Living an ethically conscious life with Lisa Karaki

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For some, juggling full time university, a casual job, a modelling program and a health food blog is an arduous, time consuming and essentially impossible task. However, for 18 year old Lisa Karaki this is a mix of her much loved interests and passions in life, and she commits herself day in, day out to making the most out of the opportunities she is given- whether it be spending time at university, participating in modelling shows or posting about new recipes and healthy tips on her much loved Instagram and health blog. As well as studying early childhood education at university, she has committed herself as a primary school mentor and, more recently, became signed to a development program by Chadwick Models, one of Australia’s leading modelling agencies. She says she is focused on achieving a healthy balance in everything she does and thoroughly enjoys cooking and discovering new recipes, whilst also spending time exploring new places and keeping active on her regular bike rides.

After following a number of health blogs on Instagram she was inspired to start her own, and with a following of almost 50,000 people, it is no doubt that it has been an incredibly rewarding process for her. ‘I now have a much healthier perspective on ‘weight loss’ and ‘diets’ and have found something I am truly passionate about,’ she says, and it is clear when scrolling through the hundreds of vibrant pictures of the wide range of delicious, healthy and wholesome foods she creates (all vegan and cruelty free!) that she is well-informed about what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle in an enjoyable and feel-good way.

This keen interest in the nutritional and ethical values of food led her to making cruelty-free choices in as many parts of her life as possible: clothing, cosmetics and personal care to name a few. ‘I think the best advice would be to start small. Making every choice you can towards a more ethical world is more than enough, because really, every choice does count. Even just opting for the vegetarian meal when you go out for dinner is making a difference. Making the transition to a completely cruelty-free lifestyle takes time and effort, so it’s important to not be too harsh on yourself,’ says Lisa.

Over the recent years, there have been a growing number of nutritious and ethically conscious health food stores and cafes opening across Perth, some being Manna Wholefoods and The Raw Kitchen, specialising in providing wholesome meals and focusing on environmental sustainability. Lisa’s favourite Australian company, Pana Chocolate, hand make their cruelty free chocolate in Melbourne and use only organic, sustainably sourced ingredients. All of their packaging is 100% recyclable and waste free.

Lisa has also been kind enough to give one of her favourite breakfast recipes to us, a tasty Acai Bowl for a nourishing and energy packed start to the morning.

Acai Bowl Recipe (Serves 1)

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 scoops acai powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 4 tbsp water overnight (optional)

Blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender until it reaches a soft serve consistency. Top with whatever you feel like (my favourites are banana, homemade granola, fresh berries, coconut and mango!)

 

Lisa runs the Instagram account @healthforhappy and blog www.healthforhappy.weebly.com