Special Interest in Gut Issues & Food Intolerances
I love sharing my knowledge and experiences with people who want to listen. I’m extremely passionate about helping people who are struggling with how they physically feel and want to make changes to their diet and lifestyle in order to feel their best, but don’t know where to start.
I have always had a love of food and a desire to help people through tough times. At a young age, I imagined myself as a counsellor, but as I grew older and my interest in nutrition evolved, I knew I wanted to combine the two somehow. Working in a private practice became my new dream for the following 10 years while I studied to be an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. I completed my Bachelor of Health Science at Adelaide University and my Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Sydney University.
When I was in my early 20s, I started experiencing gut troubles and was told by specialists that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I felt devastated that I was expected to feel how I did without much support. I was determined to figure out what was going on – I saw many health practitioners including Dietitians, Naturopaths, Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists. They all had different approaches, and certainly some helped more than others.
Over the years, I have immersed myself in different theories of causes, treatments and management of IBS, food intolerances, gut health, nutrigenomics and the impact of genetic biochemical pathways in the body. Some are well researched and backed by medical practitioners, while others are considered more ‘alternative’. While I consider evidence-based ‘medical model’ approaches first, I also believe in seeking guidance from emerging therapies if needed. Each person that comes to see me in clinic has a unique story to tell, and will sometimes need a unique way to move forward.
I thrive on learning – from reading, listening, watching, thinking and reflecting, but particularly value what I learn from my clients. They know themselves better than anyone, and I rely on them to guide me with what they feel comfortable trying (be an elimination diet or a nutritional/probiotic supplement or genetic testing to guide protocol).
I respect that a wholistic approach to any health condition is important, not limited to a nutritious diet, but also gentle physical activity, stress management, quality sleep, chemical exposure in food and the environment, gut health and genetics, supplements (if indicated) along with self-care and compassion for the situation you’re in. If you would value someone to help make sense of your big picture, get in touch. If I don’t believe I’m one of the best people to help you at his time, I will happily refer you to someone who is.
Amanda is experienced with, and particularly interested in helping the following conditions:
- Gut issues: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), food intolerances (salicylates, amines, glutamate, preservatives, colours, flavour enhancers, dairy, gluten, soy, others), FODMAPs, abnormal bowel habits, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, diverticular disease etc.
- Food chemical intolerance / FAILSAFE diet / RPAH Elimination diet (for range of symptoms involving the skin, respiratory, nervous, digestive systems etc.)
- Food allergies
- Coeliac disease
- Metabolic conditions: Diabetes and Insulin resistance
- Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Plant-based, vegan & vegetarian diets
- Nutrigenomics, genetic testing, methylation Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)
- Weight management (non-diet approach)
- Nutrient deficiencies (iron, B12, folate, vit D etc.)
- Cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, high cholesterol or blood pressure
- Mindful and Intuitive eating – managing food cravings, binge eating, emotional eating and connecting with appetite signals
If you would like to see Amanda to discuss other health issues please email or call us to find out how she can help.
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