Dietician… Walking the talk with nutrition
Making changes to improve our diet can sometimes be challenging for anyone yet alone someone going through a health challenge… Olivia shares some simple yet things to consider…
Meeting Olivia we knew in a moment that she not only gave wonderful information about nutrition to her clients in hospital… she lived good nutrition herself.
We loved hearing about her early Sunday morning visits to the market for fresh fruit and vegetables and enjoyed eating the many home made salads and other dishes (especially the healthy sardines!) she prepared.
We also loved to hear how she had prepared her own sauerkraut! This sparked our keen interest to learn more about vegetable fermenting… See us ferment vegies here
Olivia has now extended her vision to cater for and service the broader community with general health and well being and sports nutrition at Peak Performance Nutrition Consulting… Thank you once again for your inspiration.
|Your Name||Olivia Lukaszewicz|
|City of Residence||Adelaide|
|Occupation or Experience||Dietician|
|Your Passions/Interests||My passion lies in getting the most out of our bodies through what we put in them.|
|A Favourite Quote||“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”
– Francis of Assisi
|A personal message / inspiration||No one can say they’ve created themselves – from whatever source you believe, our bodies have been given to us. In gratitude for such a beautiful gift, the least we can do is treat it with dignity and respect.|
Making changes to improve our diet can sometimes be challenging for anyone yet alone someone going through a health challenge like cancer… can you give some simple ideas on how to get started?
Battling with any type of medical condition can certainly be a big challenge, especially for those facing the challenge of cancer. The diagnosis can often come as a shock, and the road ahead might appear to be a very steep climb.
Initially there can be a lot of information to take in, particularly advice provided by the medical professionals. On top of that, you might feel as though dietary changes need to be made quickly and drastically, and often, detrimental decisions on your health can potentially be made as a result.
Rather than making dietary changes on your own, a helpful place to start is to seek advice from a qualified dietitian who can work with you to set up dietary goals and provide specific strategies to help try and achieve those goals.
We often hear that some foods ‘just don’t agree with us’… In a quest to better know and take care of our bodies … are there signs our bodies give that tell us we may need more or less of a particular type of food or approach?
Our bodies are continuously letting us know how we are going by the way in which we are physically feeling. For example, you might be feeling lethargic, tired, slow, and fatigued on a regular basis, which might suggest that you are not getting enough vital macro- and micronutrients in your diet. These symptoms might be accompanied by unintentional changes in your weight status that are reflected on the scales or can simply be noticed by those around you.
Similarly, our bodies might be telling us that a particular food is proving to be problematic through changes in our gut function. Symptoms such as abdominal pain or cramping, bloating, or changes in our stools might suggest that a particular food is causing disturbances and might need to be substituted or avoided. In these cases, it is advisable to present your symptoms to your doctor so that the problem can be identified and dealt with accordingly.
There is a lot of talk around ‘super’ foods… what is the benefit of adding these to our diet?
Super foods have definitely been a strong talking point within nutrition in recent years, and it seems as though the topic is only gaining momentum. There is no doubt that different foods come with their own unique nutritional composition. However, foods that are labeled or marketed as ‘super’ foods claim that they have a ‘better’ nutritional composition than foods that are not considered to be a super food. That might well be the case for a certain vitamin or mineral that the food carries in higher amounts than other foods. But rather than relying on the marketed benefits of a certain super food on your health, it is important to analyse your diet overall to ensure all recommended macro- and micronutrient intakes are being met. In short, if you choose to consume the benefits of a particular super food, I recommend using it only with the intention to ‘add’ to your diet rather than expecting it to work wonders on your health.
If we had to look back over our day… what diet related things are worth including?
For me it relates back to eating a healthy well balanced diet that includes a variety of fresh wholefoods that provide us with vital nutrients that our bodies need to function as effectively as they can. Our bodies need fats, proteins and carbohydrates, as well as all the essential vitamins and minerals to perform all the necessary processes within our bodies that can then allow us to perform our daily tasks.
We are spoilt for choice when searching for sources of foods that will provide us with the macro- and micronutrients that we need to make up a well balanced diet. First step – replace highly processed refined foods with fresh wholefoods that will ‘fuel’ your bodies with abundant sources of nutrients.
For someone going through a cancer experience … what is a useful message to share around nutrition and diet?
First and foremost, it is important to note that the nutritional requirements for someone going through cancer can often differ from their previously healthy condition. Furthermore, nutritional requirements change depending on the type of cancer and the treatment regimen that may be implemented.
Common differences include elevated energy and protein requirements that are needed for the body to fight the illness, as well as cope with any treatment that may be undertaken. For this reason, nutrition can play a significant role in helping the body endure the added stress factors that cancer brings into the life of the sufferer, and therefore, it should be addressed with a high level of care.