Spring is that time of year when we’re hit with a blast of advertising and marketing for weight loss, ‘detox’, and bikini-ready products and programs.
Unfortunately, many of these products and programs defy common sense, may not be safe, and may not be founded in contemporary evidence-based nutrition and food science.
There’s also a bewildering diversity of names, titles and ideas behind many of them.
This podcast from the Trust Me I’m an Expert Series: explores what science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to.
So why am I – an acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner – writing about weight loss and so-called ‘detox’?
Good question! It’s probably not well known that an Australian Bachelor of Health Science: Acupuncture degree includes units of study on nutrition and food-as-medicine.
Understanding what type of diet our clients have, when they eat, and how they eat, is all part of our holistic assessment.
It’s also not well-known that Traditional Chinese Medicine ideas of ‘food-as-medicine’ and ‘exercise’ provide a useful foundation for a practitioner like me to assess and guide people towards healthy, sustainable choices.
My formal on-going professional development has included a course in Food as Medicine from Monash University, via the Future Learn platform.
My studies enable me to help people make easy, science-based choices and changes to their diet, and to refer to an Accredited Practising Nutritionist when necessary.
I hope you enjoy the podcast!