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, great grandfather actually opened the first health food store in Australia, so connection to food and the environment feels natural to me. Not to mention my name is ‘Green’ haha. 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. But it wasn’t until half way through my nutrition degree that I first decided to become vegan, mainly 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. This just didn’t add up to me… if they are caused by food and lifestyle shouldn’t this also reverse it? And sure enough, when I started doing my own research I realised that people were not only preventing but were even reversing these diseases using a whole foods, plant based (including vegan) diets. In fact the oldest living civilisations actually thrive and reach longevity from eating diets either mostly or entirely 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 veganism (or I prefer the term plant-based and wholefood) diets and lifestyles.
So as a plant-based Dietitian I hope to pass this passion and the health benefits on to others. My goal is to make a healthy vegan/plant-based eating and lifestyles achievable for everyone.
I apply the KISS (keep it simple, silly) principal and get back to basics. This means helping my clients to eat whole, natural plant foods in their simple unprocessed form as nature intended, as much as your body wants until you feel full and satisfied. 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 have a fairly holistic or ‘whole person approach. I combine plant-based eating with mindfulness or intuitive eating techniques to achieve whole body vitality. With this approach I can give you the tools to achieve a healthy weight or size for your frame, prevent and reverse nutrient deficiencies, inflammatory disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease, diabetes and more.
If you want a ‘quick fix’ or fad diet. including ketogenic or paleo diets or unsupervised fasting then I’m afraid 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 for your individual needs, 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 in and the creatures we share it with.
I am an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) so you can claim both private health and Medicare rebates with me. I studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle with 1st Class Honours for my thesis in food addiction. I have also studied public health abroad with leading experts in both developed and developing nations. So I appreciate that everyone is different and there is no one way of living. I am one of a small handful of plant-based dietitians in Australia and proud to be so.
I have also spent years writing recipes, blogs and articles for newsletters, University magazines and newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald. My beautiful friends and family have allowed me to test what really works, is tasty, inspiring and provides you with more ‘bang for buck’ with every bite.
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 or training vegans, helping meet the nutritional needs of those doing high amounts of sports and exercise
- Fundamentals of plant-based meal planning to achieve nutritional balance
- Individualised Meal Plan optimised to achieve your nutritional requirements on a Plant-Based Diet*
- Weight management, gain or loss in a body positive way
- Reversing nutrient deficiencies (iron, B12, folate, Vit D etc.)
- Cardiovascular disease, dyslipidaemia, high cholesterol or blood pressure
- Anti-inflammatory diets
- Thyroid disorders
- Mindful and Intuitive eating – managing food cravings, emotional eating and connecting with appetite signals
* Individualised Meal Plans are an optional add-on to you Initial Consultation. If you would like a 3, 5 or 7 day personalised meal plan that is 100% tailored to you energy and nutrition needs, complete with interchangeable recipes and shopping list please mention this in your initial consult. Amber will spend time personalising the meal plan to meet your nutritional requirements, tastes and eating patterns. Additional fees apply.
If you would like to see Amber to discuss other health issues please email or call us to find out how she can help.
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