COVID-19 adaptations to my practice including online/virtual assessments

It is everyone’s responsibility to limit the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, I have been changing as many of my consults as possible to online or virtual consultations. There are still some people that want to come in to be weighed and seen in person. I am still available for one-on-one consultations in my practice until the government places greater travel limits on South Africans.

If you do want to come in, please note the following. Please book a virtual consult if you have travelled to a high-risk area recently. Please also book a online consult if you have been exposed to any COVID-19 carriers.

Please arrive on time for your appointments to limit time in the waiting room. If you do arrive early, you are welcome to wait in the sunshine or in your car until the time of your appointment.

Hand sanitizer is available as you enter my practice room. My surfaces are sprayed every three hours and the scale is disinfected before each use. The keypad of my credit card machine is disinfected after each use and zapper is available should you prefer it.

Please do not hesitate to switch to a virtual consult if you wake up feeling unwell. You do not need any special software, I will send you a link that opens our consultation in your browser.

Please click the blue “Book an appointment” button at the top of my webpage to find a spot in my diary that is convenient for you. Please choose a virtual assessment for online appointments. In-person appointments are those that do not say “virtual assessment”.

Stay safe, stay hydrated and wash your hands.

Opening dates for 2019 and cooking courses

Happy New Year!

This year promises to be a busy one. My practice is fully operational from this week and my hours remain the same: I am available Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings as well as Thursday afternoons. I see clients every second Saturday, these are very popular so please book your appointments in advance to avoid disappointment. I am one of the onsite dietitians at Investec and am available there on Tuesday mornings. Please contact me directly to make an appointment onsite, you cannot access this diary online. All other appointments can be made by clicking the “book and appointment” button at the top of my website.

I am starting cooking classes from February. I will host one class every two weeks, the topic of the class will be announced on social media but you are also welcome to contact myself or my receptionists to find out which topics are coming up. If you have a topic that is not covered, please let me know and I can create a class for you. Each class is very small (up to 4 people) to make sure that you get maximum attention and benefit. Cost of the classes depends on the topic of the class, there is a component of one-on-one attention that can be claimed from your medical aid, a food cost and if wanted, you can also order entry-level chef’s knives. Please email me for more information.

Practice opening and closing dates 2017

Thank you to everyone that has supported my practice this year. It has been wonderful seeing the incredible transformations and I am excited to see them continue in the New Year.

The practice is closed from 23 December until 10 January 2017.
If you urgently need to see a dietitian for a Vitality Nutrition Assessment, please click the “book an appointment” button at the top of my website. If you cannot find a time that works for you, I know that Toni Brien, a dietitian based near Norwood will be open from the 28th of December 2016 to help with those last few assessments. Please contact her on 082 889 8979.

I hope you have a wonderful break and look forward to a great year with you in 2017!

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.

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.