We all want to eat healthy. But knowing exactly what that means can be tricky. It seems like every week a new miracle diet or superfood pops up. It can be hard to figure out what’s kosher…
Luckily, the four nutritionists below help people to debunk the myths about health and nutrition. All have harnessed their entrepreneurial spirit and combined it with a passion for food and wellness, carving out inspiring careers in nutrition and improving the lives of others.
Steph Lowe – The Natural Nutritionist
Once upon a time, the only meal Steph Lowe (pictured above) could prepare was a tuna salad. Today, she consults clients on how to improve their health and wellbeing on a daily basis.
A sports nutritionist, long-course triathlete and self-confessed cashew butter addict, Steph believes gluten-free is best path to increased wellness and optimum personal wellness.
Inspired by the lack of education surrounding nutrition, Steph started The Natural Nutritionist in 2011, specialising in natural and gluten-free food for the everyday, as well as fuelling for high performance sports. According to Steph, the most common reason people come to her for advice is for clarity. There is an abundance of information available online and, although mostly positive, it can be overwhelming and confusing.
The role of The Natural Nutritionist is to break through the clutter and guide individuals to a personalised nutrition plan.
For nearly a decade Steph has been off gluten and feels all the better for it. Her philosophy for success: passion and consistency. She encourages people to create, share and enjoy the journey.
Kate Freeman – The Healthy Eating Hub
For Kate Freeman, there is no such thing as a quick fix. She says “no” to dieting fads and detoxes. But neither does she believe healthy eating should be daunting.
With a career spanning over 10 years, Kate Freeman has made a name as a highly regarded registered nutritionist, author and consultant. She is the founder and managing director of The Healthy Eating Hub, the largest private nutrition practice in Canberra. With a team of expert nutritionists and dietitians, The Hub offers consultation on a range of areas including weight management, meal planning, family and sports nutrition.
Kate is passionate about family nutrition and has written two ebooks on How to Feed Fussy Toddlers Healthy Food and The Healthy Eating Weight Loss Plan For Women. Her approach aims to build long-term healthy eating habits, emphasising whole foods and practical strategies that suit busy modern lifestyles.
She has been featured in Cleo, NineMSN, Prime7 and The Canberra Times and is nutrition writer for HerCanberra. She is also a supporter of the Heart Research Institute, assisting in projects and providing nutritional recipes. She is also consulting nutritionist for fitness and weight loss expert Kim Beach and her online programs #noexcuses and #nolimits.
Jessica Sepel – JSHealth
“Listen to your body, not to an app” is Jessica Sepel’s advice. Everybody is unique and so is every body. We all need nourishing foods that suit our individual needs according to Jessica, not blanket diet fads and impersonal catchphrases.
Jessica is a clinical nutritionist, blogger, author and founder of JSHealth, a brand dedicated to promoting healthy eating, healthy body image, healthy travel and healthy living.
Jessica works with girls and young women, teaching that the “diet mentality” – practices such as carb restricting and calorie counting – can be counterproductive to your health. She understands how young women can get swept up with dieting crazes, thinking they are eating well but actually doing more harm than good.
Like most young women in their teens and early twenties, Jessica struggled with body image issues. She was over-exercising and getting insufficient sleep. She was stressed and anxious, eating low-fat and processed foods. She thought she was doing everything right, but her eating habits we so restrictive and extreme they became unhealthy. She was trying to lose weight rather than get healthy.
Realising that her lifestyle wasn’t working, she committed herself to learning about nutrition and how the body works. Today, her philosophy is simple – good health starts in the kitchen.
Jessica spends a lot of time in the kitchen creating recipes that are good for your body and your tastebuds. She is a regular contributor to Vogue and MindBodyGreen and has written about health and nutrition in Marie Claire, POPSUGAR and Byrdie.
Her debut book The Healthy Life was released last year and contains recipes, meal plans and a stress-free approach to health and lifestyle. When she’s not cooking or topping bestsellers lists, she takes time out to post delicious foodspiration and advice to her 96,000 Instagram followers.
Cyndi O’Meara – Changing Habits
She’s the nutritionist that says chocolate can be good for you, but there’s more to Cyndi O’Meara that meets the eye.
Cyndi’s success began in 1998 with the publication of her best-selling book Changing Habits, Changing Lives, which has been translated into several languages and is now in its fourth edition. She later founded Changing Habits, a company providing information on nutrition and healthy eating, expanding into high quality ethical foods in 2010. Its goal is to make a significant and lasting impact on people’s health by improving lives through education and nutrition.
She is critical of dieting fads and says that low-fat and no-sugar diets don’t work. She is perhaps best known for her recommendation of chocolate as part of a well-balanced diet. Her approach is to empower people through knowledge, allowing people to eliminate unhealthy habits on their own through smarter choices rather than restrictive diet regimes.
Her approach is simple, down to earth and effective. All the food products available from Changing Habit have been thoroughly researched by Cyndi herself, with the help of her husband and business partner Howard, and will only accept products that they themselves will use in their daily lives.