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ALEX HOARE, APD Alex is a Melbourne-based Accredited Practising Dietitian and nutritionist, with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Dietetics at Deakin University. She is the founder of The Dietitian’s Pantry (thedietitianspantry.com) and she believes in eating a diet that contributes to all areas of health, happiness and wellbeing. For example, broccoli makes her healthy, cheese makes her happy and dining out with her beautiful family and friends is great for her wellbeing! Alex promotes a well balanced approach to nutrition and truly believes in “everything in moderation.” Read more about Alex at n4foodandhealth.com INSIDE THE DIETITIAN’S PANTRY Nutrition expert Alexandra Hoare explains what her diet includes, and why yours should too! A s a dietitian people often ask me about my own diet – what I eat, what I don’t eat and what I think about a particular food or diet. I have come to accept it as part and parcel of being a dietitian, and I certainly don’t blame people for asking either. After all, I’m always intrigued to know what workouts personal trainers do, what toothpaste dentists use, and what skin products dermatologists use. People are quite surprised to hear that I eat gluten, sugar, cake and burgers! There are no foods that are off limits for me, and I follow the same advice that I generally recommend to others by: • • • • • • • having a good relationship with food not feeling guilty about eating not banning any particular food eating what is enjoyable, in a mindful manner exploring what style of eating suits me best eating foods from all food groups eating wholesome, fresh foods, including plenty of fruit and veggies • not getting caught up in the latest fad or dietary craze • and ensuring eating habits positively influence my physical, social and emotional health. As an Accredited Practicing Dietitian I’ve completed six years of university education, years of practical experience, and a minimum 30 hours of professional development every year to maintain my status as an APD. So, my advice and approach – like all APDs – is based on evidence and not on the latest dietary trend. 14 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2015