Penny Benjamin

My Mission

To empower women and men – through education, knowledge and skills – to feed themselves and their families healthy, delicious food.

Ultimately, I want to have an impact on the epidemic that is our nation’s rates of overweight & obesity and associated chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension. These conditions can be prevented and markedly improved by simple nutrition and lifestyle practices which don’t cost anything to implement and can save the government millions.

Penny’s Qualifications

  • MHumNut (Masters of Human Nutrition, Deakin University)
  • BEng(Chem, Hons) (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, with Honours)
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Certificate III and IV in Fitness – Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer
    • Level 1 Zumba Instructor
    • Level 1 & 2 Kettlebell Instructor
    • Metafit Instructor
    • Mark Burgess Boxing Certification Course
  • Currently completing SmartDNA Practitioner Training

My Story

My website and my business, is a reflection of me and my passions. So I guess the best place to start is by telling you a bit about myself so that you can understand why I am passionate about helping others create and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle that is easy to maintain. If you want to read more, you can read my full story here.

My name is Penny Benjamin, I’m from Brisbane, Australia. I love learning new things, spending time with my family and friends, being active, hiking, cooking, travelling and laughing.

I struggled with an eating disorder for 5 years. Following this, my mindset with regards to health shifted significantly, I now view health as a lifelong “journey” rather than a series of ups and downs of ‘getting sick then getting better’.

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Before and after, eating disorder

My interest in nutrition and health developed throughout my eating disorder recovery. I decided to stray from my career in Chemical Engineering while nurturing my love for science and chemistry by undertaking a Masters in Human Nutrition.

My services, content and products reflect the various elements that I find important in finding balance, success and happiness in life:

  • Having at least a basic understanding of nutrition principles and physiology so you can better understand your own body and the the impact of food you put in it.
  • Cooking delicious, nutritious, healthy meals with wholefood ingredients at home.
  • Fun with friends, family and loved ones,
  • Daily exercise/activity,
  • Travel and experiencing new things!
  • Motivation to achieve success in all areas of life.
  • Getting the most out of life!

My services include:

  • Corporate & group workshops and programs
  • Workplace health & wellbeing consulting
  • Nutrition, healthy eating and ‘cooking without recipes’ programs and workshops (in-person and online)
  • 1-1 consulting
  • Resources for health & fitness businesses
  • Menu consulting/reviews
  • Food photography, content creation and recipe development

Click here to find out more about how we can work together.

I also love creating content, be it recipes, travel blogs or translating the sometimes complicated nutrition information into lay terms. I do hope you’ll find something either on my website or through working with me that is able to help you along on your own health ‘journey’!

Big love xxx

Penny

 

PS. I recently shared this on my Instagram account if you’re interested; 10 things about me:

1️⃣I JUST (as in, I received my results on Friday) completed a Masters of Human Nutrition with Deakin University
2️⃣I also have a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked as a technologist in Oil & Gas and Beer Brewing for several years before the career change.
3️⃣I am a Queenslander through & through! Born and bred in Brissie then uni, work and life took me to Sydney, Geelong and overseas for 11 years before I moved back at the start of 2017 – I missed the heat!
4️⃣Several years ago I copied my sister @loosyy and got the same tattoo of an Iris on my right forearm; Iris was our Grandma’s name. Grandma was an amazing woman, and had a big impact on me growing up.
5️⃣For 5+ long years I struggled with an eating disorder & all the strains on relationships, anxiety & health problems associated with it. 2 years on and I’m in a MUCH better place mentally but there are still lingering health issues I’m working through.
6️⃣I LOVE to cook! I believe in cooking & eating real, minimally processed, food most of the time. It’s important to listen to your own body – no one diet will suit everyone & balance is important.
7️⃣I LOVE to travel. I spent the majority of 2016 Housesitting my way around Europe while completing my Masters. I wrote over a dozen travel blogs about my experiences in over 7 countries – in the Travel section of my website!
8️⃣I love being active and move every day because it makes me feel strong and alive; playing netball @raidersallstars and crossfit @crossfit_mitchelton are my main activities but I also love to yoga, hike, swim, cycle, walk.
9️⃣I take a logical, simplistic and no-fuss approach to nutrition & cooking. My engineering mind helps me break down complex theories into simple concepts that are easy to apply.
🔟I’m passionate about empowering people, with education & knowledge, to feed themselves & their families delicious and healthy food.