“Vibrant health is holistic; there’s no other way around it!”
Jodie (ANutr, GDipNut, BSc, BA) is a postgraduate university qualified nutritionist, personal trainer and mum with over 13 years’ experience in the fitness industry, beginning as a professional dancer, coach and choreographer. Equipped with a wealth of knowledge, compassion and passion, Jodie is the straight-talking, pump-you-up coach you always wished for.
“My mission is to empower women to feel vibrantly healthy, bursting with energy and liberated from body image concerns.”
My Moving Journey…
After struggling for too many years with food, body image, self-confidence, PTSD and gut problems, I committed myself to learn about nutrition science, cooking and healthy eating. I let go of toxic relationships, lucrative scientific scholarships, starvation and chronic stress. This journey led to a momentous shift in my outlook and health. It has taken many years, but finally I view food and exercise as a source of nourishment, enjoyment and self-care, not as punishment or the enemy. Moving Nutrition is an evolving manifestation of my journey, discoveries and passions.
In another life, I have a long history as an elite athlete, dancer and coach/choreographer including cheerleading for the Melbourne Tigers and other reputable sports teams. In 2012, I founded the thriving Cheerleading Club at Monash University and coached many of the teams to international and championship titles. You can check out a YouTube video of us competing at Dance Worlds here. As a young child, I was also heavily encouraged into a number of sports – basketball, netball, softball, tennis, calisthenics… by my passionate and athletic mother. From here I have developed a vast knowledge of fitness and movement.
I am also a mother to a beautiful toddler and an advocate for mental health. My drive for unveiling and promoting awareness about lifestyle and nutrition for depression and other mental health challenges started over 12 years ago. In 2004, I suddenly and tragically lost my mother to suicide. I spent a decade spiraling through PTSD and all of the wonderful issues that adjunct. Embracing food and movement as medicine + most importantly, sharing that with others, has played a momentous role in my healing journey.
My philosophy of education is summarized beautifully by the moto of my first and most beloved university, ‘Ancora Imparo,’ I am always learning. I strive to stay current and informed about the latest happenings within the constantly evolving and multifaceted health and wellness industry, as well as emerging nutrition science. However, I am only one person, limited by time and resources. I am also a new mum; finding her feet with this extraordinary responsibility. I will always remain humble with my level of knowledge and embrace the opportunity to learn together.
As for my current qualifications, I have achieved the following:
Postgraduate Diploma of Human Nutrition from Deakin University (2015)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts from Monash University (2012)
Certificate III & IV of Fitness from FIA Fitnation (2015)
Associate Member of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
Member of the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA)
Areas of specialization:
There are a few areas I specialize in and if you take a look around this site you will discover most of my articles centre around these themes. Each area of specialization stems from either a deep personal experience or a well-developed education.
- General nutrition advice
- Gastrointestinal (gut) health
- Mood (anxiety and depression)
- Sports nutrition
- Strength & conditioning for dancers
- Weight concern – loss, gain, non-dieting approach
- Women’s health
- Preconception, pregnancy and beyond
- Body image positivity
- Chronic stress
- Healthy ageing
- Functional training
- Resistance training
- Group fitness
- Core strength & flexibility