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Conversations about fitness, nutrition & mindset. Based on real life experiences. On The Menu: A Introductory Starter, Insightful Main Course & Juicy Dessert. Navigating the world, our food environment, social changes & a whole lot more.

Lifestyle Design Secrets Amy Freya Neilson

    • Health & Fitness

Conversations about fitness, nutrition & mindset. Based on real life experiences. On The Menu: A Introductory Starter, Insightful Main Course & Juicy Dessert. Navigating the world, our food environment, social changes & a whole lot more.

    Ep. 27 | The Motherhood Menu: Nourishing Moms and Babies with Jess Anderson

    Ep. 27 | The Motherhood Menu: Nourishing Moms and Babies with Jess Anderson

    In our latest chat, I sit down with Jess Anderson from Nourish and Bloom Mama to get real about the ups and downs of motherhood, from pregnancy to baby nutrition. Jess and I get into what it really means to eat right when you're expecting or already deep in the mom life. We bust some common myths (spoiler: eggs aren’t the enemy!) and share why liver should be on your plate for that choline boost.



    Here’s what you’ll take away from our down-to-earth talk:

    - Trust your gut (literally) when it comes to what you eat as a mom or mom-to-be.

    - Iron’s super important during pregnancy and after, and it's not just about how much you eat, but how your body takes it in.

    - Plant-based diets and pregnancy can be a tricky combo. We chat about the importance of iron and where to get it.

    - Protein is a big deal for energy and mood, especially when you’re growing a little human.

    - Food isn't just food; it's about long-term health for you and your kiddo.

    - Self-care isn't selfish. It's key for being the best mom you can be.

    - We talk healthy fats for brain development and why butter is way better than those nasty vegetable oils.

    - The first 40 days postpartum are all about rest, bonding, and boundaries.



    Our episode is packed with real talk about making food choices that make sense for you and your family. So grab your earbuds and get ready to feel seen, heard, and maybe even a bit hungry!



    Chapters to tune in for:



    00:00 – Meet Jess and hear our take on mother and baby nutrition.

    10:47 – We tackle those pesky nutrition myths during pregnancy.

    24:46 – Unpacking why eggs, butter, and liver deserve a spot on your plate.

    43:48 – The real deal on plant-based diets and pregnancy.

    01:02:54 – Self-care tips for moms and why your well-being is non-negotiable.

    01:18:24 – Embracing the sacred first 40 days postpartum.

    Tune in for a heart-to-heart that’s all about feeding both body and soul. 🌱💕



    Visit Jess' Website: https://www.nourishandbloom.co.nz/ where you can find her recipe book, courses and lots more!



    In this podcast we focus our conversations around fitness, nutrition & mindset. Based on real life experiences.

    On The Menu each week: An Introductory Starter, Insightful Main Course & Juicy Dessert. Navigating the world, our food environment, social changes & a whole lot more.

    You can access more Free Tools & Resources over at www.amysfitnessandnutrition.co.nz

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Ep. 26 | Meet Dani Saunders On Losing 14kg & Why The Scales Don't Matter!

    Ep. 26 | Meet Dani Saunders On Losing 14kg & Why The Scales Don't Matter!

    In our latest episode, we're joined by Dani, who shares her inspiring journey towards embracing a healthier lifestyle and its profound impact on her overall well-being.

    Dani's story is a compelling testament to the importance of tuning in to your body's needs and making mindful food choices.

    Key Highlights:
    -Dani discusses the significance of listening to your body and making personal choices that enhance your well-being.
    -She underscores the value of focusing on body composition and overall health, rather than solely on weight loss.
    -The conversation sheds light on the positive influence of supportive gym environments and role models in sustaining healthy habits.
    -Dani's approach to health emphasises balance, enjoying food without guilt, and making gradual, sustainable changes.
    -Her journey illustrates the power of self-acceptance and discovering what uniquely works for your body.

