Social Media Sensation Simone Anderson Shares Her Secrets To Self Love & Healthy Living

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Welcome to the third instalment in our exciting six part Almond Breeze Summer Loving Series. Once again I’ve joined forces with Almond Breeze because not only do they make the yummiest almond milk but like me, they want to inspire you to be the healthiest, happiest version of yourself in 2018. To make that happen we’ve caught up with some of the best health and wellness experts in New Zealand who have kindly agreed to share their top tips and tricks. 

We kicked off  this exciting summer series with New Zealand’s very own celebrity nail stylist Leah Light and last week yoga guru Jane Lowe thoughts on why yoga is the secret to health and happiness. Today we’re chatting with gorgeous social media sensation Simone Anderson. Twenty-seven-year-old Simone skyrocketed to international stardom when she shared her incredible weight loss journey with the world. After undergoing bariatric surgery Simone lost a whopping 92kgs and now inspires others in their own weight loss journeys. On the eve of heading back to the US for her final skin removal surgery we caught up with Simone to find out how she stays so positive and the secrets to her unwavering self-confidence.

Above: Simone shares her gorgeous outfits each day on her Instagram page.

 

5 MINS WITH SIMONE ANDERSON

How has losing almost 100kg changed your life? In more ways than I could possibly imagine. For one I am now fit and active and can actually get through an entire day without a nap! Because of documenting my weight loss publicly I am now lucky enough to be a social media influencer as my full time job – absolute dream!

Is there anything you would have done differently about your weight-loss journey so far? I would have taken WAY more “before” and “during” photos at all different angles etc so I would have something to look back over and compare how far I have come.

You have an upcoming surgery planned, could you tell us what you’re having done? I sure do! I’m having lower body skin removal, so a lift of my thighs and buttox and a Brazilian Butt Lift! Google the last one, the results are insane

Do you have any fears heading into your next surgery? Of course with any major surgery there are risks, but I have been through this all before. I know how amazing my surgeon is and what a perfectionist he is – I did it all alone two years ago and this time I have the love of my life for support. So more than anything I’m just excited!

What are you doing to prepare for this surgery? Training my ass off literally! Working out every single day to ensure I’m in the best physical health I can be before my long road to recovery ahead.

What are your expectations coming out of this surgery? I try and not set my expectations too high for these things as you’re never going to walk away “perfect”. My aim is that as much of the loose skin as possible is removed and that my scars are nice and clean and as straight as possible!

Do you still receive nasty, hateful comments on your social media channels? All the time, most weeks I would say!

How do you deal with and not be affected by this negativity and nastiness? It’s been a long road but I have managed to train myself over nearly three years now to just ignore, delete or in the most severe cases block any nasty comments I read. I remind myself that they must be hurting or sad to write these horrible things and try and feel empathy for them. And yes for every one nasty comment I would get 10,000 positive ones!

Do you have a theory on why people are so nasty online? I believe it’s because people feel invincible behind the key board, often anonymous and they use it as an outlet to try and feel better about themselves.

How has your approach to food and exercise changed since losing the weight? I now focus on what will fuel my body and what will have the most amount of nutrients instead of quick, easy and convenient. I have also tried to teach my body to enjoy healthy versions of food I used to love like strawberries over a bag of lollies etc!

You seem to have huge amounts of self confidence – what’s your secret? To work on it every single day, I haven’t always felt this confident. But when I started realising that most women felt insecure and worried about what others thought I decided I wanted to change this! I thought if I can learn to love my flaws maybe I can help others to learn to appreciate theirs. Each day I look in the mirror and tell myself three things I love about myself and three things I want to love more. Trust me it works!

Simone shares more about her upcoming surgery in the video below.

Do you ever have times where you’re feeling down and vulnerable and if so how do you turn it around and feel happy again? I am human of course I do. When I feel like this I like to confide in friends or family, often just speaking about it eases the pain and worry. From there I make an action plan to get myself out of the funk. Go for a walk, make a delicious meal from scratch, treat myself to a date night! These get your mind off the issue and help you refocus your energy somewhere better and more positive!

Do you ever look back on some of your fashion choices and think . . . what was I thinking? Or is that not the point? Do you just love experimenting with fashion? Oh yes I look back and cringe. But I actually LOVE that, I love that I was bold enough to try something different and step out of my comfort zone. Life is too short to wear a little black dress 24/7.

Has your fashion sense changed since losing weight and if so how? Not really, I’ve always LOVED fashion and wearing something bold and over the top. I’m just lucky now that I have far more choice than when I was a size 30.

If you could write a letter to your 16-year-old self what would the key message be? To enjoy the ride, don’t rush things, enjoy each and every day because before you know it you are 27 and enjoy a night in with your dog over a night on the town with the gals! Haha.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? That no matter what happens between you and your siblings to push it aside and mend the bridge, they will be there for life and if you put the effort in they will always be your number one supporters! Well this is the case in my family, that advice mum gave me when I was 10 and it’s stuck with me ever since. I love my four brothers and sisters more than anything else in this world!

Did I hear you are also writing a book? You sure did! Keep your eyes peeled for June 2018!

Above: Simone looking fab in one of her many stylish outfits.

 

VEGAN CHOCOLATE COCONUT COOKIES

Simone understands how important it is to fuel her body with the healthiest foods possible and she also appreciates the importance of enjoying a treat from time to time too. With this in mind I thought I’d share one of my favourite treat recipes using Almond Breeze Almond Milk. And in case you didn’t know, Almond Breeze Almond Milk is owned by Blue Diamond Growers – the almond experts in California and is a dairy alternative made from almonds and it’s also my go-to for all of my cooking, on my breakfast, in smoothies and it even makes a delicious latte – winning! Almond Breeze contains no eggs, lactose, casein, peanuts or gluten – making it a perfect dairy-free alternative. So it’s safe to say the guys are Almond Breeze know a thing or two about health which is why I’m sure you’ll enjoy these delicious Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies as much as I do.

Above: Almond Breeze Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil; melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/3 cup Almond Breeze Almond Coconut Original
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded coconut; divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line baking trays with non stick paper. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix sugars together until combined. With the mixer running, pour in the coconut oil. Beat on medium-high until well combined. Add the vanilla and coconut extract and beat until smooth.

  4. Add the flour mixture in two batches, alternately with the coconut milk, with the mixer on low. Stir in 1 cup of the shredded coconut.

  5. Form dough into balls, using a spoon. Roll dough balls in the remaining coconut. Slightly press the coconut into the balls if it isn’t sticking. Place on prepared baking trays about 6cm apart. Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until they are set around the edges, but soft in the center. Let the cookies cool on the tray for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

  • You can make this dough in advance. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.