Your Nutrition questions answered — Meet Julian, Leiden’s resident Nutritionist

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Do you feel like you can’t keep up with the latest nutrition news because there is so much information available now that it makes you really unsure about what is fact and what is fiction?

We interviewed Nutritionist and Fitness Expert, Julian Everett, this week. Julian is one of Leiden’s regular contributors. He will be bringing you simple diet and nutrition information making it easy for you to find good, factual information.

Julian completed a Bachelor of Human Nutrition and is now currently completing his Master in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra. Julian is working towards becoming an Accredited Practicing Dietician (APD).

Outside of his university studies Julian’s working life is very diverse encompassing many different aspects of nutrition and fitness. “I am a full time teacher at the Canberra Institute of Technology. I specialise in nutrition and business. I also co-own Body Basics Health Club, which has been operating in Canberra for 15 years. I deliver personal nutrition consultations, specialised fitness programs and assist in the marketing of the health club”.

Julian started personal training way back in 1991. Since then he has also been a group circuit instructor, exercise therapist, and gym manager. “Since starting my career I would have trained thousands of people and what I enjoy the most is that each individual has their own story to share”.

Making lifestyle changes is always challenging and assisting people to make these changes is what Julian finds inspiring and rewarding. “I like to help people achieve something they can’t do without proper support and expertise. Using various services, such as personal trainers and nutritionists, can help people achieve their goals but also provide them with a sense of belonging, community and self-esteem”.

Julian sees a lot of people who either make unhealthy choices or are unaware of how unhealthy they are. He goes on to say “simple changes to your lifestyle and eating habits can give excellent rewards both physically and mentally and I really enjoy seeing my clients have more energy, clearer thinking and improving their physical fitness”.

Staying on the topic of making healthy choices, carbohydrates have been getting a lot of negative attention over the years, leading to the assumption that they are bad for your health. Carbohydrates include foods such as bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes. So what are the facts? “Carbohydrates play such an important role in human nutrition and health, to remove them is one of the biggest mistakes people can make. Carbs provide essential energy to all cells in our body, brain, and nervous system. Our red blood cells rely on carbs for energy, and carbohydrate rich foods provide so many essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Plus carbohydrate foods are delicious. There are so many flavours and textures that can be enjoyed by eating carbs. Eat your carbs people!”

So how many carbohydrates should we be consuming each day? Julian recommends checking out The Australian Dietary Guidelines for all your daily requirements. You can find it here.

Julian’s focus is all about balanced, healthy eating and enjoying all foods you really love. With an overload of information available to us now it’s really hard to separate fact from fiction. Julian will be delivering the real facts behind the claims and telling us how it is. Julian will be sharing useful diet tips and information about fad diets.


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Liz Wensing

Liz Wensing

Liz is a lover of all things health and fitness. Her passion is to educate and empower everyone to live healthy and abundant lives. Liz has spent many years learning everything there is to know about health through formal and informal study. Her favourite drink is chai and yoga pants dominate her wardrobe. While Liz completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Health Promotion and Exercise Science and holds a Diploma of Fitness, she is not a doctor. Please consult medical advice if you are unsure of anything in regards to your personal health and fitness.

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