The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - Spotlight -

AGE She’s 23. LIVES Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria. PRO­FILE Lola Berry is pas­sion­ate about health and, in par­tic­u­lar, real, fresh food. She has cre­ated an on­line TV se­ries which aims to rev­o­lu­tionise the way the world thinks about health. Visit www.lo­ ● What was the hap­pi­est pe­riod of your life and why? This is the hap­pi­est pe­riod of my life be­cause I am work­ing on some­thing I am ab­so­lutely pas­sion­ate about! I feel like I’m mak­ing a change, and to re­ceive the re­sponse we’re get­ting from peo­ple all over the world just feeds my drive even more. ● What was the sad­dest time? I haven’t had many sad mo­ments; I’m pretty pos­i­tive. Al­though, I have to ad­mit that at times in the me­dia in­dus­try, it’s hard get­ting knock-back af­ter knock-back. One time in par­tic­u­lar there was con­sid­er­able in­ter­est to in­ter­view me on an Amer­i­can talk show. One of the show’s se­nior pro­duc­ers gave us the green light and a few days later pulled the pin. I’m not go­ing to lie, I shed a few tears! But it did give me more drive. ● Where is one of your favourite places in the world and why? A se­cret beach near By­ron Bay. My first ex­pe­ri­ence of it was in the sum­mer of 2006, trekking through the rain­for­est, which lead to a se­cluded beach with crys­tal-clear blue wa­ter. The am­bi­ence was un­like any­thing I had ever ex­pe­ri­enced. It’s one place where you feel spir­i­tu­ally whole. ● What’s some­thing about you that not many peo­ple know? In my teens, I was a DJ who loved 80s fash­ion and do­ing my make-up like Boy Ge­orge. I per­formed at Mel­bourne hot-spots, play­ing hits from bands like Han­son and Back­street Boys and even the Baywatch theme song! ● When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? The fe­male ver­sion of Mr Bean, be­cause I re­ally en­joyed mak­ing peo­ple laugh. ● What sim­ple plea­sure gives you most joy? Meet­ing pas­sion­ate peo­ple, swim­ming in the ocean, real mu­sic, ex­er­cise and dark chocolate goji berries. ● How do you re­lax? Ex­er­cise! I love kick­box­ing. When I feel stressed or over-worked, it re­solves ten­sions in my mind and body. ● De­scribe your per­fect day. An early morn­ing wake-up fol­lowed by a kick­box­ing ses­sion, then a swim in the ocean and a raw green smoothie. Then head­ing to the Ama­zon jun­gle to film an undis­cov­ered su­per­food. I would end the day off by mak­ing my favourite din­ner for mates, home­made falafel balls. I would top the night off with a pot of pep­per­mint tea un­der the stars. ● What part of your body gives you the most trou­ble, if any? I’m pretty lucky as far as it goes, but I can be a bit of a stress head. This makes my shoul­ders and up­per body tense. So I’m on top of this with a bit of kick­box­ing, mas­sages, acupunc­ture and nu­tri­tional sup­port – mag­ne­sium and B vi­ta­mins. ● What’s one thing you want to do be­fore you die? On a global scale, I would like to rev­o­lu­tionise the way we think about our health, spread­ing the word to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in an en­ter­tain­ing form that mo­ti­vates, in­spires and ul­ti­mately en­sures a sus­tain­able world. ● De­scribe the best meal you’ve ever had. As a treat, I love a batch of ba­nana buck­wheat pan­cakes topped with macadamia but­ter, raw agave syrup and cin­na­mon.

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