Education: Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics (Sydney UNI) - 2014 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Adelaide UNI) - 2010 Cert III/IV Fitness - 2013 Employment history: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Allergy Unit (2014-2015) Sydney Adventist Hospital (2014-2016) Newtown Nutrition (2015 - 2019) Feel Your Best Nutrition (Current)
Particular clinical interests: - Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & digestive issues - Food Intolerances - including to natural & artificial food chemicals, histamine, oxalates, lactose and other FODMAPs, gluten and other proteins) - Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) - Non-hungry eating (comfort, boredom, emotional, habitual etc) - Mindful and Intuitive Eating - Whole-food nutrition - Pre-conception and Pregnancy nutrition - Plant-based, Vegan & Vegetarian diets - Mood and mental health - Fatigue and energy support
Hello!My name is Amanda Moon and I'm an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist and holistic health practitioner based in Adelaide, South Australia.
I started studying health and nutrition in 2007. It was a time in my life when I had also begun experiencing a range of my own health issues. Learning how to improve my health has ultimately resulted in my strong interest and speciality of the conditions listed above. These are what I really love helping people with, and I bring a wealth of personal experience to compliment my studies and clinical experience.
The journey managing and treating my health issues at their worst persisted for over 10 years. During this time I had to do a lot of experimentation, reflection and personal development. There wasn't a quick fix like I'd hoped and I've had to accept the need for long-term change and self-accountability. What has been most valuable is the ability to become more in tune with how my body responds to my actions (diet, sleep, stress management etc.) and how it communicates to me when it needs more self-care. My experience, along with years of observation among clients, has led me to embrace and practice with a holistic and client-centered approach to health.
A holistic approach to health acknowledges that our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements are connected; making changes to support the WHOLE person and not just the physical parts of the body that are symptomatic.
Client-centered care respects that every person is unique and that their needs, knowledge and preferences are important. The client is encouraged to contribute to their plan for change and the practitioner is there to guide, educate, support and empower.
Having a holistic practitioner in your healthcare team takes some pressure off you in terms of assisting you to look at the big picture and make informed suggestions about different factors influencing your health concern. As a Dietitian and Nutritionist, I am trained to help you optimise your diet. As a health practitioner, I am also passionate about optimising your overall well-being to ultimately help you feel your best!
When I work with clients to improve their health through nutrition and change of eating habits, I remind them that food is only one part of the puzzle. If they don't already have someone guiding them on this, then I can help. Our health and well-being isinfluenced by a range of interconnected factors: nutrition, movement, sleep, stress management, pleasure, mental relaxation, sense of community and purpose, self-talk, perspectives and stress (all types - environmental,psychological, physical and social). While potentially complex, there is true value to be found in reflecting on these:
Consider how your stomach feels when you are nervous or anxious...
How are your emotions impacted when you are in pain or tired? Your appetite may be different at these times. You also may not feel like exercising.
Stress, even mild forms can negatively impact digestion, blood pressure, weight, sleep, hormones, inflammation, immune system and how nicely you talk to your family, friends and peers.
Exercise helps you sleep better, often drives you to want to eat better and both of these will give you more energy to be active.
Sleep, nutrition and exercise will help you manage stress, which in turn will also help you sleep better.
Nutrition and eating habits also significantly impact your sleep, mood, energy, social life, happiness etc.
Day to day we have more time to focus on some of these factors than others, but you will notice when you neglect to find a balance. Learning to tune-in to the many ways your body communicates to you, and respond accordingly, will be a game changer for your health journey.
For me personally, the more aspects of holistic health care that I work on daily, the better I feel in many ways. I strongly believe that if we work with your stress management and other self-care strategies, you would feel much better too!
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you are looking for support in any way. I take consults both in clinic and via Skype for Australian and International clients.
Click HERE if you would like to read more about my journey with health issues and why I'm the practitioner I am today.