How it all began.

My eldest child  was just a toddler  when he introduced me to the wild idea that food intolerances and behaviour go hand in hand. He was adorable and cute and cuddly and I loved him to bits BUT he seemed to be  very oversensitive and cried more than my friend’s kids did. A minor complaint really, compared to what some parents have to deal with, but something didn’t seem right. (Big tip: if your mother instinct tells you something is not right, run with it).

When I stumbled across a book titled Fed Up, by Sue Dengate it all made sense. The diet mentioned in this book is called the RPA (Royal Prince Alfred hospital) elimination diet, and reading the checklist of food intolerance symptoms was like describing my child. This was my first exposure to the fundamental fact that FOOD CHANGES OUR MOOD AND MENTAL WELLBEING.

Fast track to now with 4 boys (5 if you count hubby) and I still appreciate how different people can respond differently to the same diet. One of the key aspects of Nutritional Medicine is that we are definitely individuals and there really isn’t such a thing as the perfect diet for everyone. This is is where you need a helping hand to find out what’s not working for you, what will, and what nutrients will be your best friends.

I am the principal Clinical Nutritionist and also have a small team of student nutritionists and naturopaths working alongside me many days. They may be a part of your care programme too.

Expertise: food intolerance, mood disorders, gut problems, behaviour difficulties, pyroluria (pyrroles, mauve factor, kryptopyrroles).

How it all works.

The primary practice speciality is on the use of nutritional medicine and herbal care for children’s health, particularly the more complex cases such as ADHD, Autism, long term ill health, chronic eczema and so on. The focus is on mood health and gut health and the connection between the two, whether you are a little person or a big person.

This means we will talk a lot about:

  • digestive health
  • MTHFR and other methylation difficulties
  • liver health
  • mood health and the use of amino acids to boost neurotransmitters
  • pyrroles (also known as pyrroluria, kryptopyrroles, mauve factor)
  • lifestyle habits and how they affect your moods or your child’s behaviour
  • how to have a safer environment to reduce the toxic exposure that can drastically affect kids with ADHD and Autism
  • elimination diets and reducing food additives
  • fussy eaters and the use of SOS Feeding Therapy program

The most important thing to remember that as this practice works heavily with people and families with long term or complex problems, that you may not feel better in just a  handful of weeks. Please give yourself time to get the full results you are after.

Ruth Fellowes nutritionist Maitland

Words of Thanks

I find it quite amazing: I feel really well! I felt quite exhausted, weak and close to collapse when I came to see you…. I can’t thank you enough for your help.
I know it’s only early days… but C. is no where near grazing like she used to which is amazing! She seems to have quite a lot more energy already… now eating veggies at dinner time and really keen to try new things as I bring them in, which is really encouraging.
E. is an absolutely different child. Calm, settled, even talking differently and engaging with us better.
We have definitely seen an improvement in his behaviour. Before there were so many bad days and I found it hard to praise him for being good, because he was so naughty. Now we have more good than bad days. Ok well he’s not perfect, but at least I can cope with his behaviour.
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Want to know more? Check out the Back to School handout 'Best and Worst foods for your kids lunchbox'. Easy swaps for snacks and more ideas on what to fill the Box with.

Early steps to help your child be more chilled and focused at school.
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Ruth Fellowes nutritionist Maitland

Training and Qualifications

You’re in good hands. I work to stay on top of the latest research and development in Autism, ADD/HD, Aspergers, Anxiety/ depression, Pyroluria , Methylation and MTHFR issues, SOS Feeding Therapy, genetics and nutrigenomics, Food Intolerances and Gut problems. And so the learning just never stops.  But for now, this is the official, formal and very brief list.

  • Currently studying Masters in Public Health, UNSW
  • BHSc Complementary Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma Nutritional Medicine
  • Advanced Diploma Western Herbal Medicine
  • ATMS accredited (Professional association membership means that the member has a nationally recognised qualification, is recognised by most health funds, abides by a professional code of conduct and maintains ongoing educational and professional standards to remain accredited)
  • MINDD trained practitioner
  • NDIS Registered