WHY 4 Life Living?

Get nutritional support from professionals you can trust. Meet our team of 4 expertly qualified dietitians.

We are based in George and Oudtshoorn in the beautiful Southern Cape area. We also provide online sessions to those who finds leaving the office difficult and to those living outside of our reach. Get ready to step into action with us!

Meet our Dietitians

10 Things To Know About Us

We do this because we love it.

Our practice is built on love. We have a calling to help others to the best of our ability. We are passionate about people, serious nutritional scientists, yet practical to make your diet and lifestyle work for you.

We are here to change the world.

Every single encounter we have counts. We believe we can make the world a better place by helping people live healthy, strong and happy lives. One bite at a time.

We don’t do mediocre.

We give everything 110% and then some. We are obsessive about exceeding expectation and going above and beyond for you, ourselves and each other.

We sell things.

We are really proud to sell a world class dietetic service. Our goal is that every patient should be blown-away by their experience and know that we have their back in their personal journey to better health.

Trust is everything.

We are scientists who translate the complicated jargon of nutritional and medical science in to practical advice that you can understand and implement. We are honest with our patients, our doctor colleagues and each other. We abide by a strict ethical code of conduct as dietetic professionals.

We’ve got your back.

Anything we recommend is because we truly, genuinely believe in it. We will never mislead you or guide you to buy into anything, diet programme or supplementation, if we do not truly believe that it is the best fit for you.

We love our customers.

You are the reason we exist. You help us create a meaningful change in this world. We are obsessive about customer happiness. We are here for you all the way and we have your back in your wellness journey.

We have a kind people only policy.

We are here to help all people from all walks of life.  We love to work in our community and connecting with all people. We like to create communities in our practice and connect people with each other so they may learn from and support each other.

We have fun doing it all!

Our mantra: if it is not fun, is won’t get done.

Meet our Dietitians

What Do Dietitians Do?

Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Dietitians advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals.

Finding and accessing the services of a dietitian can be achieved in several ways, but why choose a dietitian in the first place? There are many reasons why people choose to visit a dietitian. You may request, or indeed your GP may make a referral to a dietitian to address a specific medical/health need or condition. Alternatively, you may choose to seek out the services of a freelance dietitian. Here are just a few examples where dietitians, working on a one-to-one basis or part of a wider health team, can help improve your health and lifestyle if:

  • you suffer with digestive problems
  • you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coeliac, HIV etc
  • you have oral, enteral or parenteral nutrition requirements
  • your child, or looked after child, has specialised nutritional requirements
  • you are wanting or needing to lose weight in a safe and sensible way
  • you need to put weight on following a spell of ill-health or as the result of a medical condition
  • you are considering surgery to lose weight
  • you want to improve your athletic performance or general fitness levels
  • you want advice about breastfeeding and weaning
  • you want to maximise your chances to become pregnant
  • you think you have an allergy or intolerance to a certain food
  • you would like advice about eating disorders
  • you are a carer and want credible and practical advice to ensure the person/s you are caring for is/are getting the appropriate nutrition in their diet/s.

While dietitians work with individuals, as the above examples explain, in the NHS and on a freelance basis, they also work across the board wherever food and nutrition is present. Dietitians work in many areas and arenas.

YES. Only those registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of ‘dietitian’.

The minimum requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics.

Dietetic courses are structured to include biochemistry, physiology, applied sciences and research methods which underpin nutrition and dietetics. These are complemented by social and behavioural sciences and the theories of communication to support the development of skills required for professional dietetic practice.

The HCPC’s role is to protect the public. It is an independent, UK-wide health regulator. It currently sets standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 14 professions. The HCPC keeps a current register of health professionals who meet its standards and takes action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. Registered professionals must keep up-to-date through compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If an individual is not happy with treatment they are given, or if they are worried about the behaviour or health of a dietitian, they can approach the HCPC who will investigate and take action.

Dietitians work in the NHS and in private clinics. They work with healthy and sick people in a variety of settings. Dietitians can work in the food industry, workplace, catering, education, sport and the media. Other care pathways they work in include mental health, learning disabilities, community, acute settings and public health.

They often work as integral members of multi-disciplinary teams to treat complex clinical conditions such as diabetes, food allergy and intolerance, IBS syndrome, eating disorders, chronic fatigue, malnutrition, kidney failure and bowel disorders. They provide advice to caterers to ensure the nutritional care of all clients in NHS and other care settings such as nursing homes, they also plan and implement public health programmes to promote health and prevent nutrition related diseases. A key role of a dietitian is to train and educate other health and social care workers.

They also advise on diet to avoid the side effects and interactions between medications.

Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases and conditions by educating and giving practical advice to clients, patients, carers and colleagues. They advise and help to maintain nutritional status when individuals want to trial dietary interventions such as exclusion diets, nutritional supplementation or dietary interventions in areas such as autism for which evidence is still emerging. They use recognised methodologies to critically appraise the evidence base which includes all forms of evidence and research to inform their advice.

They cannot offer advice where there would be personal financial benefit.

Dietitians are legally able to supply and administer some prescription-only medicines e.g. insulin, phosphate binders and pancreatic enzymes, through trusts/health boards. They can also adjust this medication. Much of their work is spent advising/counselling other medical staff as to the best course of action in regard to an individual’s nutritional status.

Who should see a dietitian?

Would you put diesel in your brand new sports car that uses only unleaded petrol? NO! Any person who wants to improve on their health and vitality can benefit from consulting a dietitian. Most people eat out of habit, cultural preferences and likes/dislikes. We believe in sustainable behaviour change and can help you eat a balanced diet that is obtainable and practical within your abilities and health condition. Our aim is to inform people on how their bodies function (physiologically and psychologically), and to help them apply healthy food and lifestyle practices that is tailored to their specific wants and needs.

Prevention IS the cure…But if you suffer from any of these conditions known to you, you may benefit from individualized diet therapy…

Common ailments that respond well to diet therapy:

  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Disglycemia (Impaired fasting glucose)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Gout and arthritis
  • Constipation (over 70% of people suffer from daily constipation)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (spastic colon)
  • Heartburn, indigestion, bloatedness, stomach cramps, reflux, hiatus hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (tiredness, restlessness, stressed lifestyle)
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • ADD and ADHD
  • HIV and Aids
  • Cancer and especially complications related to cancer treatment
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diseases of the kidney
  • Pregnancy and lactation

We also provide individualized dietary advice specific to all those doing sport. Whether you want to tone, burn fat, build muscle or to perform a whole lot better on the sports field.

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