I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia, and an Accredited Nutritionist with Nutrition Australia. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Flinders University, South Australia.
Having been captivated for most of my younger years by the fact that what we eat can influence our health, becoming a dietitian was an easy choice for me.
I suffered from my own health ailments in my teenage years and began to experiment with different eating styles, in the hopes of finding one that would make me feel healthy again. Many of these diets were popular diets followed by celebrities and popular figures in the media. Although at the time I thought I was eating well, I found no particular benefits from following these diets, only that they were mundane and hard to stick to.
In my late teens I started following a plant-based diet after watching documentaries about animal cruelty. The vegan lifestyle made so much sense to me and I was beyond excited to explore all of the plant-based foods and learn more about this issue. The more I read, watched and listened, the more I learnt about why and how to live in accordance with my values, not only regarding animal welfare, but also environmental sustainability and (of particular interest to me) human health. This way of eating also lead me to learn more about other social justice issues and question areas of my life that were (unknowingly to me) contributing to the oppression of others.
As part of a profession that provides expert advice in the field of nutrition, I believe it is my duty to educate others about the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle so that they can make informed decisions about their food choices, teach the art of nurturing positive relationships with food, and help those interested in adopting a healthy, balanced diet or lifestyle no matter what their motivators or life circumstances are.
Although vegan and vegetarian diets are my main areas of interest, as a dietitian providing nutritional counselling I’m also highly interested gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies and intolerances, nutrient deficiencies and weight management using non-diet therapy.
My philosophy towards nutrition is simple:
Eat more plants, and focus on whole foods.