Lee Holmes is a mum on a mission. Supercharged and ready for action. Changing the way we eat, one buckwheat pancake at a time! Lee’s goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals are difficult, complicated and often time consuming.
Born in the UK, Lee has been based in Sydney for the past 15 years. Rejecting her former qualifications in food and nutrition, she worked for 15 years in high-level positions in the music and television industries but her career came to a screeching halt after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2006.
Lee embarked on a journey of self-discovery and her love of food and cooking led her back to her roots where she became a rigorous food and health researcher. Lee travelled the world discovering foods which could be used as medicine to heal the body at a cellular level.
After discovering many nutrient-rich foods and changing her diet, Lee successfully recovered and is now fighting fit. Her mind alive with ideas for new recipes, Lee wanted to share her creations and www.superchargedfood.com was born.
Lee is also a published lifestyle and health writer with articles featured in magazines such as Grazia, Studio Bambini, Natural Health and Beauty Magazine, Post Script and Shop Til You Drop. She is the resident food and wholefoods expert for Wellness Warriors. Lee is also a columnist with Wellbeing Magazine and her column “Quick Kitchen” appears in each issue. Her recipe book Supercharged Food will be in the shops in 2011. Lee’s health website www.superchargedfood.com has featured in Vogue Magazine, Shop til You Drop, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Take 5 and also features in the AIMA Australasian Integrative Medicine Association journal which targets all integrative medicine doctors nationally. Prof Kerryn Phelps is the ongoing President of the Australasian Integrative Medical Association and sees it as an exciting, vibrant, progressive and emerging movement in healthcare.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Down-To-Earth.
What is your life motto? Appreciate the little things in life. Simplicity is key. Be good to others, be ethical and honest and be open to listening to others.
When did you start pursuing your career and how long did it take to become successful? About four years ago I was forced to make a complete career change after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I gave up my high profile career in the music industry and pursued my dream of becoming a writer and advocate for natural health and whole foods.
How many hours did you dedicate to pursuing your dream? Countless hours. I still needed to work to support myself so worked on creating the website www.superchargedfood.com and the blog www.supercharged1.wordpress.com and wrote the book Supercharged Food in the early mornings and evenings.
Describe how difficult the business really is? It’s really easy because I am so passionate about it. Every day I meet or hear from amazing people who have turned their lives around with natural health or a new philosophy and have empowered themselves through knowledge and changed their lives for the better.
What is the mistake that taught you an extremely valuable lesson? That you can be successful without passion. I believe that you need to be really passionate about something and driven to make it a true success.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given to date? That life is a journey and the best thing to do is enjoy the journey and not the end result. Every day is an opportunity to connect with others and change someone’s life for the better.
In your mind, is formal training essential? No, you can also be driven and knowledgeable and have life skills from a personal journey that you have taken. Formal training is helpful but not necessary to carve out a career for yourself.
Do you think having a mentor is important? How would you go about getting one for this industry? Yes I do. I have a mentor who helps me with the business side of things. It’s really important to have someone that you can bounce ideas off and someone who has experience in the industry. I chose my previous manager who I had worked withfor 7 years. If you have a mentor in mind, contact them and tell them your story. You’d be surprised at the amount of people willing to help.
What are some steps emerging talent can take to start/further their career? Research what it is you would like to do. Find people in the industry who inspire you and find out how they started their careers. I have two interns working for me at the moment and they are really enjoying being involved in the business. I gave one of them a project to do which was to grow your own windowsill herb garden, take photos of it and write a blog about it. Do a little bit of work experience in the field you’d like to work in and see whether it’s right for you before you jump straight in.
What kept you going when you felt like giving up? The daily inspiring emails and messages from people who have recovered from illnesses and created the recipes on the website and enjoyed them.
Do you believe that ‘making it’ is about luck and being in the right place at the right time? I think that if you are truly passionate about something then follow your passion. No matter what the timing is, if it feels right for you then go for it!
About the Website: Supercharged Food is an altruistic website to help people expand their range of healthy food choices and plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying, wholesome and nourishing diet. It was created to cater for anyone looking to overhaul their diet and increase their intake of fresh, wholesome and nutrient-rich foods as well as the growing number of people in Australia who suffer from modern-day diseases such as auto immune disorders, Crohns disease, coeliac disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis, candida, and food allergies and intolerances. It is ideal for people any age who are looking to spring clean their diet; have been feeling low in energy, run-down, tired and fatigued; and people with hectic lifestyles including busy mums.
About the Book: Supercharged Food the book provides classic yet easy-to-prepare yummy recipes which are all gluten-wheat-dairy-yeast and sugar- free. Readers will learn how to make simple yet delicious recipes that heal and nourish, strengthen the immune system at cellular level, and provide optimum wellbeing. And the good news is the recipes are simple enough for anyone to follow and bring to life… even people who use smoke alarms as kitchen timers.
Supercharged Food features a weekly diet plan; a shopping list as well as providing tips on how to plan ahead, shop, create, stockpile and maintain a satisfying, wholesome and nourishing diet. There’s information about detoxing, super-foods and which foods should be avoided from your diet too.
For more on this great woman check out her links below:
Lee Holmes | Supercharged Food