Specialist in Type 1 Diabetes
Growing up in Sydney and enjoying the Australian outdoor lifestyle, I always considered myself to be a heathy person. My health was not something I ever really thought about, although looking back I had many signs and symptoms. However, I just thought they were all ‘normal’.
Then, in 2002 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was shocked, scared and angry, questioning why had this had happened to me? For the next 10 years I dutifully followed the advice of my endocrinologists and dieticians, eating carbs with every meal and then struggling to keep my blood sugars under control, however, deep down I knew I wasn’t thriving. I still suffered from chronic acne, tiredness, bloating after meals, tight and sore joints and my energy levels were on the floor. It was only when background retinopathy was detected at a routine eye appointment that I had the wake up call I needed and realised I would have to take full responsibility for my health if I was to feel better.
So, I began to experiment with my diet and discovered the healing power of food…. and slowly as I removed the junk and highly processed foods and included lots of nutrient dense foods, my energy returned and I started to feel better. At my following eye test, all signs of the background retinopathy were gone.
It was then that I had my lightbulb moment: I wanted to change my career to become a Nutritional Therapist. My mission now is working with other type 1 diabetics regain their health despite their condition by empowering them with diet and lifestyle changes that enable them to feel vibrant again.
In addition, as a mother of a son with coeliac disease I can also help those with this condition, IBS and other chronic digestive issues.
"My focus as a Nutritional Therapist is to educate and empower people so they can make wise decisions for themselves regarding their health and wellbeing".
I first came to see Kylie after a referral from a friend. I have suffered with IBS since I was 12 years old but in the past 13 years the bouts were getting increasingly more severe. On many occasions I could not leave the house and there was very little the doctors could do for me. The range of food I could eat was very limited and my diet was very bland and boring.
Working with Kylie has been nothing short of amazing! She got to the root cause of my symptoms and through a prescribed herbal supplement regime I am now symptom free. I have increased the variety of foods I eat and can even have a little of those foods which were previously totally off limits. I look and feel like a new woman, I wish I had found her years ago.
Lesley, age 59 - IBS
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I am registered with the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP). I am also a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). As a CNHC member, I meet the National Occupational Standards in the practice of nutritional therapy and I am obliged to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. I am also fully insured by Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers.