Healthier Together podcasts

Health is hard when you try to go it alone. GMHBA’s Healthier Together podcast series provides you with researched, insightful and engaging insights into current health topics such as nutrition, food and mood, mental health and wellness and more from leading researchers and health experts.

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In this episode we’ll be discussing the tools to create lasting changes in order to break habits, plan for success and master your health. Shivaun Conn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Health Coach, Vice President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and Director of Discovery Health Coaching. Shivaun has worked for over 15 years as a dietitian, health coach and presenter. She currently coaches individuals in nutrition and lifestyle, trains practitioners in health behaviour change, and develops health change programs across a range of sectors.

(0:38) Shivaun’s background and how you started working in the health coaching field

(1.44) What is behaviour change?

(2:17) What is a vision and how do you create one?

(4:01) Where to start when changing our health

(4:56) Common barriers and how to overcome them

(6:11) Reducing the barriers to healthy eating

(7:48) Our environment and health behaviour

(9:30) Thoughts and beliefs, and their impact on behaviour

(11:33) Values and priorities and their link to health

(12:55) Our social network and how it affects our health

(14:08) Setting and staying motivated with goals

(17:00) Creating an action plan to achieve your goals

(19:24) Positive thinking techniques and how it helps to achieve goals

(23:04) Why it’s hard to break habits and how to can overcome this

(25:37) What is the process of working with a health coach


In this episode how food affects our mood will be discussed, along with strategies to maximise mental wellbeing with Professor Felice Jacka. Felice is the director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University, and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research.

(00:42) Setting the scene on diet, gut and mental health

(8:51) Modifiable risk factors and mental health

(9:55) Quality of diet and mental health in adolescents, pregnancy and a child’s first years of life

(13:18) Targeting diet for prevention and treatment of depression

(13:44) The gut microbiota and link to the brain

(18:03) Importance of fibre and the microbiota

(19:49) Infant microbiota, brain development and immune system

(21:40) Key dietary components to include to improve brain and mental health

(23:27) Polyphenols – what they are and the microbiome

(23:24) The benefits of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids

(25:09) Artificial sweetener, emulsifiers and the gut

(26:30) Things that disturb our gut health

(28:00) Herbs, spices and gut health

(28:24) When you change your diet, how long does it take for a change to occur in the microbiota?

(30:12) Probiotics and the microbiota


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