Bowral Nutrition philosophy and mission

My practice focus is preventive nutrition.  Are you thinking about, or ready to make changes to your diet and need support? 

Do you have chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease that run in your family? Would you like to know how your food choices may be able to help prevent or delay their onset?

Perhaps you are curious about the latest diet trends like Low Carb or Keto and are wondering if they will help you lose weight or better manage your risk of getting diabetes? 

Although my areas of special interest are nutrition strategies for better mental health (food and mood), and managing intestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (gut health), I am able to assist with any nutrition-related issue, including referring you to a dietitian if necessary. 

I am often asked what the difference is between a nutritionist and a dietitian.  Nutritionists can help prevent and manage disease through healthy eating advice, while dietitians are specialist nutritionists able to treat disease within our health system.  You will see dietitians in hospitals, never nutritionists. Our aim is to help you stay out of hospital! 

What is my nutrition philosophy? 

I believe that...

  • food is key to optimal health 
  • nutrition advice must be personalised. Your genetics, cultural background, familial responsibilities, and food preferences must all be taken into account.
  • our microbiomes (gut; skin; oral) play a significant role in our health and wellbeing 
  • I should never expect you to completely abstain from discretionary food. I do not believe that is realistic and I am after all, a logical nutritionist. I want you to have a healthy relationship with food

I can help you to...

  • investigate your gut microbiome, through my partnership with an Australian testing company, using the latest proven scientific methods
  • take better care of your skin from the inside
  • decipher nutrition labels, including identifying food additives, so you can navigate supermarket food shopping with confidence
  • shop seasonally, and hence affordably
  • swap foods or ingredients in your favourite recipes for more nutrient dense ones
  • prepare and cook nutritious foods you may not have experience with, such as lentils, chick peas, okra, beans, eggplant, quinoa, fish and much more
  • understand current diet trends: eg. Keto, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, Veganism
  • ensure you are consuming adequate nutrients for optimal health, irrespective of your dietary approach (eg. vegetarian; vegan)
  • explore suspected food intolerance symptoms: from bloating, lethargy or migraines, to behavioural issues in children and much more, I will help you navigate the minefield of conflicting information resulting from a simple Google search!

My mission is simple:  To help people feel physically and mentally better through food