Special Interest in Whole Foods & Plant Based Nutrition
I have grown up rummaging in gardens and taking delight in sharing food with others as a symbol of love and affection.
In fact, to my knowledge my great (or perhaps great great) grandfather actually opened the first health food store in Australia, so connection to food and the environment feels natural to me. For me food is the lynch pin connecting people to the earth, each other and other beings. Food is my medicine and my connection.
As I grew up I started noticing how food affected me. Some foods would make me slump and feel fatigued or sluggish while others made my skin glow, my hair shine and gave me the energy to perform my daily tasks in a phenomenal way, these were usually plant foods. I first decided to become vegan half way through my nutrition degree due to health reasons. I was constantly being taught from my professors and peers that lifestyle based diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer could not be reversed, and this just didn’t add up to me. So when I started doing my own research I realised that people were not only preventing but reversing these diseases on a whole foods, plant based, aka vegan, diets. In fact the oldest living civilisations actually thrive and reach longevity from a diet mostly or completely comprised of plants. Then I began questioning the impact of my food choices. Was I really eating the most nourishing foods as nature intended? And what affect did my eating have on the environment and the beings around me? This is what has led me to where I am today, where I now live and breathe my passion for a vegan diet and lifestyle as a vegan Dietitian and hope to pass this passion and the health benefits on to others.
My goal is to make a healthy vegan diet and lifestyle achievable for everyone. I apply the KISS (keep it simple silly) principal and get back to basics through whole foods plant based (WFPB) diets. This means eating whole, natural plant foods in their simple unprocessed form as nature intended, as much as your body wants until you full. Getting rid of the additives and unnecessary extras and fillers, and thinking of ‘fast food’ as peeling a mango or banana. I help people of all ages achieve nutritionally balanced vegan and vegetarian diets.
I use plant based eating and mindfulness techniques to achieve a healthy weight and prevent and reverse nutrient deficiencies, inflammatory disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease and more.
If you want a ‘quick fix’ or fad diet I am not the Dietitian for you. What I can do is help you feel confident that you are getting all the nutrients and nourishment, energy and vitality you need to be disease-free and thrive! I explain the science, provide must-have apps and resources, teach you recipe modification, social strategies, trouble-shooting, cooking tips and more. I work from a STRENGTHS based approach to build positive body-food relationships that will nourish not only you but the earth we live and the creatures we share it with.
I am an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN), having studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle with Class 1 Honours thesis in food addiction. I have also studied public health abroad in Mexico so I appreciate that everyone is different and there is no one way of living.
I have spent years writing recipes for newsletters, University magazines and my friends and family, testing what really works, is tasty, inspires and how you can more ‘bang for buck’ with every bite.
As a vegan Dietitian my passion is to help people achieve wellness, prevent nutrient deficiencies and reverse chronic diseases on a whole foods plant based (vegan) diet.
Amber is experienced with, and particularly interested in helping the following conditions:
- Plant-based, vegan & vegetarian diets
- Optimising nutrition for children, teens, adolescents, adults and the elderly
- Nutrition planning for active vegans, helping meet the nutritional needs of those engaging in high amounts of sports and exercise
- Healthy eating
- Weight management
- Nutrient deficiencies (iron, B12, folate, vit D etc.)
- Cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, high cholesterol or blood pressure
- Mindful and Intuitive eating – managing food cravings, emotional eating and connecting with appetite signals