Introducing Clinical Nutritionist, Katherine Hay
I’d love for you to meet Katherine Hay, a Clinical Nutritionist who grew up in Melbourne and now lives in one of Australia’s most loved places, Byron Bay. She’s extremely passionate about the gut and all areas of gastrointestinal health and doesn’t believe in unnecessary food restriction. Katherine’s personal mantra is ‘do shit that makes you happy’ and she feels her best when surrounded by the people she loves. She enjoys being out in nature doing everything from watching sunsets and hiking to riding motorbikes and skating.
Here’s more from Katherine.
What led you to do what you do?
I almost finished my degree as a Naturopath but changed degrees in my final year as I lost my passion for herbal medicine and was extremely fascinated about the human body and the biochemistry behind all processes in the body involving a nutrient, vitamin or mineral to carry out a function to keep the body in homeostasis.
I studied at Endeavour College of Natural Health and completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutritional Medicine. I was at university for 8 and a half years and fell in love with clinical nutrition in my final year when I was able to put all of my knowledge to use and see patients in the student clinic. This is when everything changed for me. Seeing patients return with improved health from my treatment plans ignited that spark within my heart and I knew I had to do this for my life’s purpose.
What are you most passionate about?
I’m extremely passionate about the gut and all areas of gastrointestinal health. I’m truly fascinated about the brain-gut axis and how our emotional wellbeing directly impacts our physical wellbeing.
I don’t believe in unnecessary food restriction without proper testing to identify if this is the path that needs to be taken. I always focus on what I can add back into my patients diet and keeping them happy in the process. I’m a realist when it comes to health and happiness.
Other interests of mine in clinic are pre-conception care, fertility and female hormonal health, mental health and the skin-gut axis. I believe many of our health concerns steam from the integrity of our gut health.
What’s your definition of health?
Health to me isn’t just about the food we eat but how we live our life day-to-day. It’s about ‘doing shit that makes you happy’ (my personal mantra). It’s about surrounding yourself with people who support you and light up your life. It’s about moving your body and practicing medicine for the mind. It’s about being in nature or doing something for yourself.
How do you prioritise yourself daily?
I try to move my body, whether it’s a walk along the beach or going for a skate down the road. I also love eating, so for me eating food that makes me feel good keeps me very happy.
What’s one health trend you refuse to follow?
Low carbohydrate diets. Fad diets drive me crazy!
What’s one thing that you’re most recently grateful for?
I’m so grateful for this interview and for working with you.
(I’m equally as grateful! Katherine has such a great energy and I love her outlook on life!).
What are your top 3 tips for staying healthy?
1. Practice medicine for the mind daily.
2. Have fun with food without restrictions.
3. Always laugh. Laugh at yourself and if you’re feeling flat or stressed fake laugh and I guarantee you will feel great afterwards.
What’s one thing that’s challenging you at the moment?
Putting myself first and working on my own health goals. I spend most of my days helping others achieve their health goals and have put myself on hold. I’m really starting to change this and am feeling the amazing benefits of taking time for myself and supporting my body with what it needs for optimal health.
When do you feel like your truest self?
When I’m surrounded with the people I love the most. My husband, family and close friends. It’s a feeling I can’t replace- being able to be myself with the people I love. I love laughing and there are certain people who ignite that within me. I also love being in nature and spending time outdoors, either riding motorbikes, hiking, exploring or watching the sunset. It’s in these moments that I feel like my truest self.
What’s your go-to meal?
I know this is super boring but I’m a sucker for avocado on toast (Bread Social sourdough to be precise) with basil, goats cheese and a squeeze of lemon.
What’s one piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to share with us?
Don’t put unrealistic expectations on yourself or compare yourself to others. You are running your own journey in this life, so create it through your own eyes and not someone else’s. Also, detach yourself from people who bring your vibe down or who do not have your best interests at heart. It’s ok to cut the invisible cords that keep us attached to others.
What’s one podcast you’d love us to listen to?
Dr. Rhonda Fitzpatrick’s, Found my Fitness. I love her so much. It’s a bit science nerd-ish but she’s a research queen and has a huge fascination with nutrition and the science behind it. I love her podcasts with Joe Rogan as well. If you like to know the science about nutrition, then she is your girl and Joe Rogan keeps it light hearted and fun.
Katherine practices from Apana Centre in Byron Bay.
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