Dr. Rupy Aujla is an NHS doctor with a speciality in general practice, currently working in emergency medicine in Sydney. Rupy is passionate about the growing body of clinical research looking at how certain foods and lifestyle choices can prevent and treat disease.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
As a doctor, I see the effects of poor dietary and lifestyle choices every day and I noticed some patients were quite misinformed about nutrition. So I plucked up the courage to get behind a camera and literally show my patients how to get phenomenal ingredients with potential health benefits onto their plate. I created a YouTube channel to share recipes and dietary information called The Doctor’s Kitchen and a fun Instagram account. My aim is to inspire everyone to look at their diet, use more nutritional ingredients and lead happier, healthier lives!
I’m just a straight-talking doctor giving healthy eating inspiration.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Study and play hard during your medical degree. The medical world expands far beyond the content of your university textbooks. Keep an open and inquisitive mind whilst learning your subjects. Medicine requires patience, empathy and commitment.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
I cook, I dance, I skateboard, I sing (in the shower), I laugh as much as possible (usually at myself) and then I cook some more.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
The fear of making a costly mistake while holding the responsibility of someone’s life in an emergency.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Empathy, commitment, calm, focus and SAFETY.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
The contact with patients. By virtue of my job it gives me the opportunity to learn about how others, both young and old, have chosen to live their lives. The advice and inspiration they give me is priceless. I could never have grown so much as a person and learnt to cherish life in the way I try to, without the experiences of human contact medicine has granted me. Undoubtedly, it is the best thing about my role as a doctor.
What’s next on your horizon?
To continue my journey in nutritional science and to keep ahead of new research observing diet and disease relationships. I want to provide evidence-based information and give patients a way of being able to help themselves through diet where possible.
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Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
The replacement of quality fats with highly processed and sugar dense foods has a lot to answer for. A number of clinical trials demonstrate the negative impact of a sugar-rich diet, which is blindly consumed by a huge proportion of society. To reduce the burden of chronic disease, we would do a great service by educating everyone on the importance of diet.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
As it’s a special occasion, I’ll be preparing some of my favourite recipes from my YouTube channel. We would have my twist on the Hawaiian poke dish with sashimi-grade tuna to start. This would be followed by a miso soup-amuse bouche and flaxseed crusted chicken. For dessert I’d make a chia and frozen banana pudding with cacao and seasonal berries.
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