Growing up playing sport, I was taken reluctantly to a nutritionist to find out what I should be eating. I was advised to get as much food into me as possible! This to give enough energy for my training and my growing body.
Giving me enough energy meant packs of muffins on the way to training, sometimes even fast food, just to increase the amount I was eating. Looking back I was never told why I should eat what I was, or how it would affect my training. I just ate whatever thinking I must be doing the right thing… as that’s what the nutritionist said.
I graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science in Sport Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. I am currently studying towards the International Olympic Committee Diploma of Sports Nutrition. Through my studies and post graduate work I have gained experience in helping amateur to elite athletes. Including producing and developing nutritional plans and recipes.
Going to university and choosing to study Sport Nutrition was purely due to my love of food and sport at the time. But it wasn’t until I started learning about the “how” and “why” that it really clicked and became my passion.
Many people eat what they get told, or what is the latest trend. They actually don’t know why they eat what they do, or how it can help them. Many people actually decrease their performance by following trends and not actually getting advice from qualified professionals.
My passion with nutrition is not only giving advice, but also educating you on why you should eat it too. Knowledge with nutrition is powerful. People need to know why to eat something in order to gain the full benefits of their diet.
Food can be a major factor in the success of any athlete, at any age, at any level. Well-chosen foods will help athletes train harder, reduce injury and improve performance. If you don’t eat right all your hard work with training will not pay off.
When I’m not reading up about the latest sport nutrition research, you can find me running around Christchurch, developing new and exciting recipes, and hanging out with friends and family and my new puppy!