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The Inspiring Nicole Joy!

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Nicole Joy is an inspirational foodie who shares her story of rediscovering her love of food, particularly the sweet kind, through her successful blog and sellout dessert classes she hosts.

Nicole believes in nourishing the body and soul with delicious, wholesome ingredients, and advocates that healthy eating does not mean compromising on flavour. A former school teacher and entrepreneur at heart, Nicole's broad-ranging experience includes successfully developing her own jewellery line, being crowned Miss World QLD, hosting a children's program on Channel 9, and establishing her own sleepwear label.

Her anticipated new book, Why it's perfectly acceptable to eat dessert for breakfast, is available online at www.nicolejoyinspire.com.

Lifenfork recently caught up with Nicole to ask a few questions about life and her new book.

1. How did your personal journey influence your recipes in the book?

There was a time when I had a very negative relationship with myself and my body, but after a beautiful friend of mine introduced me to meditation and mindfulness I learned to eat intuitively and started to listen to what my body (and soul) needed. She introduced me to raw foods and although I am not a raw foodie, I fell in love with the raw dessert concept and those first recipes I started to play around with are the foundations for this book.

2.      If you could pick a recipe to enjoy on Christmas Day, what would it be.

Definitely the Strawberries + Cream tart – imagine tucking into that on Christmas morning!

3.      What inspired you to include a section for children in your latest cook book.

Having a teaching background, I know first hand just how many children suffer from food intolerances, and more often than not, they miss out at kids parties and celebrations in the classrooms. Not to mention all the processed junk that so many kids come to school with.  The Yum! (for the little ones) section provides mouth watering recipes for kids and adults alike -minus all the sugar and preservatives found in traditional sweets. Wait until you try the strawberry coconut fudge slice – heaven!

4.      You have dabbled in many roles in your life, can you please tell us more about the many forms of your role as a teacher.

I firmly believe that I am a natural born teacher – I just didn't fit into the 4 walls of a school classroom, it just wasn't for me. My cooking classes, which I plan to take around Australia next year see me back in front of people, sharing my story and empowering people's choices. I don't proclaim to be an expert with a 'magic answer' – I am simply sharing my story and what has worked for me. There is no better reward for me to hear that I have inspired someone to start nourishing the most important relationship they have with anyone – the one they have with themselves.

5.      Describe your perfect day

A walk with my puppy Nobby

A swim in the ocean with my husband

Meditation

Green smoothie + yummy breakfast with girlfriends

Sending out loads of books to happy customers

A cooking class

A home cooked meal by mum, shared over some good red wine and my nearest and dearest

To purchase her new book, Why it's perfectly acceptable to eat dessert for breakfast, visit www.nicolejoyinspire.com

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