Tracy Thompson - Dietitian (APD) & Nutritionist
MDiet, BAppSc(Food Sc.& Nutr.), B.Bus.
Accrediated Practicing Dietitian (APD)
Member DA AAG
Tracy is a Dietitian & Nutritionist with a passion for the joy of food. Tracy specialises in using evidence based practices to maximise health outcomes through the provision of individualised nutritional counseling to best achieve your nutritional goals.
Tracy is experienced in & has undertaken many hours of additional training in the areas of Allergy, Intolerances, IBS & IBD (Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis), as well as optimising nutrition in Ageing. Both Monash FODMAP and RPAH elimination diet trained, Tracy is able to assist with individualised elimination diet protocols if clinically required. Intolerances are complex and can significantly affect nutritional and gut health and she can assist with understanding & how to manage these effectively.
She is skilled in understanding and interpreting the complexity of individual food habits, and the effect of these on nutritional status and overall health. She is qualified to be able to cut through all of the marketing hype, and fad diets, all of that confusing, and often conflicting information that is part of our modern food environment. She can help you understand how to eat in a balanced way to support health, that can fit in with your routine, and eating preferences. Tracy won't just tell you what needs to be done, but educates on the why and how, and offers a service that will support you to reach your nutritional goals, empowering you with the knowledge to move toward health goals. Together you will then develop a plan to keep you on track. Prevention is better than cure, and Tracy strongly believes that nutrition can be a key to this.
When it comes to gut health and tolerance of foods, diversity and solid foundational nutritional health is key to improving tolerance, Tracy won't just send you off with a list of banned foods, but will help you manage your nutritional health ongoing.
Tracy is also a busy mum who understands that life isn’t always straight forward, and nutrition needs to be adaptable and individualised to be easy, and to help us juggle life’s responsibilities. She loves to spend time with her family and get involved with her community as much as she can.
Tracy works privately at Brunswick Integrative Care in Brunswick East, Melbourne. She also consults providing Dietetic services for NDIS, Aged Home Care Package Clients (in clinic or through home visits) and Aged Care Residents.
Rather than worrying about all of those messages constantly bombarding us in the media about what to eat and how much, cookie-cutter, mass produced dietary advice that does nothing but sell magazines. Engage Tracy to help you to discover eating habits that simplify all of this and embrace a pattern of eating diversely, with confidence and enjoyment. Learn how to make everyday eating choices healthier and easier, following the seasons, and understanding how what we eat makes us feel. Diets don't work, Tracy can help you reconnect with your natural hunger and fullness cues, work with you in the context of any pre-existing health issues, with a non-diet approach to enable you to nurture yourself and maintain a healthy weight for you, and to support your health based on your life stage. Tracy will work within the boundaries of each individual's unique relationship with food, eating and their body, being mindful and exploring their journey to that point.
Nutrition in Ageing
Our body composition changes as we age, and so do our nutritional requirements. The great news is that we are now living longer lives, and good nutritional habits can help make sure that this longer life is as healthy as possible. Tracy can help you understand the metabolic and physical changes that occur as we age and help you to establish and maintain nutritional and lifestyle habits to support ongoing good health. Good health in ageing can be supported by preventing the onset of diet related chronic health issues, the old saying that prevention is better than cure has never been more accurate as we discover more and more about the relationship between nutrition and health outcomes, and it's never too late to improve your nutritional practices. Tracy consults for Home Care Package Clients and at Aged Care as required to assist with nutritional challenges and carries current vaccination, police check and insurance. For more information click here.
Allergies & Intolerances
There is a lot of confusion about what to eat when you have an allergy or intolerance, and indeed what the difference is between the two. As an APD Tracy is able to help you best maintain nutritional status when affected by either.
Tracy keeps up to date with extra training in IBS, is a Monash FODMAP Accredited Dietitian to assist those with intolerance's and malabsorption issues. Tracy has also trained in the use of the RPAH (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) food chemical elimination diet and challenge protocol when needed to work with patients to identify and understand individual tolerance levels for foods. Tracy has spent time at the RPAH allergy unit in Sydney and updates regularly in order to fully understand how best to use the elimination diet protocol.
Consultations can educate about which foods or lifestyle factors may be problematic, and how best to ensure you maintain health with minimal restrictions, and also how to alter what you like to eat to fit in with what you tolerate.
She also knows first hand through her own and her child's IBS issues that intolerance's are highly individual and can be challenging to manage. Tracy is skilled in developing recipes and food ideas to make individualised dietary management easier, and helps patients cope through the hard slog of the elimination diet and food challenges by providing email support if needed during these times.
When it comes to gut health and tolerance of foods, diversity and solid foundational nutritional health is key to improving tolerance, Tracy won't just send you off with a list of banned foods, but will help you manage your nutritional health long-term, by understanding all your drivers of intolerance.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Nutritional adequacy is important for both mother and baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding to provide for health and growth. A Dietitian can help couples prepare for pregnancy, support enjoyment of a healthy pregnancy with adequate weight gain, and assist with morning sickness symptom management. Finally during breastfeeding Tracy can consult as to the requirements of both mother and baby, and to assist with any issues if required.
Tracy can help support you with information about what is required for a healthy diet for infants and children. She can assist with establishing healthy eating habits for the whole family for life. This can start with the introduction of an infants first solid foods, through to those fussy habits that can develop over time. As a parent herself she understands that no two children are the same! The challenges of home, school and general life routines, and the complexity of the food environment that children and families face and can help you negotiate this to provide the kind of guidance your children need for good health and growth. Tracy also has extensive experience in school food environments, and can help advise how best to provide nutritional, tasty canteen and lunchbox offerings for children of all ages.
Adolescence is a time when children experience their largest growth since infancy, this combined with all those other physical changes as they mature and increasing independence can be challenging to their nutritional habits. This is a time when they need extra support to ensure health, and Tracy can provide assistance to families, with plenty of strategies to keep healthy habits on track, and bodies growing and developing well. Adolescence is the next step in taking healthy food habits forward to nurture that child into adulthood and to support lifelong nutritional health.
Food & Cooking
Tracy has been cooking delicious and nutritious food for many years now, and the skills she has acquired together with her nutritional expertise makes her a fantastic resource for enabling you to best cook for health. She is a wealth of information when it comes to easy meals and recipes to cater for you and your family. She knows the tricks and tips to help you modify all of your favourite recipes to allow for your nutritional needs. Check out some of the recipes in the resources section if you'd like to cook what Tracy and her family are enjoying at the moment.
Nutrition for busy lives.
Individuals & families seem to be busier than ever and it can be a juggle to try and provide healthy meals and snacks for everyone multiple times per day. Tracy works through this herself everyday, and has lots of insight and experience in developing ideas that can work in the context of varying routines, and short timelines. She can help you work through the challenges your family faces to keep everyone healthy and enjoying the foods you provide. With a well developed sense of empathy and in the spirit of a collaborative approach Tracy will work through your likes and dislikes with you to help you find what works best for your family.
Corporate Nutrition Services.
Tracy's unique combination of work experience and an educational background in Commerce and Marketing, combined with her qualifications as a Nutritionist provide the opportunity to be able to offer services to corporate clients with an experienced sense of commercial awareness, exhibiting a customer focused creative ability that enables her to partner with corporate clients to meet their nutritional project requirements, including product development, industry presentations, or supporting employee health with nutrition & wellness workshops.