So today I’m introducing you to my Tuesday Chat…
.. where sometimes, on Tuesdays (because Tuesday nights are my favourite time to catch up on blog posts), I will post 12 little personalised questions I’ve sent off to some of my favourite people.
I am starting with the gorgeous Heidi – a dietitian based in the Mornington Peninsula (but I came to know of Heidi through her fabulous food diary – Apples Under my Bed).
Now as you know, I’ve been planning this new site for a while, so this is late. I spoke with Heidi in June! And although I always planned to make this my first “Tuesday Twelve’ post, I hoped, with a couple of weeks to go on her pregnancy, I would beat bubs to it.
To my absolutely joy and delight and excitement I did not beat bubs – Heidi gave birth to her gorgeous daughter Joan just days ago. I am sending all my love to Heidi, her partner Ben and the adorable Joan.
You can see plenty of beautiful photos on Heidi’s Instagram, but I had to include one here –
Now onto those questions. It’s always lovely to read the views of a dietitian and I’ve long admired Heidi for her practical, balanced approach to food.
1. Hi Heidi! To start, please tell us a little about your beautiful food diary, Apples Under My Bed, and where it started?
My food diary started out of a desire, or a NEED, rather, to have a place to talk about food. It’s a favourite topic of mine and I needed an outlet that wasn’t my husband (then boyfriend) or family. I had been reading 101 cookbooks and chocolate and zucchini for a while, and just wanted my own online space.
2. What does an average week day involve for you? (if there is such a thing!)
My schedule changes week to week! I am a privately practicing dietitian, working in Mornington and Richmond. I am usually in Mornington, however one day I might have three to five clients (or more), another I may just go in for one or two (and perhaps have some aged care facility visits). But I don’t go into the clinic every day, I also work from home on recipe development, food writing and other dietitian or blog related tasks. I love working for myself and making my own schedule. I make sure I’m never too busy as I prioritise my down time and my health. I’m not a ‘burn the candle at both ends’ type of person.
3. Did your love of food come before your love of nutrition, the other way around, or did they always go hand in hand?
Definitely my love of food came first (and prevails!). I always favoured healthy food as I was surrounded by amazing produce where I grew up (on the Mornington Peninsula) – cherries and apples, fresh bread, cheese, etc. But I honestly do believe they go hand in hand. Good, whole, real food tastes best and is better for you
4. I love your photos – do you think there’s a formula to a beautiful food photograph?
Thank you so much! My only key is LIGHT! Lighting is so important. Natural lighting, at that. I don’t even bother photographing in the evening during Winter.
5. What do you think are the 3 most important elements of a healthy lifestyle?
– Listening to your body and making choices based on what makes you feel your best.
– Prioritising making healthy choices. If eating well is important to you, you’ll make time to shop for and prep nutritious meals.
6. What are your top 3 snacks for eating on the run?
Nuts (unsalted walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts are favs), yoghurt (I always have spoons in my bag and car so that if I can stop by the shops I can grab a plain greek yoghurt on the go), and fruit (I love me a banana).
7. As a dietitian who encourages no strict rules and listening to your body, do you think any food is worth ‘quitting’?
If it makes you feel shitty, then yes! Maybe not forever, I know some people who eat chilli occasionally because they LOVE it, even though it makes them feel horrendous afterwards. But if it makes you feel poorly, then I think quitting some foods are totally fine. This involves listening to your body and feeding it foods that make you thrive, and if you’re unsure at all, see a Dietitian for guidance. I should say that some people are more sensitive to certain foods than others and will need to be strict and possibly quit certain foods (and of course if they have sever allergies like Coeliac Disease). Oh, and perhaps conventionally made foie gras and other inhumanely prepared foods. We can do without those.
8. I am absolutely loving reading about your pregnancy journey! What have you found to be the most surprising thing about pregnancy so far?
Awe thanks! I’m having the best time, I am beyond excited about our bubs. I suppose I would say the most surprising thing has been how significantly my interest in food has decreased. My work & hobbies were previously ALL about food, and I have found myself really disinterested in food and cooking throughout a lot of my pregnancy (especially during the first trimester!).
9. As a pescetarian, I always joke that if I get pregnant one day I am sure I will crave lots of red meat! Would you agree that, generally, following your cravings is good advice while pregnant?
If it’s healthy, nutritious food, then yes go for gold!! If it’s less healthy food then indulging occasionally is totally fine, but I’d encourage finding a healthy alternative, for sure. Rather than eating fries all the time, I’d make roasted potatoes regularly and save fries for a treat.
10. I know you’re a local to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Do you have some favourite spots you’d recommend to visitors?
Yes for sure! Check out my blog post for my favourite Mornington Peninsula spots for a whole list but favourites are Foxeys Hangout and ten minutes by tractor for restaurants, cruising around Shoreham and Flinders and eating pies from Johnny Ripe, and spending lots of time in Red Hill winery hopping (my most favourite spot on the peninsula).
11. What do you believe is the biggest mistake people make when trying to lose weight or get healthy?
Not listening to their bodies! I sound like a broken record 😉
(not at all, I totally agree)
12. Lastly, the magic question – what’s for dinner tonight?
I’m going out with friends for ramen! I love Shop Ramen on Smith St in Collingwood, and am trying to eat out at little spots with friends as much as I can before bubs arrives in September!
Thank you so much for your time, Heidi!
Although I have a feeling she’s a bit busy right now, if you’d like to engage Heidi as a dietitian, you can contact her at Gather & Grow Nutrition.
This recipe for Coconut Frangipane pudding of Heidi’s is a regular in my house (and you should definitely give it a try).
all images Heidi @ Apples Under My Bed
I’ve been lucky enough to speak with a personal trainer (& one half of The Moderation Movement) as well as one of my favourite fashion bloggers which I’ll share in coming weeks…
I hope you enjoyed my first Tuesday Twelve~
Have a wonderful day,