We are kicking off our new segment today with Sydney based Nutritionist and Hemp Advocate, Liv Kaplan. Liv has built a reputation on her wellness practices and connection with wholesome foods. Self-confessed nutritional science junkie, Livs way of living stems from her love of sustainable food choices which positively impact the environment. We have been #Livinbondi follower since the beginning of her incredible adventure and are honoured to sit down and chat with her today.
Come meet Liv!
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Over the past two years you have been actively advocating the benefits of hemp as apart of a healthy diet in your role as a Nutritionist and Hemple Ambassador – When did you first discover hemp?
Thanks for having me! I first discovered hemp several years ago when it emerged in the LA scene and many American cafes started serving hemp milk as a non-dairy option for coffee, which was very welcomed by the wellness bloggers I was following at the time. But I didn’t actually try hemp or think too much about it until it became legal for consumption in Australia in 2017.
We all know there is a million and one benefits to incorporating hemp into your daily diet. As a Nutritionist, what would you say is your stand-out health benefit is when it comes to hemp?
The lack of processing. I’m all about consuming whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, and I believe food contains far more magic than the few vitamins and minerals we’ve discovered that we can actually study. Gretchen Lidicker once said “the therapeutic impact of the whole hemp plant is greater than the sum of its parts” and I think that applies really well to a natural and whole food way of eating.
Is there such thing as too much hemp in someones diet?
Haha I hope not! I think there would probably be a point where you need to add in a bigger variety of food into your diet but there’s certainly nothing in hemp that will cause any negative side effects!
You recently launched your dessert e-book to the public which includes a range of mouth-watering recipes! If you had to choose, what is your favourite dish which features hemp?
My hemp and pistachio butter cups! I love using hemp in desserts, it’s got such a distinctive nutty and slightly savoury flavour that complements rich desserts and sweetness so well. And for something that’s easier to throw together, you can’t go wrong with my 3-Ingredient Toasted Coconut Hemp Seed Clusters, they are so easy to make and mark my words, they impress everyone!
Apart from eating hemp, do you incorporate it into your routine in any other ways for example in your beauty routine or clothing choices?
Absolutely! I love using hemp oil on my skin, it’s so nourishing and I love the process. I apply it to my entire body after the shower about once a week.
Hemple just launched their first hemp CBD product to the international market. We’ve seen your CBD food infusion collaborations with Hemple pop up on our screens over the past couple of months, is this your preferred method of taking CBD on a daily basis or do you have other delivery methods?
I do like the CBD edibles, I think they are a fun way to consume CBD. I’m all about the CBD cookie dough but my favourite way is to have it in a hot milky tonic with some other herbs like lavender and camomile that work together to support relaxation and sleep. Plants and herbs are so powerful! Stay tuned for my Sleepy CBD Tonic recipe video coming soon!
As a Nutritionist, how do you see the health & well-being market changing once CBD is legalised to the public in Australia?
This will really give light to a major shift in attitude that is already happening. I’m slowly starting to see a wave of more and more people seeing the infinite and often unexplainable power of plants and herbs, whether it’s in the form of vegetables that you eat or herbs you take as medicine.
Previously most people in the health space would only see benefit in pharmaceutical and man-made products and medicines (made by companies that have big budgets to fund studies that would ultimately increase their revenue), and use of herbs and plants was seen as hippie or looked down upon as being supported by uneducated people.
But now we’re starting to see research on medicines like medicinal mushrooms, and adaptogenic herbs and roots like tulsi and turmeric, and of course all of the powerful cannabinoids in hemp. Woo!
Currently anxiety and depression rates are through the roof, and people are really seeking any kind of relief, and they’re willing to try different things so I think when CBD becomes legal to purchase, it’s going to be extremely popular.
Lastly and as always, please finish this sentence. Hemp to me is …
The answer. Haha. But seriously, there’s no doubt that the way the world eats meat in excess and from unethical sources has got to change and we can all benefit from eating more plants. But then on the other hand many plant based alternatives are highly processed, grown unsustainably or cause gut issues in many people. Hemp is unprocessed, the growing of it is so sustainable and I find it to be so easy on the gut, and it’s packed with nutrients we need to thrive, and I love the fact that it can be grown locally in Australia.
I like to connect to my food on a spiritual level, it’s what gives us life, it literally becomes us (we digest it’s constituents and use it to build up our own body proteins, neurotransmitters and structures). Hemp ticks all the boxes… It’s grown locally, it replenishes the soil it’s grown on which is our earth and our home, it’s a no waste process since the entire plant can be used and it gives us so much nutrition so we can thrive every day.
The e-book is now available here.