Keeping meals simple and nutritious is key if you want to preform your best in all areas of your lifestyle; whether you are a working mum, own a business, work two jobs, studying and working at the same time. Ensuring you eat well 80% of the time is going to give you the energy you need to keep up with the demands of life.
I am SO excited to announce that Southern Cross Health Society offers a number of plans which include a visit to a Registered Clinical Nutritionist who is part of The Clinical Nutrition Association - that’s me! These policy holders may now claim for the services of their registered nutritionist.
A diet rich in vegetables is key to good health! I personally try my hardest to consume 8+ servings of veggies every single day. It may sound like a lot, but trust me it’s worth it! Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber which is all vital for our health. In the rush of life, a few days can often slip away for some people where you may not have consumed enough vegetables. If you want to feel good, have glowing skin, good digestion, a strong immune system it’s important you consume ...
More often than not I have to emphasize the importance of protein in my client’s diet, which is why I decided to write a blog post about it. Protein is actually one of the most important parts of a healthy diet. It seems to me that many people nowadays are still under the impression that protein is going to make us ‘bulky’. This is in no way true what so ever! Did you know that protein is a component of every single cell in your body, and is used to build and repair bones and tissue?
One thing I deal with all the time in clinic is peoples desire for more energy. With so many people now leading busy lifestyles and not sleeping enough, not moving their body, not making their own healthy meals, they often rely on quick fixes such as sugar and caffiene to get them through long busy days. What many people often forget is that food is fuel!
This vital nutrient is one many people don’t really think of, yet populations around the world are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. It’s crucially important to assist in the maintenance of a healthy heart muscle, bone mineralization, skin conditions, mood/cognitive function, immune function, inflammatory response, hormonal health, enhance calcium absorption and more. Today, far too many of us do not get enough vitamin D for optimal health.
Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient that we need to ingest daily from our diet as it cannot be produced by the body. The reason why your adrenal glands love vitamin C so much is because the highest concentration of Vitamin C in the body is stored in the adrenal glands. Vitamin C is utilized by the adrenal glands in the production of all of the adrenal hormones, specifically cortisol (the stress hormone, which in high levels shifts your nervous system into the ‘flight or flight’ mode).
Near the end of 2016 I didn’t quite feel 100%. Being a nutritionist I am very conscious of what I put into my body, and also lifestyle factors that can impact on my health and vitality. I was eating a very wholesome balanced diet rich in wholefoods (lots of fresh vegetables, protein, healthy fats and wholegrain carbohydrates), I was exercising 5-6 times each week, meditating most day, but something still wasn’t quite right.
One thing I talk to many of my clients about is the importance of a good nights sleep. To me getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep each night is the foundation to good health! Did you know sleep not only decreases your productivity and performance the following day but it also disrupts your metabolism (increasing your appetite hormone), disrupting your weight, your concentration, your mental health, your sex drive, your ability to cope with stress, lowers your immune system, causes nervous system dysfunction and can wreak havoc on your hormones.
Those who have been following me for a while will know I'm big on gut health! To me great health stems from a healthy gut! Not only have I healed myself from digestive issues such as IBS over 6 years ago I've also seen and helped many clients heal their digestive complaints. A healthy gut important for the proper absorption of nutrients, ease of digestion, good bowel function, elimination of toxins, resistance to germs and avoidance of food reactions.
My passion and what I strive for every day, is to help people like you become healthy, vibrant, energized, leaner and stronger so you can achieve your full potential.
For the first 20 years of my life I suffered with asthma, eczema, allergies, food intolerances and in early 20’s was diagnosed with ISB. I was constantly run down, sick, having to take regular days off work, had low energy levels, I was constipated, was a addicted to sugar, saying I was a chocoholic is an understatement and I had food cravings pretty much 24/7 having no self-control around food. I saw food as control and exercise as punishment. I felt broken emotionally and physically.
I've been there, I know what it feels like. My sugar cravings used to be out of control! I was a chocoholic and could easily polish off half a block of chocolate if not more in one sitting, no sweat. When I went on my health journey and changed my diet and lifestyle (before studying nutrition) I put steps in place to quit the terribly addictive and health destroying stuff. You can too! Trust me, you just have to be committed and dedicated to reaching your goals.
