Nikki is experienced in treating numerous nutrition-related conditions and provides
a number of services as a qualified dietitian. Click on the services to find out more
Eating 4 Health does not believe in strict dieting!
83% of people who go on weight loss diets regain all of the weight they have lost and more within two years! Plus, strict dieting is unsafe and not enjoyable which is why Eating 4 Health utilises a non-diet approach to healthy eating that is specific to YOU! Learn to lose weight properly and achieve sustainable results. We will give you all the knowledge and education that you need.
- Appropriate portion sizes
- Label reading
- Healthy meal preparation
- Mindful eating
General Healthy Eating
Do you know if what you eat is healthy?
Many people consult a dietitian either because they want to lose weight or they have a lifestyle-related health condition such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Even if you are in good health and are at a healthy weight, do you know if what you eat is healthy? There’s a lot of confusing information out there about what is and what isn’t good for us, particularly when it comes to food and nutrition. A dietitian is able to assess your diet and identify whether or not what you eat supports a healthy lifestyle.
Stop putting up with painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing gut-related conditions!
The Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a complex body system and when it’s not functioning as it should, we can experience a number of unpleasant symptoms including: bloating, flatulence (wind), diarrhoea, constipation, stomach cramps and pains, burping and more! Nutrition can play a significant role in reducing and even eliminating these symptoms. Some of the GI conditions that a Dietitian can assist you with include:
- Diverticular Disease
- Coeliac Disease
- Irritable Bowel Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Food Intolerances and Sensitivities
- FODMAPS Elimination Diet
- Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (GORD)
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Learn to lower your blood pressure through following healthy diet
Blood pressure is the pressure of your blood as it is pumped around the body by the heart. As your blood pressure increases, so does the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Nutrition plays a significant role in reducing an individual’s blood pressure. A dietitian is equipped with specialised skills and expertise in prescribing an eating plan that is heart healthy.
We can help you lower your cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally in our bodies and is found in our blood. Our body is very efficient at producing cholesterol therefore; consumption of cholesterol in the form of food is generally not required. Too much cholesterol in the blood causes fatty deposits to build up in our blood vessels, increasing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The foods that you eat can have a significant affect on your cholesterol levels. Healthy diet can help to reduce your cholesterol levels and improve your heart health.
Diabetes (Pre-Diabetes, Type 1, Type 2 & Gestational)
Nutrition plays an essential role in controlling Diabetes and it’s associated complications.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia with approximately 280 people developing diabetes every day! Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from correctly using energy from food. In order for our bodies to work properly we need to convert food (in the form of glucose or sugar) into energy. A hormone called insulin is needed to convert the glucose or sugar into energy. In people with diabetes, insulin is not produced in sufficient amounts or not produced at all by the body, so medications or insulin injections may be required.
The National Organisation for Diabetes (Diabetes Australia), recommends that anyone with diabetes should see a dietitian for personalised nutrition advice. Here, at Eating 4 Health we can assist individuals who have any of the following diabetes types:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes
Healthy Eating Pre & Post Pregnancy
Ensure you’re providing the best possible nutrition for you and your baby
Adequate nutrition is essential during pregnancy with evidence showing that the food a mother consumes during her pregnancy can affect the development of her infant, and may also impact on the baby’s health later in life. A mother’s nutrition requirements are increased during pregnancy however the common saying “eating for two” is in fact incorrect. There are also important dietary considerations for the mother once the baby is born. To learn more, come see us at Eating 4 Health where we can provide nutritional advice for both mums and baby:
- Supplements prior to falling pregnant
- Nutrition requirements during pregnancy
- Appropriate weight gain during pregnancy
- Nutrition requirements for breastfeeding and/or formula feeding mums
- Appropriate weight loss after giving birth
- Guidance for introducing solids to your baby
Woman’s Health including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Nutrition plays an important role in a number of woman’s health-related conditions
Eating 4 Health can assist you with a number of woman’s-health conditions including:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Pregnancy (pre, during and post)
- Pelvic weakness or prolapse
A dietitian can tell you if your everyday eating supports good bone health
Osteoporosis literally means ‘bones with holes’. This occurs when our bones lose important minerals including calcium, resulting in weaker and more brittle bones, which increases the likelihood of fracturing or breaking our bones. A healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can assist in preventing osteoporosis. If you are unsure whether you eat enough calcium, a dietitian can work this out for you and provide advice to ensure you are meeting your nutritional requirements.
It is essential to receive nutritional support and education from a dietitian when undergoing bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery (also known as weight loss surgery) dramatically changes the way that you eat. It is imperative that anyone who is undergoing bariatric surgery consults with a dietitian, as there are very important dietary requirements both before and after surgery. Changing eating behaviors’ and one’s relationship with food can be one of the greatest challenges post bariatric surgery. A dietitian is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help guide you through the post surgery dietary progressions.
Malnutrition & Geriatric Nutrition
A dieitian can help you incorporate more nutrition into your diet to support a healthy age progression
As you get older it is not uncommon to experience reduced appetite, which may occur due to a number of reasons including: living a less physically active lifestyle, reduced ability to prepare meals, deteriorating health or even losing a loved one. It is therefore important to try to ensure that you eat regularly and make eating a social activity that you can look forward to. Not eating enough as an elderly adult may negatively impact your nutritional status and places greater risk on exacerbating some chronic illnesses. A dietitian is able to provide you with ways to conveniently add extra nutrition to your diet without having to significantly increase the size of your meals.
Get tips and advice on helping to manage side effects associated with Cancer
Cancer treatment places an increased demand on the body, making eating more important than ever to ensure that your body is receiving all of the nutrition and energy that it requires. Evidence shows that those who lose minimal amounts of weight during their cancer treatment are better able to tolerate their treatment compared to those that lose significant amounts of weight, further highlighting the importance of nutrition for those who have been diagnosed with cancer. A dietitian can assist people with cancer who are experiencing a number of unpleasant symptoms including:
- Poor appetite
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Taste and smell changes
- Mucositis (Ulceration)
- Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
- Excess weight loss
Adequate nutrition can improve exercise performance
Whether you’re an elite athlete or just enjoy your sport and exercise, what you eat and drink can have a significant impact on your performance. Sport nutrition’s major goal is to help an individual prepare and recover from training and/or competition to optimise performance.
Important considerations in sport’s nutrition include:
- Food and fluid requirements
- What to eat when training
- What to eat before an event/competition
- What to eat after an event/competition
- Supplements in sport