I am a Sydney-based personal trainer currently studying a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at university. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in optimal nutrition not just for fitness, but for general wellness and longevity. Some would say I’m a nutrition nerd.
And I like to pose with lamps....
So why did I start this blog? Because, when it comes to nutrition and knowing what is best, it is an absolute minefield out there! Not only are we required to decipher a nutrition label and understand what “E102” stands for on an ingredients label (in case you were wondering, it’s a synthetic dye found in confectionary, soft drinks and canned fruit, derived from coal tar….mmm yummy), but when we do decide to get some “professional” help, they will no doubt tell us to increase our servings of “healthy whole-grains” and “limit your fat intake”. Unfortunately, as I have recently discovered, this advice is not only misleading, but is in fact detrimental to health and wellbeing.
Since around mid-2010, I have been following a paleo/primal lifestyle where I focus on eating fresh, organic, whole foods based on traditional wisdom. Not only do I feel and look better than I ever have before, my fitness performance has improved, my eczema (which I have suffered from since infancy) has completely cleared up and my grades at university are consistently high (so apparently we don’t need bread for that constant supply of glucose to the brain…?).
Seeing such impressive results in not only my own health, but also my husband’s, has prompted me to encourage my family, friends and clients to make changes to their own diet to reap the benefits and fix those problems that “nothing can fix”. And this is where this blog comes in….to provide a resource for people to use in order to implement realistic changes in their lifestyle and to understand why they should make these changes, because that is where the real power lies.
I would like this blog to be an open forum – if you have questions, please feel free to comment on any posts and I will do my best to respond with information that is easy to understand and, most importantly, based on valid scientific research.