For the last 15 years I've been a Dietitian who has mostly worked in the food industry. I became a Dietitian because I've always had a love of food and nutrition and for helping people to navigate the sometimes confusing nutrition messages that bombard us all everyday. My approach to food is very pragmatic as I believe nutrition advice and knowledge is only beneficial when it can be followed. I also believe food is there to be enjoyed. And so nutrition needs to be balanced, realistic and without hard and fast rules or food shaming. In other words, 'everything in moderation including moderation.'
"Everything in moderation including moderation"
A few years ago I started to gain more of an environmental conscious and this lead me down a rabbit hole of finding ways I can minimise my impact on the world. To be honest I found it all very overwhelming, to the point I ignored it for a long time. When I could no longer ignore it, I got a little obsessive with being eco friendly. Being a perfectionist I wanted to do everything I could to 100%. Over night I became a vegetarian (I still ate fish on occasion), I stopped using plastic bags, started using bees wax wraps, keep cups and carried my own cutlery and metal straws. I even started to compost despite living in an apartment which lead to a bug infestation (more on that in a later post).
Then just as I felt I was doing the right thing, I'd get caught in an environmental loophole. For example, what's better plastic bags or paper? Yes plastic bags last for ever but the resources to produce paper bags make them even worse for the environment. This I read in an investigation piece on the validity of removing plastic bags from supermarkets in Victoria. But surely plastic bags are bad? Of course, the best option is to avoid the bag and use your own, but what if you're caught out?
I also found myself so confused that when I was challenged on my choices, as I found out people like to challenge you when you're not following the status quo, I stumbled. I lost what I was standing for and felt I lacked the right information. I went so hard so fast that I inevitably got burn out and could no longer explain even to myself what I was trying to achieve. Although, it did take over 18 months to reach this point.
"We don't need a few people doing zero waste perfectly, we need everyone doing zero waste imperfectly"
A very wise friend of mine who has cared for the environment a long before it was popular gave me some life changing advice. It's not about doing everything possible, it's about doing what's in your power. Every step you take to make a difference helps. Many social media posts spruik this same idea, "We don't need a few people doing zero waste perfectly, we need everyone doing zero waste imperfectly". So that is now my approach and my hope for this blog is to help others find their own imperfect way of being environmentally friendly while also looking after their health.
I'm no longer a vegetarian, although I eat mostly vegetarian to minimise my meat intake. I do however aim to reduce, reuse and recycle where possible. I also eat food that would be considered 'healthy' but also enjoy rich cheeses, wine, ice cream and chocolate. I don't claim to be perfect but I do claim to do my best where I can. And so this is why I call myself the eco-ish nutritionist. I'm healthy-ish, I'm eco-ish and I 100% imperfect. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you get a little something out of my blog.