18 Aug

LIFESTYLE: A FOOD PHILOSOPHY & HAPPY LIVING

SISJ LIFESTYLE – INTRODUCING THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE SISJ TEAM! >

What better way to start a fresh week than to meet the newest member of the SISJ TEAM, Carla Johnson! Today I will be sharing a little bit about Carla, as well as her first blog post. Please feel free to comment with any questions or topic requests for Carla – I have a feeling she is going to be very popular!

Carla is a young and enthusiastic dietitian and nutritionist whose passion is helping people to eat well, not always less. She started her own practice in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne 6 years ago, assisting with all sorts of dietary requirements from weight loss, diabetes, gut intolerances and eating disorders. Carla also has several years of experience in the community and corporate sectors of nutrition.

With the aim of empowerment, her down-to-earth approach helps individuals to understand and adopt healthy eating behaviours through setting achievable and realistic goals. A good coffee, foraging in the veggie patch and a good cookbook are her therapeutic strategies to keeping the balance!

CJ’S MISSION STATEMENT: “To educate and inspire people to live a better, balanced life through the nurturing of food. We want to give back to people the sense of empowerment to change and make a difference to themselves and those living around them. Eat well… not always less”.

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MY FOOD PHILOSOPHY & A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME >

Nutrition (noun) | The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Has anyone noticed how this little ‘noun’ has dominated many conversations within circles of friends, websites, magazines and even four channels of info-commercials on television over the past few months? The other day the lunchroom chat at my work ended up with a colleague informing us of how their husband’s friend-of-a-friend had lost ‘x’ amount of weight on the latest bizarre diet involving kiwi fruits. I was even sitting in a café last week, waiting for a friend when I overheard a table of ladies discussing the foods they were avoiding that week… No wonder everyone’s confused about nutrition and what they should eat!

I stumbled into studying nutrition and dietetics at university purely because I didn’t have the marks to make it into physiotherapy. I remember thinking at 18, “what else do I enjoy doing in life?” and the next best thing (apart from sport) was cooking, alongside eating. However I knew I’d never survive working in a kitchen so I married my love of food with health and arrived at nutrition. Now, with four years of tertiary education and nearly six years of work experience under my belt, I find it really fascinating to see how our world has become food obsessed – think from gourmet celebrity chefs on bikes, weird and wonderful weight loss tips and the obesity crisis.

So where does my food philosophy stand?

I believe food is the central spoke in the wheel of life; it is essential for our survival but also holds strong ties to the social, emotional and physical aspects of human wellbeing. Food should be something that just occurs in our lives without much thought, but at the same time is held in high respect for its nurturing and pleasurable properties. Balance really is the key to living well and I believe it is true that “too much of anything is not good.” But balance is never a steady thing. There will be times when we tip too far one way; eat the whole 2L tub of ice cream or drink too much so really, it is the act of re-balancing is what I think healthy eating is all about.

I am absolutely thrilled to join the SISJ team and I hope I can give back some of my nutrition knowledge to help you all lead a healthier and RE-balanced life.

After all, we are only human….

sarah jane young, sheissarahjane, dietician, nutritionist, lifestyle blogger

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