NZRGON, Dip design, PG Dip Design for disability, PGDip Sci (Nutrition)
I’ve been fascinated by nutrition and the difference it can make to people’s health since the day I changed from eating a standard healthy diet to the Zone diet in 1996, adding Paleo food choices in 2009. Not only did it change my health, it changed my career direction. I had been working in health related areas for many years, (first as a registered nurse and then as a designer of equipment for people with disabilities, I have a Diploma in Design, and post grad Diploma in Design for disability) and was looking for a change in direction. My interest in nutrition was sparked, and became a Certified Zone diet instructor. I have since studied nutrition at Massey University, and completed a post graduate diploma, with research.
In 2009 I started working with CrossFit clients at CrossFit Auckland where I was introduced to Paleo eating. After reading “The Paleo Diet” and numerous articles on Loren Cordain’s website I needed no more convincing. I had to try out this way of eating. This was indeed the missing link for me. The Zone diet reduced most of my health issues; PMS, menstrual pain, reactive hypoglycemia and occasionally swelling knees (related to auto-immune inflammation), I also lost weight and gained more energy. However, these issues were not completely resolved and would come and go. Eating Paleo food choices was the missing link , all health problems went and they stayed away!
I love the Zone diet because it gave me the first taste of the dramatic difference diet could make. By getting macronutrient ratios and portion correct for me, improving the quality of my food, and balancing omega 3: 6, I had a diet template that I could eat and know I wouldn’t gain weight, I felt energized and had stable blood sugar.
I love Paleo food choices because they dealt so completely to my niggling health issues, and the science – a diet viewed through the lens of evolutionary biology -not only makes sense, it works, and not just for me, for everyone else I know who has shifted to Paleo food choices. My story can be found here ‘My Nutrition Journey: From the average New Zealand diet, to vegetarian, food pyramid, Zone and Paleo’.
And here is me as Cover Girl in a Sunday Star Times article on Diets
This blog reflects my learning and what works for myself and the clients I work with. I love helping people and passing information on.
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