Saturday, 12 September 2020

An Exclusive Interview With Australian Actor Lincoln Lewis and Recipe Share...


Popular Australian actor Lincoln Lewis is this year’s Australian Organic Awareness Month Ambassador. Each September, Australian Organic spreads the word throughout this period, about the accomplishments of the organic industry. Read on for an exclusive interview with celebrity Lincoln Lewis and check out his fantastic recipe share. 

You may have seen Lincoln Lewis in the popular Australian television series Home and Away, Tomorrow When The War Began and movies including Bait, After Earth and Spin Out plus many more.

How Lincoln Lewis went from hating vegetables to embracing organic produce.

When popular actor Lincoln Lewis was younger, like most kids, vegetables were the last thing on his mind.
Growing up as the middle child of three, Lincoln hated anything green and was all about the sugar. By the time he’d left school, things weren’t much better. “I was playing football and was eating a 1kg jar of Nutella a week,” he admits. “It was hardly healthy, but I was young enough to get away with it!” 
As the years went on, the 32-year-old’s tastebuds gradually evolved more and he came to appreciate fresh vegetables. He was in reasonable shape and bagging big roles on Home and Away, House Husbands and Underbelly: Razor.

However last year everything came crashing down when Lincoln suffered a bad bout of depression. He put on weight, stopped exercising and was indulging in chocolate, chips, cookies and ice-cream.

Now Lincoln is the picture of health and is back to his old cheerful self. So much so, that he’s also now embraced organic produce to live as cleanly as possible. Currently he is ambassador for Australian Organic Awareness Month in September, which highlights the achievements of the organic industry and organic products which have been officially certified with the Bud logo.

We asked Lincoln to share more of his story.

You’ve been on quite a health journey over the last 18 months after going through depression, when did things start to turn around?

I took part in a three-month health challenge in June where a nutritionist sorted out my diet and a personal trainer got me motivated in the gym. By September I’d lost 12 kg and my depression finally started to lift. I had my energy back and could finally get out of bed again.

How does someone go from hating vegies as a child to loving them as an adult?

I’m not sure myself, but I’m glad I came around to them! I think as I started to expand my diet more, I just developed more of an appreciation for them. Now I love capsicum, spinach, mushrooms and avocados. I don’t eat many carbs, but when I do, I go for sweet potatoes and potatoes. I cook simply so I can taste as much of the produce as possible and pair it with some lean fish, chicken or steak.

Can you taste the difference with organic produce?

Absolutely! It just tastes so much fresher and more intense. Because of that, I want to keep eating vegetables all the time, so it creates this really positive health cycle. I also love that organic produce doesn’t contain pesticides or synthetic chemicals. Mentally it gives you quite a boost knowing you’re consuming something good for yourself and the planet.



As part of being an ambassador for Australian Organic you recently visited organic producers around your home state of Queensland. What impressed you about them?

It was interesting to learn why these producers have made the switch to organic and sustainable practices. Yes, they are a company, but the people behind it all have very personal stories and motivations as to why organic is important to them. I loved how every single one of them said to me; 

“I noticed the change when I started eating organic produce and so did my family. That’s all the proof we need when it comes to organics.”

Are you hoping to be a parent yourself one day?

Sure. My older brother Mitchell has three boys who I adore, and I love being Uncle Linc to them.

How has your own dad – NRL great Wally Lewis – inspired you?

Dad’s always been a really determined person with a never-say-die attitude so that’s been great to see. He and mum have also always encouraged my brother, sister Jamie Lee and myself to do whatever we wanted to do in life which was very freeing. I would say though that mum is the absolute rock of the family. We’re close and I love having chats with her. She’s like a superhero to me!

Your sister Jamie Lee was born profoundly deaf, how has she coped in life?

She is a legend. She got a cochlear implant when she was four and has had speech therapy, so she speaks well and can now hear reasonably well. She’s also a great lip reader! Her achievements despite her disability blow me away. She was the first first deaf person to represent Australian water polo in a hearing sport at top level and also won Female Deaf Sports Australian of the Year. She’s never let anything hold her back which is really inspiring.

Finally, if someone is new to organic produce what do they need to know?

It’s really important to look for the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo on your product to know if a product is genuinely organic. Second, just try out a couple of products and see how you like them and go from there. If it resonates with you it’ll become a way of life.

Check out this delicious organic spring-time recipe below from organic producer Jalna.


CHEATS PRAWN CURRY WITH RAITA AND YOGHURT NAAN

This easy prawn curry is delicious when eaten with a home-made naan made with Jalna Farm to Pot Organic Greek Yoghurt.

INGREDIENTS

2 tsp vegetable oil
5cm piece of ginger finely chopped
4 curry leaves
2 tsp madras curry powder
1⁄2 tsp chilli powder
1⁄2 tsp turmeric
1⁄2 a cinnamon stick
4 green cardamom pods
2 bay leaves
2 tomatoes chopped
200 ml coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
750g peeled and de-veined prawns, salt to taste

Yoghurt Naan:

200g Jalna Farm to Pot Organic Greek Yoghurt
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

METHOD

Put vegetable oil, ginger and curry leaves into a large saucepan and heat on high for 1 minute.
Turn heat to low and add curry powder, chilli, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves and cook for 1 minute until aromatic.
Add tomatoes for 1 minute stirring to deglaze.
Add coconut milk and stock and cook for 10 minutes.
Add prawns cook for 3 minutes, then season.

Yoghurt Naan:

Combine all the ingredients except oil and knead over a floured surface until everything is combined. Slice dough into 6 equal pieces and roll into logs.
Using a rolling pin, roll out dough logs.
On a griddle pan on high heat add a little bit of oil. Cook naan for 2 minutes each side.

Stay tuned for further fantastic recipes from Lincoln Lewis here on Six Little Hearts.











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