My PASSION for Prevention!

Written by Bridget on . Posted in Why

This is an excerpt from my VERY FIRST eNewsletter all those years ago!

It confides some of my WHY…. Some of the reason for my passion for prevention…

Unfortunately, the stats re overweight and obesity in adults and children are now outdated! The figures are MUCH HEAVIER (pardon the pun!)

But, here you go 🙂

“Welcome to the inaugural edition of New Leaf Nutrition BITES Newsletter!

I trust that this monthly publication will be a source of inspiration, ideas, motivation and endless information to support the creation of the healthiest YOU possible!

My big vision is to make a real difference to the health of all Australians, in fact all humans 🙂 . The fact that 60% of our adult population, and 40% of our children, are overweight or obese, really saddens me. It saddens me because I see all the time the effects of poor lifestyle choices and the burden excess body weight has on our physiological, psychological and spiritual well being.

When I was training at The Alfred and Royal Children’s hospitals in Melbourne, I saw children as young as 11 being diagnosed with Type 2 (previously “Adult Onset”) Diabetes, families heartbroken over loved ones heart attacks, strokes, or other heart conditions, as well as far too many undergoing treatment for cancers of all types.

To add to my passion for prevention, was my experience in numerous aged care institutions. There I spent a lot of time with beautiful people who told ME they wished they had’ve looked after themselves better when they were younger, so they may not be in the positions they are now. Unable to care for themselves after a stroke, a fall, or failing mental abilities.

I know this all sounds bleak, but this is WHY I care so much, am SO passionate, and why I dedicate my life to what I do. I live and breathe all that I share with my clients and KNOW that good food, physical activity, a strong mindset and balance are the keys to prevention.

Furthermore, I know how ENERGETIC, CONFIDENT and GLOWING good food can make us feel and I see this transformation in my clients all the time.

Most importantly, I know how GOOD, real food can TASTE! There simply is no comparison to the raw materials nature gave us! And with a little guidance, nous and creativity, real food can be SUPER QUICK, FUN and MOUTH WATERING!

I sincerely hope you find this publication one that you look forward to each month, and one that you can share with friends, family and acquaintances all over the globe! For in this sharing, you may help me to create a healthier and happier community 🙂

If you would like to share this publication with someone, please either direct them to my website www.newleafnutrition.com.au and have them enter their email address to subscribe or alternatively, visit the website yourself and enter their details on their behalf. Please do this rather than forwarding on so that they can stay in touch and become a member of our big, happy family 🙂

I appreciate ALL of your support, feedback and faith! Please keep in contact and let me know how I may help YOU to feel better today!

All my love,

BridgetJane

www.newleafnutrition.com.au

This issue:

New Year, New You! 3 Resolutions you can stick to that will make a difference
Fabulous Fitness Facts10, 000 steps
Lunchbox Logictaking the time out of healthy lunches
Ravishing RecipeOrange glazed salmon
Product of the MonthLucky Walnut, Almond and Cashew nut packs
Inspiring Words of Wisdom– to keep you focused
Services available– VIP Lifestyle Overhauls & Designer Dietetics

Words of Wisdom

Written by Bridget on . Posted in Words of Wisdom

I find inspiring quotes really uplift and motivate me, so each month I’ll pick one of my favourites and share it with you.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

Wanting to climb big steps

“It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward”

-Chinese Proverb

Bodacious Beth BLASTS them all

Written by Bridget on . Posted in Success Stories

Well, as often happens, another of my STAR recruits GRADUATED from New Leaf Nutrition school just the other day! 🙂

Our journey together started only in July, and in 4 short months, I am pleased to announce Miss Beth is almost a new person!

Well, in all honesty, she is just now more FREE and CONFIDENT to BE herself and to not hold back and hide from the world.

