Pleased to introduce Professor of Nurtrition Liz Isenring and Director of LINC Nutrition who writes for The Nurse Break!

She uses mindset, personalised nutrition & enjoyable movement to help health professionals, educators and corporates spend more time in their areas of strength and enjoyment without sacrificing their family, health or lifestyle.

Liz is also internationally recognised as an expert in the nutritional management of people living with cancer. While Liz still uses her expertise and experience to support those living with cancer and other complex conditions requiring expert clinical nutrition support, she is motivated to help other busy professionals realign their lives.

“Health professionals are caring by nature and spend so much time putting the needs of their patients, colleagues and family before their own, they are often the worst at self care and at high risk of stress and burnout. I want to show health professionals how you can use your strengths AND also have amazing health and life.”

Liz can be contacted at and



Follow the 80:20 rule. Hopefully you’ve been consistent in looking after your wellbeing and so can enjoy the “20%” around Xmas (if not look out for my 2020 Kickstarter 8 week wellness program launching on Boxing day!)


Plan which is going to be your MAIN Xmas meal & enjoy it. E.g. is it Christmas breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner (not ALL!)


Focus on eating plenty of non-starchy veggies e.g. celery, salad, capsicum, cucumber and carrot sticks. Add protein e.g. ham, turkey, eggs, nuts, legumes to help keep you full.


During your MAIN Xmas meal – really enjoy & savour. Therefore, take small servings of what you REALLY want not just a bit of everything because you’re afraid of missing out. Likewise, don’t feel you only have to stick to really healthy options if you then feel like you missed out or become resentful and finish off the rest of the Xmas pudding, cake and pavlova the next day!


Alternate your alcoholic drinks – with non-alcoholic options like sparkling water with fresh mint and berries (or fruit juice cubes), diet ginger beer & lemonade spritzer or berry or banana smoothie (using frozen fruit- yummm!). Aim for 2 or less standard alcohol-containing drinks rather than the typical 4 or more. Your head and body will thank you for it!


Keep moving! – play with the kids, the dog, your relative’s kids – anyone you can find! Go for early morning and sunset walks. Swim throughout the day and maybe fit in a game of backyard cricket or bowls.


Finally, really be PRESENT and enjoy this time with your family and loved ones. It’s about connection, updating and creating memories. Enjoy Xmas without going too crazy and look out for the 2020 Kickstarter – to give your career, health & life the best kickstart in 2020!