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Meet Dr Shy

Hi! I am a Private-practise Dietitian/Nutritionist and Mum with a passion for evidence based pregnancy nutrition. I have a PhD in Food and Nutrition from The University of New South Wales, Sydney. I have spent more than 15 years in the absolutely fascinating area of Nutrition researching plant based foods and isolated nutrients (Folic acid) and their bioavailability (how much body can absorb).

As a Food Scientist, I have worked with Australian Farmers growing whole foods and also with Food Industry that use nutrition research to create food products. This has given me rich insights into foods from paddock to plate but also into the crowded field of health and wellness with misinformation spreading like "wild fire". During my career, I have also worked with  hundreds of Health Care Professionals (HCPs) educating them on the cutting edge research in breast milk, infant formula, gut microbiome and probiotics.

 

What I have uncovered is a wide gap between Nutrition Science and marketing. Here I saw first hand how the simple act of eating has become unnecessarily complicated due to conflicting and outdated nutrition advise with disregard for beneficial long standing pregnancy food traditions of other cultures resulting in "nutritionism" (a trap we fall into when we focus on particular nutrient eg. vitamins, minerals, proteins etc in foods instead of focusing on food itself - leading to poor food choices and missed opportunities to nourish mother and baby optimally.  

 

All these diverse experiences have brought me organically to this truly Spiritual ground - reaching Mothers directly in the midst of life's most beautiful mystery with a whole food approach rooted in Nutrition Science while celebrating the traditional wisdom perfected over generations for a healthier and happier next generation.

Shy is a Nutrition consultant to the WA lupin Industry, Grain Industry Association of WA, The Sandalwood Nut Company, First Spoon (India). She translates latest research into understandable messages for high value commercial use in International markets while educating and empowering Australian consumers to eat local. She was appointed as an Ambassador for Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, a global campaign to fight diet related diseases such as childhood obesity through Food education. She is also a Life long member with Indian Dietitian Association.

She lives in Perth in Australia with her husband, two children, a fish tank and a beautiful garden with olive trees, curry leaves, lemon and lime trees and Kumquats. Raised as a vegetarian in India, she is passionate about plant based foods and is best positioned to provide advise on Vegetarian, Vegan, flexitarian way of eating. She is bilingual (speaks in English and Tamil).

You will see her active in the media breaking down popular nutrition topics, giving you evidence based answers to top health questions and busting Nutrition myths.