Why did you choose HPN?
I have total respect for Cliff’s work in the industry, so it was a great opportunity to learn from him. I wanted to increase my knowledge in the sports/performance area of nutrition, and felt that HPN was the perfect course to do so.
What did you get out of the HPN course/ why would you recommend it others?
I developed a more in-depth knowledge of performance nutrition, and how to calculate macronutrient needs, but best of all, joining a peer-support group to share ideas and knowledge. These peers come from a range of backgrounds from clinical nutrition, working with supplements, and personal training. I would recommend the course to others because of the solid course content, the ability to do it part-time and incorporating what you’re learning into your own lifestyle.
What was your background experience in nutrition?
I’d graduated from the Diploma in Nutrition from Wellpark College just a few years prior to starting HPN, and was working part-time in my own clinical nutrition business.
What are you up to now as a graduate of HPN?
I’m still running my clinical nutrition business, but have since specialised into sports nutrition for active kids. My two sons are very sporty, with my eldest son playing representative-level basketball, doing 4-6 sessions of trainings/games a week. I think it’s so important for kids to be getting the right nutrition anyway but when they are doing so much physical training, it’s critical to be getting the right nutrition and lifestyle support (particularly sleep and recovery). This will help them to stay alert throughout the school day, with enough energy to get them through early morning or late in the day trainings.
What's does your ideal day off entail?
Waking up to laughs from my boys, deciding what goodness to throw into my morning smoothie, doing something active with the family – usually shooting a few hoops and showing the boys how it’s done. Chilling at the beach with a good book, and finishing the day with a picnic at the beach or a BBQ at home with friends.
What is your favorite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
Nutritionally, I nourish my body by eating what feels right for me. I don’t know if this is an occupational hazard, or something that just comes intuitively to me now. Physically, getting out and being active – I love that feeling of strength and the rush of endorphins. Mindful breathing and relaxation feel good too, and I love a good night’s sleep. My biggest food weakness is chocolate. And coconut – I love coconut!
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
Playing touch in the summer (a great way to socialise while exercising!), and Pump and HIIT classes at the gym.
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
Eat natural, whole and unprocessed – simple as that!