Get to know me

 

NICOLE SALIBA

OWNER, ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETITIAN,
ACCREDITED SPORTS DIETITIAN

 

Hi there – My name is Nicole and I am a passionate sports nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). I established my practice Eatsense in 2013 as I have a burning desire to help people, see them happy and watch them thrive. Simply put- my vision is to help as many people learn to prioritise themselves, feel their best, enjoy delicious and nourishing food and live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

I am one of three girls and feel that i have witnessed rst hand the importance of having a healthy and balanced approach with our body’s, nutrition and eating.

My mother became a single parent when I was twelve years of age. I understand the pressures busy parent’s face and how easy it is to turn to convenient food that is usually high in calories and lacking in nutrition. I also understand how comforting food can be when we are struggling. Because of these two things I battled with my own weight issues during early adolescence and understand the pressures young women face today to look a certain way and how much value we derive from how we look. It was not long after this, as I became a young adult surrounded by women dieting and obsessing about their bodies, that I learnt that my intake of certain foods could be manipulated to change the way I look and so the slippery slope of restricting, dieting and over-exercising began. My weight plummeted and an unhealthy relationship with my body and eating in general began. My studies in nutrition helped open up my eyes to what a truly amazing gift our bodies are, and the important role food and nutrients play in supporting and promoting our health and so I began to heal my relationship with food and my body. I have also learnt that above all, having a healthy relationship with food, our eating, and our physical bodies is more important than any superfood, diet or meal plan.

My main area of expertise is in medical nutrition therapy, or using food as medicine to help prevent, treat or manage a range of medical conditions. More and more research is showing us how powerful nutrients are in preventing many conditions today. I have a special interest in women’s health, insulin resistance, diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

I am a non-diet dietitian who has witnessed first hand the negative consequences diets have on our body, and the many struggles people face today with weight, body image and emotional eating. Diets encourage restrictiveness, often lack essential nutrients, take all the pleasure and enjoyment out of eating, don’t work long term and are actually harmful for our health with research showing they increase the likelihood of weight-gain, binge-eating and depression. I am passionate about helping my clients improve their relationship with food and their bodies. After all, health should be inclusive of everybody, in every type of body.

My nutrition philosophy and approach to health centres around the Health at Every Size HAES ® paradigm. This non-diet paradigm is about focusing on health instead of weight, eating in a flexible manner, moving your body in a way that is enjoyable and accepting that people come in a diverse range of shapes and sizes which do not dictate their health. I truthfully believe that if we focus on being happy and prioritise all aspects of our health, then our weight will take care of itself.