Lilian: derived from the flower name Lily. Symbol of innocence / purity / beauty which is exactly what this inspirational woman is, but don't let her beauty fool you. She's a kick arse Muay Thai boxer / lawyer / blogger / author and what better way to kill time or when procrastination strikes than to thumb scroll through her nourishing desserts and meals on Instagram.
I met Lil many years ago when life was on easy street and we were two (what I like to think) down-to-earth-models busting our chops on the runways. Nothing much has changed between us - we've always been there for each other over the years, except we've overcome any junk food cravings and turned it into a healthier career.
Her passion for food, health and fitness inspires INDAH because she specialises in creating recipes and fills them with real ingredients, serving up nutrient-dense meals that can be incorporated into any busy lifestyle.
Luckily for me, we are still really good mates, always keeping it real and sharing our countless health and beautyl obsessions. I love this girl and lucky for all of us she stops by INDAH to shellout her motivations behind building her food pyramid / empire.
Lil talks the big M: motivation:
In a nutshell, I’d have to say helping people. There’s no better feeling than helping to make someone’s life a little bit easier.
Her secret to self-management:
I think the two key things for me are a good night’s sleep and a task list. Sleep is essential for me to be functioning efficiently so I try to get 7 to 8 hours every night. I also keep a detailed task list (I use an app called Wunderlist). I find it stressful to have things floating around in my head because I worry that I might forget something, so I write things down. If I’m having a discussion with someone and a task comes up, or if I’m lying in bed at night thinking of all the things I have to do, I add it to my task list so it’s out of my head and noted down. Then each morning I look at the list and decide what I want to achieve that day, based on my priorities. It’s not always easy though and I definitely have days where I do all the wrong things and have to regroup and reorganise myself to make the next day better!
Inspiration at its best:
So many people inspire me in so many different ways, but I'd have to say my sister. She's a mental health nurse and I have so much respect for what she does day in day out for her patients. She's one of those people who everyone turns to for comfort and support because she just radiates love and kindness. Her generosity is amazing.
The first three things shes does upon awakening:
Check my email (this isn't a great habit and I'm trying to change it!). Then I have a big glass of water and take a probiotic because I'm working on building up my gut health, and have a quick stretch on my yoga mat.
Her healthy diet tip:
I just try to focus on eating nutrient-dense food because my body works so much better when I do. I try to get a lot of vegetables into my meals because if I don’t, I really notice a drop in my energy levels. I’ve also recently been making sure I eat some protein and carbs straight after my training sessions. It’s usually just one of my homemade protein balls in the car on the way home so I don’t have to starve until I’ve made a proper meal. I’ve been finding this helps my recovery.
Advising new business women:
Do your research and connect with people in the space that you are interested in. I don't like "networking" but I do like meeting like-minded people, getting to know them on a more personal level and forging genuine relationships. Then there are always opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other.