This week, Sally O’Neil, aka The Fit Foodie, sees her first print book LOVE MOVE EAT go on shelves, and she couldn’t be more excited.
LOVE MOVE EAT has more than 70 delicious healthy recipes for you to devour at home. There’s also a HIIT workout, a yoga flow, motivational quotes, shopping lists, advice on how to sleep better and some tips and tricks to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle.
It may surprise you to hear that Sally’s own lifestyle hasn’t always been a healthy one. In fact, when she arrived on Australian shores six years ago, she couldn’t even cook!
Woah, how times have changed. Through her blog the-fit-foodie.com and her gorgeous Insta feed, Sally is inspiring people all over the world to get their fit-foodie on.
She’s all about swapping out some traditional ingredients for healthier, fresher options without losing any of the yum.
And the pictures, which she styles and photographs herself in her own apartment, are always lick-the-screen beautiful and oh-so-tempting.
I grabbed The Fit Foodie for five minutes to find out a bit more about her experience of making the book and her new healthy, happy, crazy life Down Under.
Interview with The Fit Foodie
Wow, Sal, you’re a published author now! How does that feel?!
Incredible. Surreal. Like I’m officially an adult, and eating food is no longer just my hobby 😉
I can’t explain how grateful I am to have my recipes and images in print. Just takes my love for sharing health food in people’s kitchens to a whole new level.
Can you tell us what the best bit about creating your own book was?
Aside from eating all the food – healthy donuts, chips, pizza and cake – I just loved having total control of the process. Cooking, styling and photographing the food myself taught me so much, and many food authors just don’t have that opportunity.
And the biggest challenge?
The late nights and CONSTANT shopping. I shot the food for 4 weeks, but had to shop every evening to ensure the food was fresh for the next day. The people at Harris Farm must have thought I was insane, or incredibly forgetful.
Or maybe they thought you had a crush on someone in the store?! Any epic fails along the way?
YES! My first photo and recipe was of a ‘garden jar’ made up of walnut soil, with avocado grass and mini carrots and radishes poking out the top. It was delicious but my photography of it was terrible.
It took me a few attempts and a LOT of Pinterst scrolling before I found my style.
Can’t wait to see how that one turned out in the book. How many copies of Love Move Eat do you get for your Mum, to give to her friends back home?
Haha! Well I like to think that it’s going to be a popular read, so I backed myself by purchasing 800 books. These ones I will be selling on the blog and will be hand-signed.
The publishers gifted me 20 copies for media peeps, which sounds like a lot, but they didn’t go very far!!
What did you do before you were The Fit Foodie?
I worked in an office as a Project Manager.
Ha, can’t quite imagine that! Now, how do Graham and Humphrey feel about being Mr Fit Foodie and The Fit Foodie Dog?!
Mr Fit Foodie gets fed, a LOT, so he’s kinda keen on that element. The other stuff where I’m waffling on about statistics, and SEO and branding must drive him mad, but he is very patient with me – bless him!
Humphrey too gets fed a lot – homemade peanut butter dog bikkies. I am officially a feeder.
Lucky boys, I say… Fave food of all time?
Crispy skinned salmon. Poached eggs. Avocado.
Where’s your go-to fitness destination?
I love Bali for health and wellbeing if i’m travelling – it’s so accessible there. The yoga is incredible and my fave has to be Yoga Barn in Ubud.
Locally in Potts Point (Sydney) though, I head to Rushcutters Bay for a HIIT workout with my mat, or up the road to Fitness First for the best spin classes ever.
Do you get any me-time? If so, what do you do to escape the cray cray?
I don’t get a lot to be honest – I also run a health food company (@fit_mixes).
At the moment I am expanding the range and working on new packaging designs, so when I’m not blogging, photographing or eating, I’m on emails with designers and wholesalers.
Just to add in more cray cray, I’ve signed up to complete a degree in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College as a part-time student. In 6 years I’ll be a qualified nutritionist.
I do love to take the dog for a walk to chill out though. Without sounding too hippy, being amongst nature is so calming for me.
Where to Buy Love Move Eat
Thanks Sal. Good luck with the degree, I have no doubt you’ll nail that too. And I don’t need to wish you luck with the book – it’ll sell like healthy hot cakes.
Stay tuned for some awesome recipe extracts from the LOVE MOVE EAT book coming soon to Training for Chocolate.
In the meantime, I’d suggest you get your hands on a copy here:
Or you can get it directly from The Fit Foodie