Although Beth admits in the beginning she THOUGHT she was a HAPPY and POSITIVE person, she now claims, “Who was I kidding?! I don’t think people realise what REALLY feeling good feels like; I don’t think they know the difference”

Beth came to me initially because she was looking for a change in lifestyle. She was not happy within herself and she wanted to lose weight. Her self-esteem, confidence and social self were affected by how she felt about herself. “I just don’t like the package I’m in…I’m not comfortable in my own skin… I miss out on stuff I want to go for…I’m too embarrassed to go jogging…I feel a little older (than I am)…even though I know being active is good for me, both physically and mentally, it all just seems too hard sometimes…”

Fast forward to now and this girl is UNSTOPPABLE!!

Joining in a 21 day fitness challenge, run my one of my very good friends, and AMAZING trainer Tiago Amaral of surrender2fitness.com.au, Beth not only showed up and gave it her best, she also BLASTED everyone else out of the water dropping a whopping 3.7 kg in 3 weeks and 21 cm from her waist! Incredible!

You should see this girl in action! You would NEVER guess she is the same Beth from July !!
“The biggest difference between now and when I started with you is my headspace. I’m not constantly consumed with feeling bad. I’m making good choices and FEELING GOOD. So simple! I just cannot put a value on the difference”

Beth’s food choices have dramatically changed and she is now free of her Coke addiction! Something she NEVER thought possible! 🙂

Of course she is making the choices that make her FEEL GOOD and her preferences have naturally changed. She still eats out often, has social events to attend and of course enjoys drinks with the girls. Its all about knowing what is good for YOUR body and learning how to get in in the balance that suits your unique lifestyle.

It has been a PLEASURE working with Beth and I will sincerely miss our catch ups! Such a beautiful personality with SO much happiness to share- one of those smiles that just makes you smile too! 🙂

Here is what the WONDER WOMAN herself has to say of her experience:
“When I first came to see you, I really felt like I had run out of options and this was the last chance to get my bum into gear and do something about feeling good about myself.
My weight was definitely an issue but more importantly I really felt like I had to get my head space right.
I was constantly consumed about feeling bad and negative thoughts about my food choices. I’d be good for a few days and then just ruin it by eating something unhealthy and then thinking “oh whats the point?”
I also had it in my head that there was something I wasn’t quite getting, it was right there on the tip of my tongue but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

YOU HELPED ME FIGURE IT OUT!

Feel good. How simple is it? Whatever it is you do FEEL GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! If I know having that coke will have me thinking about it for the rest of the afternoon and feeling bad, well don’t have it. And by not having it, I feel good for making a good decision. Its seriously that easy. There have been times I’d had a coke and its been awesome but I find them getting less and less and even coke zero and Bacardi is tasting ok (has the world gone crazy!)

I’ve found myself doing things I would never have thought I would do. For example – doing some Christmas shopping, I was thinking about what else I could buy people that didn’t involved chocolates or alcohol. I don’t want that for myself so why would I promote that for other people – they will get enough from other people anyway!

Another thing on my recent holidays, instead of thinking “cool I can veg out, eat and drink all I want, no excerise” Instead I was excited about still keeping active and eating healthier than I would have otherwise. I wouldn’t have thought I would ever be that way!

Putting my whole journey into a positive light instead of a negative- “No you cant have this and no you cant have that”, has been the best thing. I still have quite a way to go but I feel 100% more prepared mentally and you’ve given me the tools to carry on and not expect perfection all the time. I can totally do this 🙂

I could go on and on about the changes I know I’ve made, but in a nutshell, I’m 100% more open-minded and happier and optimistic about everything. I know if I make good choices, the effect that has on my mind body and soul is invaluable!

You rock Bridget!”

Thank you gorgeous and continue to enjoy the good living lifestyle!

If you too would like to BLAST through your current health, fitness or happiness barriers, I would LOVE to hear from you 🙂

Email me at [email protected]

All my love,

BridgetJane

Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist, Counsellor

Mind, Body, Soul Health Practitioner

www.newleafnutrition.com.au