The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Kylie Worboys (of thehealthyvegemite.wordpress.com fame).
1.TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I am an almost 25 year old girl living in Goulburn NSW. I moved back home after completing my university degree in Wollongong to begin my career as a clinical dietitian at The Canberra Hospital. I have recently flown the coop and moved in with my boyfriend, so am busy learning how to balance full time work and keeping on top of the never-ending washing basket.
I love to cook but my baking skills leave a little to be desired. I could happily live on red wine, Chobani, tuna, cheese and spinach. My favourite colour is yellow and I would rather read a book than watch television. I love to run and I am becoming more in love with CrossFit than I ever thought possible.
2. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DIETITIAN?
I remember the day I decided that I wanted to be a dietitian so distinctly. I was a young, very impressionable 14 year old when I read in my Dolly magazine about a career as a ‘sports dietitian’. I immediately Googled it and decided then and there that that’s what I was going to be when I grew up.
I am now a clinical dietitian working in intensive care and honestly I can’t see myself becoming a sports dietitian for a very long time.
3. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE?
I’ll admit I definitely love my routine and am a creature of habit. 5:15/5:30 alarm out of bed for a run or some form of movement, a quick shower and then my 1 hour commute to work.
My workdays consist of figuring out enteral feeds/TPN regimes in ICU, educating people on bowel obstructions/diverticulitis on my short stay ward and encouraging patients to drink more Fortisip/Sustagen on my other ward.
Through the day I’ll also go to ward/department meetings, supervise students and have a laugh with colleagues.
After eating dinner with Matt I reply to emails then bed usually before 10pm, ready to do it all again the next day.
Weekends usually consist of coffee, wine, delicious eats, time spent with loved ones and a Sunday roast at mums.
4. CAN YOU SHARE AN AVERAGE ‘DAY ON YOUR PLATE’?
My eating tends to vary each day but usually looks something like this:
Breakfast is usually soaked oats topped with Chobani, fruit and nuts or a peanut butter smoothie if I’m running late. Coffee on the way to work, double shot lattes on weekends. Lunch lately has been spinach, cheese cubes, tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts, hummus and a tin of Safcol tuna with Vita-Weats and some fruit.
Another coffee at 4pm while frantically typing medical notes and a snack of some sort (Chobani/tamari almonds/home made slice, etc.) in the car.
Dinner varies but is usually salmon/steak and vegetables/salad with rice, potato or sweet potato chips or a curry or pasta. Dark chocolate and maybe a glass of red for dessert.
5. WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF GOOD HEALTH, AND HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY?
To me you can’t achieve good health without balance. Good health is so much more than eating well, it involves your mind and your self-belief, as well as your body. Nourishing the mind, body and soul through activities that make you happy and surrounding yourself with people that make you a better person.
You know when you see those people who ‘just glow’; yep, that’s good health.
I stay healthy by keeping active, drinking lots of water, trying to get enough sleep, spending quality time with loved ones, maintaining a good work/life balance, eating my fruit and vegetables, but also making room for chocolate wine and cheese.
6. WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON SOCIETY AND BODY IMAGE TODAY?
This is such a huge issue at the moment and one that I don’t think anyone has the same opinion on. As a dietitian I am really impressed with how much society and the media is changing with the portrayal of body image, more and more we are seeing more positive celebrity role models, who have that ‘glow’ I was talking about.
It is so important to send out positive body image messages to young children. I was brought up doing a different activity each night and I was a competitive swimmer, I think sport is so important for young children to realise that your body needs to be fueled and that you can be healthy at all different shapes and sizes. I think we are getting there, slowly.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVOURITE BLOGS/WEBSITES?
- Apples Under My Bed – I love the way Heidi writes, you feel like you are in the kitchen with her. She inspired me to start my own blog
- www.broccoliandblueberries.com – love seeing other new dietitians doing their thing
- Taste.com.au and thehealthychef.com for easy weeknight eats
8. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
- Coming home and cooking dinner for Matt
- Cheese platters and red wine
- Early morning runs before the sun comes up
- Seeing my patients make it home
- Quality time with friends and family
9. SHAMELESS PLUG TIME: DO YOU HAVE A SERVICE, BOOK, BLOG OR SOMETHING SIMILAR YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT?
Of course I do, my poor neglected blog thehealthyvegemite.wordpress.com. I promise I am trying to write more often! Here you can listen to me rant and read about my trials and tribulations as a new dietitian.
And of course my Instagram, The Healthy Vegemite which is more like my diary. This is where I share my weeknight eats, breakfast bowls and general adventures.
Kylie’s Protein Smoothie
This is my go to breakfast, throw it all in the NutriBullet and we are away!
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 frozen banana
Handful frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon rolled oats
1 cup milk of choice
2 tablespoons Chobani yoghurt
Step 1: Place in blender/NutriBullet and process until smooth
Step 2: Transfer into cup/glass jar to consume