    Episode Breakdown:
    -We begin with an introduction to Dani's background and her path to health.
    -Dani shares insights on her gradual dietary changes and the impact of role models.
    -She discusses her weight loss journey, particularly in preparation for her wedding, and how she addressed infertility issues by changing her approach to health.
    -The episode delves into the transformation Dani experienced post-consultation, including understanding her body better and focusing on muscle gain.
    -Dani and I talk about the importance of body composition over weight, and how she created a supportive gym culture.
    -We explore finding the right balance in diet, maintaining healthy habits, and the importance of listening to your body's unique needs.
    -The discussion includes practical tips like increasing protein intake, enjoying high-protein breakfasts, and balancing indulgence with healthy eating.
    -Dani emphasises the joy of embracing her natural body and making informed choices, even when dining out.
    -The episode wraps up with Dani's final thoughts and advice on prioritising health and finding a balance that allows for enjoying life to its fullest.
    -Join us for this enlightening conversation, packed with valuable takeaways and practical tips for anyone looking to embark on a journey of health and self-discovery.


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 25 | Beyond the Plate: Unpacking Nutrition Myths with Chris from Hippocrates

    Ep. 25 | Beyond the Plate: Unpacking Nutrition Myths with Chris from Hippocrates

    Join us in this conversation with Chris, the mind behind Hippocrates, a forward-thinking meal delivery service in Queenstown.

    In this episode, we delve into an array of nutrition and health topics, examining the often misunderstood role of red meat in our diets, the pervasive influence of processed foods, and the potent impact of marketing within our food environments.

    Chris opens up about his transition from veganism, sharing his belief in the benefits of natural, unprocessed foods and his personal health revelations.

    We explore the importance of fibre, the detrimental effects of a diet heavy in processed foods, and the significant role of marketing in shaping our food choices. Chris's journey to creating Hippocrates is a tale of innovation born from necessity, aiming to provide convenient, healthy meals that counteract the modern-day food system crisis.

    Key Takeaways:

    - Red meat, when sourced ethically and consumed in moderation, can be a part of a healthy diet, contrary to its unfair demonization.
    - Processed foods, often disguised as healthy choices with strategic marketing, can have a lasting negative impact on our health and well-being.
    - Understanding ingredient lists is crucial; a shorter list often denotes a less processed product, better for overall gut health.
    - Consistent, healthy eating habits are fundamental to reap the long-term benefits of a nutritious diet.
    - Accessibility and convenience offered by services like Hippocrates can be a game-changer in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Chapter Recap:
    - We start by setting the scene for our discussion on health and nutrition.
    Chris and I tackle the topic of veganism and its popularity as a health trend.
    - We address the contentious issue surrounding red meat and its place in a balanced diet.
    - The conversation turns to the impact of processed foods on health, especially gut health.
    - We discuss the significance of fiber and its natural occurrence in our diet.
    - Chris recounts the origin of Hippocrates and his motivation behind the business.
    - We examine the current problems within the food system and the role of marketing.
    - Chris outlines the thoughtful approach Hippocrates takes in crafting their healthy meals.
    - We discuss the obstacles faced in sourcing local, nutritious ingredients.
    The benefits of using a meal delivery service like Hippocrates are highlighted.
    - We emphasize the importance of regular healthy eating for overall health.
    We conclude with a reflection on the freedom that comes from proper nutrition.
    - As we wrap up, we emphasize the need for critical thinking in the face of nutritional advice, understanding the motives behind such guidance, and the importance of listening to our bodies.
    - The episode also stresses the value of meal prep and how it can simplify the journey to a healthier lifestyle.

    To listen to the full conversation and gather more insights on how to improve your nutrition and health, visit https://www.amysfitnessandnutrition.co.nz/.

    Explore Chris's meal deliveries at: https://www.hippocrates.co.nz/
    Follow Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hippocratesqtnz



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 24 | Navigating Nutrition Advice & The Social Media Landscape

    Ep. 24 | Navigating Nutrition Advice & The Social Media Landscape

    In our latest episode, I had a captivating conversation with Marie Maischberger about how health experts navigate the landscape of social media.

    Together, we peeled back the layers on the role social media plays in shaping public perception of health messages, highlighting the contrast between European and New Zealand approaches.

