Hi there, I’m Camilla and I love good food and coffee.
I love food (and science) so much, that I have dedicated five years to formally studying food and nutrition (Bachelor of Human Nutrition/Masters Dietetic Practice) at university, in addition to the billions of informal hours I spend talking about, cooking, eating and enjoying food.
I own more cookbooks then pairs of shoes, and get a genuine thrill out of food shopping (it can be fun I promise!), preferring to traipse around farmer’s markets, over late night partying… any day (it’s the inner Nanna in me!).
My approach to food and nutrition is to ‘tread gently and with care’ and I wholeheartedly support a non-diet approach to health and wellbeing (read: I am not into restrictive diets, calorie counting, superfood supplements or prescriptive meal plans of any kind – with the exception of meal plans that may be used in some stages of clinical eating disorder recovery).
I am a firm believer in eating and moving in a way that best suits YOUR mind, body and lifestyle; combining principles of intuitive eating and eating behaviour/psychology with evidence-based nutrition science, to help you achieve your own goals.
I am also passionate about the power of basic cooking skills and food preparation in helping individuals to achieve a positive and sustainable relationship with food, AND I also just really LOVE to bake (so you may even walk away from a session with a free slice of cake!).
For me, as a dietitian (and human!) it’s all about small, sustainable changes…and becoming more mindful of our actions, rather than obsessive. A gentle approach to nutrition.
My clinical areas of interest include:
-Mental Health and Eating Disorders (both clinically diagnosed and sub-clinical disordered eating/orthorexia)
-Gastroenterology (including treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), coeliac disease, reflux)
-Women’s health (including fertility support and management of reproductive conditions such as PCOS and hypothalamic amenorrhoea).
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the copious amounts of conflicting nutrition information around, and need some clarity AND/OR you would like some individualised advice and support in addressing any concerns relating to your overall wellbeing or management of a specific health condition – then please do get in touch.
You can take a squiz at my current service offerings and consultation prices here.
A few more random facts about me…
-You’ll find me fussing with recipes, snapping and styling food and talking about all things food, cooking and travel over at The Alimental Sage.
-I am based in Melbourne, Australia and I am told we do coffee and food well. I tend to agree, although have only just jumped onto to the coffee bandwagon (update: now hooked and a fully fledged coffee snob!)
-I come from a long line of food-loving, hand-gesturing, loud-mouthed Italians. Not loving food was not an option!
-I have a healthy (okay it’s a little strange) fascination with gut health and ain’t afraid to talk about your bowel habits (in detail!).
-I eat cake alot (often for breakfast!), salivate over cultured butter, crave fudgey chocolate brownies and adore fresh sourdough bread. Trust me I’m not just some carrot-stick-munching, green juice guzzling nutritionist nazi woman (okay I do like carrots)…but it’s all about moderation in my books. Unless we are talking about tahini or peanut butter…then all bets are off!
-My heart yearns to travel… first and foremost, to eat, work, live (and you know stalk Jamie Oliver) in the UK (high on my bucket list).
p.s Only joking about the stalking bit…though J.O is a big inspiration and I’m also a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day Ambassador!
Update: on a recent trip to the UK and did in fact come close to running into Jamie (literally!) whilst stalking one of his restaurants.
Photos by Alessia Ferraro Photography