It’s Wellness Wednesday and boy do I have a treat for all of you.
My next feature has 30+ years of experience in skin, wellness and nutrition. She is on a mission to help you live a healthier, happier life by providing trusted professional nutritional advice without any hidden marketing scams or biased opinions.
She comes from a place of transparency, keen to share her personal experiences and stories with you to help you make wise food choices. Helping you recognize where and why you may be nutritionally deficient is part of her journey together. She welcomes you to join the Fiona Tuck Nutritional Community and listen to her phenomenal podcast, “The Forensic Nutritionist Podcast”🎧🎙🤍
Meet Fiona Tuck – Business Woman + Author + Nutritional Medicine Practitioner + Skincare Expert + Media Commentator + Podcast Host of The Forensic Nutritionist Podcast + Accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society
‘Nutrition is the grass roots of good health’
Thank you again Fiona for being apart of my journey for all these years, my blog and also for joining my various platforms 💛✨🥂🍾-LOVE YOU
Let’s dive in………✍🏽🍎🫐🍇🥗🥑
Author + Nutritional Medicine Practitioner + Skincare Expert + Podcast Host of “The Forensic Nutritionist Podcast”
Featured Entrepreneur: Fiona Tuck – Author + Nutritional Medicine Practitioner + Skincare Expert + Podcast Host of “The Forensic Nutritionist Podcast” + Media Commentator
Interviewed by: Anna Svetlik De La Rosa
Episode: # 84
MY INTERVIEW WITH FIONA TUCK
Q1. What did you want to be growing up?
Growing up I wanted to be an actress, a hairdresser or a doctor. I wasn’t allowed to go to stage school, hairdressing wasn’t considered a proper career and I couldn’t afford to support myself through university (plus the idea of cutting up bodies freaked me out) so I left school and went to work in a bank. Looking back this was purely to please my parents and to fit into the mould of what others thought was an acceptable career. It wasn’t for me, I lasted 1 year, became depressed and withdrawn and decided to leave and study aesthetics and wellness.
Q2. Who is Fiona Tuck?
A driven, positive individual that believes anything is possible to those that believe. I believe in Karma, what goes around comes around and I always aim to be a kind, thoughtful and good person. I have always believed that life is an adventure, a lesson and a mirror. I love the way the universe sends signs and messages if you listen closely enough and pay attention.
I worked in skincare for many years, as an aesthetician, technical trainer and then as a co-founder of Australia’s leading professional skincare range, but my passion has always been a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. I studied nutrition in my late teens but went back to study nutritional medicine after working in Asia. Food is used as medicine in many Asian countries and this led me to my studies.
Q3. If you could choose one women that you look up too, who would it be?
Louise Hay. I read her book in my 20’s when I was shy, depressed and lacking in confidence. Her book, “How to Heal Your Life” really resonated with me and I truly believe it changed my mindset to be able to take responsibility and accountability for my life. I realised that all the things I had ever dreamed of were available for me. So I decided to pack my bags, move to the other side of the world and started manifesting the life I had always dreamed of. About 20 years later I live a dream life, have built a multi-million dollar skincare empire, have written a wellness book called, The Forensic Nutritionist and have the ability to educate others via my website, TV, Podcast and media channels on health and wellness. I am truly thankful and very blessed.
Q4. How did you get started in the health and nutrition?
When I was working in Asia, the locals would take me out for dinner and tell me what to eat depending on how I was feeling. They talked about food as medicine and I found it fascinating. This lead me to want to investigate the concept further as I suffered from anorexia, anxiety and depression. I studied Nutritional Medicine for 7 years and through my studies I discovered that I was nutritionally deficient in certain vitamins which were contributing to my eating disorders and mood. Changing my diet to a nutrient rich, wholefood diet and correcting the nutritional deficiencies changed if not saved my life. I truly believe that the majority of us are nutritionally deficient in some way which can contribute to an array of health complaints such as fatigue, depression, skin disorders, anxiety etc. Now I specialise in forensic nutrition, which is basically recognising nutritional deficiencies and early health warning signs and correcting these with nutritional medicine.
Q5. What is healthy eating?
Eating fresh wholefoods that are minimally processed. It is important to eat a variety of different foods every day and eat a high plant based diet to ensure we are getting enough antioxidants, fibre and nutrients. Avoid extreme food fads, rule and extremes. There is no such thing as the perfect diet, a little bit of everything and not too much of any one thing is my motto.
Q6. Name 5 myths about nutrition?
Low fat is good for you – often low fat foods are highly processed and high in sugar
That there is the perfect diet – everybody is different and nutritional requirements vary therefore there is no magic diet or pill.
Exercise is the most important thing to lose weight. Most people rely on exercise to lose weight and think the more they exercise the more they can eat. To a certain extent this is true however if you are trying to lose weight and have a poor diet, no amount of exercise will help you lose weight if you are eating too many calories.
Carb are the enemy – Our brain relies on glucose to function, which comes primarily from carbs. Small amounts of carbs particularly complex wholegrains is important for our health and wellbeing. Carbs only make us gain weight if we eat too many of them.
Fat is bad – our bodies need good fats for many important functions in the body such as healthy hormones, nerves, brain function and immune system. Fats also supply important fat soluble vitamins such as A, E, D, K, Eating a low fat diet can therefore be detrimental to our health and play a role in nutritional deficiencies.
Q7. What is your philosophy in life?
We are responsible for the life we live. What we think and feel on a daily basis manifests into the life that we live. Attitude is everything.
Q8. What is one of your most treasured accomplishments?
Writing my first book The Forensic Nutritionist. If it helps or saves one person, then I have done my job.
Q9. What motivates you to keep pressing on?
Seeing how people’s lives can change when they see improvements in their health. I love the challenge of trying to find out why my patients are feeling the way they do and love to work with them on creating healthy eating habits. I am keen to make a difference and leave a legacy in this world.
Q10. Please share with our tribe of Women, one piece of advice you have received which has helped you throughout your journey?
Nobody can rescue you, you have to be willing to make the change yourself.
Q11. How can women be comfortable in their own body?
Less judgement, self criticism and more love and gratitude. Focus on what you do have, rather than on what you don’t.
Q12. What is your ultimate favourite on the go snack?
A green smoothie
Q13. What is a nutritional deficiency?
We can become low in certain nutrients which then can lead to minor health ailments such as tiredness, chronic fatigue, food cravings, skin disorders, dry hair etc. If left untreated this can lead to chronic illness or sometimes even disease.
Fiona is here to assist you in taking back control of your health.
She is, “The Forensic Nutritionist” helping you to investigate your own nutritional deficiencies, detect early health warning signs and know what your body really needs to stay strong, happy and healthy.
🔗Where to find Fiona:
Vita-Sol Website: HERE
Instagram – Fiona Tuck Nutrition: HERE
Instagram – Vita-sol: HERE