggie Patch Van is bringing healthy food to you.

Read more
Lifestyle

Literary (health) classics

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” Mark Twain

Read more
In Brief

Move to Ikaria – fast

Frequent naps, no clocks and an abundant diet are the secrets to a long life.

Read more
In Brief

Cloning new teeth: say “Baaaa!”

70 per cent of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to decay.

Read more
Lifestyle

Visualising health with Jude Bolton

AFL footballer Jude Bolton has played 300 games and won two premierships with the Sydney Swans.

Read more
In Brief

Join in the fresh food fun

Get your hands dirty in the garden and learn how to prepare seasonal produce.

Read more
In Brief

Work-off a factor in food labelling

How long would it take you to work off your afternoon snack?

Read more
Lifestyle

Health Shelf – Andy Allen

Andy Allen gives us a tour of his pantry and shares some recipes from his new book.

Read more
In Brief

A spoonful of beans…

How beans and other legumes can help type 2 diabetes sufferers.

Read more
In Brief

Quantifying exercise

Researchers have made an incredible discovery about the effects of exercise.

Read more
Community

A juicy idea

How Emma and Tom’s small venture has grown into a big business focused on healthy products.

Read more
Community

Trail running gear

We recommend shoes, clothing and other gear that can optimise your trail running experience.

Read more
Community

Bound, leap and hotfoot it across the land

A quick summary of some great trail running locations across the country.

Read more
Community

Ambassador for a worthy cause

Haley Bracken, ovarian cancer ambassador, talks how to stay mentally and physically healthy.

Read more
Community

Double hat trick with Ellyse Perry

Athletic prodigy Ellyse Perry on balancing study, professional sport and life as a young adult.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.