HSW 32: Eating for Energy with Yuri Elkhaim.

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast Episode:

Ongoing and relentless tiredness is such a big part of being a shift worker, which is why in this week’s podcast, I’ve brought in the expert on all things to do with boosting our energy – nutrition, fitness and fat loss expert Yuri Elkhaim, who is joining us all the way from Toronto in Canada.

Yuri is the New York Times bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, and is a former professional soccer player turned health crusader. Whilst he’s never worked shift work per se, he’s very familiar with chronic fatigue having been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease as a teenager.

When Yuri made the switch from a highly processed diet, to one which contained more whole foods, it became a real game changer for him as he noticed a massive improvement in his energy, along with greater mental clarity. In addition to eating the right foods for energy, Yuri discusses why energy drinks are NOT good for shift workers as they trigger the adrenal glands to pump out the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol, which are already working overtime as a result of working 24/7.

If you’re a tired and weary shift worker, then you won’t want to miss this episode!

Websites mentioned on the podcast:

Yuri’s Website
Yuri’s Facebook Page

HSW 29: Cooking and Shift Work Nutrition with Spa Chef and Clinical Nutritionist Samantha Gowing.

Woohoo! I’m so excited to air this episode because not only is today’s guest, Samantha Gowing, a Nutritionist, but she’s also spent decades working in the hospitality industry as a Chef, so she totally gets what it’s like to work shift work!

Sam is a Chef hat-winning restaurateur, who traded her fast-paced city career to follow her passion for health and wellbeing by retraining as a Clinical Nutritionist, and received further qualifications in Gastronomic Tourism from the prestigious, Le Cordon Bleu.

Prior to her wellness journey, she was a self-confessed coffee, cigarettes, vodka and pizza kind-a-girl who over time, worked out that a high carbohydrate diet was contributing to her expanding waistline whilst working 24/7.

Sam shares some wonderful nutritional tips to help those who work shift work including:

  • Why we need to embrace more “liquid nutrition”, including juicing, smoothies and soups which can be defrosted quickly, and easily assimilated when we’re tired.
  • Combining these with eating more locally produced, whole foods.
  • Debunking the whole “superfoods” marketing spin.
  • Why we need to have a healthy relationship with our kitchen!
  • Her two favourite kitchen gadgets – the mandoline for slicing and a hand-held blender for dressings, sauces and seasonings.
  • And much, much more!

Sam’s bright and bubbly personality shone throughout this entire podcast, so I’m sure you’ll enjoying listening to it just as much as I enjoyed recording it.

HSW 27: What’s With Wheat with Nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara.

Healthy Shift Worker Episode 27:

Cyndi O’Meara is certainly not your typical Nutritionist. Despite being in the industry since the 1980’s, she continually questions and challenges a lot of the dietary and nutritional recommendations that we are being subjected to in the media today.

Last year, Cyndi embarked on a massive project as she travelled the world interviewing scientists and other experts on all things to do with wheat, which led to the eventual release of her new documentary called ‘What’s With Wheat’.

In this episode, Cyndi discusses why the wheat we’re eating today, is not the same as it was 50 years ago, and why glyphosate, the active ingredient found in the wheat killer Roundup, along with added adjuvants, is having detrimental effects on our gut, thereby enhancing our susceptibility to gastrointestinal complaints and certain types of autoimmune diseases.

Audra also chats to Cyndi on nutrition specific to the health and well-being of shift workers, along with handy tips to implement in order to make things easier for when we’re feeling too tired to cook, which as we know, is often when working 24/7!

It’s an episode that you definitely won’t want to miss :-).

What’s With Wheat Documentary – https://whatswithwheat.com

Changing Habits Website – https://changinghabits.com.au

The Functional Nutrition Academy – https://fn.academy

HSW 21: My Journey So Far, and Why I Care So Much with Audra Starkey.

Healthy Shift Worker Episode 25:

In this week’s episode, I go solo for the very first time – without a guest, and share a little about what I’ve been up to, and why I’m so passionate about improving the health and well-being of shift workers around the globe.

Having commenced shift work at the tender age of 22, and walking away from it after accepting a voluntary redundancy from Qantas in 2014, I share my journey over the last 6 years whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Science Degree (majoring in Nutritional Medicine), and why I decided to focus my research around the health and well-being of shift work workers.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, but my journey to becoming a Clinical Nutritionist took on a completely different direction as I soon discovered how chronic and ongoing sleep deprivation is having such detrimental effects on our health, which no one is talking about it – until now.

Changing Habits – Meeting the Guru, Cindi Omeara at the Wellness Summit

I felt incredibly lucky to see this lady in person when I attended a Wellness Summit in Melbourne on the weekend. Cindi O’meara from Changing Habits, is one of Australia’s leading Nutritionists who is incredibly passionate about healthy eating.

What I love about Cindi is her simplistic view on food. That we should focus on eating locally grown foods and those which are in season. We’ve complicated things so much with packaged foods, protein shakes, vitamins, etc. that we need to get back to the basics and just eat real food.

She is not a raw foodist. She is a REAL foodist. Someone who makes everything from scratch. That means not buying food contained in packets, bottles or jars because it’s not real food.

Cindi also mentioned how a Leaky Gut is one of the major contributors to autoimmune disease. A Leaky Gut is when the integrity of the epithelial lining in our stomach has been broken.

So how can we heal a leaky gut? Cindi’s tips are as follows:

1. Consuming bone broths
2. Consuming natural probiotics and fermented foods
3. Maintaining hydration (salt and water)
4. Consuming more natural foods (non inflammatory). Foods are different for different people.
5. Avoiding antibiotics
6. Avoiding preservatives in food
7. Avoiding wheat and gluten plus products

If you want to learn more about gut health, I can highly recommend a segment which was recently broadcast on the ABC’s Catalyst. It’s called – “Could our food be making us sick – very sick?”

Essential viewing for any immunocompromised shift worker living on a diet of highly refined and processed foods …

Catalyst – Gut Reaction