helping you to feel your best
About Amanda & feel your best
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Food intolerances (FODMAPs & chemicals)
During and after my Nutrition & Dietetic studies I was fortunate to work at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Allergy Unit. With the wonderful team of Dietitians and doctors, here I was trained in the RPAH Elimination Diet as a method of investigating food chemical intolerance. What a fantastic opportunity for me to investigate my symptoms….and after 6 months of completing all challenges (yes it took me ages because I was very sensitive), I finally identified that it was likely glutamate, artificial antioxidants, sorbates, sulphites and benzoates irritating my gut all along plus some FODMAPs (particularly polyols, fructans and galacto-oligosacharides). It’s interesting that for many years I thought I had issues with sugar, dairy and wheat – turns out I don’t and that it’s too tricky to know without a systematic challenge approach. I also learnt that the natural and artificial chemicals not only affect my gut but also my mood and energy levels. It’s amazing and I feel on top of the world when I keep these chemicals within my tolerance!
Learn more about food chemical intolerance, the RPAH Elimination Diet and FODMAPs here.
Non-hungry eating (emotional, comfort, boredom, habit etc.)
Non-Dieting Approach to Weight Management (and Health At Every Size®)
Sadly, the main reason I initially wanted to study nutrition was to better understand how to lose weight! I spent many years trying to reach a weight goal that was unreasonable for my body. This involved frequent dieting and feeling like a failure when I couldn’t stick to them. I also became obsessed with food – hardly being able to think of much else most of the time (this is what chronic dieting will do to you!) I felt trapped in a dieting-cycle, which was damaging my self-confidence and my ability to speak kindly to myself.
Plant-based, vegan diet
With more and more research and evidence emerging to support the health benefits of eating plant foods and a plant-based diet, how could I argue to give it a go? Late 2015 I decided to cut back on my animal protein intake and increase my skills to cook with plant proteins. With health being my motivator, I didn't stick to this way of eating for long... because I enjoy eating eggs, cheese and dairy. But early 2016, I watched a number of documentaries on plant-based diets, animal slaughterhouses, cruelty to animals from farming and dairy industries, and the impact of farming on the environmental. I was not happy with most of what I watched and being an animal lover (as well as caring for the environment), I decided that following a plant-based vegan diet was now motivated by a number of reasons. This lead me to investigate how to meet all of your nutritional requirements while following this way of eating. I am now passionate about helping other vegans and vegetarians to optimise their diets, as well as supporting others who want to cut back on their animal food intake.
Learn more about plant-based nutrition here.