Q+A with Hollie Kempton (aka @powered_by_vegies)


Hollie is one of those people you meet who is an absolute burst of positive energy. She is a total pocket rocket when it comes to life, small but fierce you could say.

We met a few years ago now and it was a total soul connection after vibing over our shared veggie based lifestyle (and our love for coffee!). Hollie is a qualified Health + Nutrition Coach, blogger, recipe developer, avid fitness lover and a game changer. With the launch of her very own online health and nutrition coaching business and cookbooks you could say she is one #girlboss that is absolutely making it happen.

From waking up before the sun to train, making her own signature versions of healthy meals and treats and truly living her best life, Hollie is definitely one to keep on your radar and a must follow for daily inspiration.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and read on to get inspired and feel a little warm inside..

What is on your bedside table at the moment? At the moment I have 3 books on my bedside. The first is my Winter Wellness Cookbook because I have tabs all over it with ideas of how to make my next book even better. The second is the Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin because I love learning about psychology. Last but certainly not least is Finding Ultra by one of my favourite people Rich Roll.

In 3 words describe YOU. Determined, Happy, Passionate.

When did your journey begin, what was your turning point? I suppose my real journey into what I believe is a much healthier and happier me can be broken down in two parts; finding a way of eating that is good for my health, the health of the planet and honours the lives of animals. I have been a whole food plant based eater now for two years which is basically just eating a vegan diet free of highly processed foods. My rule for foods that have been processed is.. was anything good taken away or anything bad added? The best example is raw cacao powder, it is processed to remove the saturated fat but none of the nutrients are removed in that process.

I have never felt better both physically and emotionally about where my food comes from and how much energy I have for life. I was inspired after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives and continued reading and studying ever since. Now I am a Health & Nutrition Coach, I have written 2 of my own cookbooks and share my journey on my website www.poweredbyvegies.com.au and my Instagram page @powered_by_vegies. They are a combination of my passion for getting people to love eating more vegies and being more physically active.

The second part of my journey was more of a mental transformation. I used to worry about how many calories where in each bite of food and how that might make me “get fat”. You probably think I’m going to say I started yoga or meditation.. nope not me. I was talked into training and competing in Powerlifting, this year I even got to compete at Nationals. I absolutely love the thrill of competing in squat, bench and deadlift. I get excited about training 5 days a week for 2 hour sessions, doing things I could never have dreamt possible. I now see my body as being so capable and it doesn’t matter how toned my arms are or if my thighs can still squeeze into tiny jeans. I want a body that can kick ass on the platform and deadlift almost 3 times my body weight.

I see these two parts of my life working in perfect synergy. I eat wholefoods to fuel my body to perform and recover at its best. I eat my vegies to have the energy to wake before 5am and bounce off to the gym. I respect my body to look after it and challenge it to get stronger and feel better.

Where do you find inspiration, and how do you turn this into motivation? I find inspiration from so many people.. My trainer Courtney, an amazingly tough mother of 4 boys, who still makes time for her health and being a bad ass powerlifter. My coach Simon, who gives all his clients so much care, attention, and sometimes a kick up the ass to be there best. Rich Roll, an inspiring athlete and advocate for plant based nutrition and holistic health. Dr Michael Greger, who runs a not for profit website that puts together research based videos on nutrition to cut out all the hype and media promotion.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to start their own journey towards their best self and life, what would it be? Take one step at a time.. make a plan and do it for you!

Favourite quote/mantra you hold close to your heart? 'Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.' - Jim Rohn

Lastly, what is your WHY? Your focus every day to get up and go again, the thing that makes you jump out of bed in the morning and share your sparkle with The Universe? I want people to be able to enjoy health and vitality so that they can appreciate their lives and find their purpose. I know that food and nutrition is the key to honouring and respecting your body enough to treat it well. My mission is to provide people with the tools, recipes, strategies and information to make simple changes that will improve all aspects of their health.

Thank you so much Hollie for allowing my readers to have the pleasure of 'meeting' your sparkly self. I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity to have had you a part of this chapter with me.

Being the beautiful soul she is Hollie also has some exclusive special offers for SPARKLE on darling readers..

Offer #1 Powered by Vegies 6 Week Health + Nutrition Coaching Program

'Feel sensational this SUMMER'


Special price of $50 (usually $80!)

  • All you have to do is email Hollie at poweredbyvegies@hotmail.com or direct message her on Instagram with the code 'SPARKLE'.

Offer #2 Powered by Vegies Cookbook

'Winter Wellness Recipes'


Ebook special price of $5 (usually $9.95!)

Hard copy special price of $15 (usually $18.95!) including postage

  • All you have to do is email Hollie at poweredbyvegies@hotmail.com or direct message her on Instagram with the code 'SPARKLE'.

Want to get to know Hollie a little more (trust me when I say you do!). Find her on..

Instagram @powered_by_vegies


Website www.poweredbyvegies.com.au

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All my love,