Being a nutritionist and passionate foodie I make sure I fuel my body with healthy, delicious food every day. Not only does it make me feel good, but I use food as medicine, it provides me with energy to get through long busy days. My day on a plate often changes depending on the season, how I'm feeling or how busy I am, but what I'm going to share with you is a little glimpse into my life of my most common choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, if you don't already follow me on Instagram.
3 weeks until I get married! I can't believe how fast time is flying! With such a big and exciting occasion on the horizon, I am making an extra effort with my diet and lifestyle to make sure I'm ready for the big day, as every girl wants to look and feel her best! It's important for me to be a healthy bride, which is why diet and my mindset play a huge role in preparation for the day.
New year new you right? Jump aboard the healthy band wagon if you haven't already with these 5 simple habits for a healthier (and may I say happier) you! It’s so easy for life and the ‘busy’ trap to get in the way of happiness and health. There is so much going on all the time that some people often push their health to the side line. Well it's a new year and it's time to look after #1 (YOURSELF!).
I’m a sucker when it comes to superfood powders. I am all about food first in relation to getting all your nutritional needs from real whole foods, but I’ve gotta say I do love to boost my smoothies and home made sweet treats with extra goodness. I have a few staples which I use on regular basis so thought I’d share them with you.
This is your guide to living well so you can feel amazing this December. I know this time of year can feel hectic. Juggling work, social events, holidays and trying to keep your health in check. Doing too much can get you run down (I know I'm sure feeling the pressure). Routines often go flying out the door, energy levels drop, digestion may be thrown all over the shown. There are some things you can do to look after yourself.
Last week I went on a little adventure in the South Island, exploring Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown before heading to a friend’s wedding in Martinborough. Being a nutritionist I’m always health conscious, so when I travel I take specific supplements and/or powders with me to ensure I keep my health in check.
Are you anxious, constipated, crampy, or having trouble sleeping? Yes these are common symptoms (ones I see often in clinic), but they all have something in common, it could be your body giving you a signal that it’s low in magnesium.
Feeling bloated, irritable, and uncomfortable or having trouble moving your bowels? Don’t worry you’re not alone! This is something I’ve gone through personally, having battled my own share of digestive issues since I was young, I’m driven to help others on their journey to better digestive health. In clinic I see many clients with digestive issues, I work them closely to help them improve their bowel habits, as it’s vital for health reasons that you clear your bowels at least once daily
wanted to write a post about balance, and how important it is today for our mind and body. Being a nutritionist people often assume I eat healthy 100%, exercise all the time and go to bed by 10pm each night. I can assure you this is not true! I am human, just like the rest of you and I do indulge in things which are not 100% healthy every single week.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a healthy gut! It truly has such a big impact on our overall health. If you suffer from low energy, food cravings, skin problems, hormonal imbalance, digestive discomfort, I highly recommend you consider the health of your gut!
Want to know how to eat healthy without feeling deprived? As a nutritionist I am here to give my clients the tools to enhance their daily health choices without making them feel deprived or overwhelmed on their health journey.
Many people are worried that they’ll never be able to go to a café or restaurant again if they’re going to lead a healthy life. Trust me, you can! This is something I get asked all the time. There is no need to give up your social life because you fear you can’t eat healthy meals when you’re out.
How do you feel right after you open your eyes in the morning? Are you excited to start your day, or do you feel exhausted so you decide to roll over and go back to sleep? The choices you make in the morning can really set you up for the day and have a huge impact on your mood and stress levels. I often get asked about morning routines, so I thought I would share with you my morning routine. I’ve been doing this for years and find it really sets me up for the day!
Who doesn’t want softer, smoother, hydrated and dewy skin! Our skin is the largest organ in our body, there are many ways to nourish it but the most important place to start is from the inside with proper nutrition. I always say, if you want to be sparkling on the outside you have to start sparkling on the inside.
As a clinical nutritionist one thing I deal with a lot in clinic is helping clients lose weight, as well as helping them improve their energy levels, their digestive system and self-esteem so they can feel their most vibrant, happiest self. Weight loss isn’t easy. It takes commitment and dedication.
As a holistic nutritionist one thing I come across a lot in clinic, from people of all ages is – their desire for more energy. There are many diet and lifestyle factors which can impact energy levels, so I thought I would share with you 5 ways you can boost your energy today.