An Expert Point of View: Amanda Ford, Nutritionist
Nutritionist Amanda Ford is on a mission to help others maximise their zest for life through optiumum nutrition. She specialises in weight loss, digestion and women’s health, both in her private Sydney practice Zest + Zing, and through her online programs and resources. Amanda is a regular at Physicore so we grabbed her after a Megaformer class to hear her thoughts on health, nutrition and, of course, fitness!
Tell us a little about yourself and your journey to becoming a Nutritionist.
I’ve been helping others find a healthy balance as a Nutritionist now for over 5 years, and I started my own practice Zest+Zing in 2014. My journey towards nutrition began as a sport-obsessed teen, where I was experiencing many imbalances in my health. As a self-confessed perfectionist, I’ve always excelled at running myself into the ground. During this time, I wasn’t listening to my body or fuelling it with the right foods, so I found myself burnt out and exhausted. To get my health back on track, I started seeing a natural health practitioner, who helped me clean up my diet and lifestyle, and re-balanced my body and energy! This empowered me to make the decision to study and qualify as a Nutritionist so I could help others feel the same way…and I’ve never looked back!
We’re dying to know what your typical day on a plate looks like!
I start my day with a mug of hot water, fresh lemon, ginger and a dash of apple cider vinegar to awaken my digestive system for the day.
For breakfast, I love a smoothie bowl packed with goodness! I blend ice, frozen blueberries or banana, vegan protein powder, rolled oats, cinnamon, maca powder, spirulina and almond milk.
Mid morning snack is an almond milk latte.
For lunch, I’ll have a slice of homemade frittata and fresh salad of rocket, tomato and avocado, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
I’m obsessed with Chai Rooibos with a touch of almond milk so I’ll have a cup mid afternoon with some raw nuts or a kiwi fruit.
Dinner will be a homemade Thai chicken curry followed by another herbal tea and sometimes a square of homemade raw chocolate.
What food staples would we find in your fridge and pantry?
Lemons, apple cider vinegar, almond milk, eggs, coconut oil, raw cacao powder, raw nuts and seeds, and goat’s feta.
In your opinion, what is the top food myth that needs debunking?
Oh there are so many!! I think one of the most common traps people fall into is choosing low fat products, thinking they’re better for the waistline. Although we are more aware of fats being good for us these days, many of us are still programmed to pick up those ”fat-free” foods. These products have had the beneficial fats removed and replaced with sugars and artificial ingredients.
We often see you around the Mosman studio, training hard on the Megaformer! What does your training regime typically look like and why?
Yes I love my Megaformer workouts! My weekly regime involves three to four Megaformer classes at Physicore plus a run, walk or yoga class. Years of hammering my body at the gym with excessive strength and cardio training, left me over-training, exhausted and often injured. I love the Megaformer workout, because I’ve finally found a challenging, high intensity workout, without the harsh impact on my body. No more injuries, just lots of shakes on the Megaformer, and muscles I never knew I had!
What’s your top tip for keeping the kilos off and feeling energetic throughout winter?
Consistency and balance is key. Maintain a healthy diet filled with unprocessed whole foods and maintain regular exercise throughout winter. Choose a workout which suits your needs, and even better grab a friend to go along with so you can motivate each other to get out of bed!
We’ve teamed up with Amanda and Zest + Zing for The MegaMorph Project, Physicore’s five week challenge which starts on 1 August 2016. For more information and to sign up for 35 days of life-changing training, nutritional support and more, head to our website.