    I shared my personal strategies for discerning reliable information from the rampant misinformation online, underscoring the importance of scrutinising sources and the motives behind the messages we receive.

    We also pondered the significance of personal responsibility when it comes to filtering through health information on these platforms, and the intricate challenges faced in attempting to regulate this digital space. Our dialogue ventured into the realm of nutrition, where I discussed the necessity of explaining why certain food choices can enhance health and the imperative of customising nutrition to fit individual needs.

    Takeaways from the Discussion
    -Social media is a prevalent yet precarious platform for health information, often marred by inaccurate content.
    -Health professionals view and interact with social media content through diverse lenses, shaping their engagement.
    -It's crucial to critically assess health information on social media and be wary of the intentions behind it.
    -Individuals should take charge of their social media feeds, carefully selecting reputable sources to follow.
    -The complexity of overseeing health messages on social media underscores the need for users to be judicious in what they accept as truth.
    -Clear communication about the virtues of healthy eating is essential, as is customising dietary advice to individual needs.
    -While social media can be a potent tool for health advocacy, it demands an informed and questioning approach to protect against misinformation.
    -Recognising the disparities in food standards and choices internationally is key to a well-rounded understanding of nutrition.


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    On The Menu each week: An Introductory Starter, Insightful Main Course & Juicy Dessert. Navigating the world, our food environment, social changes & a whole lot more.

    You can access more Free Tools & Resources over at www.amysfitnessandnutrition.co.nz

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep.23 | Men's Health, Testosterone, Building Confidence & Energy In Men

    Ep.23 | Men's Health, Testosterone, Building Confidence & Energy In Men

    In this podcast episode, Amy interviews Ian, the founder of a 100% natural supplement company that produces ‘Testo’ – a supplement to boost testosterone levels in men. They discuss the decline of testosterone levels in men since the 80's and the lifestyle factors that contribute to it.

    They debunk misconceptions about testosterone supplements and emphasise the importance of natural and high-quality supplements. Ian shares his personal experience with testosterone supplements and the benefits he has noticed.

    They also explore the symptoms of low testosterone in men and the impact of stress, sedentary lifestyle, and technology on testosterone levels.

    The conversation highlights the role of outdoor activities, morning routines, and proper nutrition in boosting testosterone levels.

    Ian is keen to open up the discussion around Men’s Health and the benefits of returning your testosterone to a healthy baseline.

    We talk about everything that Ian sees in men today.


    What causes low testosterone?
    How to spot it in the men around you?
    Erectile dysfunction
    Natural ways to boost testosterone.
    The part obesity has to play
    The importance of lifting weights and moving your body

    The importance of talking as a man. About things like stress, fatigue, lack of confidence, ED and more. You’d be surprised the difference it can make and how many people might be going through a similar thing.

    Following his discovery of a tumour on his prostate the company's next project is formulating a natural supplement to help with prostate health.

    Takeaways

    Testosterone levels in men have been declining since the 80s due to various lifestyle factors.

    Natural and high-quality supplements can help boost testosterone levels in men.

    Symptoms of low testosterone include lack of confidence, lack of zest for life, erectile dysfunction, and inability to build muscle.

    Outdoor activities, morning routines, and proper nutrition play a crucial role in boosting testosterone levels.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction to Testosterone and Low Testosterone Levels

    03:45 Misconceptions about Testosterone Supplements

    05:14 Natural Supplements for Boosting Testosterone

    06:06 Importance of Quality and Consistency in Supplements

    08:20 Personal Experience with Testosterone Supplements

    09:37 The Importance of Confidence and Self-Esteem

    11:09 Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men

    14:30 The Impact of Stress and Sedentary Lifestyle on Testosterone Levels

    16:11 The Role of Outdoor Activities in Boosting Testosterone

    17:18 The Rise of Incels and the Impact of Technology on Testosterone Levels

    19:09 The Comfort Crisis and the Decline of Physical Activity

    21:03 Lifestyle Factors for Boosting Testosterone

    22:48 The Importance of Morning Routines and Sunlight Exposure

    24:01 The Challenges of Working from Home and Maintaining a Routine

    25:23 The Role of Carbohydrates in Testosterone Levels

    28:42 The Benefits of Red Meat and Protein Intake

    30:45 The Protein Leverage Hypothesis and Overeating Carbohydrates

    32:22 The Importance of Hydration and Water Intake

    33:23 The Impact of Diet on Testosterone Levels



    And lots more…



    Explore Testo:

    https://www.testo.co.nz/



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    On The Menu each week: An Introductory Starter, Insightful Main Course & Juicy Dessert. Navigating the world, our food environment, social changes & a whole lot more.

