My definition of a “Healthy Life” has transformed immensely. Once upon a time it meant training hard, pushing my body to its limits, “willpower”, eating “clean” and having minimal body fat with defined abs.
This way of life was encouraged, saw me achieve high levels in sport but unfortunately this pathway eventually became more and more unfulfilling, lonely and my health and happiness deteriorated.
I thought I was following all the right signs for health and fitness, I had the “abs” and was eating “healthy”. As a Type A, perfectionist personality I always did my best but there was always one sign that deep down told me things were not quite right. I was not getting my period.
Something so simple,
yet so significant.
The journey to recover my period, otherwise known as Hypothalamic Amenorrhea was
the most challenging yet rewarding journey of my life to date.
It took me on a path of letting go of my “ego” or “identity”, rediscovering my true self, un learning so much of what I had over years of study and being influenced by diet culture and weight stigma, relearning and studying again and really understanding and respecting the human body and redfining my purpose in life
I’ve recognised lines can become blurred for “health” when it comes to athletes and recognising the importance of supporting the body while it is under this stress. Exercise, sport and competition can provide immense joy, satisfaction and promote good health but nutrition as the bodies fuel and tools needs to be well respected for its huge impact on performance and supporting your health.
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that promotes an unrealistic “thin ideal”, associates “fat” as being lazy and unhealthy (which is completely untrue), makes us feel we are “not worthy” and we need to change. This is how a lot of money is made. Dieting is often seen as the answer but it is often nothing more than a trap and viscous cycle that’s is hard to get out of.
Restrictive diets may get weight loss “results” in the “short term” but they don’t work in the long term, in fact they are an indicator of weight regain and poorer health. Further, it is the number one risk factor for developing an eating disorder, a serious psychiatric illness with the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness.
Diets disconnect us from our bodies, tell us that we cannot trust our body and it is packaged as “self-care” when really it is quite the opposite.
Healthy behaviors are more of a guarantee to achieving optimal health and happiness and also sustaining it.
After working in the industry for over 10 years I have seen enough people unhappy with their bodies and struggling with their relationship with food and exercise. They are continuously looking for the next diet or quick fix. They present with food preoccupation, fear and anxiety and often binge eating followed by guilt, shame and feelings of loss of control. Exercise has gone from a place to feel good to a “need” out of fear, to compensate or make up for. This is NOT how we have to live this life and I am here to show you another way, to reconnect, trust and honour your body!
- Bachelor Degree in Food Science and Nutrition
- Masters Degree in Dietetics
- Personal Trainer (Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness)
- Sports Dietitian (Sports Dietitians Australia)
- Level 1, ISAK Qualified Anthropometrist
- Effective Movement Trainer
- Les Mills: Rpm and Body Attack teacher training
- Rehab Trainer
- Strength and Conditioning Coach, level 1 (ASCA)
- Recreational Running Coach (Athletics Australia)
- Motivational Interviewing Certification
- The Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians (Health Not Diets)
- Yoga teacher (Power Living) (Vinyasa & Yin)
- Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher – mentored by Anne Maree Rowley – Cool Calm and Collected
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Trauma
- Certified Intuitive Eating Councillor
- Eating Disorders Clinician Training - The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED)
- Eating Disorders in Sport