Meet Melanie Sinclair; an accredited Holistic Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Nutritional Medicine and our 8 Week Challenge Nutrition Partner. Melanie is wholehearted about all areas of nutrition and over the years has developed a special interest in gut heath and body composition (fat loss/ muscle gain). She believes no one ever looks back from making positive changes to their health which makes being a Holistic Nutritionist very rewarding! Here’s a little more about Melanie…
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING NUTRITION?
I graduated in 2012 and started mainly with one-on-one consultations and workshops. A couple of years ago, I developed a special interest in body composition and purchased a Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). Since then I have done lots of scans and added challenges and workshops in gyms and other fitness facilities to my repertoire.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER PATH?
Everyone asks me this and, to be honest, I’m not exactly sure! I’ve always been a huge fan of food and love cooking. My Great Grandad used to make interesting concoctions and there would always be sprouts sprouting in his kitchen and weird things fermenting in jars – so it must be in my blood!
WHAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO CHOOSE HEALTHY FOOD & DRINKS?
It’s hard to fly by the seat of your pants and eat healthy all the time so everyone has to commit to some kind of food preparation. Some people find it useful to spend a chunk of time prepping for the week ahead, but I prefer to always make extra of everything as I go. This way, you end up with additional healthy snack or have another meal for the next day, or later in the week.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE LOOK FOR WHEN GROCERY SHOPPING?
If it’s not fresh, choose packaged products that have 4 or less ingredients. If your liver has to process chemicals or man-made ingredients, it has less capacity to burn fat.
WHAT’S YOUR ‘GO-TO’ SNACK OR HEALTHY RECIPE?
An easy one is high protein cottage cheese (Barambah brand), which you can then add any ingredient to that you have in the fridge or fruit bowl – for example: chopped apple, pear or banana. Alternatively, eat with snow peas, sugar snap peas or left over roast chicken.
ANY ADVICE ON EATING HEALTHIER WHEN EATING OUT?
Stick to any dishes that are meat or fish and vegetable based! Saying no to that side of chips is hard I know (still gets me alot!), but if you’re after results it’s worth it in the long run.
CHEAT MEALS – YES or NO?
No one’s perfect so I think a meal you enjoy every now and then is fine. I prefer to call them a ‘free’ meal instead of a cheat meal. My tip around this is: have your ‘free meal’ on days you train. If you splurge with food on a day that you don’t train, it can set you back if your primary goal is fat loss.
WHAT’S THE KEY TO ACHIEVING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD?
Focus on foods you can have! Understand nutrient dense foods and build your meals around them. Experiment with interesting ingredients and don’t make meals too complicated. Start slow if this is a new concept to you and soon your taste buds will adapt and fresh foods will taste better and better. Eventually, you will actually crave fresh and healthy as opposed to processed foods.
ANYTHING ELSE INTERESTING YOU WANT TO SHARE?
Aim for 40 plant foods every week for optimum health! That includes fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Count what you have now and then set some goals to reach the target of 40!
Melanie is an accredited Holistic Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Nutritional Medicine. She can be contacted for consultations here