As a dietitian, it is nutrition education and health promotion that occupy the largest space of my heart for dietetics. I strongly believe that healthy eating and optimal nutrient intake is an investment for long term quality of life. Nutrition plays a vital role in both the prevention and management of disease and therefore deserves more that just a little investigation. My hope is that this website will supply you with evidence based, practical advice for achieving good nutrition with minimum fuss. See my notes on various nutrition topics and simple tips for applying sound nutrition evidence to your daily menu planning.
Two barriers I find most commonly inhibit positive lifestyle changes for improved health are time and money. While it is typically a lack of time or money or both, either of these can be in abundance or scarcity and be poorly managed either way.
My primary aim with the recipe section is to show that healthy eating is neither difficult nor costly when you cook at home. Many people need quick rather than gourmet meals but the key is not to compromise your nutrient intake in effort to steal back time in your busy day. Secondly, my hope is to promote budget friendly healthy cooking. And thirdly, I trust that you will learn to enjoy healthy eating through this website because food can and should be enjoyed while it nourishes you … body, mind and soul.
My special interest within the diverse field of dietetics lies in the reduction of childhood and teen obesity. The reason is simple. Childhood health is related to adulthood health and can and should be positively manipulated for an optimal health outcome later in life. Childhood obesity has been described by the World Health Organisation as “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century”. I strongly believe that a child’s health cannot be addressed without assessing the health of the family and therefore family counseling and dietary modification is the most effective approach to combating childhood obesity.
My favourite nutrition news is fairly recent research that has revealed the first 1000 days of a child’s life to have the greatest influence on eating behaviour and ultimately health later in life. This makes the first two years of life a nutritional opportunity well worth optimizing. My ebook Serving Potential on a Plate contains more information on optimal complementary feeding practices for the prevention of childhood obesity and adulthood disease such as diabetes.
I hope you will enjoy my recipes!
Be Nourished, Kelly
Make an online booking for a dietitian consultation:
Westville Hospital, suite 501, 7 Harry Gwala Road, Westville
The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Road, Clifton Park
Individual Nutrition Assessment and Counseling for:
- Childhood Obesity & Family Diet
- Pregnancy & Early Childhood Nutrition
- Diabetes Management (Type 1 & 2)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Management
- Weight Loss
- Menu & Recipe Design (schools, old age homes, tuckshops, office cantenes)
- Media writing
- Pamphlet and poster design for nutrition education