Monday Local Mum Inna Merkin

 Where and how long have you lived in Sydney’s east:

I have lived in the eastern suburbs ever since we arrived in Australia over 30 years ago. We began in Bondi and now live in Malabar.

How many children:

We have 3 beautiful but cheeky kids. Max, 10, Amelia 7 and Hannah 3.

Favourite Park:

My family’s favourite park to visit regularly are Malabar Beach park because it is nearby, plenty of parking and has a grass area for Max to play with my husband Igor AFL and the girls enjoy the playground.

Favourite Beach:

I know this is going to sound strange to a lot of people but we don’t love going to the beach. I hate sand and the clean up that goes with it! We are pool people and as we have our own pool it is so much easier for me with 3 kids to just go to our pool for a swim. However, I do know how good a beach experience is for kids so we do go occasionally and the one that we love going to is either Little Bay or Coogee.

Favourite kid friendly cafe:

We love Bellagio on Albion Street, Waverley for a kid friendly Café as it has a great outdoor back area with toys for kids to play with.

Favourite Coffee Spot:

Our favourite coffee spot is our local coffee shop in Malabar called Nostimo.

Favourite date night place:

Sugarcane, Coogee

Favourite Local Day Out Activity:

My favourite local day out would have to be a day at Darling Harbour with my whole family. I just love the restaurants there and the great playground and showing kids what is iconic about Sydney. We also love going on a ferry.

Favourite Local Shop:

My favourite local shop is the butcher in Pacific Square and Perfection in Rose Bay for amazing gifts made from chocolate!

Favourite wet weather location:

My kids love Skyzone when its wet as they can jump and I love to jump on the trampolines and I love to jump with them.

Describe an ideal day in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for you?

An ideal for me would have to a hot summer day where I spend the whole day by the pool with my kids and have a bbq and eat ice cream with our close friends.

What area of the east have you yet to explore much but would like to?

I don’t think there is one to be honest!

Work or SAHM:

Work! I love what I do now. I was a bookkeeper for the last decade and finally made the change to become a nutritionist in the last few years and opened InnaMeHealth. Nutrition has always been a huge passion in my life. I love food and being healthy and I love that I get to make an impact in people’s life and help them repair the relationship they have with food.

Motherly advice :

I think the best advice I can give is worry about the things you can control and learn from the things that your can’t.

Connect with Inna:

Done with Diets!

Ditch the dieting rules and restrictions and learn to have a great relationship with food again!

I am certified Nutritionist from Innamehealth and it took me years to realise I did not want to stress and obsess about food every day! So I quit diets and put my health first and over time lost weight and regained my freedom over food again. If you are like me and sick of dieting and want to stop bingeing please contact me innamehealth@gmail.comInna Merkin 0423555511,