I have worked at Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre since August 2008 and have found it a wonderful and dynamic team. I have my own company – Eat Love Live - as a team of dietitians we aim to support clients with a wide range of clinical medical conditions.
I have a passion and unique skill set are in supporting people across the spectrum of disordered eating, eating disorders and other mental health issues.
I connect strongly with the HAES (Health at Every Size) philosophy.
Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honour your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control). Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honours internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
- Finding the joy in moving one's body and becoming more physically vital.
I am passionate about supporting people to reconnect and learn to trust their own intuition around food. We are all born with these skills but our life experiences and the media, which is flooded with conflicting advice, can mean we lose touch with this.
When faced with illness or a specific health concern; or simply looking to improve overall well-being and self acceptance, sorting through complex information and advice about diet can require specialist help and support which I aim to provide in a non-judgemental supportive environment.
- Bachelor Nutrition and Dietetics Monash University 2004
- CBT / CBT-E for Eating Disorders
- ACT for Eating Disorders
- Mental Health First Aid/ ASSIST
- Motivational Interviewing
Professional Memberships and Associations:
- Dietitian Association Australia
- ANZAED (Australia New Zealand Academy Eating Disorders)
- Australian Independent Dietitian- Nutritionist
- HAES Australia (Health at Every Size)
- BEDA (Binge Eating Disorder Association )
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Involvement with Sporting Teams:
Despite being surrounded in all areas of my life by sports mad people – I don’t even have an AFL team!
- Supporting people to understand their disordered eating patterns and make changes towards more sustainable eating habits by creating a positive relationship with food
- Supporting, motivating and educating people suffering with eating disorders to make necessary changes towards recovery at a pace which is appropriate for them
- Working to improve people's relationship with food so they can eat in response to their hunger and satiety, free of guilt or compulsive compensatory behaviour.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Gastrointestinal Nutrition including irritable bowel syndrome or malabsorption of lactose or fructose
- Insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance Type 2 or gestational Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- High cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension and other heart health problems
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Women's health including menopause and osteoporosis
- Adequate nutritional intake during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Childhood and adolescent nutrition
- Nutritionally adequate vegetarian eating
- Optimal nutrition for optimum energy and prevention of health complications
I have a non-prescriptive approach to making dietary recommendation. I aim to educate clients to be able to understand the basics of nutrition so they are better able to navigate the overwhelming diet, health and wellness information we are all bombarded with.
I believe that each person is the expert of their own body and I aim to work with clients to re connect and trust their internal cues of hunger and satiety. This may mean working through and understanding your past and current relationship with food and your body and influences on these.
When working with people to rebuild this trust in their body and / or challenge eating disorder beliefs we may need to use a transitional structured meal plan. I base this on food groups and recommended portion sizes spread regularly throughout the day. We would create these plans together considering your current intake and condition and adequacy is based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
What to Expect in a Session:
I spend initial sessions getting to know individuals and understand what they want out of the relationship with me. I will ask lots of questions about your medical history, physical and psychological symptoms and concerns. We will explore your past and current relationship with your body and food; and ways this may be impinging on your current quality of life.
Information about past dieting, current eating patterns and activity levels will help determine current nutritional status and help me to form a clear understanding of where you will need information and support.
I tend to always provide some education about the condition or concerns you are experiencing and what may have contributed to their development and may be helpful in change. I aim to provide accurate, easy to understand information about nutrition helping to differentiate fact from fiction. I like to scribble a lot in session but will also email typed handouts and links to websites for you to be able to reflect on later.
Sometimes I may use food/ thought/ behaviour diaries to help us explore together your current eating patterns and the thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to your behaviours. Homework tasks such as these are always optional and I would never be concerned if a client was unable to complete these for whatever reason.
I aim to work with clients with in the context of how motivated and capable they feel about making changes At times clients will find that supportive discussion and reflection in session is more helpful then goal driven behaviour change. For others, we may find it most beneficial to set appropriate and achievable goals and discuss strategies as to how we can make these possible.
Follow up sessions provide an opportunity to reflect on client’s experience of the previous session, experiences with implementing discussed strategies or even reflection of why they felt unable to make any changes. The length of time between review session is discussed with you as to what you feel would be most helpful and reviews aim to provide the opportunity for ongoing motivation and support.
I can provide information and support to individual's family, friends or loved ones at their request, so that the person feels supported in between sessions. I am also able to be contacted via email between sessions.
I am available for consulation:
- Wednesday 8.30 am - 6.00 pm
- Friday 8.30 am - 6.00 pm
To arrange an appointment please phone 9650 9372 or book online.