Getting to know Viv
10 Oct 2018
Getting to know Viv
Viv Klaver, Luxton Clinic Nutritionist and children’s health specialist
Q1. Can you tell us where your journey began as a practitioner?
I always knew I wanted to “help people”, but as a young adult I didn’t quite know what that meant. Initially I studied a Bachelor of Psychology and found it fascinating, but I am quite the science and biology nerd so I knew I didn’t want to take that strongly theoretical and philosophical study further. Taking a job in the corporate world felt like the sensible thing to do, however I never really enjoyed it and increasingly felt drawn away from a desk job and back to working with people one on one. When I heard about Nutritional Medicine and the impact it can have on people’s health I just instantly knew that was it. So I went back to full time study and since then have been fascinated by health and biochemistry and what effects our diet and lifestyle can have on our physical and mental wellbeing. The opportunities never cease to amaze me!
Q2. What is your favourite thing about working at Luxton Clinic?
The vibe. It wholly feels like a place of wellness – open, welcoming, light, bright and inspiring. It’s also highly professional and all the practitioners here are leaders in the industry, at the forefront of current research and trends, and truly caring about their patients’ health and wellbeing.
Q3. What inspires you each day as a practitioner?
The opportunities of what can be. Really all that we are doing is bringing the body back into balance, nourishing it with what nature intended and allowing vital systems of the body to heal through careful and selective but natural treatment protocols. Particularly working with children – their bodies and minds are so receptive and often small changes can make very big differences. Sometimes drastic changes can create incredible healing and change and the idea of reversing Type 2 Diabetes, reducing seizures in epilepsy, or helping a non-verbal, autistic child to become verbal and enter the normal school system is just incredible. With nutrition and natural medicine you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Q4. What does your everyday menu look like?
I’m a pretty busy mum of 2, so my diet isn’t ideal at the moment, however I cram in nutrition where possible. I start the day with a large glass of water, followed by a tea or coffee (caffeine is mandatory at the moment with 2 small kids!).
For brekki I often have a big smoothie, at the moment I am loving banana, berries, nut milk, ground nuts and seeds, a clean plant based protein powder, a small scoop of collagen and a big handful of spinach. If I am organised enough I do love overnight oats, Bircher style with grated apple, almonds, greek yoghurt, cinnamon and honey.
Lunch is whatever is quick and easy and can be eaten with one hand. Often raw veggies with hummus, a slice of homemade frittata, or boiled eggs and avocado on sourdough toast. A favourite at the moment is a quick salad made of tuna, beans, tomato, cucumber and balsamic. So simple but so good.
I’m addicted to peanut butter so will often snack on Mayvers PB on some crackers or apple. During the warmer season I will easily demolish a punnet of strawbs or blueberries a day. And of course some dark chocolate is usually on the menu too!
Dinner is meat and veg (often roasted), or a simple stir fry or curry. Again if I am organised enough I do love batch cooking in the slow cooker on the weekend.
Q5. What is your favourite way to move your body?
It does vary depending on mood and I go through phases including yoga, spinning and running. At the moment I’m a big fan of ‘short and sharp’, and I did Crossfit for a few years and loved it. Currently with the kids I just try to fit in a similarly structured weights sessions at my local gym whenever I can and we are generally a very active and ‘outdoorsy’ family.
Q6. How do you like to unwind and relax on weekends?
With 2 kids under 4 years old? Not at all haha. No no, I very much realise the importance of recharging and actually just getting some time to myself is exactly what I need. I’ll get my husband to take the kids for a few hours and I get to listen to loud music or a podcast while I get the laundry done, or lie in bed and read a good book. Sometimes a bath and glass of wine is a real treat too!
Q7. Tell us three secret facts about you!
- If you’ve ever wondered about my accent… my parents are German and Dutch, but I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Singapore! So it’s all a bit mixed up, but most people guess I’m from Canada (wrong).
- I’ve been in Australia for 13 years and I recently became an Australian citizen!
- I played the piano for 10 years when I was a child and it is my dream to take that up again and re-learn.
Q9. Sum up your wellness philosophy for us:
Wellness is about the body and the mind. Fuel yourself with the right foods that nature intended, and surround yourself with people that inspire you. You are stronger than you think. Finding the correct support network, education and empowerment is the key to ultimate fulfilment and happiness.
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