For so long, we have been focusing on the wrong ‘W’ – Weight, rather than Wellness and Well-being!
Our dietitians believe that deprivation is not the key to success, despite what several diet plans make you think! At New Body New Life Nutrition, we strongly believe in following the Non-Diet approach to improve your health outcomes both in the short- and long-term. This approach strongly discourages weighing foods and your body, counting calories, specific weight loss goals, rigid meal planning and food avoidance or restriction (unless medically necessary).
Instead, it is a more gentle approach, enabling you to grow confidence in trusting your intuition surrounding body cues and food choices. In turn, this approach produces a more relaxed, flexible and nourishing relationship with your food. We want you to receive the nutrition that your body deserves through a balanced intake while enjoying the foods you love! Our dietitians will assist you in identifying specific areas within your current diet and lifestyle that you wish to improve, and coaches you through realistic and achievable behavioural and lifestyle changes to establish healthier habits for the long term.
We want you to enjoy a healthy relationship with your food, body and mind. Our dietitians will continue to educate you so that you understand the basics of food and nutrition, and how it works for your individual needs. We will also provide you with a range of resources including how to improve your hunger/ fullness awareness; mindful eating exercises; how to reduce superfluous eating; dealing with cravings; accepting and embracing your body shape; moving to your abilities and many more!
New Body New Life Nutrition is experienced in assisting children, adolescent and adults using the Non-Diet approach.
Diabetes is fast becoming one of Australia’s most prevalent health conditions, affecting people of all ages. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where an individual is experiencing elevated blood glucose levels, either due to poor production of the hormone insulin (Type 1), or due to the body’s cells not responding to the insulin that is produced (Type 2).
Many clients come to see the dietitians at New Body New Life Nutrition regarding their diabetes management with several misconceptions. Some believe there is a specific (restrictive!) diet they need to follow, while others believe if they eliminate sugar from their diet their blood glucose levels will return to normal. This is simply not the case.
At New Body New Life Nutrition, our dietitians are up to date with current research surrounding diabetes management and can assist you in clarifying any confusion.
Our dietitians will recommend a meal plan that is appropriate for you. For the record – there is no such thing as a ‘diabetes diet’! It is simply a matter of enjoying appropriate portions of whole foods, including low GI, high fibre carbohydrates and lean proteins consistently across the day.
Your dietitian will also take the time to provide you with education on recommended portion sizes, carbohydrate counting, high and low glycaemic index (GI) foods, eating out and exercise tips.
Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) is the stage prior to diabetes, where your blood glucose levels are elevated, but not enough to classify you as a person with diabetes. Talking with our accredited dietitians can enable you to make changes early and reduce your risk of developing Type two diabetes in the years to come.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in the cells in your body. Your body requires cholesterol for certain bodily processes, such as producing hormones or digesting foods. Your body will make some cholesterol itself; however, cholesterol is also present in the foods that you consume.
An elevated blood cholesterol level can lead to a build-up of plaque in your blood vessels. Over time, this plaque will harden and narrow the diameter of your arteries, limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your heart. If left untreated, this can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Enjoying a healthy, well-balanced diet can enable you to reduce your cholesterol levels. Your dietitian can provide you with specialised advice to highlight which foods and lifestyle strategies will be most beneficial for you and your heart’s health.
Common gastrointestinal disorders that our dietitians can assist with include:
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis
• Diverticular Disease
• Hiatus Hernias
• Coeliac Disease
• Loose bowel motions
At New Body New Life Nutrition, we understand how much discomfort an individual can experience with any of the conditions mentioned above.
Our dietitians can provide you with resources and management techniques based on current research to enable you to be more comfortable in yourself, and with the foods you eat. We will coach you through specific elimination diets, where appropriate, to identify possible trigger foods within your diet.
New Body New Life Nutrition recognises that each client is an individual and will tolerate some foods better than others. By completing appropriate elimination diets, this can enable your dietitian to identify whether you have any specific food intolerances. As a result, you can become much more aware of how to manage your symptoms through your diet for years to come!
Food allergies and intolerances
It is important to recognise, that although both can prove problematic for an individual, food allergies and intolerances are both very different conditions.
A food allergy is an autoimmune response, where the body is reacting to a particular component of a food, usually a protein. Symptoms can include breathing problems, skin rashes or gastrointestinal upset. If severe enough, food allergies can be life threatening.
Food intolerances however, are considered a chemical reaction. The symptoms experienced by an intolerance are similar to that of an allergy, but may also include increased levels of fatigue, bloating, loose bowel motions, headaches and many others. Food intolerance reactions are generally related to the quantity of food consumed, and may take a longer period of time to develop. Reactions may not even occur until an individual has consumed an amount that exceeds their ‘threshold level’ of tolerance.
