So who am I? I am 21 years old living in Melbourne, Australia and have a real passion for nutrition and health! Since kindergarten I have had to pay close attention to food after learning I have a life-threatening allergy to nuts. In year 11 and 12 I suffered awful pain and discomfort frequently after meals. I underwent several tests before discovering I had fructose malabsorption. I am pretty much a bubble child. Despite the difficulty of learning how to cope with these new food problems, I have become a pro at managing it all.
I have recently completed a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at Deakin University and have been accepted into Deakin University’s Master of Dietetics program for 2017 *screams*.
This has been a dream of mine for many years, so when I got the email saying my hard work had paid off, I was over the moon and cried for a good half an hour!!!
Aside from studying hard at uni and working part-time in retail, I have also done a variety of different volunteer work and more recently, a student placement.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
In 2015, I began volunteering at the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Kalinda Primary School in Ringwood until the end of 2016. The program involves the children growing and harvesting fresh produce and incorporating this into healthy meals which they share as a class. First hand I got to see the children’s eating habits change. Their willingness to try new and ‘strange’ foods developed throughout the program and was truly a rewarding experience.
If you are interested in volunteering or introducing the SAKG program in your community, click on the link below:
Involvement Volunteers International (IVI) Diabetes and Nutrition Education Program
In late 2015, I traveled to Fiji and volunteered as a Diabetes and Nutrition educator. I worked in local communities, providing free health screenings and basic nnutrition counseling, working with many people who had limited English skills. We developed and provided a number of pamphlets which included nutrition and health tips and healthy recipes which included local, seasonal ingredients. I worked with a local school, conducting Zumba classes and assessed the food served in the school canteens. I also shadowed a dietitian in a local hospital and wrote an article on childhood nutrition for the Nadi Newspaper.
Nutrition Guest Speaker
I volunteered at a local school, educating their grade 2 students on basic nutrition, including the food groups, their roles and serving sizes in very simple terms. I conducted a number of activities to help the children solidify the information and answered any questions they had.
Student Placement at the Department of Veteran Affairs- Health Promotion Sector
In 2016 I had the pleasure of completing a student placement at the DVA as a part of their health promotion sector. I developed two masterclasses based on children’s eating habits with the help of DVA’s health promotion employees and dietitian- consultants. The classes covered topics including what constitutes a healthy diet, fussy eating and involving children in the food preparation process. The masterclasses also teach participants how to prepare child-friendly meals and snacks which they get to prepare and eat with the other participants.
I love food. I don’t think you can be in this industry if you don’t. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and experimenting with recipes. Yes, I am a student dietitian and no, I don’t just eat kale chips and veggie sticks (although I do love them). I enjoy a glass of wine over a decadent cheese board on special occasions with friends. Balance. This is one of my
favourite words. It’s okay to enjoy ‘celebration’ food in moderation. Food is our friend, not our enemy 🙂
I also really enjoy running, reading a good book and of course, brunching with friends (typical Melbourne gal).
This blog will feature a number of pieces ranging from how to maintain a healthy balanced diet, simple recipes, food prep tips and tricks and more focused articles, such as how to manage food intolerances, sport and nutrition and other interesting nutrition information.
This is me. Welcome to my blog 🙂