Today I interview Tamar Henry, health and nutrition counsellor, author and mother to three. Tamar please introduce yourself and tell our readers a little about your work, motherhood and all things health!
I am a proud and devoted wife and mother to three young sons, certified holistic health and nutrition counsellor, founder of Henrys Health, a wellness counselling practise and online forum dedicated to helping others achieve lasting health, and author of the recently published book NOURISH, A Modern Mothers Guide to Child Nutrition.
My first son Jul was born with a host of medical issues that quickly made me realise that I had to strongly advocate for him in more ways than I really knew how. I had always been passionate about health and so decided to study towards a degree in Nutrition Science, which made me sit up and take more notice of the World.
Because of what Jul went through for the first few years of his young life, what we went through as a family, I continued with my studies and became relentless in my pursuit of knowledge, and began to purposely steer my whole family towards an optimal lifestyle. I think I realised at that point that for me, the health challenges I faced within my own family could offer others the best opportunity to achieve good health.
As a practising health counsellor, I have become even more determined to set an example that others can follow. Nowadays, sadly, most health and nutrition advice is out-dated and/or misleading and lacks a clear foundation on the many aspects that are imperative to lasting results. As I have personally experienced and seen in the home of my many clients, health success is never the result of pure chance; it is with a driven purpose and sincere effort that accomplishments are made.
Having recently relocated back to the UK and back to my home county (yay!) I am busy working on connecting with an audience here. I am working on social media to continue my journey and feel fortunate of the positive response I am receiving. I also released my first book NOURISH something that I am inexplicably proud of and I hope leads me to meeting more like-minded people.
My son, Jul is fast becoming a health advocate and youth role model in his own right and I am so, so proud of him. He’s a cool kid who just wants to show his age group how modern and on trend eating well and being active (and strong) can be. Look out for him on Instagram at julmachenry and let your own children see what he’s up to, coming soon on YouTube!
What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?
I have always followed my dreams and at 21 I moved to Dubai for a career opportunity that in so many areas of my life has lead me to where I am today. I think if I could have given myself any advice at that time it would have been to realise how quickly time passes and devote myself and my passion to a career in health much sooner.
Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?
Put what’s most important first: For me, the health and happiness of our family always come first. I learned very quickly after having children that making them (and mummy and daddy) a priority is key to not getting overly stressed with work and life in general.
Don’t over schedule: Despite having a lot of work and social engagements I try not to over commit myself knowing that a lot of last minute events come up with the boys, and things like homemade cooking, homework and the boys leisure pursuits will always need tending to.
Eat well and drink lots of water: It is all to easy to neglect your most basic needs when you are a busy mum working from home, but to stay on top of all that you need to do plan and prepare small and nutritious meals to be eaten throughout the day, and remember to drink water (carry your water bottle around with you as you move from room to room in your house).
Tell us something no one ever warned you about being a work at home mama!
That it is hard not to be distracted by all the chores and goings on around you. I find that unless I lock myself away in the study to work I am easily distracted (by the washing and ironing!). It can also be lonely, and as a very outgoing individual I miss just being around others. Therefore I set myself tasks and set amount of hours to work and then go for a walk, meet up with a friend etc. Taking time out is also important to being effective.
What is the best thing about being a WAHM?
Without a doubt it is being home when the boys need me. When they wake up in the morning, to see them off to school and to be here when they get home. I love having a full house, daddy home, friends and family round, I love the noise and bustle of them all.
Can you discuss something you are working on right now to improve your work/life balance?
I have realised that to get more out of life and achieve more of what I want I need to wake up earlier than the rest of my household. I start the day with Yoga and then rebounding to my favourite music (this always puts me a positive mood) and begin the preparations for a nutritious breakfast. If I have any time left over I look over my schedule and see where I can add in more time with friends and loved ones. I like to arrange to see my sister at least a few times a week, speak to my parents every day and catch up with friends near and far. Having lived overseas I have friends in all different time zones so keeping in touch with them can be hard, but oh so important.
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
One very strong and successful woman who entered my life before I had my boys told me to spend as much time with my children as I could because they grow so fast. As much as it has been important to follow my passion and help others, spending the first few years of each of my tiny sons lives has been a precious blessing that I will never forget.
What WAHM has inspired you lately?
Ellen Fisher aka Mango Island Mama has been an inspiring Hawaii mother raising her family raw that I have been watching and taking notes from for many years. Even though I would certainly love to emulate her lifestyle in some small way I appreciate that we are different people in very different places. What I have learned from her and so many others is that instead of being envious of what others have or what they have achieved we should find a small niche that is our very own and share it in the most authentic way possible.
What are you reading right now?
All I have read for the past ten years or so are books on nutrition and health, so what I am currently reading is a complete and welcome departure from that. What I am reading right now is what I have been reading for the past three months, and not because I can’t put it down when I do pick it up but because time permits me to do so. I am reading Anna Karenina (by Leo Tolstoy) a book of utter beauty. Actually I have to refrain from telling others that I am reading it because so many people have tried to share the ending with me!
How do you practice regular self-care?
Being a busy working from home mother has meant that over the years the practice of self-care has become increasingly more difficult and time consuming. With that being said I start my day with exercise, I juice and take wheatgrass every morning, I avoid caffeine as much as possible, I sip regularly on warm water and choose whole nutritious foods over processed kinds. For me, taking time with those I love is the best form of self-care, and doing what makes me feel most like me, to read and to write is what I love to do the very most, and to snuggle with my boys.
Tamar thankyou so much for dropping into a Mamaview, I love your message and your mama wisdom! Here's to nurturing our families health!