I mentioned in my 5 questions interview with Louise Knoop that I was the fattest girl in the Pilates class. Well, Cornelia was one of the sexy primal ones! Another inspiring primal Pilates coach, Cornelia resides in the beautiful Mossel Bay and runs her own Pilates studio called Reform. If you’d like to join her classes you can contact her via email.
1. How long have you been Primal and what was your primary motivation?
I’ve been primal for more or less 2 years now. My main motivations were that I suffered from IBS and always felt very moody and tired. Although I was never diagnosed with any specific condition, I suspect I was insulin resistant from years of following a “healthy” (bullshit) low fat, low sugar, wholegrain high-carb diet. I never managed to lose my pregnancy fat, I had skin allergies, breakouts and acne as a 30 year old, combined with horrible periods and mood swings.
2. What is the most significant benefit you’ve experienced?
I can’t pick one, everything improved! My sex life, energy, moodiness, overall health, mindset, skin conditions… there is just too much to mention. But the biggest benefit has been no more IBS. As long as I stay away from wheat, I feel ‘quality of life’.
3. Do you ever cheat and if so, how often?
Yes I do, maybe once every 2 weeks. If I really crave something out of line, a bite is almost always enough to satisfy the need. One of the most amazing changes the primal lifestyle gave me is that I lost my constant need for sugary food. But I really don’t see it as cheating. Living primal is not a religion. In this way I don’t feel deprived, but rather I see it as a choice. It’s A: Do I wanna feel like a sick person? or B: Do I wanna feel great? Then it’s easy.
So what do I cheat with? Mostly pizza and bread… BUT… there is a science behind cheating. If I really feel like a pizza, I’ll go for the best quality ingredients. As close to the primal way as possible. The same goes for bread, made with sourdough, no preservatives, no shop bread or wholewheat, and in very small quantities. Definitely NOT a large pizza or a whole loaf of bread. The great thing about the primal lifestyle is that you really need less food to feel satisfied and a little treat here and there goes a long way.
4. What’s your favourite Primal dish?
I’ve always loved meat, so a juicy rare fillet steak is still my favourite. Skaap tjops too, what can I say, I’m a South African girl! I also always keep stock of my homemade primal-granola nut mix with homemade date-paste and double cream probiotic yogurt. That is my go to food if I don’t have time or energy to cook. Oh and bacon… mmm… and slow cooked stew, I’m such a food nerd so the list can go on and on!
5. Random Cornelia fact?
I love food!
Haha, me too! Thanks Cornelia and if anyone is interested in Cornelia’s primal granola nut mix recipe, she has kindly shared it with us below.
Primal Granola Nut Mix Recipe:
1 cup nuts (almonds, pistachios, pecans, macadamia’s)
2 tbsp tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into tsp size cubes
Mix nuts, tapioca flour, salt, cinnamon & honey in the bowl of a food processor. Add in your butter, a chunk at a time, pulsing the food processor until you’ve created a rough, chunky texture. Even spread the mixture out on a lined baking tray and bake at 180 degrees for 12 minutes.