Melanie has a BSc (Hons) Nutrition as well as a BA (Hons) Health Studies. Registered with the Association for Nutrition as well as the Nutrition Society, Melanie’s nutritional advice is not anecdotal or based on what worked for friends, it is backed by scientific evidence. Melanie's vision for her clients is to enable them to 'age well' so that they will live active and fulfilling lives in old age.
Melanie works as a Nutritionist with private patients at the Broadstone Clinic. She has worked with clients with various health conditions such as obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome, diverticulitis, toddler fussy eating, elderly malnutrition as well as general healthy eating.
Melanie delivered group seminars, as well as one-to-one consultations, on behalf of BNY Mellon in Poole, Wayfund Managers Ferndown, as well as Reboot Dorset at their bootcamp in Bridgwater. She has also worked with Jurassic Climbing at Vauxwall Climbing Centre in London.
My passion in nutrition started when my husband and I were planning our first child. I read articles about foetal programming and how important a mother's diet is to the developing child and how it can affect the baby's future health by either creating risk factors for chronic diseases or elevating risk factors. The importance of nutrition continued throughout breast-feeding, weaning and then through the fussy eating years.
After my children started school, I decided to go back to university and learn about nutrition from a scientific perspective. I have a BA (Hons) Health Studies and also a BSc (Hons) Nutrition. I am also a registered Nutritionist.
Through the stress of studying at university full time whilst looking after a family and trying to keep the house in some sort of order, my health suffered. I was not looking after myself by eating properly (ironically whilst studying a degree in nutrition) or looking after my wellbeing.
'I learnt that I need to look after myself holistically by eating well, exercising and taking time to relax and recharge'.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is something that I will have to live with but understanding the triggers and how to deal with the symptoms is something I can personally relate to.
I look at nutrition from a scientific perspective, meaning not only lifestyle changes but behavioural change.
Registered with the Association for Nutrition -
Protecting the public and promoting high standards in evidence-based science and professional practice of nutrition.
How do I eat?
I am not a vegetarian nor a vegan but I do like to eat vegetarian and vegan dishes. I do prefer a more flexible approach to eating and I follow the following rules:
I drink plenty of water. I have a water bottle so I can monitor how much I drink a day. I feel better when I get through 2 litres of my water bottle.
I never skip breakfast. I find that I snack too much when I skip breakfast. Snacking is my biggest downfall so if I do snack, it would only be fruit and vegetables.
I have fruit with breakfast, vegetables with lunch and more vegies with dinner. I have 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day (only 2 portions of fruit).
I eat plenty of carbohydrates but wholegrain carbohydrates and different types of wholegrain carbohydrates.
I enjoy coffee and I have a cup of coffee, 1 hour before I work out. It helps me work out harder and longer. I never have more than 2 cups of full strength coffee a day.
I cook from scratch but I also cook in bulk. I freeze meals so I don't have to cook everyday.
I plan my meals every week and keep a plan on my fridge. I do online shopping so everything arrives for my meal plan. That way I don't have food waste. When I went back to Sydney to visit my parents, my daughter took over the meal plans. It showed me that our children learn from what we do and our habits.
I have a fitbit and try to do 10,000 steps a day. I try and workout three times a week.
I enjoy a glass of wine on the weekends. This point is not to encourage you to drink alcohol but to show you that everything is OK in moderation.