I “met” Nadine via Twitter and we instantly connected through our love of Iku, food and healthy living. The fact that Nadine lives in Sydney AND only in the next suburb is crazy, I mean what are the chances of that! I’m excited to actually meet her in real life next weekend but until then here is a little more about Nadine from Nadine Lee Nutrition.
First things thing, you are studying Holistic Nutrition – What is a Holistic Nutritionist?
Holistic Nutrition is a modern and natural approach to nutrition. A holistic nutritionist will work with the individual by developing an eating program that takes into account the individual as a whole. Holistic Nutrition is considered to be part of holistic health.
Holistic health is an approach to treating a person’s well being by taking into consideration all aspects of life. A long term course of action includes emotional and spiritual health along with the physical body. Modern medicine focuses on treating a symptom rather than the root cause. If a person is experiencing a symptom or chronic condition, the problem has most likely been developing for some time. The goal of holistic nutrition is to facilitate a health recovery plan as well as build a strong foundation for long term optimum health.
Why did you decide to become Holistic Nutritionist?
I had suffered from anxiety disorders for as long as I can remember; and also experienced bouts of depression. I tried conventional medicine and saw psychologists for many years in an attempt to heal myself. However I knew deep down in my heart it was just not right, I knew in order to begin to heal I had to get educated and take control of my health by getting to the root cause. I simply fell into meditation and yoga at a time when I needed it the most; and was so surprised at the psychological benefits I was experiencing. This kind of sparked my ‘ongoing detox’ – I cleaned up my diet, began eating vegetarian foods and noticed so many changes to my body physically, mentally & spiritually; I quit my gym bashing and opted for regular yoga and meditation practices. It just all made sense finally! I have done a lot of emotional work getting to the root causes of previous stressors and anxieties. So, this is what sparked my interest in connecting the dots between optimal nutrition and overall well-being. The saying ‘you are what you eat’ really rings true now! I am so passionate about educating and informing others of these great benefits and thus began undertaking my Nutritional Medicine qualifications just over 18 months ago now.
How could a Holistic Nutritionist help you?
A holistic nutritionist will not just prescribe you a diet plan that has been rolled out to millions of people under the title of a ‘diet’. A holistic nutritionist will work with you at a personal level, looking at all aspects of your life, emotional, spiritual and mental and develop a nutrition and coaching program that really works for you. Holistic Nutritionists will counsel, educate and inspire clients to achieving their most optimal health levels.
Do you follow a specific diet?
I follow a vegan diet predominantly. However I am of the belief that if my body needs something it will tell me. Yoga has helped me become more self aware and body aware so I am very in tune with my body and its needs. If I woke up tomorrow and started craving a block of swiss cheese, I will go and eat it. However – this has not occurred in 18 months since I went vegan, so I just listen to what I need.
Why did you become vegan?
It was a combination of a lot of things turning vegan. It was around the time I got really into yoga, I felt it helped my practice immensely. Also I had some hormonal imbalances as a result from coming off the contraceptive pill, so I wanted to avoid all those additional hormones found in many meat products. As time went on, I developed more and more energy, my eyes were more sparkly and overall skin tone better. And also importantly the positive impact it has on the environment. I have been vegan for 18 months.
What is your favourite food?
My favourite food of late is a lot of raw vegan treats. It blows my mind every time I make some vegan treats at how delicious something can taste that has no artificial ingredients or added refined sugars, instead just all natural products from mother earth. I love raw cacao brownies they are devine.
What is one thing your wished people understood about food and health?
That being healthy doesn’t consist of eating boring salads – there are so many other options available. Also that nutrition plays a huge part in mental well-being. Oh also – that vegans don’t just eat tofu! hehe.
What are your career or business goals?
There are so many things I would love to do once I finish my studies. I am just letting life take me where I am meant to go. At the moment I am doing a lot of health writing, on my blog and for a couple of magazine publications. When I finish I would love to work over in Asia on a retreat as a Nutritionist for some time. I would also love to go visit a third world country and focus on the poverty stricken aspects of nutrition. Ultimately, I want to inspire, educate and motivate people to good health and I am sure the universe will lead me in the direction this is meant to be.
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