Cassie Barnard is this week's IT girl. From her boho chic style to her inspiring Instagram filled with pilates instructions, delicious healthy food porn, and travel photos.
Here, Cassie shares everything from her nutritional advice to her personal style.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m an Australian Pilates instructor and dietitian working in London. I relocated here five months ago and haven’t looked back since!
How would you describe your own personal style?
I like to keep it basic which a touch a boho. You’ll always catch me in a basic black tee and denim jacket.
Describe your best kind of day.
Any day when the sun is shining is the best kind of a day (a rarity since moving to London!) Now I love to spend my days with friends, cycling and ending the day with a delicious Sunday roast dinner!
Your dream road trip: where would you go and who would you bring?
America! I would love to drive west coast to east coast with my three best friends.
What’s the most exciting thing about the future? What worries you?
Not knowing where I’ll be 1, 5, 10 years from now worries yet excites me!
How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
A friend of mine told me a great way to end the day is to think of three things you’re grateful for, no matter how big or small. I’m finding this is helping me to put things into perspective, be grateful for the small things in life and realize that this life we live is pretty great!
You’ve traveled quite a bit, what’s your favorite place you've traveled to so far?
So hard to pick! But it’s definitely a tie between Greece, Italy, and Costa Rica.
Who inspires you?
All of my amazing friends who are in their young to mid-twenties and are absolutely killing it being girl bosses in life! From nurses to psychologists to interior designers, all of the girlfriends in my life are a true inspiration.
When did you take an interest in nutrition and fitness?
From a young age, I honestly can’t remember. My mum raised us on a really healthy diet so it was only a natural progression for me to study nutrition and university.
What’s the one best piece of nutritional advice you can give?
Never diet again! Food is there to be loved and enjoyed, not feared and limited. It is a source of energy, nutrition, and fuel, not an emotional crutch. I advise anyone struggling with their weight who can’t seem to escape the dieting trap to please consider contacting a dietitian for help and guidance.
Three big meals or several small meals a day?
Totally individual! I personally eat several small meals a day, but there is no evidence for either. Do what works for you and listen to your body.
What are the absolute healthiest foods that you recommend eating daily?
Veggies, veggies, and more veggies! So many people get caught up in the ‘super food’ trend yet haven’t met their recommended vegetable intake for the day! Aim for 6-7 serves, one serve being 1 cup of salad or ½ cup of cooked vegetables.
What’s the one food you would tell your clients to stop eating?
There’s nothing I tell my clients they can’t eat. I provide them with the information and evidence and it is up to them to decide if certain foods are ‘worth it’. When you start to ask yourself this question, you’ll be surprised at how often the answer is no.
Inspirational Quote you want to share with our readers
“The best things in life are free” – I actually have this on my personal instagram bio @cassie.barnard and it is my mantra! It’s about enjoying and appreciating the simple things in life and it couldn’t reign more true.
& follow her @thepilatesdietitian