Hi, I’m Fofe*, the principal Accredited Practising Dietitian** and nutritionist at Bowral Nutrition. I pride myself on having a common-sense approach that complements my scientific training.
My eldest child is a neurodivergent NDIS participant. He was diagnosed with ADHD at age six, and autism and ODD three years later. However, the ‘Oppositional Defiance’-labelled behaviour did not last long thanks to some dietary changes. These made an enormous difference to his quality of life, inspiring me to return to university and study to become a nutrition scientist. Working in the disability sector further inspired me to undertake postgraduate study and become an Accredited Practising Dietitian focusing on digestive or gut health (including the link between ‘Food and Mood’ or the ‘gut-brain axis’), food intolerance, neurodivergence and ‘picky eaters’. As a regional dietitian, I welcome clients of all ages with nutritional needs, and urge you to contact me for an obligation-free chat.
I identify as neurodivergent (AuDHD), and Bowral Nutrition is a neurodiversity-affirming practice***.
* Fun fact about me: My name rhymes with ‘coffee’ – my favourite beverage!
** Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is the only credential for dietitians recognised by the Australian government (Medicare), state governments, and private health insurers.
*** This practice uses the trauma-informed Neurodiversity Affirming Model, which acknowledges that there is natural variation in human cognitive function, and rejects the idea that neurodivergent people need ‘fixing’.
The Bowral Nutrition philosophy is that…
- food is key to optimal health. We use a ‘food first’ approach.
- nutrition advice must be personalised
- our gut microbiome plays a significant role in our health and wellbeing
- neurodivergent people deserve respectful and affirming care
Bowral Nutrition can help you to…
- make sense of conflicting information you have found on the internet
- decipher nutrition-related blood test results
- investigate your gut microbiome
- decipher nutrition labels, so you can navigate supermarket food shopping with confidence
- swap ingredients in your favourite recipes for more nutrient dense ones
- prepare and cook nutritious foods you may not have experience with
- understand current dietary trends such as Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Veganism and more
- ensure you are consuming adequate nutrients for optimal health, irrespective of your dietary approach
- explore suspected food intolerance symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhoea/constipation and behavioural issues in children
- navigate the minefield of conflicting information resulting from a simple Google search
Practice focus areas
Conditions I can help with include: Allergies and intolerances; Barrett’s Oesophagus; Coeliac disease; Colitis; Constipation; Crohn’s Disease; Cyclic vomiting syndrome; Diarrhoea; Diverticular disease or Diverticulosis; Duodenal ulcer; Dyspepsia; Dysphagia; Eosinophilic oesophagitis; Gastric ulcer; Gastritis; Gastroparesis; GORD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease); Heartburn; Helicobacter pylori; Lactose Intolerance; Indigestion; IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome); Malabsorption; Odynophagia; Peptic ulcer; Reflux; SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth; Ulcerative Colitis
Services include: Medical Nutrition Therapy; Gut Health optimisation; the Low FODMAP diet; Microba™ microbiome testing; Oral Nutrition Supplementation, and more.
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Food and Mood
Food and Mood
Eating for better mental health. The evidence that diet affects our mood is growing. Find out how the food you eat can help improve your mood. What and when you eat can help to optimise the effectiveness of your medication.
Apart from a buccal (cheek) swab or genetic blood test for lactose intolerance, or a small intestine biopsy for enzymes, the only evidence-based test for food intolerance is an elimination diet. Guidance for this is included in your normal consultation fee, there are no additional expensive tests required!
Find out if you are intolerant of FODMAPs, amines, food additives, glutamates, gluten, lactose, salicylates, and more. Intolerances may show as physical and/or behavioural issues (due to nerve irritation), the latter especially so in children.
If you suspect you may be intolerant of a food or food group, please make an appointment to discuss your concerns before spending money on testing.
