Known around Australia as The Nude Nutritionist, Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Lyndi Cohen talks about how Sydney Eisteddfod shaped her career and the person she is today.
Lyndi is an Australian dietitian and nutritionist who believes in “being healthy without dieting or obsessing over numbers”. She graduated from University of Newcastle in 2011 with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and is an Accredited Practising Dietician (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN).
Directly after university she worked different jobs from a marketing/communications role to a “company dietitian”. In 2013 she started to build her own business, The Nude Nutritionist. Since then she has worked hard to establish her Nutritionist Media career by writing her book The Nude Nutritionist, sharing recipes on her blog and helping people around the world to be more consistent with healthy eating via her online programs.
She now has an established career in the media and has been featured on Channel 9, Women’s Weekly, Yahoo 7, My Body + Soul, news.com.au, Mashable, Woman’s Day, ABC, The Glow, Cosmopolitan, Prevention, The Sydney Morning Herald, Lifestyle You and Good Food. She is also the regular dietitian for Channel 9’s TODAY Show.
Lyndi performed in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Speech & Drama and Dance categories between the ages of 7-17. She competed in prose, poetry and dance groups and remembers her Eisteddfod experience fondly.
“Performing in the Eisteddfod was the first time I really got to perform in front of an audience, and I loved it. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it gave me such confidence…(it) also taught me how to take on constructive feedback from teachers and showed me how valuable practice could be…”
Lyndi was inspired to take part in Sydney Eisteddfod by her speech and drama teachers Jo Karney and Rene Saidman, who made going to class and learning scripts “such fun”. Her teachers put an emphasis on having a good time and learning – and walking away with an award was an added bonus.
She says performing at Sydney Eisteddfod shaped the person she is today – in both her career and her personal life.
“Sydney Eisteddfod and my teachers gave me so much confidence from an early age. Not just on stage but in life…through performing, I felt confident to introduce myself to adults or speak in a crowd…I use the skills I learned at Sydney Eisteddfod every day, whether I’m speaking on camera, presenting at a conference or simply meeting someone new.”
The best advice for public speaking she has heard is that it is alright to feel nervous before you perform.
“To this day, I still feel my heart rate quicken before the camera lights turn red and go live. When this happens, I take several slow and deep breaths. I notice my heart beat in my chest…I remind myself that I am capable, this is going to be fun and I have done this before.”
Lyndi says, “you must absolutely enter Sydney Eisteddfod for a brilliant, fun, life enhancing experience. Performing can be scary but anything that challenges your comfort zones will help you become the person that you dream of being. Even if you don’t plan on making a career as a performer, the skills you learn from taking part are essential for life”.