I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about helping people to be the best version of themselves that they can be.
Living in the foodie capital of Australia, I am no different to many other Melbourne dwellers – I love food and have done so from a very young age. To that end, I strongly believe that food should be something that is enjoyed, not something to stress and worry over. I know that fostering a healthy and balanced relationship with food is the basis to living well.
I have a particular interest in helping others to live a healthy and happy life despite any chronic illness that they may have. In my day-job I work with people who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, stroke or other problem with blockages in their heart or arteries. I have first-hand knowledge of living with a chronic condition, having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just weeks after my 21st birthday. I know that it is possible to live a healthy life while living with a chronic health condition.
The purpose of this blog
There is a lot of misinformation out there in the media when it comes to food and nutrition and through this blog I hope to add a voice of reason to all the nonsensical chatter. I hope to inspire my readers to have a healthier relationship with food, to have a more balanced approach to eating and a less restrictive mindset. I hope to help more people to be the best version of themselves.
Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) & Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with DAA
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Health Promotion) from Deakin University, Australia
Master of Dietetics from Deakin University, Australia
Certificate of Health Change Core Training from Health Coaching Australia
What’s in the name?
I started this blog back in 2007 when it was a place for me to share snippets of my life and recipes for tasty things I had tried. Back then I hoped to show that people with diabetes didn’t have to eat cardboard – that we could actually eat (& enjoy) pretty much anything that we wanted to in moderation, just like everyone else. The title was based on a phrase I heard quite often from well-meaning people who thought that I might drop dead from having a piece of cake at a birthday party, or that my foot might fall off after having a biscuit with my cup of tea. “Should you eat that?” was a phrase often paired with a horrified look from them and a pained smile from me hiding my frustration.
These days, in my work as a dietitian I get asked this question all the time. My clients ask me “Should I eat eggs?” or fruit, or dairy, or whatever else they may have heard or read something about. There are so many foods out there that people are unsure of and it is part of my role to know the most up-to-date nutrition research and be able to answer these questions. To help my clients to navigate the big wide world of food and nutrition that is often very confusing. I hope that I can help many more people to do this through writing and sharing on this blog.
Please contact me with any questions you may have, or any suggestions for things that you would like to see on Should You Eat That?
- Tara xx