MY STORY

Sport and Fitness has always been a huge passion of mine which lead me to compete in multiple sporting fields. I have spent ten years as a dancer, five years in equestrian, five years as a triathlete, and two years as a bikini bodybuilding competitor.

During my triathlon days, my health suffered from over exercising and under eating. This was stemmed from the high physical demands of the training, and the expectation to be a certain size from the sporting industry and social media.

At the time, “low fat”, “low carb” and calorie counting was the current diet trend. I discovered calorie tracking apps and this is what controlled my eating decisions.   As a result,  I battled through my training sessions, developed hormonal imbalanced, had terrible body image and food became the enemy.

After 5 years of putting my body through ridiculous hours of cardio training, I  decided to try something new and switched from endurance to strength training. I started going to the gym and soon got in bodybuilding which was another fitness craze.

Through preparing for body building competitions,  I learned how to optimise diet to support muscle growth and achieve the desired physique. However, as with the triathlon training, this “bodybuilding” lifestyle wasn’t healthy or sustainable, and I had simply gone from one extreme to the other.

I struggled with not being able to socialise without guilt or anxiety, I was weighing and measuring every gram of food, I STILL had hormonal issues due to lack of fats in my diet, and I lost the ability to listen to my appetite signals due to continuously eating by the clock. Ironically, in my attempts to be “healthy” I was doing just the opposite.

Although these were hard years, I learned some very important lessons:

 > Understanding how to fuel and nourish your body adequately is crucial for healthy hormonal balance

> Diets, whether they be low carb or high carb, are NOT enjoyable or sustainable long-term.

> We are much more complexed than a calorie equation

> Life is too short to miss out on social occasions and the foods you love.

> No body weight or shape is worth sacrificing your physical and mental health for. 

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

I left the bodybuilding scene and ditched the highly processed supplements that went with it.

I stopped calorie counting and weighing food, and welcomed back healthy fats.

I began exercising for enjoyment instead of punishment. I started enjoying more walking and yoga which previously would have been a “waste of time”

I decided to start eating for self-care, not self-restriction or punishment and let go of the scales.

I went on to finish a nutrition degree at Massey University and moved into private practice with a focus on whole foods and lifestyle nutrition.

Where I am now

Since getting off the diet train, I’ve developed a love for food, and enjoy creating new recipes in the kitchen to show people that ‘healthy” doesn’t have to mean “salads” or “superfoods”. That healthy can mean hearty, delicious meals, using simple ingredients.

I’ve now spent 4 years in private practice, working with clients of all body sizes, who have a wide range of health goals. I’ve worked with clients using LCHF principles, low inflammatory diets, gut health protocols, and higher carbohydrate diets, which has shown me first hand that there is more than one way of eating that allows people to feel good and thrive. (Simply looking around the world at how different cultures thrive is evidence of this also).

The most important thing I have learned over these years, from listening and observing, is that the true expert of a body is the person living in the body. As a nutritionist, I provide knowledge from my training and experience, offer support, exchange ideas, offer solutions, and help with recipes and meal planning. But ultimately, I am here teach YOU how to become your own body expert, and partner with you on your health journey.

These days, what I enjoy most is helping people to get back in tune with their body,  to eat in a way that feels good to them, to fix health issues from the inside out, to enjoy food every day (not just in the weekends), to have a peaceful relationship with food and body, and never need another “diet’ again.

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My Full Credentials

 

  • Bsc Double Major, Human Nutrition and Exercise Sports Science (Massey University)
  • Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Society New Zealand ) 
  • Trained in Level 1 ISAK Anthropometry (Skinfold assessment)
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition (Post Grad Dip)
  •  ACFED Approved Practitioner (Australian Center for Eating Disorders) 
  • Nutrition Lecturer at the NZ College of Chiropractic

testimonials

Caroline Thompson

After surgery in November 2015, I tore a muscle in my hip from overdoing things post surgery. I had no idea it would take so long to heal and as a result of not being able to do the usual levels of exercise I was accustomed to, I packed on 8kgs. I was feeling pretty miserable as my husband and I were also trying to conceive and just weren’t getting anywhere. My physiotherapist recommended seeing a nutritionist and Kimberley was able to squeeze me in which I was so grateful for. The tips and the tailor-made plan she set me up with saw some amazing results. Not only did I steadily lose 8kgs over a couple of months, but my husband and I also conceived 7 weeks after starting the new eating regime. I felt amazing, with so much energy and my clothes felt comfortable again. Kimberley has been a great support as I’ve transitioned into pregnancy and I highly recommend her.

Caroline Thompson

India Sebinik

In 2012 I had two surgeries for an abscess on my tailbone, after which I developed adrenal/chronic fatigue from August onward. I had absolutely no energy to attend school and quickly gained weight from being inactive for so long. I was 77kg at my first visit with Kimberley, and by the 3rd month I had lost 10kgs total – without any extra exercise! I also lost the discomfort after eating meals that didn’t suit me, but more importantly for me, I gained a new energy, confidence and an interest in a healthy lifestyle that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Without Kimberley’s guidance I would never have been able to have achieved so much this year but now I have my life back as well as a healthy relationship with food. I truly couldn’t have done it without her help! Thank you!

India Sebinik

Matt Dobbs

Kimberley has literally changed my life, she has shown me how to enjoy food again. I have lost weight in the past but this was always at the expense of muscle mass, with Kimberley this is not the case, in fact I have increased muscle. My energy levels are the best they have ever been and I am currently the fittest I have ever been, this is a direct result of the plan Kimberley has in place for me. With Kimberley there is no ‘you must eat this!’ it is more a case of Kimberley knowing what I like and coagulating this with her own knowledge and expertise. I now eat plates full of colour, my grocery bill is greatly reduced and I no longer have diet anger. I don’t see this as a diet as Kimberley has given me a lifestyle change. I would recommend Kimberley to anyone who wants to live healthier

Matt Dobbs

Andrea Riggans

Kimberley is amazing. She makes you feel SO comfortable – she isn’t into weighing and measuring and fat testing if you’re not comfortable with it – but if you want that – she will do it. But she will also always get to understand where your head is at, works with your mindset around food which is so important and I feel I have made huge progress with that so far since working with her. Cannot recommend her enough! You rock Kimberley!

Andrea Riggans

Aaron Nagle

I came to Kimberley for her knowledge of nutrition,what I should be eating & how much.Being a builder & into CrossFit,I was quite lethargic,always tired & trying to gain some mass.I’ve been working with Kimberley for 6 or 7 months now & the results are fantastic.Not only am I eating better,I have a lot more energy & have put on about 5kg lean mass.
Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to change their diet &/or nutrition!

Aaron Nagle

Terri Bidwell

Kimberley is an outstanding health professional. Knowledgeable, compassionate and well balanced. She has achievements in sports and fitness herself and really understands different issues faced by female athletes and people balancing their eating and training.

Terri Bidwell