I've always been interested in the relationship between the food we eat and our health. After a 16-year career in the travel industry, I decided to follow my passion and began studying for a degree in Nutrition*.
With all of the confusing and often conflicting messages about the "right way to eat" in the media today, it's important to follow evidence-based advice.
My mission is to provide nutrition counselling that empowers my clients to develop a positive relationship with food and improve their health, and to provide these services in a non-judgemental and supportive setting. It's important to focus on health not weight - healthy comes in many sizes!
Areas of Interest:
Type 2 diabetes management
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Workplace Nutrition Sessions
What's the difference between a Nutritionist and a Dietitian?
A Nutritionist practices in private practice and the community. The title "Nutritionist" is not protected, meaning that anyone can use this title without scientific training. The NZ Nutrition Foundation recommends that a qualified nutritionist should hold a minimum qualification of an undergraduate science degree with a major in Human Nutrition. The title of "Registered Nutritionist" can only be used by those who meet the standards determined by The Nutrition Society of New Zealand. A Registered Nutritionist has post-graduate qualifications needed for membership of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand. An Associate Registered Nutritionist is someone who has recently graduated with a Bachelor degree (majoring in nutrition) but has not yet acquired the work experience needed for full registration. To be eligible for Associate Registration, candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree, and have spent a year either employed in a nutrition work setting or working towards a nutrition-related post-graduate qualification. In either case, Nutritionists registered with the Nutrition Society must abide by a Code of Ethics.
A Dietitian works in hospitals, private practice and the community. The title "Dietitian" is protected by law. A Dietitian has a degree in human nutrition and a post-graduate qualification in dietetics, and is registered by the Dietitians Board. The Dietitians Board protects the health and safety of the New Zealand public under the Health Practitioners Competency Act (HPCA) 2003, by ensuring that every Dietitian working in New Zealand is fit to practice and meets standards of professionalism.
Source: NZ Nutrition Foundation; Nutrition Society of New Zealand; Dietitians New Zealand.