“I’ve got the best job in the world. I spend all day listening to people, talking about food and helping them to achieve their nutrition goals. Whether it’s getting someone’s bowel habits regular, managing their IBS or losing weight, it’s incredibly rewarding and a privilege to be trusted”
Lydia has been a dietitian for over 30 years and founded the Sunshine Coast Gut Clinic in 2016. This clinic has enabled her to follow her special interest in gut health and represents the culmination of her experience, passion and interest in all things related to food, healthy living and particularly gut health.
Fortunately for Lydia, her work and home life have always been woven together through her love for food, cooking, being active, healthy and trying to stay fit/strong. In the early days of the SCGC she delved deep into research around the microbiome and her interest in microbiology grew. This led to a fascination with food fermentation (the magical transformation of food through microbial fermentation) and she now bakes sourdough bread weekly, makes kefir and experiments at home with wild fermentation. Her hobbies include surfing and enjoying the beautiful natural surrounds of the Sunshine Coast.
As a dietitian, Lydia has worked in private practice, hospitals, public health and at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Prior to studying dietetics, she spent 2 years working in a molecular genetics lab at UQ and this forged her lifelong interest in science and evidence based medicine. The gut clinic is her return to the area she loves the most.
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“Good nutrition can improve your physical, mental and social wellbeing. Healthy food is amazingly vibrant, exciting and tasty!! Remember, you are not just feeding yourself, you are feeding a thriving community of micro-organisms we now call the ‘microbiome’. This rapidly expanding science is providing a fresh approach to how we think about the food we eat.“
Forget what you think you know about visiting the dietitian. Cherie is a dietitian with a difference!
Cherie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a lifelong passion for tasty, healthy food, and a deep appreciation of the role that food plays in our wellbeing. Living on the Sunshine Coast for the past 20yrs she realised her dream of becoming a dietitian graduating from our very own University of the Sunshine Coast.
With a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, Cherie focuses on holistic health and understands that no two people are alike. She has a unique ability to explain how the body works and helps people find evidence-based strategies that work, in world where information can be overwhelming. She won’t just tell you “what to do”, but will help you understand “why” these changes can make a difference. She understands that diet changes need to be realistic, and with her depth of experience in the kitchen, she will support you with the skills you need to move towards your personal goals. She has personal experience with gut issues such as allergies and intolerances and understands the impact these issues can have on life. This spurs an ongoing commitment to learning, with a special interest in the role that the gut plays both in digestive health as well as physical and psychological medical conditions.
When Cherie is not in the clinic, you will find her enjoying the beach, or tending to her garden. She enjoys staying active and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
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“If you’re not sure what gluten free foods are good for sport, lunch boxes, parties and eating out – ask me, I’ve got this covered”
Sarah has been a dietitian for over 20 years working in a variety of clinical and leadership roles across private and public health settings in Queensland.
Sarah works part time in the gut clinic and continues to also work in the hospital setting. This allows her to continue working with many types of clients, including gastrointestinal disorders, coeliac disease, cancer diagnoses, physical, neurological, and intellectual disabilities, and acquired brain injuries.
Offering nutrition support to people going through difficult health situations has tapped into Sarah’s compassionate nature and she feels grateful for the opportunity to be a part of her patients’ health journey.
She is our coeliac disease expert and has a huge amount of knowledge around gluten free eating.
In her spare time, Sarah loves spending valuable time with her husband, two beautiful daughters and golden retrievers, embracing the Sunshine Coast culture of a healthy and active lifestyle. She is also a qualified yoga instructor.
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