The way we eat and how we live are key to building a healthy body. Sylvia’s approach builds on this core foundation of using real food and real life strategies. Understanding all bodies are very complicated and unique, Sylvia takes a personalised approach to nutrition and health.
Sylvia’s areas of expertise include overcoming digestive problems, reducing inflammation for better energy, preventing chronic health problems, and overcoming weight loss resistance.
Sylvia is a PhD candidate at AUT University with a special interest in pregnancy nutrition, gestational diabetes, and diabetes prevention.
Her philosophy is about life-long healthy eating for energy, resilience, and freedom from dieting.
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Physiology
Qigong certification in Ba duan Jin
Ph360.me Personalised Health Coach
My story as a modern Dietitian came in two parts.
As a New Zealand trained Registered Dietitian, I followed through our traditional training pathway involving five years of university in the completion of two degrees – Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Physiology and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Naturally, as an A-type, I was seriously fascinated by the physiology and biochemistry components that were a part of our training. However, when it came to learning the nutrition guidelines traditional dietetic practice I became frustrated by a disconnect I saw in my own life.
Low-fat milk? Whole grain bread? Vegetable oils? Eat small and often? None of this seemed to work for my body. I was tired, inflammed, had gut issues, messy hormones, skinny-fat, and couldn’t seem to “nutrition guideline” my way out of it.
As a student with a keen interest in physiology, I then naturally started to challenge the advice we were given. After all as an aspiring dietitian, who was ever going to take nutrition advice from someone in such a poor state with their own health?
I had an important experience when I finished university. The next move wasn’t clean cut. After waking up to some of the current gaps in mainstream nutrition [and health in general] the idea of fitting tidily into a traditional dietetic role (usually in a hospital setting) didn’t quite gel.
It was soon after setting a clear intention about practising dietetics from a place of personal integrity, that I developed a clearer sense of purpose and passion for nutrition coaching.
I went back to university to do my PhD because I wanted to help fill a gap where I saw that people (pregnant women) were disempowered by not knowing what to eat and how to interpret signs from their bodies. My mission today is to empower you to take the driver’s seat of your health. It shouldn’t be always about relying on expert opinion. I think we all should have the opportunity to be empowered with knowledge about our bodies so that we can better trust our guts about how to eat, move, and live as our best selves.