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About  Andrea

Andrea Palmer Wellington Dietitian I'm really passionate about sharing my love of food. Diets damage that passion for most and nothing gets me more heated than being asked "Have you heard about [insert latest diet craze]? You really should, it's amazing!". When did we become so obsessed about what we eat? It's making us crazy!


I take the crazy out of eating. I take the guilt and shame out of food. I give you the permission to enjoy food and feed yourself reliably. 


I'm a mum and I'm a woman (I know, you would never have guessed) and when it comes to food and weight we are constantly feeling the pressure. The pressure to only feed our kids 'healthy' foods and for us and them to fit within the ideal body size. But I'm not buying it. I'm more interested in feeling confident about myself and my body, and helping my kids feel that confidence too. That doesn't mean I don't care what we eat, I care a lot. But I'm not stressing about it all the time because I know that I'm doing the best I can. And that's what I want for you. Whatever your situation and whatever your current eating habits, I want you to feel confident about your food and health. 

Life is for living and food is a huge part of life so let's live with an acceptance of self and food.


Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics

My passion for cooking developed into a passion for nutrition. I moved to Dunedin and studied at the University of Otago and gained a Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science in Nutrition. Then I decided to further my nutrition knowledge and went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics. The more I learnt the more I realised that nutrition isn't this big confusing problem. At it's most basic form it is about feeding ourselves well. But unfortunately the messages get mixed up and exaggerated so that confusion reigns. I want to remove that confusion.


 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Culinary Arts

I started my career in the RNZ Air Force and NZ Army as a chef and earned my London City & Guilds Diploma in Cookery and Culinary Arts. I spent seven years in various locations around NZ and East Timor cooking for soldiers, officers and dignitaries. This was an amazing experience. I learnt to drive trucks, cook with whatever equipment and food was available, stand sentry at dawn (not sure how useful that is now) and most importantly I met and worked with a huge range of wonderful people. This is where I learnt to appreciate food and the important role it plays in so many aspects of our lives


Why a Dietitian?

A dietitian is a nutritionist that has studied for three years at university then studied another 18 months to 2 years to become a dietitian. To continue to be a dietitian we must continue to update our knowledge and keep learning. We then have to prove our learning to the NZ Dietitians Board. This is a requirement under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003. 

So what does that really mean? It means that you as a client have the added assurance that my knowledge and services are kept up to date and are quality checked. We work with the evidence, not the latest news headline.

You could say that Dietitians are the Master Builders of Nutrition.