I'd been wanting to do some additional formal nutrition for a while, but just hadn't found the right course. After a few conversations with Cliff Harvey, I realised that HPN course was exactly what I was looking for.
What did you get out of the HPN course/ why would you recommend it others?
I think that the HPN course is awesome regardless of whether you already have qualifications in nutrition or you're completely new and are just getting started. For me, I found that the HPN course further solidified my beliefs about nutrition and also gave me even more certainty in explaining carbohydrate appropriate nutrition, based on the individual. l I've already recommended the HPN to quite a few people, some of whom have gone on to complete the HPN course also.
What was your background experience in nutrition?
I originally studied nutrition at Otago University and have a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. As I've gone through my own health journey and work journey, my views on nutrition have evolved and I've gone from pretty fat phobic to not being able to get enough of it! It was really during my studies to become a Chiropractor that I really developed an appreciation for how amazing the human body is and how it's designed to function and as a result, I really started to focus on what nutrients the body needs to thrive and where we find that in food.
What are you up to now as a graduate of HPN?
I'm currently working in Bundaberg, Australia. I spend most of my time as a Chiropractor, with a particular focus on seeing families. I also do a little 1:1 work with clients from a nutrition perspective as well as running various workshops, both online and offline, for work places, clients and parents.
I have a particular passion for working with Mums and families and think it's of vital importance that we empower Mums (and Dads) to start fuelling their kids with real food from Day One (in fact before Day One) so that kids can have the very best start to life.
What's does your ideal day off entail?
Wake up early. Journal and mediate. Have a walk on the beach or workout. Breakfast out with the family. Do something work related. Spend some family time together. Ending it with a date night with the husband (minus the child)
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
I go through phases of favourite foods! 80-90% of the time myself and my family nourish ourselves with nutrient dense, real food - Pork Belly cooked slowly in bone broth with loads of crackling, roasted brussel sprouts and a pile of other vegetables is probably my favourite go to meal if I want to 'wow' friends over dinner!
My biggest food weakness is a drink weakness (although I'm not sure I'd call it a weakness) - I'm very partial to a beautiful glass of red wine.
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
At the moment it's a mixture of walking, a couple of PT sessions each week and usually a yoga / pilates session or two.
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
How you eat is just as important as what you eat! I think most of us eat food in a stressed out state, which affects our ability to digest, assimilate and absorb the nutrients from the food we are eating, not to mention it's less satisfying!
Stay awake at your plate (aka: eat without distractions). Focus on real food first. Get the basics right - fat, protein and micronutrients at each meal and don't sweat the small stuff.