About Andrea

Working with Andrea Palmer, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Clients often seek support because they’ve tried everything before and still feel stuck and lost when it comes to eating. Working with me will help you remove the barriers that diet culture has instilled in us all and allows room for learning how to eat with confidence and body acceptance.

I work from a weight inclusive, non-diet approach that is trauma informed and client centred. This means you and your experiences guide which direction treatment develops.

What is the non-diet approach?

The non-diet approach incorporates intuitive eating and Health At Every Size® and provides a framework to help support you to understand your body’s internal cues and needs. It is based on the concept that health is not determined by weight or body size. The goal is not weight loss but rather a way of looking after the body that you have with the resources currently available. The non-diet approach looks at food and bodies with acceptance and compassion.

When it comes to health it’s important to recognise how food and body fit into our physical, mental and social needs. Research shows that the non-diet approach has long-term health benefits irrespective of size.



New Zealand Registered Dietitian (NZRD)

Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences (Nutrition Degree) – University of Otago

Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics – University of Otago


Continued Training

Nutrition Counselling for Eating Disorders 3.0 – Marci Evans

Foundations of Trauma Informed Dietetic Care – Tracy Brown & Fiona Sutherland

Motivational Interviewing – Tara MacGregor

Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – Giselle Bahr & Ben Sedley

Being in Relationship – 5 Part Series for Dietitians – Fiona Sutherland and others

Professional Supervision – ongoing

Rūnanga member of Te Kāhui Manukura o Kai Ora


Dietitians are nutritionists that have completed postgrad studies in dietetics. Dietitians must continue to update knowledge and learning throughout their careers, and prove this learning to the NZ Dietitians Board. This is a requirement under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003.

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.