At GuavaPass we believe in walking the talk. Meet Bailey Brown, who is part of our GuavaPass Australia team. She is a certified holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.
What is the difference between a holistic nutritionist and a normal nutritionist?
Holistic nutrition looks at well-being as a “whole” by integrating a wholesome diet with emotional and spiritual well-being and physical health, to create overall wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Most nutrition and dietetics programs look at the food-guide to create meal-plans for individuals. This is a good start, but more a one-size-fits-all approach. Holistic nutritionists look at the symptoms a client has and their current lifestyle and goals to create an individual wellness regime, including diet, vitamins, supplements and natural therapies like yoga, aromatherapy, chakra balancing and massage.
Every person is incredibly different; someone may thrive off a high-protein diet, while another thrives on high-carb or high fat. Our goal is to create the wellness regime that works best for the individual so they can create a lifestyle that feels amazing and they can maintain long-term.
Why did you decide to get certified as a holistic nutritionist?
I have always been very active in sport growing up, and then worked as a fitness instructor for a while as well, teaching up to 30 classes a week. This meant I had to pay really close attention to fueling my body in order to make sure I was giving it what it needed to perform at it’s best!
I also really, reaaaally love food. Who doesn’t? I find it really interesting to know why things are good for my body. For example, coconuts are a major food trend right now- but did you know all the edible parts are beneficial for different reasons? The water is the perfect post-workout drink or pick-me-up as it has tons of electrolytes, the oil helps burn fat, improve cognitive function and skin amongst other benefits. The meat is the fastest digesting fat, making it perfect for a pre-workout smoothie or to provide long-lasting fuel for a busy day.
See? Nutrition is cool. It’s easier to motivate yourself to eat better when you know WHY things are good for you, not just thinking you SHOULD eat them because they’re “good for you.”
What are your must have weekly or daily foods?
I try to eat as seasonal and local as possible. When I’m travelling I always try to eat what the locals are eating, locally grown, fresh, organic. I eat tons of fruit and veggies; I really love carrots, apples, berries, bananas, and avocados, all of which are grown here in Australia. I eat tons of gluten-free grains like quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, millet and buckwheat. Lean proteins like fresh fish, free-range eggs, and organic meat (if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian.) I love raw nuts to snack on as well, all kinds. I eat a lot of almond butter as well on apples or rice crackers for a quick snack, or raw veggies and hummus. I eat a balanced diet, very plant-based, there’s always room for some dark chocolate or anti-oxidant rich red wine as far as I’m concerned as well 😉
What are the big NOs to eating healthy?
Restricting yourself, or being too hard on yourself. Making healthy diet choices should never seem like a chore or make you feel guilty! Take baby steps, educate yourself and learn why food is good for you. Listen to your body; take note of how you feel after eating a greasy slice of pizza or massive piece of cake, then how you feel after a quinoa salad, packed with veggies and some salmon. Of course try to avoid chemical laden, processed foods, but it takes time! I’m a nutritionist and I can’t resist Nutella or peanut butter cups! We are all human. I think you eat what makes you feel great and move your body in a way that makes you feel incredible and full of energy. Listening to your body, self-love and gratitude are the biggest keys to a healthy, vibrant life.