I provide nutrition support for adult patients. I am a Registered Dietician and certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and use a non-diet ( weight neutral) approach when I counsel.
I am passionate about nutrition and the positive role it can play in optimizing health and well being . I integrate Health at Every Size ® Values in my practice: Weight Inclusivity, Health enhancement, Respectful care, Eating for Well- Being and Life Enhancing movement.
- Restore ME - intuitive eating programme – individual and group programmes
- Digestive Health ( irritable bowel including the Low Fodmap, Inflammatory Bowel, Coeliac)
- Geriatric care for nutrition support
- Nutrition Support during chronic illness or post
I am affiliated with the Wits Donald Gordon Colorectal Unit and love working in the field of digestive health. I have experience with gastrointestinal related health issues e.g bowel cancers, diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease , coeliac disease as well as post-operative nutrition support related to gut surgery. I have completed additional training on IBS with EATFIT SA (www.eatfitsa.com) and am accredited to offer the EATFIT for IBS programme. The EATFIT for IBS programme is for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gut disorders of a functional nature.
I started dieting around the age of 15 years , without much success, so it was not surprising that this was the one area of dietetics I never felt comfortable working with. While studying dietetics helped me understand nutrition science better, having the nutrition facts on hand was not helping me heal my relationship with food, movement or my body. The more I worked with patients who were struggling with weight and body image issues, the more I realized the diet and weight centric approach was contributing to the problem. In 2004 I embarked on a journey of self study, and discovered evidence based approaches like Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility, Intuitive Eating as well as advocacy movements like HAES ® ( Health At Every Size). I started letting go of the pursuit of weight loss and found great health benefits, the more I integrated Intuitive Eating principles into my own life . I completed additional training and supervision with Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch , so that I was better equipped to support patients. I am a certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor ( www.intuitiveating.org) and developed an 8 week Restore Me programme which is suitable for anyone wanting to heal their relationship with food, movement and their bodies. I recently created Non Diet South Africa ( @nondietSA) to advocate for weight neutral care in South Africa and increase both awareness and support for the use of evidence based non-diet approaches in clinical practice in South Africa.
RESTORE ME - Intuitive Eating Programme
Chronic Dieting can leave you feeling broken, disconnected, distrustful and disgusted with yourself. Believe it or not…this negative space is the exact starting point for growth.
RESTORE ME will help you approach your health goals using an evidence based non-diet approach. Restore Me is not a quick fix , nor is it a diet plan and success is not determined by a number on the scale nor is weight loss a goal.
Intuitive Eating is a journey which may have its bumps and challenges along the way, but when integrated will allow you to explore your health & well being in a positive self- sustaining way. It is an effective programme for those struggling with emotional eating or binge eating disorder . I look forward to helping you reconnect to your body with love, kindness & compassion.
I have completed the CDE Advanced course in Diabetes Care for Health Care Professionals and help adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Medical Nutrition Support
- Post gastro-intestinal surgery (oesophagectomy, gastrectomy, bowel resection, ileostomy/ colostomy/ colorectal cancer)