Team Profile: Melissa Bradbury, Nutritionist

Melissa Bradbury worked in advertising for over 10 years in a large multinational advertising agency. Her role as account director was client-facing and entailed working regular 12-hour days in order to reach seemingly impossible deadlines. The pressure was intense and relentless. Along with others in her workplace, Melissa found herself in the (very) bad habit of selecting ‘convenient’ and ‘stimulating’ foods – coffee, chocolate and take-away – to keep herself going. The downside of this often was extended periods of fatigue, dullness and despondency – something she now terms as ‘counter-productive eating’. But having her first child changed all that…

After years with her own battle of poor digestive health and a new baby who was also suffering with digestive issues, Melissa became more and more interested in nutrition and natural health. Her motivation now was not to use food as fuel, but to properly feed and nourish her whole family. A natural born foodie, her interest in nutrition became her passion, and her passion translated into a major career change, as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (Bachelor of Health Science and an Accredited Member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association).

Melissa brings her knowledge and evidence-based approach to the Twalk team and offers a fabulous foundation for how ‘food as medicine’ can positively influence your life both at home and in the workplace.

“More and more we need people to develop a more positive relationship with food, not just as fuel, but as a way to thrive, to optimise performance both at home and at work. I know first hand that happiness and productivity are directly related to our food choices.”

Melissa is committed to the education and empowerment of her clients around the principles of ‘food as medicine’ and helping them to embody these changes, physically and mentally, through altered diet patterns. She aims to drive her clients to develop a more positive relationship with food, helping them to change their diet at their own pace, and to heal themselves of disease and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

“It’s important to recognise that food is literally a way of bringing people together, to building better connections with our family, friends and workmates, as well as nourishing our bodies to help us live a happier and more fulfilled life.”

Twalk’s one-on-one Executive Coaching Programs and Corporate Workshops incorporate health and wellbeing to bring out the best in whoever we are working with. They are designed to cover the importance of nutrition as it relates to cognitive performances in the workplace, and for managing stress and avoiding burnout. This includes a review of current work-place food habits, development of short and long-term health goals for both individuals or groups – looking at therapeutic foods to include, foods to avoid, recipes, general advice on shopping and meal mapping. Twalk’s Wellness Workshops are tailored to the specific workplace environmentsand are designed to deliver sustainable, practical, economic, healthier and happier outcomes.

If you would like more information or to discuss your own nutrition or wellness strategy, please contact Melissa at +61-499-925-539.

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