Melissa is our member dietitian.
Melissa is a highly experienced dietitian with 5+ years working with people to achieve healthy eating habits that last a life time.
Does making the healthy choice feel restrictive, boring and unenjoyable?
Or, are you struggling to make heads or tails of nutrition recommendations?
I am a passionate and experienced dietitian and I enjoy helping my clients navigate the food and nutrition information “jungle”, which they often find themselves lost in. I love helping people find solutions to nourish their bodies and improve their health, while enjoying food.
Having grown up in Malaysia, where “Hello” is often followed by the words “Have you eaten?”, I have found that food can have such a positive social and cultural role, beyond simply fuelling our bodies. I am a food lover! Meals need to be not only healthy, but delicious!
Let’s work together to discover enjoyable healthy food, develop skills and confidence in easy meal planning and learn how to cook simple, fresh and balanced food using everyday ingredients. No gimmicks!!
- Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Newcastle
Q&A with Melissa!
What’s your favourite food?
I love far too many foods from various different cuisines to be able to choose just one particular favourite!
Regardless of cuisine, I do find that pastries are a big favourite. Whether it be a savoury steamed Chinese bao, or a warm Dutch stroopwafel, with its molten caramel middle. Yum!
What’s your favourite cooking method?
Generally I enjoy stir-frying my meals especially vegetables as they retain that crunch of freshness. It is also quite a speedy cooking method, which can be great when you’re time poor; and a lot of stir-fry recipes belong to the category of “one pot (or wok!) wonders” which means less cleaning up. The trick is to put aside some time for preparation, such as pre-slicing meats and vegetables into smaller pieces prior to storing so that they are ready to go – alternatively you can buy them pre-sliced at the supermarkets.
Why did you became a dietitian?
As I child, I had developed a fascination with how foods could heal or harm the body. My mum and her copy of a naturopathic book “Rapid Healing Foods” was a likely influence. During my high school years I discovered that there was a profession related to using food and nutrition as a form of therapy to improve people’s health. I made up my mind to study Dietetics at university and become a Dietitian. It gives me real joy to be able to make a difference in someone’s health and life by sharing the benefits of eating well.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to food?
Building your diet out of “whole foods” every day, and enjoy good quality “sometimes” foods less frequently. I also believe in make sure you take the time to enjoy your food. As tempting as it is to wolf down a meal (especially if it’s a “sometimes” food), try to slow down and focus on the aroma, taste and texture of each small mouthful. Engaging your senses makes the meal more satisfying, and makes it easier to listen to your body’s signals for when you’re full.
Do you live in Canberra? You can book an individual consultation with Melissa through our sister company The Healthy Eating Clinic.