How to be a healthy, happy teenager with Melissa Ambrosini

Interview with Melissa Ambrosini

Melissa Ambrosini is a young, inspirational and kick-ass Holistic Health & Life Coach who has recently launched a successful e-book 12 Steps to Wellness complete with fantastic tips on how to lead a beautiful, nourished life.

Lately, I’ve become aware of lots of girls around me suddenly turning into teenagers and starting high school, changing friends, wearing make-up and shopping for cool clothes. I think Melissa is a great and aspirational role model for these girls, so I thought I’d do a quick interview with her to get some quick tips on how to handle some challenges these girls may face.

Tell me about yourself and your business. What made you start it, and what are its objectives?

My name is Melissa and I am a holistic health + life coach, speaker, writer, and self-love teacher. Four years ago, I was a model, dancer, presenter, and actress. But, after experiencing severe burnout and a cocktail of health issues, I realized that something had to shift. This led me to weeks in hospital where I decided I wanted to cure myself of adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems. Consequently, I became fascinated with holistic health. After practicing as a holistic health coach for a while, I realised that it’s not only about what you put in your mouth, it’s about the thoughts you think, moment-to-moment. I believe these go hand in hand. I want to inspire people to take back control of their health and life and live the life they have always dreamt of.

Given teenage years are a very important period for development and discovery, what would be your Top 7 health & lifestyle tips for teenagers?

  • Don’t compare yourself to others. Remember: You are perfect exactly the way you are.
  • Nourish your body with fresh, whole foods, green juice, filtered water, and clean food.
  • Get active. But, make it fun. Take up a sport you enjoy with your friends. Move your body every day.
  • Get loads of sleep and make it a priority.
  • Practice self-love and self-acceptance.
  • Be yourself.
  • Play and have fun.

How important is a wholesome, healthy diet for teenagers in particular?

A wholesome, healthy diet is extremely important! Teen years are  when the hormones are going a little crazy so we need to make sure teenagers are really nourishing their bodies with clean food and lots of sleep.

What are your friendship tips for teenagers?

Don’t compare yourself to your friends. Just be you! Don’t be jealous or judgmental. Be happy for your friends and love them with all your heart.

In your opinion, are there things that teenage girls should avoid doing and thinking?

Avoid comparing yourself to others. This can lead to all sorts of silly decisions when you start comparing.

Teenage girls are at an age where they start to experiment with make-up. What is your point of view on commercial beauty products versus alternative?

I believe it’s our job to educate these beautiful young girls about why organic and natural skincare products are so important. If they don’t understand, they aren’t going to make the right choices. In saying that, I would really encourage these beautiful girls to let their real beauty shine and help them realise real beauty comes from within. It isn’t all about the makeup and clothes they wear.

What do you value most in life?

Living from my heart is what I value most in life.

Do you have any personal indulgences?

I love getting a massage, a mani, and a pedi. I also love making (and eating) my raw cacao bliss balls. Here’s the recipe

We love your style. What are your wardrobe staples and favourites?

Thank you that’s very sweet. I have a good pair of boyfriend jeans that you can dress up or down + loads of white, grey, and black  tees and singlets which go with everything.

Would you like to share your favourite healthy recipe?

I have so many favourite recipes. But, for a treat or dessert, I love making these raw chocolate cherry brownies

This protein power salad is great for lunch or dinner

Both these recipes are jam packed with superfoods, vitamins, and minerals + they taste delicious!

I am a fully qualified holistic health and life coach. I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I was trained in over one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.

Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalised Path to Wellness that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

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  1. Kristin from Mamacino

    What an inspiration. I wonder if Melissa might come and live with me for a few years when my daughters reach “that age”…actually Brenda, what a great idea…mother/daughter wellness coaching sessions!

    • Brenda Janschek

      Melissa loves kids and everyone for that matter so I’m sure she’d be happy to oblige! Kristin, you are so onto it! I’ve actually been planning a mother/daughter “make your own beauty products” workshop/spa experience for the future….if someone could just give me a few extra hours in the day it would have been ready for this school holidays. Teenagers were invited, and some attended, my recent healthy food workshops and what a welcome addition they were!

  2. Kristin from Mamacino

    That is awesome. It is really special for mums to share these experiences with their daughters. I feel our girls need as many inspirational, healthy, confident role models as possible and you are certainly a great one Brenda. I used to be a Beauty Therapist so feel free to ask if I can help with anything!

    • Brenda Janschek

      I agree 100%! If the mums I’m surrounded by are anything to go by, then our daughters are truly blessed. I will definitely take you up on your offer to help with the beauty Kristin.Big thanks. x

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