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    • 52 min
    Ep. 22 | Holiday Health Hacks With Harriet From Harriet Well Nutrition

    Ep. 22 | Holiday Health Hacks With Harriet From Harriet Well Nutrition

    Holiday Health Hacks With Harriet From Harriet Well Nutrition

    In our latest episode, Harriet and I delve into the myriad ways to stay healthy and joyful throughout the festive season. We advocate for a positive approach to nourishment, focusing on what to incorporate into your diet instead of what to eliminate.

    Understanding the benefits of embracing hunger is another key point we discuss, along with the crucial aspect of making your well-being a priority and ensuring you stay well-hydrated.

    Mindfulness is a recurring theme in our conversation, especially when it comes to eating. We talk about the importance of plating your food and tuning into your hunger and fullness signals. This approach allows you to fully savor and celebrate the holiday treats without losing sight of your body's cues.

    We wrap up the conversation by reinforcing the need to adhere to feel-good daily practices and routines, even amidst the holiday chaos.

    Moreover, Harriet and I explore tactics for upholding a balanced lifestyle during these festive times. We stress the significance of establishing wholesome routines, being conscious of our movement, listening to our bodies, managing stress without resorting to food, and practicing self-compassion.

    We encourage everyone to wholeheartedly enjoy the holidays and resist the temptation to dismiss healthy habits with the new year just around the corner. Ultimately, we aim to equip you with actionable advice and a positive outlook to skillfully navigate the holiday season's delights and challenges.



    Takeaways


    Set up healthy routines and be mindful of your daily habits, even during the holiday season.
    Any movement is good, so find ways to stay active and enjoy physical activities that you love.
    Listen to your body and take the time to check in with yourself both mentally and physically.
    Manage stress without relying on food as a coping mechanism.
    Remember that one less healthy choice isn't going to ruin everything. Enjoy it and move on.
    Don't be too hard on yourself and try to enjoy the holiday season without overthinking things.
    Avoid using the impending new year as an excuse to abandon healthy habits. Start incorporating positive changes now.



    Chapters



    00:00 Introduction and Background

    01:01 Philosophies on Eating Well and Mindset

    03:28 Focusing on What to Add, Not What to Cut Out

    07:26 Avoiding Under-Eating and Overeating

    09:12 Being Okay with Feeling Hungry

    11:17 Finding Balance and Enjoyment in Food

    14:05 Making Yourself a Priority

    22:36 Staying Hydrated

    25:54 Mindful Eating and Plating Your Food

    32:43 Maintaining Feel-Good Daily Habits and Routines

    33:24 Setting Up Healthy Routines

    37:33 Any Movement is Good

    41:58 Listen to Your Body

    45:19 Manage Stress Without Food

    48:56 One Less Healthy Choice Isn't Everything

    51:58 Don't Be Hard on Yourself and Enjoy It

    58:52 Don't Use the New Year as an Excuse



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    https://www.harrietwell.com/

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    In this podcast we focus our conversations around fitness, nutrition & mindset. Based on real life experiences.

    On The Menu each week: An Introductory Starter, Insightful Main Course & Juicy Dessert. Navigating the world, our food environment, social changes & a whole lot more.

    You can access more Free Tools & Resources over at www.amysfitnessandnutrition.co.nz

    - Binge our ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Free Articles, Health Hacks & Recipes⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    - Sign up to our Free Weekly Newsletter with 1 Recipe, 1 Juicy Story & 1 Epic Insight

    - Explore our ready to go ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Bitesize Guides & Body Reset Transformation Programmes⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    - Book in for a Consultation or Tailored Nutrition Plan

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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