Ann-Marie Bunyan is our nutrition expert, here to help provide expertise and additional support for those looking to make healthy lifestyle changes. We sit down to find out a bit more about her career and how she can help We Are Wellbeing’s clients…
Tell us a bit about your background
I am a Registered Sport Nutritionist and Public Health Nutritionist, and have been working within the nutrition field for over a decade. My career started out delivering practical cooking sessions within communities. I then went on to teach at undergraduate level as well as working in academic research.
Have you always had an interest in nutrition?
I became interested in nutrition in my younger years when I started experimenting with my own nutrition to support my then running interest. I could see the impact that good nutrition had on my energy levels, wellbeing and general health. My interest now leans more toward sport and exercise nutrition given that my own personal sporting pursuits include weight training and powerlifting.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to improve their relationship with food?
I believe there are a number of factors around why people might have a poor relationship with food. For example, there is a lot of misinformation out there which leads to confusion. Also, often people tend to have a very black and white way of thinking when it comes to food, putting foods into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories.
I think having a positive relationship with yourself is a good start to having a good relationship with food. Allowing yourself to enjoy food and not thinking in extremes helps. For example, it is okay to have less nutritious foods occasionally when this is balanced out with nutritious food. Nourishment plus enjoyment should be the key.
What’s your top tip for leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
From my point of view, leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle could relate to many aspects such as nutrition, fitness and mental health. Myself personally, I take part in sport activities that I enjoy so that I am more likely to stick to them. I enjoy my food and don’t deprive myself of anything, and I make sure that I stay connected with people – all of which I believe helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What are your career highlights to date?
My career highlights to date are achieving my qualifications and putting them into practice by working with a number of athletes to support them with their nutrition. As long as I am helping people to achieve their health and performance goals, that’s good enough for me.
Are you excited to start work with We Are Wellbeing? What will your role as an Associate Coach involve?
I am looking forward to being able to share my nutrition knowledge and experience with We Are Wellbeing. As an Associate Coach I will be delivering nutrition webinars and writing some informative blogs.
How can employers best support their employees to eat / drink well?
I think employers can support their employees to eat/drink well by having an environment that is conducive to this. For example, having nutritious foods available in workplace canteens or break-out areas. I also think staff are more likely to eat/drink well if their place of work supports a work-life balance and promotes positive mental health. We often spend much of our time in the workplace and so a comfortable positive environment can make a world of difference when it comes to making lifestyle choices.
What’s your favourite healthy recipe?
My favourite meal of the day is breakfast and so I often tend to make porridge or overnight oat dishes. Cherry Bakewell overnight oats a favourite.
All you need is…
- 100g Icelandic/Greek yoghurt
- 50g rolled oats
- 100g semi skimmed milk
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon honey 80g frozen cherries
And to create your overnight oats…
- Mix together all ingredients in a breakfast bowl (or Tupperware/jar)
- Cover and refrigerate either for at least 4 hours, or overnight
Are you looking for additional nutrition support?
Get in touch with Ann-Marie and the We Are Wellbeing team.