Hi, I'm Kate Curtis — a Sydney-based university-qualified nutritionist and food scientist, and mum of two young boys.
Experiencing adversity with my own health is what sparked my interest in health and nutrition and a career helping others.
After long-standing health problems around 20 years ago I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. Nearly bed-ridden at the time, it was a welcome diagnosis. With a love of cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, I was fortunate to enjoy the learning process of adapting to new foods and ingredients. I know for others however, a sudden upheaval like this can be really tough to navigate.
Around this time I also battled stage IV endometriosis, chronic fatigue syndrome. Years later, I developed chronic migraine and was diagnosed with an autoimmune muscle disease.
Upon becoming a mum in 2013, an interest in childhood nutrition and feeding transpired. Then upon the birth of my second child, I realised just how very different each child is.
He experienced a number of sensory-related and functional feeding issues, culminating in very selective eating. This lead me into delving more into the feeding side of nutrition including undergoing training in the SOS Approach to Feeding – a program for professionals that helps picky eaters and problems feeders by identifying and addressing underlying causes.
I've since been conducting group workshops with parent and child and in daycare centres to help improve food relationships in young children (I run these programs under the name Junior Food Explorers). My little guy has also come a long way, but still, a work in progress.
Alongside my workshops, I provide custom strategies to help families of picky eaters and problem feeders via appointment.
What my studies and personal experience taught me this is that food isn't medicine but a powerful preventive when it comes to dietary-related diseases and an adjunct therapy not to be ignored for all others. We have to avoid placing all our hopes on just food because food alone can't cure or prevent everything.
My journey also taught me the value of an unrushed, empathetic and compassionate practitioner who listens to their clients and takes a collaborative approach. Ethos I've adopted. My focus is ensuring my clients reach their health and happiness goals through good food relationships and nutrition. I have a food first approach with dietary supplements if there's benefit.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions before booking an appointment.
I look forward to helping you or a loved one.
Qualifications and training
+ BHSc (Food & Nutritional Science) – Charles Sturt University
+ SOS Approach to Feeding
+ Infant Nutrition – Deakin University
+ Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing – CSDS
Current registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia
My areas of interest
Prenatal, pregnancy, and postnatal nutrition
Children’s nutrition, fussy eating, and minimising mealtime stress
Eating well with coeliac disease