Hi there and welcome!
My name is Audra Starkey, AKA The Healthy Shift Worker, and I am super passionate about helping shift workers and organisations improve their health and wellbeing.
A quick background about me:
After 21 years of working in the aviation industry, in October 2014 I took a leap of faith and accepted a voluntary redundancy from Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, to pursue my interest in nutrition, with a special focus on shift work health.
This is because when we work shift work, our diet is often the first thing to fall apart, which over the long-term, can have serious consequences on our health.
It led me to enrol in a Bachelor of Health Science degree majoring in Nutritional Medicine from Endeavour College of Natural Health in Brisbane, which I completed at the end of 2016.
I do want to make mention, however, that I have a very holistic view on health.
This is because when it comes to working through the night, or getting up at ridiculous times of the day, sleep-deprivation is usually the catalyst behind a lot of our struggles – and not just the food that we eat.
Do I believe nutrition is important? Absolutely.
In fact it’s even more important when working 24/7.
Do I believe it’s the answer to all of our shift working woes? Absolutely not.
As a population, we are chronically sleep-deprived, and with that comes serious consequences.
Sleep deprivation affects our:
- nutritional intake, digestion and absorption of foods
- it disrupts our hormones
- it impairs our cognitive function
- it weakens our immune system
- it affects our mood
- it makes us prone to accidents
- it makes us feel way too tired to get off the couch and exercise, and
- it certainly plays havoc on our family and social life – amongst many other things.
It’s what ultimately led me to publish my book titled ‘Too Tired To Cook – The Shift Worker’s Guide To Working (And Surviving) In A 24/7 World‘.
So if you are new to my website – ‘welcome’.
Feel free to click on the links below to book a 1:1 consultation, sign up for my new online program, enquire about having me speak in your workplace, or just reach out using the contact button if you’d like to get in touch via email.
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