It’s a touchy subject which has been bothering myself and many other health professionals for quite some time. But more so lately, having seen more and more unqualified people giving advice on areas they are not trained in, such as nutrition and wellness. It’s got me wondering who you are trusting with your health and well-being.
Who are you getting advice from? Is it legit and evidence based? Is it based on their personal experience? Or is it just someone who knows the right people?
I don’t want to be a negative nelly or put anyone down with what I am saying. I just want to spread awareness about this topic, because this is your life, your health, and it’s important to seek the right information from qualified professionals. There is already so much confusing information in the health and wellness world, much of which is based on personal experience. Yes personal experience is amazing, and can be really inspiring to many people. Those with a personal experience please shout it from the roof top. Just, please don’t give advice unless you are a qualified professional in the specific area you are talking about. Tell people about your story, your challenges, and how you got to where you are. But please do not give advice on areas you are not an expert in. Let people know this is your personal story and you are here to inspire!
It is with no doubt that my personal experiences gave me the drive to get me where I am today. But my qualifications as a Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach and very soon to be qualified Nutritionist (just 3 months to go) makes my business and advice credible. These qualifications allow me to have a voice in my professional field – Health, Wellness & Fitness. It allows me to help people with evidence based knowledge and facts. It also gives me exposure to a diverse range of people coping with many complex conditions.
At the end of the day we are all individuals, with individual temples to look after, and individual needs.
Just because I wake up at 5am and workout doesn’t mean you should, or that it will be life changing to you. In fact within 3 months you might completely fall off the wagon and give up on your routine, because you are a night person and feeling far to fatigued by the afternoon. Or because you have more energy in the afternoon to workout, or because you are a shift worker and it’s unrealistic for your lifestyle. This is something you would need to play around with.
Just because my body thrives on 6 meals a day, and a low fat, high carb and protein diet doesn’t mean yours will. It actually means my gallbladder doesn’t release bile efficiently and sometimes it can be stored in my gallbladder. So I need to make sure I am only eating the good fats and hitting my RDI and no more.. However your body might thrive on 3 meals a day and a high fat, low carb and moderate protein diet. Or you might eat 5 big meals daily and only train 3 times a week and be thriving at your best physical and mental health.
There is no right or wrong with how your ‘ideal healthy life’ should look. That is up to you and youre chosen professional to work through this.
What’s not ok?
It’s not ok for a Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Teacher or someone’s mum, to give nutritional advice and in fact it is often quiet dangerous.
What Professional to see and listen to for help or advice?
Nutritionist or Dietitian: For Nutritional Advice and guidance – Anything from sickness or disease and using food as medicine to weight loss.
Personal Trainer: To exercise and be trained and pushed to your physical limits.
Wellness Coach: To implement lifestyle changes and habits into your life, all of which lead to a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.
Physiotherapist: For acute and chronic injuries.
Psychologist: For stress and anxiety. They can give you tools to help manage this and help you work through it.
Counselor: To talk and help solve issues in your life.
How to find the right person:
- Do your research.
- Make sure the person you are seeking any advice from is qualified in that particular field. (Just because someone is a health practitioner of some sort, doesn’t mean they can give advice on anything but what they have studied.)
- If you are unsure what they are qualified in, just ask.
In no particular order here are some of my favorite professionals and their websites.
Please comment below if you have any questions, and share around.