Instafoodie of the Week – Chloe Thornton, @halfwaytohealthy

Hello hello everyone! Sorry for not being with you most of the time, but we’ve moved to a new flat, and you may probably know what happens when you move all of your luggage to another place, and arrange it again and set up the internet connection (which we still haven’t done :D)….. and so on…. The whole setting up process will be done by the end of next week, and we should be then able to start managing Top Food Facts regularly.

Anyway… we have managed to arrange our instafoodie interview for this week and we are happy about it.

This week we are happy to present to you Chloe Thornton, @halfwaytohealthy. She has her own website as well.

11539625_10155756555365402_6745737313697032493_nShe has 11.2k followers on instagram. We are following her and the food she shares – it’s great.

Let’s now move on to the interview.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Chloe Thornton and I am a 26 year old student Nurse & Midwife from the coastal town of Jan Juc in Victoria, Australia. I have always been fascinated by “creation”- photography, art, food, and most recently since commencing my studies in Midwifery, life itself. I love anything that allows you to create something that can be put outside of yourself, something that you can give to, and share with, others. I love being outdoors, I love the ocean air, I love running. I set myself high standards, big goals and massive to do lists, which I admit can sometimes get the better of me, but I love stepping outside of my comfort zone, because beyond discomfort lies transformation.

I battled for years with the ups and downs of trying to balance fitness, mental well-being and healthy eating, I was all or nothing, moderation was not a term I was fond of. However, in 2013, as I prepared to start my journey on path towards becoming a health professional, I decided it was time to make the shift towards better health once and for all. With that Halfway To Healthy was born, a social media platform that allowed me learn from, connect with and draw inspiration from others, whilst providing an outlet for creative expression and keeping me accountable for my lifestyle choices.

What is your biggest dream?

I am a very anxious person, I am always busy, always stressed and continually raising the bar for myself, therefore my biggest dream is to one day find peace within myself, to find contentment in simply being, instead of setting high expectations for each moment. Beyond that I aspire to be able to empower women to embrace their inner strength, trust in their innate ability to transcend barriers and back themselves 100%.

What is your greatest achievement?

In 2011, after reading “The Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coehlo I decided to walk 650km of the Camino de Santiago, in the sweltering Spanish heat with a 13kg backpack. It was physically and mentally the hardest thing I have ever done. Each day was a challenge, but with each step came so much beauty, so many smiling hopeful faces and so much gratitude for the spectacular life I led. I had some stellar rock bottom moments, like I’m talking full-blown breakdowns, but the fact that I was able to push through and keep going, even when every fibre of my being wanted to give it, makes me really proud of my inner strength and determination. I think about repeating the Camino de Santiago all the time.

What is your inspiration?

I draw a lot of inspiration from people I have met throughout my nursing and midwifery placements actually. When people are faced with illness, or a situation that will invariably effect the rest of their lives, something within them shifts (most of the time). They are vulnerable, they are scared, they are facing the unknown, but it is so real, raw and transformational. Being part of such pivotal stage of people lives is a real honor. It makes you so grateful for your good health, the life you lead and your physical ability, it makes you appreciate humanity and how people come together during tough times as well as times of great joy and it leaves you marveling at the human spirit and the roadblocks that people manage to overcome during the course of their lives. I must say though, there is nothing that fills me with more inspiration, love and joy than witnessing the arrival of a new soul into the world. When that oxytocin hits the air and the parents lay eyes on their child for the first time……. there is no better way to describe it than pure magic.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I see myself as a passionate and thriving nurse and midwife, hopefully with a marathon under my belt, slightly more at ease with the world and myself. I hope to be in a position where I am able to positively contribute to the community by educating and empowering others to improve their health literacy, stretch the limits of their comfort zone and achieve good quality of life for themselves and their families.

Take a closer look at her work in the following three photos.

Bruschetta with a twist – Zucchini ribbons, cherry tomatoes, smashed avocado, red onion and goats cheeseDSC_1029 Wholemeal French Toast with frozen berries, coconut milk, caramelized bucki Strawberry, Macadamia & Pear Spiced Granolanis and maple syrup DSC_0714 Strawberry, Macadamia & Pear Spiced Granola DSC_0475

And that’s it for today guys. I hope you enjoyed our new guest.

Thank you for being with us, and thank you Chloe for being so nice to accept our invitation.

See you soon!



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