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Areas of Expertise

Gut Health


Gut health is foundational to overall good health. This stems from the gut's multifaceted role in human physiology. Here are several reasons why the health of your gut is considered crucial for overall well-being:

  • Digestion and Nutrient Absorption - The primary function of the gut is to digest food and absorb nutrients. A healthy gut efficiently breaks down food, allowing your body to absorb vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients essential for all bodily functions.

  • Immune System Regulation - A significant portion of the immune system is located in the gut. The gut microbiome, which consists of trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms, plays a critical role in training and regulating the immune system. A balanced microbiome helps prevent the development of autoimmune diseases and infections by distinguishing between harmless and harmful agents.

  • Production of Essential Molecules - The gut microbiota synthesises several vital substances, including vitamin K and certain B vitamins. It also helps metabolise bile acids and amino acids, influencing cholesterol metabolism and the detoxification processes in the liver.

  • Gut-Brain Axis - The gut is directly connected to the brain through the vagus nerve and other pathways, known as the gut-brain axis. This connection means that the state of the gut can affect mental health, influencing the risk of developing conditions such as anxiety and depression. For instance, a significant portion of the body's serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of happiness, is produced in the gut.

  • Barrier Function - A healthy gut maintains a strong intestinal barrier that prevents the leakage of harmful substances into the bloodstream. This barrier protects against toxins, pathogens, and antigens that could trigger inflammatory responses and contribute to chronic diseases.

  • Inflammation and Chronic Diseases - Imbalances in the gut microbiome and intestinal permeability can lead to systemic inflammation, a root cause of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. By maintaining a healthy gut, you may reduce inflammation and lower the risk of these conditions.

  • Metabolic Health - Research shows that the gut microbiome can influence metabolism, affecting body weight, blood sugar control, and the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Certain gut bacteria can affect how the body stores fat and how it responds to hormones that regulate hunger and satiety.

Given its integral role in digestion, immune function, the production of essential nutrients, the gut-brain axis, and its influence on inflammation and metabolic health, maintaining a healthy gut is foundational to overall good health. A balanced diet rich in fibre, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, and stress management can all contribute to a healthy gut microbiome and, by extension, a healthier life.

Mental Health Nutrition


While I am not a psychologist, I understand the intricate connection between diet, gut health, and mental well-being. My approach focuses on improving mental health through informed dietary choices and gut health strategies. Here’s how I can help:

Gut-Brain Axis Understanding: The gut-brain axis plays a significant role in mental health. By nurturing your gut microbiome, you can influence the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which impact mood and emotional regulation.

Dietary Strategies for Mental Health: I help clients design a diet rich in anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense foods that support brain health. This includes omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and probiotics that can positively affect mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Reducing Inflammation: Chronic inflammation, often linked to poor gut health, is associated with depression and other mental health disorders. I provide guidance on anti-inflammatory diets that include whole grains, leafy greens, fatty fish, and other anti-inflammatory foods.

Blood Sugar Stability: Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can influence mood and energy. I offer advice on maintaining stable blood sugar levels through balanced meals and the timing of food intake.

Each person's nutritional needs are unique. I work with you to identify any specific dietary triggers that may worsen their mental health and create tailored plans that support both gut health and mental well-being.

Ultra-Processed Foods


In today's fast-paced world, ultra-processed foods have become a staple in many diets, defined by their high levels of additives, sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients. These foods, ranging from soft drinks to ready-to-eat meals, are engineered for convenience and long shelf life, often sacrificing nutritional value. The widespread consumption of ultra-processed foods is linked to numerous health issues, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and disruptions in gut health, due to their poor nutritional profiles and the presence of additives that may interfere with bodily functions.

Recognising the dangers posed by ultra-processed foods, my work focuses on educating individuals about these products and guiding them towards healthier dietary choices. I emphasise the importance of whole, minimally processed foods for maintaining overall health and well-being. Through practical advice on fresh ingredients, and understanding food labels, I aim to empower clients to make informed food choices that reduce their intake of ultra-processed foods.

The shift towards a diet rich in whole foods not only benefits individual health but also supports environmental sustainability and food system resilience. By advocating for a diet centered around plant-based, nutrient-dense foods, I provide the tools and knowledge necessary for individuals to navigate the modern food landscape confidently. My approach is grounded in the belief that education and personal empowerment are key to fostering healthier eating habits that can lead to lasting changes in health and lifestyle.

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Managing Food Intolerance


As someone who previously suffered from multiple food intolerances, I understand the complexities and challenges that come with managing these. Food intolerances can significantly impact one's quality of life, leading to discomfort and a restrictive diet. The key to managing food intolerances effectively lies in identifying the specific foods that trigger symptoms through a detailed food diary and elimination diets, followed by a careful reintroduction process.


It's essential to ensure that while eliminating certain foods, the diet remains nutritionally balanced, providing all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. I advocate for a personalised approach, recognising that each individual's body reacts differently. By working closely with clients, we can develop a diet that not only avoid triggers, but also enhance overall health and well-being.


Importantly, education on reading labels, understanding hidden ingredients, and finding nutritious alternatives plays a crucial role. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their food intolerances without feeling restricted, ensuring they can enjoy a diverse and satisfying diet.

Healthy Eating

I emphasise the importance of healthy eating education as a cornerstone for nurturing gut health and overall wellness. A diet centered around whole, plant-based foods is not just beneficial for the gut microbiome; it's a foundation for a vibrant, healthy life. I guide my clients through the nuances of building meals rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, which are paramount for fostering a diverse and resilient gut microbiome. This includes a focus on consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, which support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and contribute to reduced inflammation and enhanced immune function.

Equally important is the skill of label reading, an empowering tool that I teach my clients to master. Understanding food labels enables individuals to discern nutrient-dense foods from those that are ultra-processed and loaded with additives, excessive sugars, and unhealthy fats. By educating clients on identifying key ingredients and nutritional information, they become adept at making informed choices that align with their health goals.

Avoiding ultra-processed foods is another critical aspect of the education I provide. These foods often contain artificial additives and preservatives that can disrupt gut health and lead to a cascade of health issues. I encourage a 'back to basics' approach, advocating for foods in their most natural state, which not only nourishes the body but also supports sustainable eating habits.

Through personalised guidance and practical strategies, my aim is to equip clients with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy eating intuitive and enjoyable. This holistic approach to nutrition education ensures that my clients are well-prepared to make choices that promote optimal gut health, overall well-being, and a deep sense of vitality.


  • Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition - Deakin University

  • Bachelor of Science - Nutrition and Human Biology - Edith Cowan University

  • Professional Certification in Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health - University of Sydney

  • FODMAP Diet for IBS: Dietitian course - Monash University 

  • Advanced Gut Health: Enhancing your Microbiome - Endeavour College of Natural Health

  • NSA Member

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