Healthy Eating for Adults
Healthy Eating for Adults
Lifestage nutrition: Young, Middle-aged and Older Adults
Allergies and intolerances; anti-inflammatory diets; autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis; bariatric surgery (pre and post-weight loss surgery); bone health; cardiovascular disease; DASH diet; diabetes management or prevention; digestive health; disordered eating; eating for a healthy heart; eating disorders; fatty liver disease; gout; healthy weight gain; healthy weight loss; high cholesterol; high blood sugar; insulin resistance; lipoedema; lymphoedema; malnutrition; Mediterranean diet; menopause; neurologic disorders including stroke, ALS, and Parkinson’s disease; nutritional deficiencies; obesity; osteoarthritis; pre-diabetes; thyroid disorders, Vegan and Vegetarian diets, and more.
Healthy Eating for Children
Healthy Eating for Children
Lifestage nutrition: Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Primary school-aged, Adolescents/Teens (includes healthier eating for healthier skin).
Allergies and intolerances; Cow’s Milk Protein allergy or intolerance; disordered eating; faltering growth (previously known as ‘failure to thrive’); fussy eating; nutrient deficiencies; extreme picky eating; sports nutrition for active kids, and more.
Capacity-building dietetic services for people living with a disability, including NDIS participants who are plan or self-managed. We also provide Zoom-based group training for Disability Support Workers to foster an understanding of participant nutrition requirements and the effects of condition-specific medication and diet on mood.
Our disability area of focus is neurodiversity. We are a neurodivergent-owned practice with lived experience of disordered and picky eating, particularly due to sensory processing difficulties and food intolerance.
However, we welcome all self and plan-managed NDIS participants with nutritional concerns. We treat everyone with the dignity and respect that they deserve, honouring the NDIS policy of choice and control at all times.
Talk to your Support Coordinator or Plan Manager about using your Core funding for a nutritional assessment and report to request Capacity Building funding for a dietitian prior to your next NDIS review.
Support co-ordinators, carers and other participant representatives can download our NDIS referral form here. Please contact us if you would like the Word version of this form.
Unfortunately, we are not able to assist agency-managed participants unless invoices can be paid privately or sent to NSW Trustee & Guardian (TGA) for payment.
How it Works
Your initial consultation will take 1-1.5 hours depending on how complex your needs are. We will go through your medical history and dietary habits and discuss your goals. Please ensure you bring along any recent (last 6 months) blood/urine/stool test results or have your doctor email or fax them to us.
Your first review is scheduled 2-4 weeks later. Subsequent reviews are tailored to your individual needs.
Care plans: Please note that Medicare rebates are available to clients who have a chronic condition being managed by their GP under a care plan (Chronic Disease Management Plan or CDMP, formerly known as EPCs). After paying our full fee you will be able to claim the rebate from Medicare. GP referrals must be accompanied by a signed Referral Form for Allied Health Services to be eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Allied Health Professionals can download our Allied Health referral form here
Care organisations can download our Care organisation referral form and/or nutrition education request form here
Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact your Private Health Insurance provider directly to confirm your eligibility to claim the services of a dietitian.
Yes, we routinely do telephone or video call (online) consultations. For aged care and disability, we also do home visits.
If you are unable to leave your home for any reason, please know that you do not have to come to our clinic. We can use Telehealth (Zoom video chat or telephone) instead.
A ‘kitchen table consultation’ via Telehealth can actually be mutually beneficial. It allows us to review the kitchen tools we have to work with, as well as pantry staples, medications and supplements in a relaxed way that is less reliant on memory.
Bowral Nutrition is a registered business. Our ABN number is 64 715 430 479
We accept bank transfers or deposits into our Commonwealth Bank business account, as well as credit card payments (American Express, Mastercard, Visa).
To ensure we receive a copy of your results use: REFFV6LP7Y6 when ordering your microbiome test.
Medicare rebates are available to clients who have a chronic condition being managed by their GP under a care plan.
After paying our full fee you will be able to claim the rebate from Medicare. GP referrals must be accompanied by a signed Referral Form for Allied Health Services to be eligible for a Medicare rebate.