by Leanne Ward

I believe that anyone, no matter what age or stage of their life can find health and happiness. I believe in wholesome, natural, nutritious foods. I believe in home cooking and vegetable gardens. I believe that fresh is best and food is a source of nutrition only – not an emotional comfort, a boredom filler or a stress reliever. I believe in being in tune with your body and letting it tell you when it is hungry and when it is full. I believe in eating your favourite foods and having dessert when you want to (and a glass of wine when you need to). I believe in moving your body and getting fresh air and sunlight daily. I believe in positive affirmations. I believe in teaching our children the value of nutrition and food. I believe that everyone, no matter what their story, deserves to know how to cook delicious and healthy foods and to know how a well nourished body feels.

I pride myself on being able to provide simple and easy recipes that are healthy and delicious and will have your family and friends coming back for more. The majority of recipes are my favourite loved or comfort foods which I have adapted into healthy versions. A lot of my recipes are plant based as I believe in using local and sustainable produce and I also believe in a future where our children can still enjoy the planet and the animals in it.

I don’t believe in diets or counting kilojoules or calories. I believe when your eating real, wholesome, nutritious foods, your body will tell when you’ve had enough. I don’t believe in quick fixes, fad diets or magic weight loss pills. I believe that results take time, dedication and hard work. I don’t believe that one way of eating or one specific lifestyle suits everyone. I believe that we are all individuals and need to listen to our lifestyles and bodies to tell us what it needs and when it needs it.

I’m a 28 year old Australian dietitian, nutritionist and provisional sports dietitian. I have a certificate in public health, a bachelor of health sciences (majoring in nutrition), a masters of dietetics and have recently completed my sports dietetics degree. I live a busy, healthy and active life but honestly believe that anyone, of any age and at any stage of their life can make positive changes for a healthier and happier, future. My mother taught me from a very young age to eat healthily and move your body regularly. She is my inspiration and the reason I got into the health industry to begin with. So thank you mum, from the bottom of my heart

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