Hi, I'm Samantha Charlton

I am a qualified nutritionist, I love food and I love sports and I am equally passionate about both. I play hockey for the New Zealand Women's Black Sticks Team. I studied nutrition through Massey University and I now have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Nutrition and Psychology.

When it comes to food I am a big believer in avoiding fad diets. Our society is constantly faced with the choice of so many new and sometimes bizarre diets, most of which are usually expensive, unnecessary and unsustainable to say the least. What's more, it leaves the vast majority of us wondering where to even start!

My philosophy on food is pretty simple. Wherever possible I like to eat whole foods - minimise processed foods by cooking and preparing food from real, whole ingredients. Balance and moderation are ALWAYS the key. Food is not just fuel, but can also have powerful effects on our overall health and wellbeing - something that continually amazes me.

Spending so much of my time playing hockey means I have also had a lot of experience with food and sport. This is something I am really passionate about and believe that so much of our performance in sport and enjoyment of physical activity is dictated about how and what we eat.

My aim is to provide meaningful, scientific and helpful nutritional knowledge to all those wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle. For me, it's about sustainable, enjoyable, simple food and eating.

From everything I have learnt throughout my nutrition degree (and continue to learn!), to recipes, to my favourite spots to eat and my own experiences as an elite athlete - follow and join me on the journey of health and wellbeing.

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SAMANTHA CHARLTON NUTRITION, 2018