Australian, 33, Nutritionist


Thats me hiking up Mt Batur Volcano in Indonesia

As you might know by now I’ve been traveling. I’ve spent the last few months abroad. Alone. Its awesome by the way and even if your all tangled up with a relationship/family etc I cant recommend this enough. Just go, even if its only a few days and its only down the road. Go solo, you’ll thank yourself for it.

Travelling alone is the best way to meet people. Different people. Then what happens is you try to find common ground. The ‘what do you do’ question usually occurs right after the ‘where are you from’ or ‘how long have you been travelling, how old are you etc. I’m happy to answer all these questions because a) I have nothing to hide or be ashamed of and b) when you travel you (almost) never see these people again, if you can’t be honest here it’s a worry.

So I answer – see title above.

And the most common response is this;

-Everyone is from Australia, you guys are everywhere (we really are)

-33, really wow? Aren’t you supposed to be married with a kid by now. (I don’t know, probably)

-A nutritionist, that must be interesting. Then a pause…

Then another question often relating to a body function, a rash, eating disorder, low fat diets, I’m gluten/lactose free statements etc. People are so interested in what I do, which is different from being interested in me as a person (perhaps I’m not that interesting?!). Aannnyways, I found this process repeating itself over and over for weeks. New person, new questions. I’m not complaining because I love to talk health, food and wellness and it keeps a conversation going far beyond the standard three questions. People also offer up lots of personal info, they trust you, which is strangely beautiful. However I realized why more people were interested in having a conversation with me over someone who does System Analysis or the like. Its because my occupation effects EVERYONE, all the time and at every meal. Food and nutrition is the corner stone of health. It can heal dis-ease states, improve quality of life and/or change your life. Its important stuff.

The most common questions I was asked (after they showed me their rash) was ‘you look pretty good for your age; what do you eat’ or ‘what supplements do you take’. I’m not going to go into a detailed list of my diet right now, maybe later…

So in short here are three things that make up my eating religion 90% of the time*.

  • I eat a lot of green stuff and I try and have it in every meal
  • I eat a lot of fat – fat from all sources excluding that from grains aka vegetable oil (hello canola) and some nut/seed oils – but I do eat seeds/nuts as a food.
  • I rarely, if ever, eat processed packaged foods. Stuff that is consumable now and also in 2 years time… avoid.

But note* this is for when I’m at home in my everyday life. I did find it somewhat difficult to stick to this while travelling in Asia. Sometimes you just have to go with what’s there, its all part of the adventure. I didn’t stress out about it as I knew the body is very forgiving and I’ll be back to my regular eating when I return home. However it is worthy to mention that there are very few overweight people in the countries I visited. They eat lots of carbohydrates from rice and root vegetables, lots of rich curry style sauces and have condensed milk in their coffee but that’s about as sweet as it gets for them. No desserts, processed breakfast ‘cereals’, biscuits with tea or other junk. They serve fruit with most meals, often picked from the tree in their front yard and the pineapple is often served with a chilli and salt mix to make it sweeter.

Another thing is that I never got sick while traveling, come to think of it, i never get sick when i travel. Everyone else around me succumbed to something, ranging from gastro to serious ‘we’re taking you to the hospital’ illness and lets not forget the consistent barking, productive cough that plagued almost the entire group of people I was traveling with.

I put it down to the three vitamins I always travel with;

  • Magnesium
  • Probiotics
  • A mixed Green’s powder/tabs

Nothing more fancy than that, all taken once a day and all at the same time. I know there is no Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial to give this scientific validation, but it works for me, every time. And I think that is more than enough.

What do you travel with for health prevention? Love to hear your tips or comments.

E x


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About elissakerpen

HI all. I have a Bachelor Degree in Health Science specialising in Nutritional Medicine so Im a qualified Nutritionist and Food Coach. I am also a qualified Fitness Therapist and Masseuse. I have worked in the wellness and health industry for over 13 years - and I love it. But what gets me really excited in talking food - the healthy kind - and sometimes the treats. But now I work as a Food Coach helping people banish their own food myths and ideas around various diets and how they came to be where they are with their health. Im here to help anyone wanting more information on wholefoods and their truth! Hope you'll enjoy my posts. Please share it if you think someone else might benefit Elissa x

2 responses to “Australian, 33, Nutritionist”

  1. Trina says :

    Bananas for jetlag is my trick. Middle of the night when your body thinks ‘I have to have dinner now, or breakfast or lunch’ half a banana is satisfying yet not seen as a ‘real meal’ by the body…..something to do with potassium helps you sleep too? Thanks for a great read! xx

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