nutritional psychiatry

It’s not new to us that diet matters to our physical health, but it's only recently that we've considered the role of nutrition on the brain. While we once thought there was an invisible line separating the body and the brain, we now understand that our bodies are much more complex, and that what we eat can also impact how we think and feel.

Nutrients make-up the building blocks for our brain - in fact, our brain is nearly 60% fat. But nutrients and food can also influence our gut microbiota, brain chemicals and levels of inflammation and oxidative stress - all of which, may impact our mood.

Recent studies have shown that making healthy dietary changes may lower the risk of developing anxiety and depression. But for those already struggling with anxiety or low mood, diet could be an effective addition to an existing treatment regime. Taking into consideration your gut health, current eating patterns, nutrient deficiencies and lifestyle, a coaching session can help develop the best nutrition plan to support your wellbeing.

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Meghan is a nutritionist and dietitian with a special interest in the link between digestive and mental health. She has an intricate understanding of the gut-brain connection and focuses on supporting clients to understand how nourishing their gut can help improve their mental wellbeing. 

Meghan is passionate about lifestyle medicine, and alongside whole-foods, draws on supplements, stress management, sleep, movement and other lifestyle measures to provide an integrative approach to nutrition.  Her goal is to provide lasting solutions to help clients get well and stay well – both physically and mentally.

Meghan approaches each client uniquely, acknowledging there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to nutrition. She recognises that we all respond differently to foods and works with clients with the understanding that they know their body best. 

Alongside her practise, Meghan is also completing her PhD in Nutritional Psychiatry, a specialist area of research that explores the links between food, mood and brain health. Being at the forefront of emerging research, means that her practical and actionable nutrition plans are always personalised to the individual and are grounded in the latest, scientific evidence.   

Meghan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (with Honours) and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia.  She has actively contributed to books, podcasts and research publications and has delivered numerous workshops and cooking demonstrations. 


Meghan enjoys working with clients who are seeking help with:

·     Low mood and depression

·     Anxiety, stress and burnout 

·     Irritable bowel syndrome and food intolerances, sensitivities and/or allergies 

·     Digestive discomfort, such as excessive bloating, gas and abdominal pain

·     Emotional and stress-relating eating

·     Building a healthy relationship with food 

 Meghan is understanding that many aspects of our health are beyond our control, but recognises that nutrition is the one thing we can change today.  By requesting an appointment, Meghan can walk you through what’s involved in a consult and how a personalised nutrition plan can help with your health concerns.


SPECIALITY AREAS

  • Anxiety

  • Low Mood

  • Clinical depression

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Food intolerances and sensitivities

  • Emotional and stress-related eating

  • Yo-yo dieting


TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

Accredited Practising Dietitian (Dietitian’s Association of Australia)

Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics (Monash University)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student (Deakin University)