In order to diagnose a food intolerance, New Body New Life Nutrition follows the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s (RPAH) Elimination Diet. Elimination diets can be time consuming and overwhelming. But with the right support and education from your dietitian, we can assist you in identifying which foods prove problematic for you, enabling you to feel better in the long term.
Eating disorders are psychological conditions that are highlighted by eating and body image concerns, often resulting in severe, long-term psychological, medical and social complications. Eating disorders can be life threatening, however with appropriate treatment and support, recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
At New Body New Life Nutrition, we have a comprehensive understanding of mental health, and its relationship to eating behaviours and nutrition. Our dietitians use a client-centred approach to understand psychological barriers, and provide clients with the tools to overcome such concerns.
Through therapeutic engagement with you, the client, our dietitians can provide structure, education and support to encourage a return to a healthy nutritional intake paired with positive eating behaviours.
New Body New Life Nutrition works with you to identify how your dietary intake could be modified to provide you with improved nutrition and quality of life. By tailoring a meal plan that is suited to your current eating habits and lifestyle, we can assist you in developing healthy eating strategies in order to maintain optimal health and wellbeing.
Our dietitians will also take the time to educate you on foods that can assist you with your health outcomes, while providing you with tips that can help boost the nutritional quality of your meals.
With your permission and where appropriate, we will also collaborate with your medical team to investigate any further conditions or concerns. From there, our dietitians will continue to provide you with support through regular check-ins to ensure that you are experiencing improved health outcomes.
Heart burn and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is a digestive disorder and refers to the return of stomach contents (both food and acid) back up into the oesophagus. In most cases, heart burn and reflux can be relieved through dietary and lifestyle changes.
At New Body New Life Nutrition, we can coach you through particular techniques that can assist you to reduce your reflux and heartburn symptoms. Additionally, our dietitians can analyse your diet to further identify if there are any foods that may be exacerbating your symptoms even more so.
A vegetarian diet is a plant-based diet that can be very healthy as it is low in saturated fat, high in dietary fibre and high in vitamins and minerals. However, simply removing animal products without planning how you will be replacing them with plant-based alternatives can prove to be quite unhealthy.
Your dietitian can assess your dietary intake, and provide you with vegetarian meal ideas or alternatives to ensure you are receiving the appropriate nutrition for optimal health.
Parents and carers are encouraged to seek the advice of an Accredited Practicing Dietitian should they be providing a vegetarian diet to children. Your dietitian can then determine whether the foods provided are sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements needed for growth and development.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Becoming a new mum can be incredibly exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Not to mention everybody proving to be the expert when it comes to knowing what to eat when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding!
During pregnancy, good nutrition is essential in helping to keep a developing baby and its mother healthy. There are also certain vitamins and minerals that need to be increased during pregnancy, along with a slightly increased energy intake.
At New Body New Life Nutrition, we can provide you with ample support and knowledge to ensure that you are receiving the right nutrition for you and your baby. We will tailor a meal plan to suit your body’s requirements while ensuring it suits your new (busy!) lifestyle.
The most common form of anaemia is iron-deficiency anaemia. Those who are most at risk of anaemia are:
• Women, particularly during their menstrual cycle
• Vegetarians, due to an elimination of animal foods in their diet
• Athletes, secondary to increased stress levels placed on their bodies
• Individuals following ‘fad diets’, due to elimination of particular iron-rich foods.
Eating iron-rich foods can enable you to prevent and treat anaemia. Your dietitian can provide you with resources that highlight which animal- and plant-based foods contain a higher level of iron, along with providing you with tips on how to include these in your diet.
Osteoporosis is a brittle bone condition affecting many Australians. Osteoporosis particularly affects women once they reach menopause as their bone strength and density lowers, however some men are also affected.
Regular activity paired with a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can help to prevent osteoporosis. Our qualified dietitians can assist you in understanding what your calcium and vitamin D requirements are, along with educating you on the best food choices to improve your bone health.
Infant and childhood feeding issues
At New Body New Life Nutrition, we can provide you with education surrounding your child’s nutrition and eating habits to ensure they are receiving the nutrition their growing body requires for optimal health. We can also provide you with detailed information and tips to overcome:
• Poor weight gain
• Fussy eaters
• Bowel problems
Low mood and energy
A poor diet and lifestyle can often lead to poorer health outcomes, including vitamin deficiencies, irregular sleep patterns, poor memory and concentration levels, reduced metabolism, low energy levels, sluggish bowels, and unhealthy hair and skin. If this behaviour carries on for a long period of time, unhealthy food and lifestyle choices can lead to more severe health problems like diabetes, heart disease, anaemia and osteoporosis.
Our dietitians can assist you in identifying how your dietary intake can be modified to suit your lifestyle while improving your health outcomes.
Healthy eating for all ages
We have a wide range of general nutritional advice for anyone looking to improve their overall health and wellbeing, from young children through to the elderly.