HEALTHY FAST FOOD OPTIONS (Yes, there is such a thing...)

Sitting in the food court in the CBD and I look around at all the food choices that people have made for their lunch–

·      Deep fried chicken schnitzel with chips

·      Fried dim sims

·      Battered fish and chips

·      BBQ chicken and chips

Where are the greens and the vegetables? How about the protein and good fats?

I’m not able to predict the future, but what I can see is these lunch time choices will lead to a 3pm insulin crash where you’ll be reaching for a chocolate bar or caffeine fix to get you through the day.

People often have reasons for their food choices and can justify these simply. The excuses “I don’t have time”, “There’s nowhere to store healthy food at work” and “I can’t afford to be healthy” are all regular reasons people continually make bad choices and aren’t able to get their health on track.

To be honest, if you look at it a little differently, there are so many healthy options out there at your disposal to choose at meal times, or for a snack. The challenge is we are all used to  addictive additives used in fast foods, as well as and colourful mainstream advertising with bright colours. This leads to a bigger problem; people are drawn to deep fried, battered, heart attack on a plate options rather than focusing on fresh foods that taste good.

One health food chain that are definitely doing it right are the guys at THR1VE.

Josh Spark, the creator of THR1VE, identified a massive problem - people need to be able to find and eat healthy nutritious food whilst on the run if we are ever going to combat the obesity and health epidemic. As a result, THR1VE developed a menu built from passion that not only tastes good, but is also good for you.

As a result, Josh and his team have worked to develop a successful health food chain that is now accessible to people in a range of different areas in and around Sydney.

THR1VE offers affordable, potion controlled and nutrient dense bowls of yumminess. Check out their nutrition protocol to see what they are all about. 

The team here at Glow For Life frequently visit THR!VE for meetings, casual lunches and if we are time poor and starving - something we can all relate to.

So next time you are heading to the food court, give THR!VE a go, you won’t be disappointed.

The THR1VING Bowl is my go to – check out the menu to choose yours. 


Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.