18 episodes

Join host and dietitian Marika Day as she dives deep into real, raw, and honest conversations discussing matters in health and nutrition that are often swept under the rug. Learn from inspiring individuals and difficult conversations that help us to understand the messiness of what it means to be a healthy and balanced human.

Off The Record Marika Day

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 95 Ratings

Join host and dietitian Marika Day as she dives deep into real, raw, and honest conversations discussing matters in health and nutrition that are often swept under the rug. Learn from inspiring individuals and difficult conversations that help us to understand the messiness of what it means to be a healthy and balanced human.

    My experience living with anxiety. All of your questions answered.

    My experience living with anxiety. All of your questions answered.

    In this week's episode, I share my own experience living and running a business with anxiety. This is a Q+A style episode that I decided to record in light of world mental health day which was on October 10, 2021. In it, I answer questions asked by my audience to provide insight into my own journey with anxiety and the experiences of those who struggle with this mental health condition.

    The questions I answer include:
    When did my anxiety start? (2:08) How did I know it was time to seek help for my anxiety? (4:12)How did I know I had anxiety and it wasn’t just normal worry and stress? (8:30)Do I experience physical symptoms of anxiety? (10:57)What is my anxiety related to? Work? Relationships? (14:12)Do I see a psychologist? And if so, what is my experience in therapy? (17:23)Have I been on medication for my anxiety? (21:12)Is there a relationship between perfectionism and anxiety? And if so, do my perfectionistic tendencies relate to my anxiety? (25:07)Do I experience health anxiety? (27:04) Do certain foods or alcohol play a role in my anxiety? (27:56)How can people support a partner that has anxiety? (30:34)How can you explain anxiety to a partner? (32:00)What strategies have helped me manage my anxiety? (35:14)
    Should you need support, help is available
    Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
    Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

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    • 44 min
    Free Meditation. Releasing Morning Anxiety with Rachael Kable

    Free Meditation. Releasing Morning Anxiety with Rachael Kable

    In light of World Mental Health Day today, I wanted to share this special mediation that was recorded by Rachael Kable for an upcoming project of mine. 

    Regular meditation is a strategy that I use to help manage my anxiety. 

    Find a quiet spot and listen to this mediation whenever you feel like you need to release feelings of morning anxiety.

    Enjoy,
    Marika x

    • 12 min
    My journey with coeliac disease. Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and how my life has changed.

    My journey with coeliac disease. Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and how my life has changed.

    In this week’s episode, I share my journey with coeliac disease. I explore what coeliac disease is, the symptoms, how it is diagnosed, what treatment looks like, and long-term side effects if left untreated. This episode is a great one for those who would like to learn more about coeliac disease and/or my journey with it.

    I discuss:
    What coeliac disease is and what damage it causes the gut (2:30)How coeliac disease is developed. Are some people more susceptible to developing coeliac disease than others? (6:20) The story of my diagnosis with coeliac disease (8:50)How coeliac disease is diagnosed (16:30)Symptoms of coeliac disease (21:00)Advice for coeliacs when eating out (29:00)Treatment of coeliac disease and the long term risks of ignoring this (25:00)Healing the gut from coeliac disease. How long does it take for the gut to return to ‘normal’? (32:47)
    Can you eat oats on a gluten-free diet? Click here for the answer.

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    • 36 min
    Eating for the environment. Can the food choices we make as individuals really help to reduce the impact of climate change?

    Eating for the environment. Can the food choices we make as individuals really help to reduce the impact of climate change?

    In this week’s episode, I am joined by adventurer, environmental scientist, and fellow AIA Vitality Ambassador Tim Jarvis to talk about the impact of our diet and food choices on climate change. Tim holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Environmental Law, was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the environment, community, and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list, and was voted Conservationist of the Year in 2016 by the Australian Geographic Society. With such an impressive resume, there was no better person to join me on the podcast to talk about this topic and provide practical advice around what we can do as individuals to reduce our impact on the environment.

    We discuss:


    How the environment can impact health outcomes (2:30)The origin of Tim’s passion for environmental sustainability (5:50)The role of dietary choices and food waste in climate change (7:10)  How animal-based dietary trends (such as a carnivore and keto diet) impact the environment (13:50)The health risks associated with a diet high in animal-based foods (17:20) Plant-based meat alternatives. Are they really better for the environment? (21:20)What plant-based milk options have the least environmental impact? (24:20)Organic produce. Is it better for the environment? (27:20)Whether eating local and native ingredients have any environmental benefit (30:35)Motivators for making more sustainable dietary choices (43:52)Additional ways (outside of dietary choices) that we can look after the environment and reduce our carbon footprint (51:25)
    Learn more about Tim’s Forktree Project here.

