The things Nadia Lim can’t wait to do after Dancing With The Stars has wrapped

We can all relate to the joy of kicking off our heels at the end of a long day.

But for celebrity chef and My Food Bag co-founder Nadia Lim this idea holds even greater appeal because she's spent a long few weeks not only wearing heels but dancing in them on Dancing With The Stars.

The down-to-earth mum-of-two, who welcomed her second son River into the world last September, prefers to spend her days barefoot or in jandals, so the first thing she'll be doing when her DWTS journey is over is getting back to basics.

And the second?

"Well, apart from spending lots of time with my family, I'm looking forward to just slowing down and doing more of the simple things in life," Nadia says.

"It's been amazing and I've loved every minute, but it's also been a whirlwind of training and rehearsals, and work and family sacrifices."

Nadia and her dance partner Aaron Gilmour were training several hours a day from March until their time on the show ended this month, and at one point Nadia found herself in A&E struggling to breathe after trying to push through a nasty case of bronchitis. Staff helped clear her airways and gave her an inhaler to use; she was back on the DWTS set the very next night.

She jokes, "Ha – I'll probably find I don't know what to do with myself!"

Nadia takes a refreshingly laidback approach to life and believes winter is the perfect time to wind down, focus on mindfulness and take some time out for yourself.

In July, she'll be running two mind, body and soul workshops, Healthy Well-thy Wise – one in Hawkes Bay and one in Auckland – to do just that as well as impart what she's learned about wellness to others.

Nadia will be joined by naturopath and medical herbalist Annaliese Jones and yoga teacher Kelly Baker to provide a morning of nourishing nibbles, relaxing yoga and all things restorative, as well as discuss philosophies around movement, wellbeing and nutrition.

This is the third year the workshop has run, and off the back of the success of last year's Nadia is looking forward to doing it again.

"You really do see women experience that lightbulb moment," she says, "where they just realise they don't have to put all that pressure on themselves. There is great beauty in imperfection and having the ability to be relaxed about it.

"Being flexible, calm and relaxed about things not going perfectly is one of the attributes I cherish most."

Nadia is also looking forward to spending a few weeks in Italy with her family.

"It will be great to just soak up the culture, live like the locals and sample all of that great food," she smiles.

Details for Nadia’s Healthy, Well-thy, Wise mind, body and soul workshops:

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