Hello, I’m Amanda, founder of Amanda’s Wellbeing Podcast. The aim of this podcast is to bring you credible, useful and interesting information to empower you to eat well, move well and think well. In each episode of Amanda’s Wellbeing Podcast, I will interview experts in fields related to wellbeing including nutrition, physical health and mental health.
After experiencing some health-related issues, I began a personal quest to understand more about the interrelationship between nutrition and wellbeing. The more I read, the more confused I became; so much information is available yet so much of it is contradictory like the very mixed messages about the health effects of saturated fat consumption. I wanted to be able to discern for myself which sources were credible and so began my long, and continuing, journey of discovery which has ultimately led me to creating Amanda’s Wellbeing Podcast.
In 2011, whilst living in Hong Kong for a decade, I began studying a post-graduate Masters in Human Nutrition at Deakin University (Melbourne). Finally, after repatriating to Australia, settling my three children into their “new” life, doing a lot of trail running (wonderful to calm the mind), working part-time in the law (my original profession) and acquiring a dog, I slowly but surely completed my Masters degree in 2017 and I did well; I was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Head of School Academic Achievement Award. I am also a registered Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia Inc. I only mention these things so you know I am well qualified to source credible and useful information about health and wellbeing.
There is seemingly unlimited information available about nutrition and diet from books, to magazine, to blogs and more. As I mentioned, it can be hard to disentangle fact from fiction. My nutrition studies have equipped me with knowledge to read nutrition related information with a discerning eye. However, I also learned that when it comes to nutrition, certain truths exist (e.g. some nutrients are essential in the human diet because the body cannot produce them itself like vitamin C and certain amino acids, and a high intake of processed meats is associated with a significantly increased risk of colorectal cancer)1 but there is no “right diet” that is perfect for everyone. Human beings can thrive on a variety of diets.
It is an exciting time to be involved in the science of nutrition; our understanding of the interrelationship between food and health is growing exponentially. For example, the emerging sciences of nutrigenomics (the impact of diet on the human genome or gene expression) and nutrigenetics (the effect of inherited or acquired genetic variations on metabolism and health)2 will ultimately lead to personalised nutrition to prevent disease and optimise nutrition based on a person’s genome. How cool is that?
Eating well is one aspect of wellbeing. I believe that moving well and thinking well are others.
I love running, especially trail running, I love ocean swimming (in summer only, yes, I am a fair-weather swimmer) and I have fallen back in love with cycling after years of ignoring this first-rate sport. I have spent a lot of time in various forms of motion but because I am getting older, it also means I have spent too much time with physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, personal trainers and coaches!
The positive side, apart from keeping me moving, is that I have come across some excellent people who know a lot about movement, about how to train effectively and how to prevent and heal injuries and I look forward to sharing their knowledge with you.
I am interested in understanding how the way we think and frame our thoughts can have a profound impact on both our mental and physical wellbeing. I believe that we can learn a lot from Buddhism and practising mindfulness.
I try, with varying degrees of success, to incorporate meditation into my life and I follow Buddhism courses at Buddha House. I will be speaking with mindfulness experts, psychologists and psychiatrists to help you cultivate a healthy mind.
I am a huge fan of podcasts; they fit so well into a busy life so I have created one to fit into yours! I hope you enjoy listening to Amanda’s Wellbeing Podcast and that it inspires you to eat well, move well and think well.
1 Chan DSM, Lau R, Aune D et al. Red and processed meat and colorectal cancer incidence: meta-analysis of prospective studies, PLOS One. 2011 Jun 6. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0020456
2 Fenech M, El-Sohemy A, Cahill L et al. Nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics: viewpoints on the current status and applications in nutrition research and practice. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics. 2011 Jul 4(2): 69-89.