5 fun facts about me
I love to draw and sketch - usually anything related to the body; portraits, nudes etc.
Once upon a time I was a makeup artist.
I’m a true Capricorn (and a New Years’ Eve baby) - perfectionist, ambitious, loyal, responsible, persistent, family oriented (also the type to “expect the worst” and can take time to come out of my shell).
I have a fear of getting stuck in an elevator.
I love to travel and want to experience as many places, cultures and foods as I can in this lifetime.
Hey, I'm Tris - a final year B.HSc Nutritional Medicine student, health and nutrition writer and speaker, recipe developer and blogger. I’m a whole food lover, fit foodie, nutrition nerd and meal prep queen, with a fascination for how the body works.
What I love about food and nutrition (aside from food being delicious!) is the impact it can have across our entire life. I love that we can nourish our body and optimise our health. And I love that we can use holistic nutrition and lifestyle changes to heal our body and bring it back into balance.
I believe that understanding food, how it makes us feel and how it connects us to the world is an important part of our overall health and wellbeing.
My purpose is to provide you with inspiration and empower you with evidence-based nutrition & wellness knowledge to live a healthy, happy, whole life!
I want you to experience how great it feels to eat well. I want you to love the food you eat. I want you to feel amazing and be full of energy. And I want you to smash those health goals you’ve been talking about.
I didn’t always feel as healthy and happy as I am today. In my early 20’s I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and put on the contraceptive pill (OCP) to “regulate my cycle” (i.e. bandaid the problem). My teenage acne persisted into adulthood and worsened to painful cystic acne on my face and neck. I had unwanted hair growth, experienced insomnia and brain fog regularly, and my hormones were so imbalanced that I had no periods for 2 years. During this time I also experienced a heap of digestive issues - bloating, leaky gut, candida overgrowth, and food intolerances. Fun times.
But I was eating what I thought was a healthy diet and exercising. Looking back now I was so out of touch with my body and hadn’t considered how all different parts of my life were affecting my health and wellbeing. In reality I was under-eating, over-exercising, had a terrible relationship with food and body image, was super stressed and running myself into the ground.
It took me about a year of being on the OCP to realise it was making me feel awful and I also no longer wanted to put synthetic hormones into my body. I’ve always been the kind of person that questions everything, but between my GP, Gynaecologist, Endocrinologist and Dermatologist, nobody could give me answers I was looking for:- what was going on in my body? why? what could I do about it? Deep down I knew my body was screaming out for healing.
I began my own research into PCOS and natural therapies and found myself in a Naturopath & Nutritionists’ clinic. For over 2 years I was guided through a process of healing through dietary and lifestyle changes. To my amazement I was able to transform my health naturally - my periods finally came back, excess follicles on my ovaries disappeared, my hormones came back into balance, and even my acne and digestive issues cleared!
This was the first time I truly realised that nutrition and food has a profound effect on our health and wellbeing.
Reversing my PCOS didn’t magically happen overnight, and certainly not by taking a pill. It was a journey of healing that required hard-work and persistence. There were difficult days and times I wanted to give up, but reversing your PCOS naturally is so possible!
I’ve made a number of changes that have improved my health over the years;
from the quality of the food I eat, to where I source it;
from reducing my exposure to plastics and chemicals, to switching to glass and stainless steel containers and bottles, toxic free home cleaners and natural beauty products;
from ensuring I get quality sleep to managing my stress;
by prioritising weight training balanced with stress reducing movement like yoga and getting out in nature;
and by optimising my nutrition and focusing on gut health.
There is numerous evidence-based research that supports healthy diet and lifestyle as the number one treatment for PCOS.
Today, I still consider myself on a journey of health and wellbeing; constantly learning, trialling and adapting my lifestyle to my body’s changing needs. I still have to prioritise my health to keep my PCOS managed and gut feeling healthy and happy. And now days I find it easy and simply sustainable living.
In many ways I’m grateful for this journey as I’m able to understand and help others heal their body, reach their health goals and find the ways that suit them best to live a healthy, happy, whole life.
My food philosophy
When it comes to food and nutrition, I believe in evidence-based nutrition. I’m not here to tell you what to eat, rather I want to teach you the practical skills about how to eat. I want to empower you to make your own healthy choices, reach your goals and nourish your body and life.
Eating well to me means:
eating whole foods most of the time, and avoiding processed and packaged foods
understanding the importance of macronutrients and what your needs are to make you feel nourished and energised
focusing on fresh, seasonal and local produce wherever possible
enjoying eating out/at social occasions without stressing, guilt or obsession
nourishing your gut with plenty of fibre and polyphenols from plant foods
eating foods you love, and yes that means including occasional treats and indulgences without the guilt
enjoying a variety of foods without excessive restraint or extremes
there is no one size fits all or “perfect” diet - I’m all about finding what is sustainable for you for life!
I hope the recipes I’ve created inspire you to cook delicious healthy meals for you and your family and friends. But more so, I hope the knowledge I share teaches you to plan, prep and create your own meals for life and leads you on a path of wellness.
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