Why did you choose HPN?
I chose HPN as it is evidence based nutrition knowledge with content put together by the most knowledgable experts in nutrition in New Zealand. I wanted a course that taught me about eating real whole foods to fuel the body for optimal performance not just in sports but in life.
What did you get out of the HPN course/ why would you recommend it others?
HPN course taught me a lot about the fundamentals of sports performance nutrition, as well as nutrition for everyday life. It taught me about using natural, whole and unprocessed food sources for optimal performance. I would recommend HPN course as I feel it is essential for everyone to have a understanding about what they are putting into their bodies and to be taught the correct food choices and supplementations to live a healthy happy life.
What was your background experience in nutrition?
Diploma in Clinical Nutrition from Wellpark College, Personal Training.
What are you up to now as a graduate of HPN?
Working at my own clinic/training studio seeing clients for clinical nutrition and personal training.
What's does your ideal day off entail?
A sleep in, followed by a nice walk up a mountain in the sunshine or a day on the beach followed by a gym session.
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
I love eating natural whole foods, eliminating everything processed. My biggest weakness is definitely fast food burgers.
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
Weight training sessions 7-10 times weekly, followed by cardio 5-7times weekly outdoors or inside.
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
You can’t out train a bad diet. Too many people spend hours in the gym day in, day out, and don’t see results because their nutrition is not correct. It isn’t until you sort out your eating that you will start seeing good results.
Post by Emily White
We are constantly told that some form of exercise is crucial for the prevention of a wide range of disease and will benefit cardiovascular health considerably. But how much is too much? Many studies are now in fact suggesting that long term; excessive endurance physical activity could in fact be doing more harm than good.
By Cliff Harvey
As we near the end of the summer break in NZ and Australia and the Christmas and holiday season around the world, inevitably ‘detox’ diets and ‘cleanses’ jostle for space in our news feed. It’s tough to not be sucked into these ads and testimonials, especially if you’ve over-indulged in food and booze, and burnt the candle at both ends over the festive season. Let’s face it, you’re going to feel less than optimal if you’ve been eating too much, eating processed and refined foods, and drinking too much alcohol…but are detoxes and cleanses really the answer?
It’s fair to say that there is little evidence that detox diets and cleanses offer any clear benefit. There are few studies on the many ‘detox’ diets and ‘cleanses’ on the market and most of the claims are not backed by any amount of credible evidence or even plausible science.
By Sarah Mortimer (HPN graduate)
Magnesium is one of the most talked about minerals and justifiably so; it is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body (1) including energy production pathways hence its potential relationship to sports performance. These energy pathways mentioned involve the uptake of oxygen into the muscle, the ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) pathway as well as the electrolyte balance4 another important aspect affecting sports performance.
Post by By Cliff Harvey ND
Natural, bio-identical, synthetic - In the field of supplementation what do all these terms really mean? Do you really know if you are getting the most out of your supplementation regime?
Many people make the assumption that ‘natural’ supplements must be superior, or must be more easily absorbed, digested or metabolised. This is not necessarily true, and in this case it is fair to say that the devil is in the details.
By Matt Foreman
Creatine is one of the most researched supplements in the world and by far the most popular for muscle building. However the majority of people underestimate the powerful effects of creatine and its hidden benefits that can be utilised by everyone, regardless of whether you are a bodybuilder, athlete or everyday person.
Research and popular science articles by the members and faculty of the Holistic Performance Institute.