    This week’s episode is brought to you by AIA Vitality. To learn more about how you can make small steps to improve both your own health and the health of the environment please visit www.aia.com.au/smallsteps

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    • 57 min
    Learning how to support someone with an eating disorder with psychologist Meghan Gray

    Learning how to support someone with an eating disorder with psychologist Meghan Gray

    Trigger Warning: Please be advised that this episode contains discussions around eating disorders, complex trauma, and suicide. Should you now, or at any time during this episode, feel triggered by these discussions, please feel comfortable leaving this space at any time.

    In this week’s episode, I am joined by psychologist and founder of Gray Mind Psychology, Meghan Gray to discuss how best to support someone with an eating disorder. Meghan has a background working in severe and complex trauma settings and has a particular interest in trauma-informed practice. Within her current work with eating disorders, Meghan focuses on helping individuals to develop a healthy sense of self and new ways of coping to enable them to separate from their eating disorder self and reconnect with a fulfilling and meaningful life once again.

    We discuss:
    The difference between disordered eating and an eating disorder (4:40)Why people develop eating disorders (8:20) Whether certain personality traits make people more susceptible to developing an eating disorder (15:14)What is happening inside the mind of someone with an eating disorder...why can’t they just ‘stop’? (17:15) What treatment looks like for someone with an eating disorder (27:16)How to start a conversation with someone you think may be struggling with an eating disorder (34:16) Things to avoid saying when speaking to someone who has an eating disorder (37:20)Is it better to start a conversation with someone and say the wrong thing? Or better to say nothing at all? (44:10) Eating disorder recovery - What does it look like? How long does it take? (46:50)
    Resources for family and friends
    Nation Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC)
    Butterfly Foundation

    Resources for those with an eating disorder
    8 Keys to Recovering from an Eating Disorder by Carolyn Costin (book)
    Butterfly Foundation Helpline 1800 334 673
    Lifeline Australia 13 11 14 

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    • 54 min
    Healthy eating vs disordered eating. When do healthy habits become unhealthy? Signs you need to look out for

    Healthy eating vs disordered eating. When do healthy habits become unhealthy? Signs you need to look out for

    In this week’s episode, I talk about the difference between striving towards a healthy goal and disordered eating. The line between the two can be often become blurred, so this episode dives into the different ways that we can identify when healthy habits start to become unhealthy by jeopardising our physical and mental wellbeing.

    I discuss:


    The line between flexible and rigid eating and why this is different for everyone (7:16) Signs that your healthy habits are turning into unhealthy ones (10:24)Fears around goal setting. Can you set goals without jeopardising your mental health and wellbeing? (13:00)The importance of intention when setting a health goal (17:04) Self-awareness and the role this plays in identifying your disordered eating risk (19:32)Personality traits that indicate rigid eating may not be a good choice for you (20:00) Personality traits that carry a lower risk of disordered eating with rigid eating habits (21:05) Building confidence in your own decision-making regarding online health advice (22:05)I share an activity to help you identify the health habits that make you feel good and the ones that promote anxiety or other negative thoughts and emotions (23:35)Food rules. Are they beneficial or do they promote disordered eating? (25:10)Signs your health journey isn’t so healthy (29:00)
    If this episode has raised any concerns for you, you can contact the Butterfly Foundations Helpline on 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673)

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

MelissaDempsey ,

No BS approach

Marika’s no BS approach to health and nutrition is so refreshing. It’s finally a place I can come where I know I’m being told genuine information. I’ve recently tested positive to coeliac disease through a blood test (yet to have endoscopy) so her episode about her journey with coeliac disease was so insightful and helpful. I feel less alone after listening. Thank you, Marika!

Diplloyd99999 ,

One of the best

I listen to SO many podcasts and this is one of the best now a informative, open, insightful, and genuinely nice to listen to. Always look forward to more

jemimafreeman ,

Awesome, wholesome podcast

Love Marika’s perspective and views on health, wellness and fitness. She really knows her stuff. Highly recommend!!

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