Body Scan Analyst
Hi, I’m Leila! I recently completed a Bachelor in Human Nutrition at the University of Canberra and will go on to do a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics so that I can become an accredited practising dietitian. At this stage, I am interested in going into private practice or working with elite athletes. As a part of my studies I completed an internship at The Healthy Eating Clinic and I was lucky enough to join the team after finishing my degree.
I have been interested in healthy eating since primary school and decided to become a nutritionist during my time as a netballer at the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS). During my time with ACTAS, I learned the exercises that were specific to my body and sport, as well as the types of food I needed to eat before, during and after training and competition. It was then that I realised that people, seeking dietary help and advice, need nutritional strategies specific to their body that also take into account their age, lifestyle and health status.
I am the The Healthy Eating Clinic’s body scan specialist and you will find me at both our Woden and Harrison locations. Our InBody scan provides you with a comprehensive reading of your body composition and it is a great way to track your progress and measure the effectiveness of your nutritional and exercise strategies.
I look forward to seeing you in the clinic and being a part of your journey!
Q&A with Leila
What’s your favourite food?
I love all kinds of food so it’s hard to just pick one but I’m definitely loving Thai green curry at the moment… with just the right amount of spice, otherwise you’ll catch me hiccupping like a maniac.
What’s your favourite cooking method?
Roasting – I love roasting vegetables, particularly potatoes, and coating them with various herbs and spices to create a delicious side dish.
How did you become interested in nutrition?
At a young age I became a vegetarian and I was also involved in high performance sport. As an athlete I had access to sports dietitians and they taught me the importance of a diet, particularly as a vegetarian athlete – this sparked a further interest in food and nutrition.
What’s your superpower?
My sense of smell. I have the nose of a beagle and can smell anything from a mile away.
5 organisation tips that help you eat well:
- Planning my meals in advance. This encourages me to grocery shop accordingly and stick to my plan.
- Cooking extras. I like to eat leftovers for lunch – this helps me manage my time more efficiently as I don’t have to cook for every mealtime.
- Packing my lunch for work. Buying food when you’re hungry may not always lead to the smartest food choices so if my lunch is packed, I don’t need to buy anything.
- Adding flavour. Plain, boiled broccoli isn’t always easy on the tastebuds but adding some lemon and cumin changes the game!
- Not restricting myself of particular foods e.g. chocolate. Restricting foods can often lead to bingeing, so it’s important to enjoy these foods in moderation to sustain healthy eating habits.