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eet Suzannah Smart, the curly-haired dietitian who hates diets. Yep, you heard it right! Suzannah’s discovery of how integral nutrition is to emotional and physical wellbeing came after a health fright in her teenage years. She made a decision to study a Bachelor of Health Science at Queensland University of Technology, majoring in nutrition and dietetics, which further fuelled her passion to help guide others towards a happier, healthier lifestyle. Her business Smart Start Dietetics, located in the heart of Mooloolaba, complements the unperturbed Coastal lifestyle we all live and love. With expertise in weight management, irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances and diabetes, Suzannah encourages clients to enjoy all foods (yes, all foods!) in moderation. profile: How long have you been passionate about health and wellbeing? suzannah: I’ve always been obsessed with food and I grew up in a family that was very food and health oriented – so it’s always been a big part of my life. I find it fascinating how different foods have a direct impact on all aspects of our wellbeing. profile: How would you describe your approach to health? suzannah: As cliché as it sounds, “everything in moderation” pretty much sums it up for me. I make sure I’m giving my body all the nutrients it needs but enjoyment is just as important. It’s about finding that balance between looking after your body and experiencing life’s little indulgences to the fullest. profile: What tips or pointers would you give someone to assist them to become a healthier being? suzannah: Our bodies are incredibly unique, which is why it is so important to take the time to listen to them. I encourage people to get in tune with what their body is asking for – it is the most simple and effective way to sustain a healthier lifestyle. profile: In your experience, what are some of the most common factors to achieve nutritional wellbeing? suzannah: Try not to get caught up in the latest ‘fad’ foods or diets, because these change every day and lack longevity. As boring as it sounds, it just comes down to the basics! To quote Michael Pollan, “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” profile: What would you say brings you the greatest sense of fulfilment in your work? suzannah: The best feeling is when my clients start seeing a positive change in their life from the things we’re working on – whether that’s self-esteem, confidence, energy or physical comfort.
crispy-skinned Atlantic salmon for dinner, with greens and a side of sweet potato mash. Of course there is a bit of chocolate after dinner too! profile: Can you share your favourite recipe with us? suzannah: I couldn’t possibly pick one! I love making my healthy banana pancakes on a Sunday morning. The recipe is on my website, www.smartstartdietetics.com profile: If you’re feeling down about something, how do you pick yourself up? suzannah: I take advantage of the beautiful scenery here on the Coast, and a walk along the beach usually does the trick. Yoga is also a great release for any stress I might be feeling – and I always feel better after spending time with friends or talking to my partner. profile: What is your big health no-no? suzannah: Diets!
profile: Have you suffered from any major health issues in your life? suzannah: When I was 16, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It was quite a scary and confusing time as I was unsure about the profile: What does a typical day’s diet look like? impacts it would have on my future fertility levels. It was also a learning curve suzannah: For breakfast, it is porridge with some almonds, followed by a for me; I saw a dietitian for a while and he taught me the ways I could manage mid-morning snack of Greek yoghurt and berries. Lunch is a simple salad the side effects of PCOS through nutrition and exercise. with tuna and chickpeas, and some fruit for afternoon tea. I sometimes make september 2014
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