Nourish founder Abby Soares talks her journey from nurse to nutritionist.
Abby Soares is an advocate for natural health, but her background is unusual in the way it brings together the best of the both worlds: decades of training and experience as a registered nurse, and a newly forged career in nutrition.
Abby is the founder of Nourish Health and Nutrition, a nutrition and wellness coaching company that operates out of the Connection Wellness Centre in Silverdale.
She says her passion for natural health was passed down from her Mum, who always bought organic food and cooked with fresh produce from her vegetable garden when she was growing up.
Abby initially went down the medical route, studying a bachelor of health science at AUT University and working as a registered nurse in children and women’s health for 16 years.
However, she says that once she began raising a family of her own with her
husband Scott (they have three sons – Riley, 10, Jesse, 12 and Josh, 7) she realised the importance of targeting the root causes of health issues through nutrition.
“I really liked nursing, but I felt like I was working as an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff and I wanted to work more in preventative health,” she says.
“I became so passionate about nutrition when my kids were young, that I felt like I wanted to focus on that – on educating mums on how to nourish their children, while teaching mums how to have energy and strong immune systems and be happy and engage with children instead of feeling tired and exhausted.”
Abby now works full time as a nutritionist specialising in gut health, women’s health and low immunity.
As far as diagnoses go, Abby says her nursing background helps her with more complex clients.
“But overall, I’m much happier and really enjoy working in primary health and treating the root causes as opposed to treating the symptoms, while showing people they have the power to be in control of their health.”
“I became so passionate about nutrition when my kids were young, that I felt like I wanted to focus on that”
She says in the world we live in today, it’s hard for people to make informed choices about food, considering most are time poor and the processed options are easier to grab off the shelf.
“I rarely shop in the supermarket now,” Abby says. “I get food from the market and buy from a local organic shop or directly from an organic co-op.
She says this is where natural health stores or organic stores are great, as they eliminate the temptation.
“Ninety percent of the food in those shops is wholefood, so you will be tripped up a lot less by shopping there rather than a supermarket.”
Abby’s go to nutrition tips for winter health:
Use a daily fish oil.
It’s wonderful inflammatory and reduces a wide range of symptoms quickly.
Take magnesium morning and night.
To help reduce stress and anxiety, improve your mood and help with sleep.
Eat more leafy greens and root vegetables.
To help strengthen your immunity over the cooler months.
Make your own bone broth.
Eating bone broth as part of your diet helps to heal the gut and promotes immunity.