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About Empowered Eats

Here at Empowered Eats, we are passionate about helping you get back in control of your health, and feel at home in your own body again. We focus on IBS and food intolerances, as well as emotional eating and eating disorders. Our passion for these areas stems from seeing our clients struggle with their own eating patterns and choices, and coaching them through these issues to find peace with food again.

If you are struggling with IBS, we understand that it's not only embarrassing, it can interfere with your regular life. Some of our clients have even had to give up work because they were struggling so much with their bowel habits. Thankfully, after guiding them through the appropriate dietary interventions, many of our clients have found that they are able to go about a normal day without stressing about their bowel habits every 5 minutes.

Many of us turn to food to comfort ourselves in times of stress or other high emotions. This is often something we learnt in childhood and our teen years, and has been cemented as life became more stressful as adults. Unfortunately, this can contribute to a number of health conditions, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Not only that, but feeling that our eating habits are our of our control can add to our stress, leading to a cyclone of stress related eating. We know this is a real issue, and you want to get back in control of your food choices again, and manage your emotions in a healthier way. We can help guide you to a healthier you with nutrition coaching.

Eating disorders are distressing, not only for the individual struggling with the disorder, but also for the supporting family and friends. We work as part of your multidisciplinary team to help you and your loved ones get back to a normal healthy eating pattern. While it doesn't happen overnight, with our dietitians on your team, we can support you to overcome your disorder and get back to a normal eating pattern.

Emma Patterson

Emma Patterson

Accredited Practicing Dietitian

BSc (Nutrition)

Master of Dietetics

Emma is a university qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian that is passionate about helping clients achieve their health and wellness goals without dieting.

Emma takes the time to get to know her clients and tailor an evidence-based approach for each individual. She provides her clients with the knowledge and skills they need to make sustained healthful changes.

Emma’s areas of interest and specialty areas include:

  • Chronic diseases, including Type 2 Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and Hypertension

  • Non-Diet Approach

  • Low FODMAP diet for IBS

  • Gestational Diabetes

  • Nutrition across the life course (paediatric to older adults)

  • Malnutrition

  • Mental Health

Sharn McGowan

Sharn McGowan

Accredited Practicing Dietitian

BSc (Nutrition)

Master of Dietetics

Sharn is a committed Accredited Practicing Dietitian who believes in opening doors through knowledge and empowerment. She is passionate about providing relevant knowledge to help people understand their eating habits and the effect on their health.

Watching her friends and family struggle with their health because of nutrition issues when she was younger was a key reason Sharn decided to become a dietitian.

She practices with honesty, respect and dignity, and will work with you to create a goal you believe is meaningful and achievable. After all, she believes these goals are an important puzzle piece of behaviour changes that can positively influence overall health.

Sharn has a wide range of experience having also worked in the hospital setting. Her areas of interest include:

-  Non-Diet Approach

- Chronic diseases (including Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Liver Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease)

- Gestational Diabetes

- Mental Health

- Geriatrics

- Oncology and Haematology

- And trying new recipes!

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