Balancing the Grind with Kate Save, CEO & Founder of Be Fit Food

Kate Save is a clinical dietitian, exercise physiologist, and diabetes educator, as well as the CEO and founder of Be Fit Food.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

My name is Kate Save. I am a dietitian, exercise physiologist and diabetes educator. I have studied for over a decade and hold a bachelor degree in nutrition and dietetics, bachelor of exercise science, Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education.

I have seen over 10,000 dietitian patients in my career for health and weight loss advice and helped the majority of them reach their goals in my private practise.

Beyond this I saw a gap in the market for people who weren’t able to ‘’get started’’ on their weight loss journey’s due to being time poor, therefore I created Australia’s first doctor and dietitian designed program for rapid weight loss using real whole-foods with my business partner Dr Geoffrey Draper who is a weight loss surgeon (bariatric surgeon) around 7 years ago.

Now I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Be Fit Food.

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I always start my day with a 5am wake-up and an outdoor run or walk, KX pilates, or a gym workout followed by a soy latte.

Next I get my 2 beautiful daughters, Chloe aged 8 years and Mia aged 6 years ready for school and a few days per week my husband, Kristian, who also has his own national business, gets them ready I instead.

I work long hours between our head office on the Mornington Peninsula, our retail stores and retail partners, supplier meetings and also on-site helping to build a strong team to deliver exceptional results.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Yes, with COVID we have been shown a new way of working especially with five lockdowns now in Melbourne. I am able to work from home or the office and even fill in on the retail floor as needed plus pick up my kids 1-2 days per week to take them to gymnastics or other activities. I make up extra hours every weekend and a few late nights however I love what I do and wouldn’t have this any other way.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Firstly, if you can’t honestly say you LOVE what you do then you will never find work-life balance. I get a real buzz out of helping people and when I see or hear that they reach their health and weight loss goals this gives me real fulfillment in my role.

I love to be able to include my work in my everyday life and I don’t see work and life as separate entities. I always talk about a quote from Janine Allis (a shareholder in Be Fit Food) when it comes to balance: “Work-life balance is like a pendulum, swinging rapidly from side to side and never really stopping in the middle for long.”

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I never stop my exercise, even if I just do a few stair runs at my local beach for 8 mins at my max heart rate, that is enough for me to feel renewed or sometimes I will just do a quick cold immersion in the beach first thing in the morning, even if it is just 3 degrees outside. It’s my reset!

And best of all, as an exercise physiologist I know that we can produce BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) when we exercise that helps us regenerate and even re-grow new brain cells for increased memory and attention span.

And last but not least, it helps us to produce more of the happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine to improve our mood and it can reduce anxiety to give us better coping skills in general.

I did start journaling and even though I love it, it is extremely sporadic for me so I guess you can say that is my stop-start routine!

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

So many, but her are my favourite audiobooks:

  • The ONE Thing – Gary Keller
  • Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
  • Find Your Why – Simon Sinek
  • That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea – by Marc Randolph
  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – by Phil Knight
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

My favourite podcasts:

  • Foundr with Nathan Chan – Not your average entrepreneurship podcast
  • Disciplinn – Entrepreneurs speaking to Tony Simmons about business and what makes them tick
  • The You Project – Craig Harper
  • Seize the Yay – By a Spoonful of Sarah
  • Lady Start-up Stories – by Mammamia

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

I love my Quadlock – I have one on my phone as a case which connects to my arm for running, my car for driving and my desk at work!

I also love my Kokoon sleeping headphone – they are like a pillow headphone that wraps around your head when you sleep and the app has all sorts of monitoring for sleep quality, sleep cycle and duration (I just love listening to things when I fall asleep and they turn off by themselves when they read my brain waves are signalling that I am asleep!).

My Kindle – it’s something that comes in my bag on planes, to hotels or anywhere where I can disconnect for 15 mins, even in the bath as it’s waterproof too! I wish I got the one with no blue light now which was released after I got this but it’s also great at the beach as it doesn’t reflect light etc.

Map My Run – I love that it records my runs, my cadence, heart rate, distance and the elevation as I live in a really hilly area and I always wonder why I feel so wrecked after a long run then I see how high I have actually climbed over this duration!

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

I love hearing about the juggle with kids/family, work, social life and fitness. Therefore I would choose someone like a successful working mum or dad who manages to stay fit, be a devoted parent and live a real entrepreneurial life.

I loved hearing about Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx) and I am sure there are many more female/male stories out there that I just haven’t heard of yet! Someone who didn’t get divorced maybe would be good as relationships often fall under pressure when businesses are under strain?

I love hearing from Brene Brown for that reason as she always talks about her husband and her kids and how she stuffs up everyday but lives life being vulnerable and often paying for that too!

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Always fill your cup first to ensure you can fill others. Same analogy as putting on your own oxygen mask first because if you are not happy and healthy, you can’t help or inspire others.

I always make sure I meet my own ‘’happiness’’ needs first as no-one actually wants me around when I don’t, plus no-one else can do this for me. We are all in control of our own happiness and can’t blame others for our bad day, it’s our fault!

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.