Ali Disher - Apple to Zucchini: Sports Nutrition
I first met Ali in primary school (we used to swim together at Friday night swim club!) however I reconnected with her last year after a mutual friend (and client) raved about her nutrition plans. I've been a client of Ali's and can tell you first hand that she's amazing.
I caught up with Ali recently and asked her a few questions about health and life:
My health philosophy
Eat real food as a priority, but remember that there is no room for guilt associated with eating something you wish you hadn’t. Enjoy nutritious food with people you love, in the right amounts for you, and at the right intervals.
The question you get asked most by your clients:
It’s more of a comment - "I feel like bread/wheat/gluten makes me feel bloated."
And what do you tell them…..
The chances are that it could be, but more often than not when I work with a client who experiences gut symptoms, after some time working together we realise that it’s actually another culprit like FODMAPs foods or certain chemicals like salicylates found in foods. These components are harder to identify in foods!
What makes you wildly happy?
Going to the dog beach with our puppy Minnow, because it encompasses everything I love: my partner Alex, any dog in sight, glowing sunshine, gentle waves, being outdoors, and the Australian Summer. Yes please!
If you could change something in the world, what would it be?
I would love to take away all our unnecessary luxuries - level out hierarchical power, use exchanges for currency and make things far less accessible. All the little components of a client’s end goal tend to contain smaller goals such as less stress and more exercise. If we had to work for our food we would likely eat less and move more to obtain it (and likely get it from the great outdoors), and as a result of endorphins and all those feel-good circulating hormones, we would be happier people. We would also get back to more social behaviour. There is endless research and some very interesting work around food and mood. I know it seems simple, but sometimes simple is the best way!
One thing I wish everyone in the world could know about Nutrition is…
You just don’t know how good you can feel if you nourish your body in the right way for YOU. Your whole approach to life shifts - your mood, your relationships with others, your work ethic, your concentration, your athletic performance, your memory, your mobility… the list is very long.
Apple to Zucchini: Sports Nutrition
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