Welcome!! This is just a little bit about myself, what I do and my health and fitness philosophy.
Most importantly I am a mum and wife. My family are my reason for my business and I push myself hard every day so that 1) I make them proud 2) I am a good role model for them and 3) so that I can provide for them. When you support me, you support them so a big THANK YOU from all of us! ❤️
I am an accredited exercise physiologist (EP) and exercise scientist; I spent 5 years at university completing dual degrees in clinical exercise physiology and education. I am one month away from completing my post grad nutrition studies (woohoo) and once upon a time, I was a personal trainer (PT). However, the role of a PT versus an EP is very different. As an exercise physiologist, I specialise in women’s health and chronic disease management – namely cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. I work alongside doctors and other allied health professionals to assist people in managing and potentially reversing their conditions. PTs generally work with healthy populations or they may work with people with chronic conditions if these conditions are managed under an allied health practitioner.
I have been in the industry for almost two decades and lecturing/teaching for over 10 years. I believe that education is the key to long-term behaviour modification which is why I spend so much of my time educating and teaching on important health issues. I love reading and learning but am inherently lazy, which means I am always finding more efficient and effective ways of achieving health and fitness goals (i.e. how can I achieve my goals in the fastest and easiest way 😉) On a serious note, I work very hard making sure what I’m doing is backed by science and my recommendations are up to date. You will see my opinion change from time to time and this is a good thing! It means I’m not stuck in dogma and refusing to change despite what new research is showing us.
My food philosophy is centred around low carb healthy fat (LCHF) but I am a huge believer that LCHF can be successfully done in a number of ways and that you can be healthy following a number of diets. Personally, I adhere to more of a cyclic ketogenic diet and follow a flexible dieting pattern. I eat LCHF about 80% of the time and whatever I feel like 20% of the time (because life is just too damn short to say no to fresh cinnamon donuts 🍩all the time). Not everyone agrees with me on this topic and that is a-ok! We can still be friends The reason I follow a flexible diet is I am in this for the long run and I won’t be able to stick with it if donuts are off the list forever. I see no point in following something for 8 weeks, 3 months or a few years; if all you end up doing is giving up and going back to your old behaviours. Good health never required perfection and dietary perfection DOES NOT EXIST. So trying to achieve a mythical perfect diet will absolutely do more harm than good.
I have developed two online nutrition and fitness programs – both LCHF and even though the programs are general, we educate all our clients in such a way that they take the reigns and have full control over their health plan. We provide an excellent 8 week education series that completely explains, why we do what we do, so that our members can manipulate the program to suit them. Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, he feeds himself for a lifetime.
My fitness philosophy is all about finding out what type of exercise you enjoy and are therefore likely to stick to. I believe that getting fit should be everyone’s number one goal as the research indicates that the number one risk factor for any cause of death is a low cardiorespiratory fitness. For this reason, I prefer to see people do the 4 x 4 HIIT protocol (https://youtu.be/Ftcq27La0OU) which has been shown, in research, to improve fitness and reduce mortality risk within weeks. I also believe in lifting heavy stuff a few times a week and get so frustrated watching women being given light programs that will do very little for changing their body shape. In addition to some HIIT and some heavy stuff, I also think it’s a good idea to do some low intensity, fun stuff too. Finally, I’m an advocate for less is more! I’d prefer to see better quality, less frequent workout than the dirty smash and grab that is often going on gyms these days. Nail your technique, target the right muscles and you will reap the benefits. And don’t forget – the research is clear on the importance of rest. Our exercise benefits and adaptions are achieved in our recovery period so if you’re training through pain or not allowing a full recovery period, you are hindering and slowing your results! If your trainer is pushing you through DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness i.e. the pain the day after), or beating you up every session or encouraging you to train all the time; get a new trainer. You don’t have to kill yourself in every session for the best results and that kind of training leads to injuries and non-adherence to exercise. Oh and it actually affects your results. You ruin your hard work by not recovering properly.
Over the last 2 decades, I have seen just about every diet, fad and gimmick there is. I can promise you this; none of them work!! What does work is something I like to call the “magic 12 months”. If you can stick with your diet, stick with your exercise and keep the weight off for 12 months, then it’s likely these changes are long term. So really there’s nothing magical at all – it all just boils down to ADHERENCE. So I really really hate anything that promises a quick fix because nothing is a worth having is quick or easy and any product that makes a weight loss promise with zero research or anyone who preys on the fears and insecurities of vulnerable people by taking their money with useless products, are pretty ordinary in my opinion 👎. We all know that the weight loss industry makes it money by having repeat customers, so don’t part with your hard earned cash when you know it’s too good to be true!! If it really worked, everyone would be thin! 🤔
Along the way I’ve become pretty vocal in my support on more education around the topic of obesity. I have seen so many people left helpless by the horribly inadequate public message of eat less and move more where the blame is placed squarely on the shoulders of those who can’t lose weight by this method (which is just about everyone). Obesity is a very complex condition with significant risk for its development associated is genetics so that blame is unfairly placed. I’ve lost count of the hours I have spent trying to share just how difficult long term weight loss can be. So we need to change our focus! If the number one risk factor for any cause of death is a low cardiorespiratory fitness (and not obesity), medical professionals need to be encouraging fitness programs and measuring fitness rather than weight loss as a predictor of health. Improvements in health always occur when people get fit, yet you can lose weight in a number of very unhealthy ways.
I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the world as I love my job and my clients and get to do what I love each and every day. I do lots of live videos, webinars, blogs etc. and try to provide as much free information as I possibly can. If you like what you read, see or hear, please share the information. Doing this helps me continue to do what I do and keep lots of quality, free information coming your way (it also helps me put food on the table for my family). All the advice offered on this page is general in nature however, if you want individual advice, you will need to book an appointment with me.
We offer a number of excellent services including:
✔️online nutrition and fitness programs (The Eat Fat Get Fit Program and The Nutrition Bootcamp)
✔️online and face to face appointments (private health rebates may apply)
✔️workshops (corporate, schools, gyms, professional development and social)
✔️healthcare professional program (coming soon)
If you would like more information on any of our services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook!
So here’s to good food, great exercise, strong bodies and minds and the occasional donut 🍩👍