Health and Fitness Secrets of a Nutritionist
Posted on 06 October 2015
- Tell us a little bit about yourself how did you become an exercise physiologist and nutritionist?
As a former Australian Sports Acrobatics champion at the age of 14, I’ve lived and breathed a sporty lifestyle since a very young age. My love for sport and fitness naturally lead me to me to study exercise and nutrition science at university.
- What is your active life mantra?
“Medicate with movement”. In other words, find opportunities to move more.
- How do you balance food and exercise?
Ever since becoming a mother, I learnt very fast that with little ones in toe, even the best-laid plans can fail. Before kids I had a consistent fitness routine, with cardio, weights, and flexibility sessions spread throughout the week. But with disrupted sleep, play date schedules, and keeping the house in order, that all fell by the wayside! I had to learn quick smart that not only was ‘extra’ planning required, but a little creativity and prioritising allowed me to get into the groove of my fitness routine again.
As for food, it’s a good thing that young kids thrive on schedules and routine, so I work around their meal times and prepare my meals at the same time.
- What does a usual workout look like for you?
Mornings are prime time for me while everyone is still a sleep. I live by the beach so a brisk walk (roughly 45 mins) along the coast is what I love the most – it’s like a form of meditation for me! I also do pilates (reformers) 1- 2 times a week for flexibility, balance and strength training, and always find the 10-15 minutes to stretch at night before bed.
- Can you share a usual day on a plate?
Breakfast is usually sourdough toast with 2 poached eggs and avocado or ricotta and banana, or muesli with blueberries and natural yoghurt. I am pretty simple and admit to getting into a bit of a breakfast rut. I sometimes change things up and lash out on my blueberry pancakes made with almond meal or a side of bacon with my eggs.
Lunch – wrap with salad and grilled chicken, haloumi or fish, or quiona with legumes and roasted veg and seeds, or leftover dinner.
Snacks – always a piece of fruit, handful of mixed nuts, and natural yoghurt with more nuts like walnuts and drizzle honey.
Dinner – anything from curries, to stir-fries, to fish tacos to roast dinners like slow cook pork or beef with vegetables. I enjoy a sneaky spag bol with the kids.
- What is the best health and fitness advice you have ever received?
Do something you enjoy otherwise you won’t stick to it.
- And the worst?
Exercise will transform fat into muscle. The fact is, muscle and fat are completely different things. Exercise will burn body fat and build lean muscle, but there is no direct conversion between the two – one does not become the other. When you start exercising, your muscle mass will increase, which will significantly increase your metabolism, burn more calories and burn fat faster.
- What are your top 5 tips for feeling more renewed, recharged and refreshed?
- Get sufficient sleep
- Never eat till you’re full
- Water is the best thirst quencher
- Eat at regular times
- Find the time to move everyday!