Accredited Clinical Nutritionist BHSc (NutMed), Bachelor of Business (BBus)
Hello fellow Health Hunters,
I would like to introduce myself, Danielle, I am the founder of Beta Me. This long winded section gives you a little indication of my journey to becoming the natural healthenthusiast I am today.
Born in a small country town and on a farm, I was lucky enough to always be surrounded by wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables. With a strong family constitution and value in the importance of good, wholesome food, I was always encouraged to eat well and try everything. Sport was a cornerstone of family life with my older brother being a triathlete and footballer and my dad his trainer, along with parents who had a love for exploration and adventure, the outdoors and nature were always in our sites. We were lucky enough to travel with triathlons and embark on a 3 month trip around Australia at a very young age, surrounded by stunning waterfalls, taking in the experience of what camping has to offer and, with money struggles, hardly ever attending a restaurant, yet eating like kings and queens both while camping and back home on the farm.
Once I reached grade four the family decided to find water, so we made the move to a quaint little village on the outskirts of Hervey Bay. This was a fishing village by the beach with little around but trees to climb and sand to run on (always barefoot).
Growing up here I developed a love for seafood and combined it with my love for fresh fruit and vegetables. Catching fresh fish for dinner with my father was one of my fondest memories of my childhood by the beach.
Throughout my teen years I played numerous sports and was always a healthy kid with what would be considered a healthy diet for the majority.
Once finishing school I became ambitious and decided to move to the city. I had always loved the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast and the city lights. For a gap year I met loads of wonderful people from all over the world in my position at a Gold Coast international language school. Throughout this time, I had also made many associations with the bodybuilding community, a very different, but eye opening spectrum of the health and fitness world. I observed how they ate and trained and how their body’s evolved and responded in fascination. What an impact different dietary and exercisehabits have on the body, both good and bad!
During this time I had also experienced my own gastrointestinal complaints with gas, bloating and discomfort beginning to disrupt my moods, energy, confidence and ability to enjoy physical activity as I once had. This is when my interest in nutrition deepened.
At the conclusion of the gap year it was time to look to the future. I enrolled in a three year business degree at Griffith University where I majored in marketing. This was a fantastic knowledge base to have and guided me into a job with a healthfoodmanufacturing company as their marketing manager. Here I met some amazingNaturopaths, Nutritionists and Food Scientists that fuelled by desire to delve deeper into my knowledge in health and nutrition. This job taught me a lot about manufacturing health foods where I was involved in product design and development and the writing of nutrition articles for magazines. From here I decided the next step in working towards my passion for good health and nutrition was to enrol in a nutrition degree.
While studying my Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine, the next 3 years saw me take up a part time job as a Natural Health Consultant where I gained experience in understanding both conventional medicines and natural health and their interplay in today’s society. I formed a respect for both sides but saw the sad side of conventional medications. Throughout my studies and time working side by side Naturopaths and Nutritionists I began to understand the mechanics of the gut and body and the role diet played in its good health. By the time I finished by degree, with some dietary changes I am knowable to support and manage my gut complaints with the majority of the problem mended. I am now free to enjoy life knowing my limits but not bowing to them.
Once my Nutritional Medicine degree was complete I decided to put my business degree back into practice and begin my own Nutritionist business. I am excited to be part of a wonderful network of practitioners who have a true passion to help clients strive towards a more healthful life.