MEET THE NUTRIENT PROJECT TEAM
Meet Lana! She is the Founder/Director of the Nutrient Project + clinical nutritionist (BHSc NutMed).
Lana is extremely passionate about sharing her knowledge with large audiences in hope to change public health overall. She started The Nutrient Project to create a platform where others could have access to the information she has learned through her studies and further research. She believes this Information is too vital for people to not know and that with properly guided dietary and lifestyle changes comes a vibrant, symptom free journey to good health.
Like most people in the complementary health industry, she arrived where she is today after having so many unanswered questions about her own health. For close to 10 years she experienced fortnightly migraines which had her bedridden, chronic tonsillitis, nasal blockages all year round, constant sinus headaches, debilitating menstrual pain and poor energy levels. In addition she had eczema plus psoriasis which would crack, bleed and swell on her hands, face, inner arms and scalp. She was on long-term and daily antihistamines, oral, topical and nasal steroids, prescription strength pain relief, frequent courses of antibiotics and the hormonal birth control pill. Through dietary and lifestyle interventions, self-education and working closely with other complementary practitioners, Lana managed to dramatically reduce her symptoms and be medication free.
She spends her time reading, writing, researching and working in private practice. Lana operates out of two beautiful clinics in south Sydney as well as being an online nutritional panelist for the well known 'Food Matters'. Most importantly, Lana spends her time driving positive energy towards her ultimate goal - changing the way we view health care.
Meet Linley! She's an all round nutrition nerd, kitchen boss + The Nutrient Project's resident recipe creator.
Linley is a clinical nutritionist and is passionate about balance and individualised eating. Having studied a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine (and being awarded the BioConcepts ‘Engagement Award’ for exemplary skills), Linley understands that food is a game changer to your overall health. She also has a Bachelor of Visual Arts which has influenced her culinary creations!
Linley currently works in private practice and owns her own cake business 'Real Food Cakes'. She caters for all dietary requirements and only uses whole food ingredients. Nutritionist made cakes - what more does one need in life.
We put Linley to The Nutrient Project question booth!
How did your interest for nutrition start?
I was born into a health conscious family so you could say it started from a young age. I went through my rebellious stage where I strayed from valuing a healthy lifestyle however my health and happiness paid the price. As I got older I started realising there was actually a lot of science supporting a proper diet and good health. I was interested in learning about health as a hobby however I dismissed it as a career. I followed my other passion which is art all the way through to university, but towards the end I realised that’s not the field I wanted to work in. During my art degree I was working at a health food store and I started to question whether nutrition would be the best career path for me. So, a couple of months after finishing my art degree I jumped straight into studying nutrition and here I am today!
What do you do when you're not busy cooking up healthy meals?
I’m always happily busy working and i’m an avid reader of anything from news to fluffy fiction. I like exercising outdoors, hopefully surrounded by trees and sunshine. I also like to cook up some not-so-healthy meals but I firmly believe that everything is fine in moderation! I bake and decorate celebratory cakes for friends and family which is probably my most enjoyable hobby. Cooking, like any sort of creation or art form, is almost meditative. You can get completely absorbed in the moment at hand and all concept of time is gone. It's fantastic.
What was the biggest light bulb moment for you when studying nutrition?
There is not one diet or style of eating that suits everyone. We're so often told 'this diet is the best', and it may well be for that person but it most definitely is not for everyone. Some people feel better following a well rounded plant based diet while others would never thrive giving up animal proteins. As long as people are getting all the nutrients they need and are happy, then that’s what is most important. I also realised that nutrition means very little if you aren't happy. You could eat a perfectly organic, biodynamic, nutrient balanced diet but if your health is compromised from sleeping too little, exercising too much or overworking yourself then you can't achieve health. So have the odd piece of cake, sleep in and have a TV binge day if it makes you happy and healthy.
Linley's instagram account: @cooklikeanutritionist
Facebook: Cook Like A Nutritionist
Real Food Cakes: Instagram: @realfoodcakes - email: email@example.com - Facebook: Real Food Cakes
To book a nutritional medicine consultation with Linley: please email her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org