Sean Killeen is a qualified movement and lifestyle coach at the Origin of Energy in Bondi, Sydney, where he inspires and motivates his clients to live healthy lifestyles through a combination of diet, fitness and nurturing various elements of their general wellbeing. Sean lives by the philosophy that movement, nutrition, breathing, good thoughts, hydration and rhythm (sleep) are the vital principles required to live a healthy, sustainable and fulfilling life. He believes these core principles help to express who he is and what he can do, and he is truly passionate about helping others to integrate these key principles into their own lives. Sea Stoke wanted to channel some of his expertise before extracting a tasty and simple recipe from him.
Is it easy for people to implement organic goodness into their diet?
It’s definitely easy to implement ‘organic’ or as I like to call it, ‘whole, fresh food’ eating (i.e.—no processed shit) into your lifestyle. If you look in the shopping trolleys of people shopping at Coles and Woolworths, you can see all their money is going on biscuits, chips, frozen pizzas, canned food, processed sugar, sweets, Coke, etc and not much of it is whole and fresh eggs, meat, fruit and vegetables. Cutting out these processed foods and just cooking and preparing with whole fresh food can drop costs dramatically. Also look at shopping at local farmers markets. Australia has some amazing farmers markets, and just think—you get to meet the person or a relative of the person who grew the food! Connection! 100 years ago, people spent around 70-80% of their income on food, whereas today, we probably don’t spend more than 20%. Instead, it all goes on shiny new things. Here are some simple, key points to implementing whole, fresh food eating: – Cut out processed foods – Eat whole and fresh – Shop at local farmers markets (really fun!) It doesn’t have to be organic, it can be pest free, local, grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured free range pork and chicken Sometimes the word ‘organic’ is overused, so be sure to think before you buy!
How can people make small changes in their daily regimen to ensure good health?
We are a time poor society, so keeping things practical and being consistent enough to feel the difference is the key. Some daily or weekly lifestyle modifications that can be implemented such as: – Eating whole, fresh food and cutting out processed food – Eating 1-2 slow-cooked roasts a week – Moving for about 30mins 4-5 times per week can be practical (basic push ups, squats, lunges, and chin ups could be a simple circuit) – Stretching/yoga and some myofascial foam rolling, to open up restricted tissue
If you were to have 3 essential items in your fridge/cupboard, what would they be?
Well, this is a hard one. I’m a pretty simple guy, but three essentials…hmm. Firstly, pastured, free range eggs from happy chooks. Secondly, some kind of pastured meat like beef, lamb or pork to slow-roast. And thirdly, some good quality organic or home made yogurt. These would be my staples!
What are some good tips for travellers who wish to stay healthy? For example, there are times when you travel to places where ‘good stuff’ isn’t accessible. Sometimes while traveling, you can focus on being more healthy with the mind, body and soul, as you don’t have the stress of daily life pulling you down. While traveling, stick to traditional foods by eating as whole and fresh as possible. Eating where the locals do is the best choice and eat at the busiest place, so you know it’s going to be awesome! Light primal movements (such as push/pull, lunge, squat, twist, jump, sprint and throw), as well as stretching and self-massage will help maintain muscle tone, posture and flex. Never stop moving, be creative!
The following smoothie recipe is the perfect morning pick-me-up or after surf snack, which is packed with vital goodness and a bump of natural caffeine. Not only does it taste delicious, but there are many health benefits and Sean says, “In a nutshell, this smoothie has everything the human body needs to nourish its mind and body!” These benefits range getting a good dose of essential fatty acids, protein and a small amount of carbs. Sean comments that it’s practical, time efficient, nutrient dense, tastes really good and you are helping the environment by eating whole and reducing waste. While there are all sorts of variations to this smoothie, we thought the coconut and cacao flavours are pretty tasty!