Why did you choose HPN?
I am a Registered Personal Trainer and a requirement for this is I have to complete ongoing study (which is a great thing I believe, can never stop learning!). I picked HPN course as one of my study options for the year. It gave me REPS points and good nutrition is a passion of mine, so was keen to learn more.
What did you get out of the HPN course/ why would you recommend it others?
What didn't I get out of it! :) The knowledge that Cliff and the rest of the team at HPN have is mind blowing. I now have a greater knowledge of what type of nutrition plans suit each individual person. I learnt a lot about the high fat low carb way of eating and how you can modify this to suit all clients. I loved having the team to bounce ideas off and if supplementation was needed for clients the team are great for giving help to choose the best. Mostly I think I learnt the importance of holistic nutrition to aid in performance not just in sports but everyday life!
What was your background experience in nutrition?
When doing my training to become a personal trainer and group exercise instructor I studied papers in nutrition. I also have read numerous books to increase my knowledge.
What are you up to now as a graduate of HPN?
The same as I was before however equiped with more knowledge, that I use with my clients and for my personal well being. So I think same but better than before! ☺
What's does your ideal day off entail?
An early morning run with my running buddy, followed by a coffee with my husband on our deck looking over the beautiful vineyards in Marlborough and then planning family activities for the day with our four children. Oh and of course finishing the day with a good book and a glass of wine...now that would be perfect!
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
I love my breakfast! Protein pancakes with full fat greek yoghurt and a handful of blueberries. My biggest food weakness would be toast with pics peanut butter and banana. Not that this is necessarily bad....I just listen to my body and pancakes fuel me better than bread.
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
Everything! I'm an exercise addict. Spin classes, metafit classes, running, weight sessions, walks, yoga. Whatever I can fit in I will!
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
"Food is the most abused anxiety drug and exercise is the most underutilised antidepressant"
If it’s man-made eat less of it...If you could see it when walking through a garden or a forest, then eat more!
Post by Emily White
An old Irish proverb once said, "a good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book” and this could not be truer. Sleep is key for optimal health, just as diet and exercise are. A lack of quality sleep can contribute to many health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and depression (1). The problem with people today is that not only are we a lot 'busier' meaning we make less time for sleep, the sleep that we are managing to have is of a much lower quality then in the past. In the past, the sun was the main source of light and so as darkness came, so did sleep. Nowadays, nighttime does not necessarily mean darkness. Technology has enabled us to remain illuminated after dark but at what cost to our circadian rhythm?
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Up until recently nutrition recommendations have been fairly standard, based on the premise that everyone has the same nutritional requirements, with the small exception of gender and age group. However, recent research is uncovering that, because we are genetically unique, we may all have different nutritional requirements. Nutrigenomics looks at how individual genetic variation can have an effect on the body’s response to certain foods (1).
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