Getting to know Jade
29 Mar 2019
Q&A with our Naturopath & Nutritionist Jade
Can you tell us where your journey began as a practitioner?
From a young age I have always been interested in health and wellbeing. It felt like a natural progression for me to study in the health industry after year 12. It wasn’t until my 2nd year of my Naturopathic degree that I truly embraced the power of what I was learning. I was diagnosed with a multi nodular goitre of the thyroid. After blood tests coming back normal, I was told I would just need to monitor it. I remember being in absolute shock. Not shock at the diagnosis but because there was no course of treatment or understanding as to why I have them. This is where I turned to my studies and when I fell in love with naturopathic living. I got the ability to learn how my body functions, the drivers behind my diagnosis and how to maximise preventative medicine so thyroid disease would not be my future. I like to think I took control of my health. I now always aim to teach my clients about how their individual body works so they too can have the control of their health and live a happier healthier life.
What is your favourite thing about working at Luxton Clinic?
What don’t I love? Moving my practice into Luxton clinic has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. A team of like-minded people who all happily work together to achieve the best results for their clients surrounds me. A veggie garden welcomes me to the clinic and the kitchen and workshop space allows me to promote my love of whole foods and food as medicine. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Luxton community over the last few months and look forward to connecting and sharing more over the next few months.
What does your everyday menu look like?
- 6am I wake up with a warm cup of herbal tea with fresh lemon to fire up my digestion and cleanse my system. 3 days per week I swap to a bullet proof coffee before I do a 45minute high intensity cardio and weights session.
- 7.30am Breakfast is usually a paleo granola with coconut yogurt and fresh berries, a gut loving green smoothie, warm porridge with cinnamon, coconut and apple or 2 scrambled eggs with avocado and wilted spinach.
- 10am Is usually coffee time, unless I have previously had one in which case I would make a fresh juice, typically carrot, celery, ginger, apple, beetroot. I may also grab a handful of nuts or a piece of fruit between clients.
- 1pm I usually have a colourful salad (packed with rocket, spinach and whatever my weekly organic veggie box contains) with a portion of protein (left over from the night before or a couple of boiled eggs). I also include a good fat like avocado, macadamia nut oil, or a sprinkle of mixed seeds. My favourite salad dressing is a combination of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard and honey.
- 5.15pm Yes as a mum of 3, I have an extremely early dinner. I have found that eating early works really well for the whole family and prevents us all mindlessly snacking before dinner. My favourite dinner is a green prawn curry loaded with steamed greens and fresh basil or a lean steak with chimichuri and a whole bunch of freshly dressed salad leaves. I love involving and having fun in the kitchen with my family.
- 8pm I always have a cup of herbal tea, but if I feel like something sweet or salty I’ll have a couple of pieces of dark chocolate, a date with coconut butter or some coconut yogurt with berries.
What is your favourite way to move your body?
Exercise is something I physically and mentally thrive on but something I have had to continually recommit to. I get bored easily, especially if I am doing the same thing everyday. At the moment, I love group training 3 days a week with 45 minute high intensity workouts. I also use exercise to calm my nervous system with 1 reformer pilates class and daily walks along the beach.
Tell us three secret facts about you!
- I can’t stand the smell of coconut, but I love eating it!
- This year I have officially been with my husband for half my life.
- I love cookbooks! Well it isn’t really a secret, but some might say my double cupboard full to the brim of them might make it more of an obsession than love.
If you could sum up your wellness philosophy in one sentence, it would be:
Koi Fresco sums my wellness philosophy up best:
Balance is key to everything. What we do, think, say, eat, feel, they all require awareness, and through this awareness we can grow.
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