Practice Closing Dates – Can I still book a vitality assessment?

This year has just flown past and I want to thank everyone that has been part of my second, exciting year in practice as Nathalie Mat, Registered Dietitian.

My practice will close on 18 December 2015 and reopen on 7 January 2016. You can already book an appointment by clicking here.

If you are still looking to complete a Vitality Nutrition Consultation, I can recommend my colleague just up the road in Illovo: Asheligh Tennier. She will be available throughout the festive season. You contact her on: 082 375 4711 and

If you’d like some holiday survival tips, my tips from last year still ring true! You can find them here.

I wish you a wonderful summer break, I hope you are able to relax and unwind. I look forward to seeing you in health in 2016.

Now in Melrose 5 ½ days a week

Thank you all for your incredible support since I opened my doors as Nathalie Mat, Registered Dietitian in November 2013. My Melrose practice has grown in such leaps and bounds that I have decided to focus all my energy into one location. This means I will no longer be in Bryanston on Tuesdays and Thursdays but will now be available five days a week at my Melrose practice. I am still available every second Saturday to accommodate those that cannot make it to me during the week.

For your convenience, I am keeping my Bryanston telephone number and so you can still contact me on either telephone number.

What’s going on with ADSA and Tim Noakes?


South Africa, like many countries around the world, is facing an obesity crisis. Tim Noakes has proposed that a low carbohydrate way of eating is the solution and has recommended this to a wide number of people without always doing a full assessment to see if this is appropriate for each individual. One such recommendation he made was a tweet to a mother encouraging her to wean her child onto a low carbohydrate diet. The president of the Association of Dietetics in South Africa(ADSA), Claire Julsing-Strydom, laid a complaint with the HPCSA against Tim for this tweet. To read more information on the case which is still in progress, please click here to read this statement from ADSA.

Nathalie in the press

As part of my everyday job, I offer expert opinion to the media. I really enjoy being able to spread evidence-based nutrition messages. That means I help translate research into easy to understand English and translate nutritional science into practical food suggestions. I volunteer as an ADSA spokesperson and they have kindly featured me on their blog. Click here to read the full interview.

Can I survive the holidays without gaining weight?

Relaxing is vital for our health. Many people relax all aspects of their lives during the holidays including their eating resulting in terrible weight gain. This also usually leads to strict diet-focused New Year’s resolutions!

If you’d like to break the cycle this year, follow these 5 simple tips to survive the holidays without massive weight gain.
1. Make water your friend.
Alcohol, juices and sugary sodas all contain many kilojoules with little nutrients. Liquid kilojoules are not as satisfying as eating the same number of kojoules/energy from food. Drink water and save your kilojoules for food and limit liquid kilojoules to keep yourself satisfied and your energy intake low.

2. Eat in at least once a day.
Restaurants and take-aways serve much larger portions than most people need. Restaurant food is often prepared with more fat, sugar or salt than you would normally use at home. By eating in at least once a day, even when travelling you can make sure you eat appropriate portions of healthy food. If you don’t have cooking facilities, breakfast can be easily assembled without a kitchen.

3. Choose one less healthy item a day, not more.
Do not allow every meal and snack turn into a sugary feast. If choosing less healthy items, choose one item a day. This will encourage you to think about the day’s eating as a whole. You are also more likely to savour that one food if you know it’s the only one. Reducing the opportunities for unhealthy eating will reduce the total amount of extra energy consumed and help to maintain your weight.

4. Fill up on vegetables
Eating healthy and maintaining your weight does not mean going hungry. When dishing up for yourself, make sure you fill at least half of your plate with lightly prepared vegetables including salads. Keeping portions of vegetables big and portions of starchy and protein-rich foods small will help to fill you up without taking in too much energy. Be aware that adding a tablespoon of olive oil, while a healthy fat, can easily double the energy in the dish. Use a teaspoon to measure out dressings and limit the total amounts of nuts and seeds added to salads as these can also clock up the kilojoules easily.

5. Move
Exercise is vital for the maintenance of a healthy weight. Walks on the beach, swimming, playing with a ball and bat in the garden or simply going for a walk in the neighbourhood are excellent ways of moving while on holiday. Think outside of the gym for holiday exercise.

Holidays are a great time to model healthy behaviours such as regular physical activity and moderate healthy eating for your family. I hope these tips help you break the cycle of over indulgence followed by strict dieting!

I’d like an appointment! When are you open?

The practice will be closed from 14 December 2014, reopening on 5 January 2014.

If you’d like to make an appointment and the phones are not being answered, please click the “book an appointment” button on my website to make an appointment yourself. If you do not see an available slot, please email me as there may be other spots available.

Please anticipate a 48 hour response to emails while I am on leave.

Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing holiday!

I’ve already been for a Vitality Nutrition Assessment this year, can I come for another one?

The Vitality Nutrition Assessment has been redesigned! You can now earn up to 11 000 Vitality points by completing up to three Vitality Nutrition Consultations per year. Please allow 30-40 minutes for a consultation. As before, you will not receive an individualised meal plan but unlike before, you will now have an opportunity to set some personal health goals. The 2014 rate is R310 per consultation and is refundable from your Discovery medical aid savings.

Have some unanswered questions? Please feel free to give me a call!

Can I claim my dietitian’s visit from medical aid?

Last week, Sharon asked if she can claim the cost of her appointment from medical aid.

Nathalie Mat, Registered Dietitian is a cash practice meaning that you pay after your appointment and then claim back from your medical aid afterwards. Most medical aids will refund you from your medical savings, if you don’t have medical savings (as with a hospital plan) it is unlikely that they will refund you.

The amount refunded varies from one medical aid to the next, please give us a call or send an email and we’ll give you the treatment codes so that you can check with your specific medical aid.