WILD ONES | Jaime Maguire - Nutritionist Abroad
Welcome to my brand new series WILD ONES. Wild Ones focuses on self-made creatives, artists, business owners and entrepreneurs who are doing amazing things in their industry. For the first ever installment, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jaime Maguire of @nutritionistabroad. Jaime is university qualified Nutritionist, and is an advocate for health, wellness and mental health. She is courageous in sharing her story with the world, and inspires others to let their voices be heard.
Firstly, can you tell us a little about you and what inspired you to start Nutritionist Abroad?
Where to start!
Well, I am a Nutritionist from Perth, Western Australia, currently living in British Columbia, Canada. I spent four months backpacking through South and Central America before arriving here in late December last year.
Nutritionist Abroad is a project that combines two of my passions - nutrition and travel. Through this blog I am able to share the highs and lows of living on the road. I also use it as a vehicle for learning as I love to write research based articles.
Have you always been interested in nutrition and aware of your own health & wellbeing? If not, what inspired the change for you?
My interest in nutrition and health stemmed from a difficult time I experienced in my teenage years, with poor body image and negative internal dialogue. I also used food to cope with stress, which lead to an eating disorder spanning around five years.
I was very lucky to be able to come through this time, and since then it has been my goal to be able to help others in similar situations. My goal is to specialise in nutrition and mental health areas including eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am a BIG lover of routine and the morning is my favourite part of the day. I like to get up early to have relaxing breakfast without rushing, really savouring this time.
I usually try to do something productive before work, whether it be watching a webinar or doing some at home yoga. At the moment I work full time at an awesome health food store called Stay Wild Natural Health.
We don't have a TV at home so night time usually involves cooking and music. I really have a whole new outlook now not having a TV.
You’re a great advocate for balanced wellness and looking after yourself holistically. How do maintain balance in your life?
With lots of 'me' time. I cant emphasise the importance of this enough! There are a few key things I focus on and make sure I have time for to really set myself up for anything else life has in store. My favourites are weekly yoga, daily bath time and my newfound focus is having time to be creative (without judgement).
What do you believe is the most important step in moving toward a healthier lifestyle?
This really depends on individual circumstances. I would say that a really great place to start is SLEEP. It can be the most simple place to start and have the biggest results both physically and mentally.
As a university qualified Nutritionist and avid traveller, what are you top five food must-haves when travelling?
Supplements - Not food, but an important step to consider before leaving for you trip. For this trip I had to choose something that would have the most benefit to me long term, so I brought a really good quality multivitamin to last me four months. On previous trips I have taken strain specific probiotics and zinc. Also take into account where you are going and what kinds of activities you'll be doing.
Something green - Its really easy not to get enough vegetables in when you're on the road. Having a goal like 'eating green' every day can help to keep you on track with eating some goodness.
Oats - If I had the chance to have oats with me everywhere I went, then I did. Its amazing how the most basic of foods can help you to feel healthy and grounded.
Left overs - Cooking in the hostel and having enough for another meal is one of the best ways to stay healthy and save money. You know exactly whats going into your meal, and you can usually source fresh produce from local markets!
Make your own trail mix - The thing about travelling is that there isn't always food available where you are, usually resulting in getting HANGRY and spending all your money on the first thing you see (which health-wise, isn't usually your best option either!). To combat this I would always try to have some kind of snack on hand. 'Homemade' trail mix is a great option with healthy proteins and fats from nuts and seeds helping to keep your blood sugar levels steady.
You can also read How to be a Healthy Backpacker for more of my tips on this!
Starting a blog and online business can be challenging, exciting and daunting all at once – what has helped you deal with all of the things that come with being a travelling nutritionist and blogger?
I would definitely say I am still learning in this area! I just try to focus on writing about things that really interest me, and hope that what I share other people can also resonate with and enjoy. I try to keep everything really authentic.
Where to next for the Nutritionist Abroad?
Next on the list of goals is to gain experience and further training in functional medicine, mental health and yoga!
And lastly, what is your favourite quote or piece of advice that keeps you motivated and inspires you?
Something that really stuck with me was when Emma Watson quoted this line in her speech for the HeForShe campaign promoting gender equality:
"...ask yourself, if not me, who? If not now, when?"