1.Tell us a bit about yourself..
Hey, I’m Kasey Willson.
I’m a Naturopath, Mumma, Wife and all-round lover of nature, soaking up sunshine and playing barefoot on the grass.
But I haven’t always been the picture of health… my mid to late teens were filled with ‘all nighter’ celebrations, vodka cruisers and hangover fast food. No surprises, this party girl lifestyle took on a toll on my health, but it was also the turning point of my life!
Natural medicine inspired me to change my ways, so much so I graduated as a Naturopath and at the age of 22 I began helping other gals rediscover what balanced hormones felt and looked like. This also lead to helping women and couples optimise their health for preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding stages of life.
Fast forward to 2018, Mummahood was added to my bio and my passion for helping other women prepare for a conscious conception, healthy pregnancy and baby life really blossomed.
Today, I juggle the Mum life/ work life balance with my online support for women, including books, programs and consults. I’ also host of the ‘Glowing Mumma Thriving Bubba’ podcast.
You can also find me playing in the sunshine, harvesting our homegrown goodies, in the kitchen whipping up nourishing dishes, or on a fam bam camping adventure.
In my solo creative space, you’ll find me retreating with aherbal cuppa and square of super bitter dark choccie, dreaming up new ways of empowering Mumma’s and Mumma’s-to-be.
2. What are your self care rituals?
My rituals have certainly adapted since becoming a Mum. Today, soaking up the sunshine, barefoot grounding on our back lawn and getting my hands dirty in our veggie and herb garden are myself care must haves, along with fuelling myself with nourishing home prepared meals & mindful activities.
Taking time out for me, such as taking a bath and reading a book feel indulgent, but also help me show up as the best version of me for my family.
3. During your pregnancy and postpartum, what are some healthy habits that made you feel your best?
Most importantly I honoured my body and adjusted my practises to suit the stage of life I was at. For example, previous to my pregnancy I was into hot yoga and HIIT work outs and I’d regularly perform nutritional and herbal medicine detoxes along with liver cleansing practises of coffee enemas and castor oil packs.
Once I fell pregnant, I moved in a gentler, restorative way in prenatal yoga classes and took walks over high intensity training. Instead of focusing on detoxing my body, I concentrated on nurturing practises such as meditation, taking rests when I needed and fuelled my body with nutrient dense super foods. Smoothies helped on the days I was feeling nauseous in early pregnancy.
I also ensured I was meeting the increased demands on my body by supplementing with quality, Naturopath approved nutritional supplements throughout my preconception, pregnancy & post-partum stages.
Post our home birth, I placed a lot of focus on staying warm, taking my encapsulated placenta, resting and asking for help, to allow me to heal and provide for my baby.
4. What does a ‘day on the plate’ look like for you?
Each day is different for me but emphasis is placed on organic whole foods made into home prepared meals.
I consume loads of vegetables together with some ethically raised animal products, nuts, seeds, fermented foods and fresh fruits over my days.
I also love herbals teas, broth, coconut water kefir & a healthy hot choc or almond milk latte for a treat.
One brekkie I love is overnight soaked oats cooked into porridge with collagen powder, mct oil, berries, nut butter, chia seeds and coconut yoghurt mixed through. I also love a savoury brekkie of eggs, greens, avocado and seed bread.
I focus on raw homegrown salad greens and herbs for lunches (unless it’s cold weather) with my leftover protein source and a side of well-prepared rice, quinoa, legumes, root vegetables or occasionally a gluten free pasta.
Dinners are served with an abundance of warm cooked vegetables (usually greens like broccoli from my garden), a protein source (such as wild caught fish or organic chicken or meat cuts), plenty of nourishing fats like coconut products, olive oil, avocado, broth cooked into a slow cooked dish, baked or into a curry. I’ll serve those with similar carbohydrate options as lunch.
5. What are your currently reading/watching/listening to?
I actually don’t watch much telly, only if I’m in need of a laugh I might indulge in a comedy movie, or bachelor episode. I switch off from all mainstream media as I find it too fear-based and instead tune into empowering podcasts. Currently I’m loving Raising Wildlings poddy.
My current bedside book pile includes Bruce Liptons ‘The Biology Of Belief’ & David Chamberlains ‘The Mind Of Your Newborn Baby’ which I’m slowly making my way through in typical Mum life fashion.
6. Top 3 baby buys for a new mum?
1. Mayde Tea ‘Nursing’ tea, to keep you warm, nourish and nurture you post birth for breastmilk production. 2. Radia Shield Blanket, to protect you and your baby from electromagnetic radiation. 3. Haaka Silicone Manal Breast Pump, for catching the let down on the other side, while breastfeeding.
7. Who is your fav Mum instagrammer?
I love watching the journey of Alexis Panos and how they have gone from
8. Favourite Mum hack?
Bulk cooking in batches allows you to enjoy leftovers and/or have an abundance of homemade nourishing meals to freeze and have on hand for the days to come. This was particularly helpful once I began our baby’s solid food journey and found silicone moulds really helpful for this.
9. What is your favourite type of exercise?
I’d have to say a back lawn yoga session in the sunshine is a fav mum-friendly movement when we’re home. My daughters either joins in or happily plays around me.
Otherwise, a walk in nature is so therapeutic and something I look forward to with friends, or as a family outing.
10. Do you have any advice for pregnant/new mums?
As a Naturopath, I’d highly recommend filling your cup up first, so you can nourish and give your best version to your baby or child. This may mean spending more time to focus on nourishing meals, get out for more vitamin D rich sunshine, or perhaps even asking for help. Find something you feel realistic for your to implement and embrace how making small changes can benefit the health and happiness of you and your family.
Podcast: Glowing Mumma Thriving Bubba