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My mission is to improve the quality of your life

I make this possible through the use of food and nutrition, so you can enjoy your life the way you are meant to.
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I'm a Melbourne Nutritionist

that works with women across Australia
...and believe me, I've been in your shoes.

My reality

Although I was an extremely healthy and active teenager, I made some unhealthy decisions that led me into adulthood. I smoked. A lot. I relied heavily on sugar and processed foods to give me enough energy to get through my day, and I even stopped exercising.

All in all, I was a textbook example of poor health and lifestyle choices, and over time, those choices created complications that well… kind of changed me.

I found myself burnt out, lacking energy, bloated and experiencing problematic periods that I intuitively knew were just not right.

This wasn’t the way that I was supposed to feel. And it certainly wasn’t the way that I wanted to live.

 But I wasn’t sure what to do about it… yet. After numerous visits to different health professionals who were unable to help me feel much better, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I WANTED to feel good again.

My Journey

I knew there was a way, and it was time for me to find it. I quit smoking (which was incredibly hard), and I began to research the impacts food and nutrition could have on my body.

Based on what I learned, I decided I needed to change my life to incorporate a healthier and more focused approach to nutrition. This, alongside my rediscovery of movement, meant that I was finally able to take control of my energy, my periods and my happiness.

The changes I needed to make were so simple, and I felt better than I had in such a long time after making them. Better than I had dared to hope I could.

I felt energised again. I felt happy. I felt like me. From there, I completed an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine as well as Certificates in Personal Training, Group Fitness and as a Pilates Instructor.

Finally I felt like I was armed with knowledge that would really make a difference as a Melbourne Nutritionist.

My service to you

I knew that I needed to share this knowledge with other women feeling stuck and unheard like I had felt.

 Women who are sick of feeling like an exhausted shadow of their former selves. Women who know that there is a better way to live.

Women just like you.
Your health and happiness is linked to the foods that you eat.

And I am here to show you how your food, nutrition and lifestyle choices can have a profound impact on your energy, your mental clarity and your hormone health.

And even more importantly than that?

I am here to show you how you can feel so much better.

You deserve this.
It is within your power.

And I cannot wait to help you change your life.

Mel xx

Melbourne Nutritionist

The women’s health conditions I can help you with

Gut Health

Issues with digestion such as reflux, abdominal cramping and bloating, changes to stools and excessive gas can all be related back to the balance of our gut.
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I use investigative tools such as blood tests, saliva testing and stool testing to help us understand exactly what’s going on in order to direct our treatment strategy.

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Once we know the issues, I use nutrition advice, targeted nutritional supplementation (if required) and lifestyle interventions to bring your health back.
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I’m so passionate about changing women’s lives through improving their health. When we feel great we come into our full potential for fulfilment in life.
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"She makes everything easy to follow and there is no rigid weighing of each ingredient, which a busy mum of three like me has no time for!"

I have been working with Mel, fortnightly for the last two months. I am blown away by her. I don't know if words can describe how much Mel has impressed me.

First of all, she is the most down to earth, non judgemental nutritionist. Mel is extremely knowledgeable and has been able to answer every question in detail immediately. She has encouraged me to get the correct blood tests and stool tests which has given me so much knowledge of my body. No wonder I have been feeling so crap.

My goal is to get healthier, improve energy; I have lost weight that I have struggled to lose, with absolute no diet or calorie restriction, but with eating the right food for balancing my hormones.

Mel, signing up to work with you has been life changing and I am so grateful I found you.

Tell me ladies... is this you?

Do you wake up feeling sluggish and lethargic, even though your day has barely begun?
Do you feel bloated, and suffer from problematic and sometimes painful periods?
Do you feel bloated, and suffer from problematic and sometimes painful periods?
Are you struggling to even remember the simplest of things?
If this rings true, you’re in the right place. You don’t have to feel like this. You can become an energetic, happier, comfortable and more beautiful version of you... I'm an experienced nutritionist and I can show you how.

You may have recently been diagnosed with a specific condition, so I focus on how this condition is showing up in your body and what the root causes are behind it.

Every consultation is tailored to you and what you need, because you're unique and have a different set of needs required to achieve your optimal health and performance than anyone else.
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To break my approach down into three simple steps:
I take an in-depth look at how your body is performing.
I create a treatment plan for you based on what your body
needs, and on your individual circumstances.
I help you to understand how to implement your treatment plan and why it's important, so you are set up to live an energetic, happy and healthy life despite your diagnosis.
I am here for you every step of the way. I'm a Melbourne Nutritionist, but I work with women from all across Australia. Let’s have a chat about how I can set you back on the right path.
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Acknowledgement of Country

I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that I work, live and raise my children on. This land belongs to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, and I pay my respects the Wurundjeri elders, past, present and emerging.