About Nikky

I developed an interest in gut health and nutrition due to my own health struggle. This led me to study my bachelor’s degree at Edith Cowan University. This is when my passion for nutrition and wellbeing began.

My gut health problems started in my teenaged years. My first experience with a food intolerance was when I was about 19, when I suddenly couldn’t eat bananas anymore. They would give me stomach pains and sometimes make me throw up. Then I developed non-celiac gluten intolerance and dairy intolerance in my 20’s.

When I first became really sick, I didn’t understand the connection between gut health and my overall health. In 2013, I suddenly became a single mum to a toddler. I was in my final year of uni and had to take on 2 jobs to survive. I didn’t have time to eat properly. I was always eating on the run or in the car. I was stressed! Constantly!

At the time, I didn’t understand the connection between chronic stress and gut health. But I was about to learn that lesson. The combination of high, ongoing stress and a poor diet took its toll. I crashed. I lost 10kg (unintentionally) in a very short period of time. I'd taken on far too much and suddenly I was so ill that I couldn't work anymore. This is when I began to write.

My gut health was destroyed. I developed multiple food intolerances because my digestion was ruined. At my worst, I was only able to eat rice, potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, rice milk, rice syrup, eggs, and chicken.

It wasn’t just my digestion that suffered. Because of my poor gut health my immune system was in terrible shape. I caught a cold and was extremely ill for months. I seemed to always have allergies and I was always exhausted.
It didn’t end there; gut health is also connected to mental health. I had suffered from mild anxiety since a teenager, but at this time, the anxiety got a lot worse. I developed agoraphobia. All of this, because of those little bugs in my belly!

But, I didn’t give up, and I’m glad I didn’t. I continued to learn and began a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition. My passion for gut health grew as I learned more and continued to write with the intention of educating others through my experiences. I finally knew how to fix myself.

Unfortunately my health took a few steps backwards when I got into a relationship with an abusive alcoholic in 2018. Writing about this experience was probably what saved me. The experience did teach me a lot and helped me to understand more about the connection between emotions and physical health. Watching this person struggle with his mental health issues actually ignited my interest in mental health. Now, lucky for me, this person is out of my life and I'm much better off.

I have since competed post graduate studies in nutrition and mental health. I’m now passionate about education and giving people the power to take control of their own wellbeing. There is no “quick fix”, don’t let anyone trick you into that. It has taken me a long time to heal. But it was worth it. I now eat gluten, lactose free dairy, bananas, and everything else I couldn’t eat previously (except onions, I haven’t tried reintroducing onions yet :) ).

​Now I want to help others improved their gut health, nutrition, emotional health and overall wellbeing.


​Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition and Human Biology

  • Professional Certification in Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health

  • Certificate in Life Coaching​

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