The one thing that almost ruined my netball career

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For as long as I can remember nutrition has played a large role in my life – both positively and negatively.

I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food. Whilst at the Australian Institute of Sport the role of food in my life took a turn for the worst.

As crazy as it seems, at a time in my life when I was focusing on improving my netball career, I was also sabotaging it. My eating disorder started and I went from happy, healthy, high performer to having a conversation with the Aussie under 21’s coach that if I didn’t get help, and improve my strength and power, I would not only never become a Diamond but I would also not be picked in the Aussie 21s side. My unhealthy relationship with food was threatening my biggest dream and negatively impacting my mental and physical health. I had a decision to make!

This honest conversation with the coach was what I needed, many others had tried to get through but I wasn’t interested in listening! I got some help and decided that I would do what it took to break this disease that was controlling my life and threatening to influence not only my sporting career but also my happiness in my general life.

I turned to nutrition in a different way, I wanted to use it to help me achieve my new goals. I decided to learn how nutrition could improve my performance and strength and got started! I decided to view food as fuel to get me to where I wanted to go – and it worked! Not instantly of course, it took time and recovery was a rollercoaster of emotions but in time not only did my relationship with food improve, I learnt first-hand how much nutrition can influence your happiness, well-being and importantly to me at the time, sporting performance.

My experience, whilst something I wish I never had to endure, led me to where I am today. I studied Nutrition and Dietetics and Sports Nutrition and have a passion to share with others the positive role food can play in their lives, not only in general health and well-being but also in sports nutrition.

This has become particularly important to me over the past couple of years as I have seen more and more nutrition information shared on social media from people with no qualification to do so. I shudder to see the advice given to young women and for mums and bubs, not only is much of it based on fads, it can often be incorrect and actually detrimental to health.  Personally if I had access to this information when I was having difficulty with my diet I know it would have made me worse – and that scares me. I feel that this is fuelling women to follow crazy diet fads in the pursuit of health and ultimately an unrealistic goals.

I want it to stop. With a young daughter, I fear for her relationship with food and body image in the future. I want to find a way to stop this misinformation and help women, mums and kids have a healthy relationship with food.

This website is a place for girls, women and mums to find nutrition information they can trust. The information I am providing is evidence based, inspiring and will help women of all ages achieve health their health goals and the goals of their family.

For eating disorder support please head to the The Butterfly Foundation https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/

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