I’m Nina and I’m a qualified and clinically trained nutritionist (BHSc NutDMed). Thanks for stopping by and having a look around, it’s lovely to have you here!
My passion lies in helping you form a truly happy and healthy relationship with food.
I’m a firm believer that it’s not just what you eat, but also your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around food that matter. After all, nutrition isn’t just about the physical and how nutrients are absorbed, digested and metabolised. It’s also about the mental and emotional. We aren’t machines and we don’t function separately from our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We are deeply complex beings, and our relationships with food are deeply complex too.
Are you confused or overwhelmed by all of the conflicting nutrition advice out there?
Do you fear or avoid certain foods?
Are you always trying out the latest health trends or diets?
Do you experience anxiety, shame or guilt around food?
Do you restrict yourself around food, eat in secret, comfort eat, over eat or binge eat?
This was me for a long time (you can read more about my story here). That’s why I’m so passionate about helping you find your happy place with food. So often, food is surrounded by fear, anxiety and overwhelm. But I’m here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be this way. I’m here to help you navigate the often confusing world of nutrition, listen to you and your unique story, help you remove guilt and anxiety around nourishing your body, help you reconnect with food and yourself in a loving joyful way, and help you develop a way of eating that truly works for you. You deserve to experience these things, you are worthy.
I also love that specific foods and nutrients can be used therapeutically to support our bodies and minds in certain ways. I understand that we’re all different, with different taste preferences and circumstances. I love working with you to create recommendations that are realistic and that you’ll enjoy. With a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, I know the scientific and traditional evidence behind this information; the specific preparation methods and doses; and when to, and when not to, prescribe certain nutrients and foods depending on your unique situation.
How I can help you
With a special interest in disordered eating in particular, I’ll work with you to help you find your happy place with food and with yourself. It’s important to work with disordered eating soon, before these habits become diagnosable eating disorders. But no matter what stage you’re at (‘disordered eating’ or ‘eating disorder’), I’m here to help. My experience has shown me that these things are often highly tied up with anxiety and stress, and these are other passion areas of mine. I can help you to:
Address disordered eating patterns and habits – regardless of whether you’ve been diagnosed with an eating disorder or not. These may include overeating, binge eating, restricting food, compensatory behaviours such as purging or excessive exercise, body image concerns, repetitive dieting, a fixation with counting calories or weighing food, and orthorexia (an obsession with only eating ‘healthy’ food).
Address anxiety, stress and any other co-existing health concerns.
Navigate the confusing world of nutrition and ‘healthy eating’ – we’ll shut out the external noise and dismantle rules around food, and instead build your confidence and trust in tuning in to yourself and making your own decisions around food.
Look beyond just what you eat – and also consider your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around food. Here, I often incorporate mindful eating practices.
Take a holistic and individualised approach – by going beyond nutrition to incorporate various lifestyle aspects to help you create realistic, enjoyable and long lasting changes – physically, mentally and emotionally. I’ll also take into account your unique goals, challenges, likes and dislikes, history and circumstances.
Food is about love and joy – it doesn’t need be surrounded by fear, anxiety, guilt, confusion or shame. Food is this beautiful thing that’s here nourish you and allow you to experience all that life has to offer.
Nutrition is about way more than just what you eat – it’s also about your thoughts, feelings and behaviours around food. Here, I love to incorporate mindful eating philosophies and practices.
…and health is about way more than just nutrition – it’s also about your sleep, energy levels, lifestyle factors, likes and dislikes, unique circumstances and more.
There’s no one size fits all – what works for your sister, friend, mum or Beyonce won’t necessarily work for you. Even what works for you at one point in your life won’t necessarily work for you at another point. Give yourself permission to adopt a flexible and fluid approach to food and health, notice how you and your body feel around certain foods, and use that as a cue about what works for you.
There’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ diet – and aiming to have one is impossible if you ask me!
Finding your happy place with food is enjoyable, powerful and transformative…not expensive, complicated or boring.
My qualifications and memberships
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine)
Member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA)
Member of the Australian National Register of Accredited Natural Therapists (ANRAT)
Member of the Complementary Medicine Practitioner Associations Council (CMPAC)
If you’re here, I’m betting that we already share at least one thing in common – a love of food and health. So go on, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or book an appointment online. I’d love to hear from you!