Are you feeling frustrated by healthy eating?

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!!

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Are you considering weight-loss surgery? 

Have you had weight-loss surgery and you’re struggling to know what to eat?

Bariatric surgery can be effective tool to achieve considerable weight loss. But, like all weight loss tools, it requires maintenance to be able to do its job effectively. This is why I am so passionate about healthy eating to support weight-loss surgery. Healthy eating habits are the cornerstone of weight-loss surgery success.

Too often have I seen clients who struggled with the maintenance of their weight-loss surgery tool. It’s understandable, as not many of us are in the habit of doing the things that are required. Over time the novelty wears off and maintenance strategies can feel tedious. So we ignore the maintenance and the tool starts to work less effectively.

I aim to empower my clients with the skills required to make this maintenance of the weight-loss surgery “tool” less of a chore and more like a habit. Kind of like brushing your teeth or doing your shoe laces – you just do it. Let’s work together to get the best long-term success after weight-loss surgery. The journey has not ended – it’s only beginning.

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Melissa can help you with:

  • Weight loss through healthy habit change
  • Managing your eating patterns in preparation for and after weight-loss surgery
  • Healthy eating strategies for a busy lifestyle
  • Managing insulin resistance and improving blood sugar levels
  • Managing eating patterns for Type 1 Diabetes
  • Investigating gastrointestinal symptoms and food intolerances

Melissa’s qualifications:

  • Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Newcastle

Consultations with Melissa are available at:

  • Woden on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Harrison on Thursdays and Fridays

Private health and/or Medicare rebates are available for private consultations, please discuss this at your appointment.

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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.

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