MORE ABOUT BOONAH DIETITIAN
Jahmilla De Alwis
"My love for food, passion for health and true happiness in helping people reach their goals is a short and sweet way to describe me. I’m a down-to-earth, genuine, warm and compassionate creature who enjoys exploring nature, traveling the world, board games, playing basketball and most of all; creating weird and wonderful things in the kitchen! Growing up in Cairns, North QLD, I am a small town girl at heart, and coming from an extremely diverse background (Russian, Polish, Papua New Guinean and Chinese, to name a few…) I have found that food, no matter how different it can be, connects everyone. Even though Russians like their boiled potato in sour cream and sauerkraut, and Papua New Guineans prefer fire-cooked pork and coconut cream cooked sweet potato, we are all family of the world, connected by our diversity of food.
I moved to the Gold Coast to study Health Sciences after high school. When I completed the 3-year degree, I was eager to do more with myself. During my time discovering what I wanted to do, I began to really notice my family and friends that were suffering from health issues that were not only manageable, but preventable. And when I uncovered that most of the health issues were diet- and food-related, the universe directed me to Nutrition and Dietetics. I completed the 2-year post-graduate certification and have now become an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD).
I believe in helping people to strive to be the best versions of themselves, with healthy and delicious eating, active living and enjoying life! The small wins, the support, the encouragement and the belief in oneself is what makes us reach our goals, and that is what I aim to bring to every person I help."
ABOUT BOONAH DIETITIAN
“I’m a cheerful, enthusiastic, kind-hearted Tasmanian bred Queenslander, who finds enjoyment in all things nature-related, art-related or, most importantly, all things food. Through living a life with Type 1 Diabetes, I am particularly passionate about sharing my experiences and knowledge with others to empower them to improve the management and promote prevention of diabetes and its associated complications. I am also devoted to advocating nutrition through a paddock-to-plate, food first approach to inspire individuals to eat right for themselves and the planet.
My journey to becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) began with a three-year nutrition-focused Bachelor of Health Science degree at the University of Tasmania. This was then followed by a three-year equivalent Masters Extended degree in Nutrition and Dietetic Practice at Bond University on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Intertwined into this was a one-year equivalent research project on the dietary management of the gut condition, diverticulitis, an area which I now consider to be one of my specialties. A life-long passion for learning and keeping up to date with the latest scientific evidence has led me to pursue studies in this area further with a PhD at Bond University. My current research project involves running a clinical trial at two hospitals in Brisbane to find out how ginger affects nausea and vomiting, as well as the microbiome (gut health), of cancer patients having chemotherapy.
I think eating for your health isn’t the same for everyone and doesn’t have to be bland, boring or restrictive and believe that even the smallest of changes can have a big impact on achieving and maintaining any health goals and improving wellbeing, happiness and quality of life... no matter what your shape or form."