Woweee, how is it August already? Where has this year gone? Are you feeling like this too? As horrible as it is, I hope some of you are feeling the same, it means I’m not the only one feeling like a slightly overwhelmed headless chicken. This blog post is different – rather than bombarding you with nutrition advice, attempted motivation, or a recipe, I thought I’d focus on reviewing some of my favourite podcasts. I’ll also share a few other activities that keep me sane when everyone and everything is all go go go!
I discovered podcasts accidentally two years ago, on a gloomy day when Spotify wasn’t working. Safe to say, I’m now hooked; there’s something for everyone… murder mysteries, comedy, and of course nutrition ones. For the nutrition nerd in me, I’ve found podcasts a great way to go, so without rambling on here are my top picks for this month…
1. The JCN Clinic Podcast
Jess Cox and Clarissa Mason are two nutritionists I’ve been following for a while now. They run the Jessica Cox Nutrition (JCN) clinic in Brisbane, and have only recently started a podcast series but the nutrition nerd in me is already hooked! Jess and Clarissa provide a fresh, down-to-earth approach when talking and reviewing all things nutrition and aren’t afraid to have a laugh either.
2. The Real Food Reel
The Real Food Reel is run by Steph Lowe, otherwise known as the Natural Nutritionist. This is one of the first podcasts I started to listen to and I’m still yet to make my way through the vast range of topics and interviews Steph has hosted. From gut health, fasting, fat adapted athletes, brain health, hormones and so much more, Steph has bound to have covered it. I love how new research and different approaches are constantly reviewed and considered, if you’re a nutrition nerd like me or just simply keen to broaden your mind this one’s for you!
3. Don’t Salt My Game -With Laura Thomas PhD
Laura Thomas isn’t afraid to speak her mind and her podcast brings you a refreshing approach to nutrition minus the bullshit. Laura interviews not just nutritionists but doctors, mindfulness experts, bloggers and foodies, providing new and sometimes controversial podcasts every Friday. Just a note – her podcast does include the occasional swear word -sorry mum, but that’s one of the main things I love about Laura’s podcast. She stands up for what she believes in and refuses to buy into the gazillion food fads we’re surrounded by on the daily. I particularly enjoyed her recent podcast with Zanna Van Dijk talking all things sustainability… cue buying a reusable coffee up pronto.
Other noteworthy podcasts I enjoy in no particular order include The Holistic Nutritionists, The Wellness Couch (3x Male Nutritionists), The Healthy Gut, Mama Mia Podcast, The New Normal Project, Serial, The Osher Gunsberg Podcast, Mind Body Musings & The Melissa Ambrosini Show.
Yoga – free at most Lululemon stores every Sunday
I must have been living under a rock because I’ve only just started to take advantage of Lululemon’s free Sunday yoga classes. Sunday yoga is a really nice way to stretch out, end the week and get refocussed for the week ahead. When the classes are free there’s really no excuse for not going. If you don’t have yoga classes offered near you, jump on YouTube, you’ll find a variety of different classes and instructors at your fingertips without even having to venture outside.
They say don’t over-estimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Prioritising sleep has been a huge challenge for me. Over the last two weeks I’ve been making a huge effort to avoid screens before bed (so much harder said than done), spend thirty minutes reading and unwinding before trying to get between eight and eight and a half hours sleep. I didn’t realise how much of a difference going from seven to eight and a half hours would have on me, for the first time in forever I actually feel rested when I wake up. Avoiding screens and feeding my Gossip Girl addiction earlier in the day has made drifting off so much easier. We all differ in how much sleep we need; this week I challenge you to try experiment with this and reduce your screen time to see if you notice a difference. Flux is an excellent app that blocks blue light if you do need to be up late working, I recommend the download.
After rereading this post, I sound like the ultimate nana, but hey I don’t mind one bit. Here’s to another full-on week preparing for my second placement block. This one is four weeks long and I’ll be based at Tauranga hospital. If you have any markets, cafes, restaurants, beaches, walks or activity suggestions for Mt. Maunganui or Tauranga please send them my way. Let me know too if you try out any of the podcasts, yoga or sleep prioritisation.
Have an awesome week,