I met Tam a couple of months ago, when we worked on a photo shoot for her beautiful website. We connected right away and chatted the whole time. I love Tam's story, and that she realised that if she wanted to live a better life, it was up to her to create it. Now she is thriving, and a great inspiration!
Tell us a little bit about who you are.
Hi, my name is Tammy but my friends call me ‘Tam’. I am a health enthusiast, home cook, owner of the wellness website ‘Naturally Radiant’ and lover of life. I am a 34 year ‘Young’ woman who calls the Gold Coast home, and I feel honestly blessed to be who I am though I haven't always felt this way. Many years ago I suffered with bad depression and anxiety, and was not in a good place emotionally but then I made a choice to pull myself out of the darkness I had created, and move my life in a positive direction. As anyone who has suffered from this illness will know, it is something that needs to be worked on daily, and I do this through personal development courses, books and recognising the beauty in both the good and the bad. The things that define me I’d say are strength, love, kindness & compassion, positivity and my drive and determination to succeed in whatever it is that I set out to achieve.
I wear my heart on my sleeve and am not afraid to show people who I am. I care deeply about good causes, especially animals and that is why on my website I support (through donations) the Save Japan Dolphins cause.
But there’s a real silly and fun side to me as well, I don’t like to take myself too seriously. You'll will see this through my social media posts.
How did you get here? Was there a moment where everything changed?
Yes, there certainly was a moment when everything began to shift for me. It was when I was working in England as a Nanny 11 years ago and I was experiencing constant stomach pain. I was then diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This diagnosis sparked an inner quest to find a solution and throughout my search I began to see a connection between vaccines, foods, emotions and my stomach issues. I continued on my mission to find natural solutions. For me it started out with looking closely at the foods I was eating, and I began to read just about any health book I could get my hands on. I also started detoxing my body, and doing colonic hydrotherapy.
Spirituality and the mind came a very close second, for some people it’s the other way around, and there is no right or wrong way, it’s just what is right for you.
I made the connection between my feelings and my IBS ‘attacks’ and instinctively knew the correlation. For me, I have to manage stress and excitement because of the brain-to-gut connection.
My business ‘Naturally Radiant’ evolved through my own journey and wanting to share what I have learned with others, while also listening and learning from their journeys. It amazes me how many women are living similar experiences!
What does a regular day looks like for you?
I am usually woken up at around 5 by my darling husband telling me to “roll out” (of bed) and he greets me with a glass of warm lemon water. Sometimes I’ll read or mediate and some days we go and exercise. Followed by stretches, breakfast and working in my office for the day.
What are your favourite ways to get active?
We are just starting to get into cycling (yes, that’s right, lycra and all) but we also like to do rounds of steps, jog on the beach, surf, do yoga ,walk, skate board, rollerblade, stand up paddle and more!
I try to incorporate stretching into my routine as much as possible
What are the three most important things that you do each day?
Wake up with a deep sense of appreciation & purpose
Say “I love you” to my husband
Love and look after myself and everything else falls into place
It’s my dream to …
Oh this is a hard one because I have so many dreams and not just one, but I will give you a few..
- I’d like to experience living overseas again in my lifetime (with my man) one of those places is the south of France because it’s so spectacularly stunning and also either Bali or Thailand.
- I’d like to climb the Himalayan mountains and experience living with a family in a village in Butan and learn what makes them the happiest people on the planet. While over in these parts, I’d like to work with those less-fortunate in some sort of charitable way.
- To drive a convertible via Route 66 across America with one of my besties
- To have our own little family and travel the world together.
- Run a B&B some day
I believe that…
You create the life you desire by your thoughts and the emotions
Most of us are doing the best we can and shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves or others
Everything is always as it should be, and always working out
Today I’m grateful for…
- My health & vitality
- My amazing husband, friends and family
- My home by the sea
- That I get to wake up each day and do what I love to do
For a better tomorrow we must …
- Look after the Earth
- Love ourselves and each other
- Show more kindness and less narcissism
- Practice stillness
- Set goals
- Save & invest for the future
- Be organised!
- Read more books
- Stop putting off until tomorrow what we could start today
What is your favourite meal of the day?
This is a toughie cause I’m such a foodie, it’s hard to pin one down! But I would have to say at the moment it’s breakfast. We have a green smoothie every day and either eggs and veggies or Gluten-free Activated seed mix with coyo, berries, nuts etc..
I love to drink water, coconut water, Turmeric Ginger Beer, Fresh Juice, Green Tea but I also really love a good Shiraz -because life is all about balance and enjoying what you love.
Raw Banoffee Slice by Tammy Rice
From the Naturally Radiant Free e-book go here to get your copy
What You’ll Need
- Medjool dates de-seeded x 2 cups
- Raw Almonds (organic or insecticide-free) 1/2 cup
- Raw organic cashews 1 cup
- Organic desiccated coconut 1/2 cup
- Raw Organic coconut oil -roughly 1 cup
- Unhulled Organic Tahini - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
- Organic Maple syrup 3/4 cup
- Organic Raw cacao 1/2 cup
- Organic bananas very ripe
- Organic Raw maca* powder tsp
- Pure water 1/3 cup
- *Maca is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mums
What To Do
Firstly, You will want to soak your cashews (overnight preferably)
You will need to line your slice tin with some baking paper
Melt just under 1 cup of coconut oil, or if you’re in a warm climate, you probably won’t need to as the coconut oil will already be liquid.
In your processor add the first layer ingredients; they are: 1 cup medjool dates (deseeded), 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut, 1 tsp of maca powder, and 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil. Whizz this up until it resembles breadcrumbs, it may even start to slightly form a ball. This is when you know it’s ready.
Spread the mixture out into you lined tin and flatten out. Then pop it into the freezer while you get onto you banana ‘caramel’ layer
Wash and dry your processor bowl, in prep. for the ‘caramel’ layer
Add the remaining dates (deseeded), 1/2 cup of maple, 1/2 cup coconut oil, soaked and drained cashews, tahini, peeled and roughly chopped bananas, water and a good crack of himalayan salt and whizz for about 5 minutes until super smooth. If you want to make it more ‘caramelly’ simply add some golden or rice syrup. Though this will certainly increase the sugar content so just be mindful.
Take the base out of the freezer and pour over the ‘caramel’, then spread out until nice and even.
Pop a bit of cling wrap over this and put it back into the fridge until cool. Then crack onto your chocolate layer, Yum!
In a small pan, add 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of cacao and 1/4 cup of maple and on a low heat, stir until all dissolved and combined (I like to use a whisk for this).
Pour this over the caramel layer, pop some cling wrap back over and put it back in the fridge overnight.
Once set, slice and serve with coconut ice cream or it's perfect on it's own - YUM!