Why did you choose HPN?
I was looking for a course I could do via distance learning and something progressive and with up to date content. As I already had a qualification in nutrition I wanted to extend my knowledge but also learn some more practical applications to the theory. HPN offered all of this.
What did you get out of the HPN course/ why would you recommend it others?
I enjoyed the online lectures and being able to do this in your own time. I gained a lot of knowledge, a lot of the theory was reinforcing the practices I already had in place myself but it gave me more confidence to go and advise others. I would recommend it to anyone who has studied nutrition but since queried a lot of the theories learnt at University. I’d also recommended it to anyone wanting to learn more about nutrition and interested in up to date research and being involved in a really innovative and forward thinking community.
What was your background experience in nutrition?
I have a Bachelor of Science from Massey University majoring in Human Nutrition and Sport Science. Have worked as a Nutritionist in the past.
What are you up to now as a graduate of HPN?
I am looking at ways in which I can get myself back into the Nutrition and Wellness space, planning on doing some nutrition consulting in the near future. I am currently working full time in an unrelated field but one I am still passionate about as Surf Education Manager for Surf Lifesaving Northern Region.
What's does your ideal day off entail?
It starts with a swim and then a big cooked breakfast maybe eggs, mushrooms, greens and salmon plus a coffee. It would then involve something active outdoors like a bush walk and picnic or a day at the beach, then finish with yoga and a lovely dinner somewhere.
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
I try to nourish by body everyday with fresh, homemade meals brimming with colour from different vegetables. My weakness is probably cheese or peanut butter, or the two together!
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
I swim in the morning about 4 x a week in the summer, and also go for a jog 2-3 times a week, yoga is also a big part of my life and I try to get to class twice a week but also do my own practice at home.
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
Eat real food! Hard to go wrong with this advice; real, natural, whole and unprocessed.
Find out more about Sarah Mortimer at www.gratitudethroughfood.co.nz
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