Here’s a bit of a different story on our website! We are so happy to welcome Nikki and Jay as blog contributors! Read more to find out about their connection to CF! Jay’s post on nutrition is featured on this month’s nutrition post and Nikki’s post about CF and exercise will be coming up in July/August. Watch this space!
We are so excited to introduce ourselves. We are Nikki, and Jay- the duo behind Duo Balanced Living. We are twins, best friends and now business partners. We are both qualified healthcare professionals, with a mutual dream and passion for promoting evidence-based healthy living, while maintaining balance.
My name is Jay and I am a Registered Dietitian. I completed my Honours degree at UCT in 2018. I worked at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital during my Community Service year, where my passion for healthy eating and education (as well as love for children) grew. I am 2 minutes older than Nix and the blonder of the 2 of us.
My name is Nikki and I am a Registered Biokineticist. I completed my Honours degree at UCT in 2018. In 2019 I worked at The Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) and completed my internship. I discovered my love for neurological rehabilitation as well as developed a passion for regular, sustainable and fun exercise. I am also an avid animal lover and environment enthusiast.
What do we do?
Duo Balanced Living aims to provide a platform to educate, empower and journey with you through your healthy living endeavors. We aim to use the powerful combination of a healthy diet and appropriate exercise, based on available scientific evidence, to propel you to realize your health and fitness goals. Most of all, we endeavor to assist you to achieve and maintain a healthy, sustainable and balanced way of living.
We have designed several evidenced-based exercise and diet programs combinations that are suitable for a people in all phases of life with different health and fitness goals. Purchasing a program will give you a fitness program and healthy eating guide which can be followed in the comfort of your home, and requires minimal equipment. As one of our main focus areas is to walk alongside you in your health journey, you will receive a weekly check in message/email from both the Dietitian and Biokineticist. This will help us track your progress and afford you the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns. We will work hard to build and develop a professional health practitioner-client relationship via digital platforms to best support and motivate you to achieve your goals.
Our link to Cystic Fibrosis
We have been blessed to learn about Cystic Fibrosis through our close friendship with Christy Long, and the Long family. We met Christy in 2009 when we found ourselves in Grade 8 together at St Mary’s DSG Kloof. Journeying with Christy for the last 11 years as she has navigated the challenges that come with CF, has given us a glimpse of what the reality of living with CF on a day to day basis looks like. We are inspired by Christy’s bravery and courage over and over again, and are grateful for the opportunity that our friendship with her has afforded us to be exposed to CF in a personal, real and unfiltered way. We feel privileged to be able to continue to walk alongside Christy -our hero- supporting her in whatever capacity we can as her friends and cheerleaders. We know we still have so much to learn! We hope that our series of blog posts will be helpful and encouraging to any CF patients and their families that they reach.
Twins Jay (left) and Nikki (right) with Christy Mulder, who has CF (in the middle)
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