I'm an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with a passion for helping people of all shapes, sizes and abilities to develop a healthy relationship with food, their mind and bodies.
Like nearly all young children, I was born with an innate ability to eat intuitively. I was blessed to be born into a family where focus on weight and dieting was not a thing. I ate as much as I liked and moved because it felt good. I was also born with thin privilege, which meant that I was fortunate to be relatively free from commentary about my body and food choices in my every day life.
However, as a passionate dancer from a very young age, I developed body image concerns. I didn't have the 'typical' dancer's body and was told by my ballet teacher that I could never be a successful dancer with my shape. I was a very fit and healthy young girl, but I was highly anxious, self-conscious and felt inadequate in my body.
The stress of later years of high school, paired with my ongoing poor self-esteem led to the development of my eating disorder. Shrinking myself became a coping mechanism for all the dissatisfaction in my life and I believed that if I lost weight I would a better dancer, student and person.
Through my recovery, I re-discovered my innate intuitive eater. I also developed a true passion for food and nutrition. I became inspired to help others overcome the pressures of diet culture, develop compassion for their bodies and rediscover a healthy relationship with food, just like I had with a dietitian. I now utilise Health At Every Size®, the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating with my clients, from a place of empathy and genuine understanding of what its like to embark on a Non Diet journey.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to nutrition. We believe that health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. We also recognise that dieting and food restriction can be harmful for both mental and physical health. Therefore, we remove all rules around food and eating and help our clients give themselves permission to eat all foods without guilt or judgement.
We practice through a Health At Every Size® (HAES®) lens, adopting a weight neutral approach to health. Instead of using body weight to indicate health status or treatment progress, we support our clients to develop meaningful and fulfilling lifestyles through eating intuitively, finding body acceptance at any size and discovering enjoyable movement.
We live in a world that worships and equates thinness to health and moral virtue. The pressure to fit into this supposed picture of "health" leads to weight-based stigma, discrimination and perpetuates eating disorders.
We strongly believe there is no "right" way to have a body. We respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and choose to reject the idolisation or discrimination of specific weights. We actively contribute to dismantling diet culture by advocating for size diversity, speaking out against fatphobia, spreading awareness for eating disorders of all kinds and attempting to bridge the gap in healthcare inequalities through our services.
I Acknowledge The Peoples Of The Kulin Nation As The Traditional Custodians Of The Land On Which I Live And Work In Melbourne, Australia.
I Recognise The Ongoing Contribution Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples Throughout Australia And Pay My Respects To Elders Past, Present And Emerging.