2018 Blog Posts
Think you know what's healthy? You might — but here's how you can still benefit from working with a Registered Clinical Nutritionist such as myself. Whether you’re looking to lose or gain weight, quit sugar, improve energy levels or improve your digestive health, find out how a Holistic Nutritionist could support you.
If a client comes to see me presenting with low energy levels, lethargy, weight management problems, sleep concerns or poor dietary habits one of the first things I’ll do is check for nutrient deficiencies. This means looking at their diet, assessing symptoms and looking at their recent blood tests.
I don’t often talk about my skin conditions, but eczema is a common condition which I help many clients with in clinic, so, I thought I’d share with you my experience on how I healed my eczema naturally. When I was a child until my early 20’s I used to suffer with eczema. It would often be itchy and painful and would come and go all the time in the creases of my arms, legs, random spots on my stomach, hands, arms and sometimes around my eyes. I could never really put it down to anything specific except for having “sensitive skin”. Before studying nutrition and learning how the body worked I thought eczema was something I had to live with forever. Boy was I wrong!
If you want to lose weight, what would your answer be if I asked you “why do you struggle to lose weight”? Answers I commonly get to this questions in clinic is to do with emotional eating, eating out of boredom, portion control, struggling to say no to “office treats”, feeling too restricted or losing motivation. This doesn’t come to surprise me, a lot of people I see in clinic often have tried dieting, restricting foods, followed a new food trend (paleo, low carb, fasting) or followed what worked for their friend or family member, which is a problem. One size does not fit all. Typical methods of losing weight are often too restrictive, lack flexibility and this doesn’t often fit into your schedule and everyday life.
Recently I’ve seen an increase in vegetarian and vegan clients. Many of which have only become vegetarian or vegan from watching documentaries such as Cowspiracy or What The Health. My opinion on those documentaries can be saved for another day, but, if you are considering giving up meat and becoming a vegetarian there are a few things you need to consider.
When wanting to lose weight the common theme I see in clinic is people ramping up their exercise routine and eating less. In theory it makes sense – burn more calories than you eat, and the kilos will come off. But, the truth is which study after study has shown that, in the long run dieting is rarely effective. Eating a low calorie diet for a long period of time does not improve your health and can do more harm than good.
Smoothies are an amazing way to get a variety of nutrients in your diet. They also take very little time to make so are the perfect breakfast option for anyone who is short on time in the mornings. It’s almost too easy to get carried away with smoothies by adding a little of this, a handful of that a sprinkle of that and voilà! A healthy meal in no time, right?
Currently I’m in week 2 (day 9) of my 14-Day Restart Plan and I’m already feeling ahhmazing, so much lighter, more alert, energetic and finding it much easier to get out of bed in the mornings. I too enjoyed a few more wines, cheese and crackers and ice-cream than normal over the holidays, which is why I’m doing my 14-Day Restart Plan, I really wanted to start nourishing my body again with whole foods so I could feel vibrant and mentally focused once again. I thought I would share a day on my plate with you while on the plan so you can get an insight into what foods you would be able to enjoy whilst being on one of my programs or working with me.
Not sure about you, but I sure did enjoy a few more wines, ice-creams, cheese and crackers over the Christmas/New Year season. I like to relax a little more over the holiday season as often I’m away with friends and family and I don’t put pressure on myself to eat perfectly. I know it’s only for a short period of time, and I’m all for balance! But, I’ve had my fun, and now I’m in need of a reset. Anyone else feeling the same?