About Us

At the practice we strive for excellence and therefor have a different approach to nutrition and counseling (compared to traditional approaches). We aim to individualize each session and provide information and goals suited to your needs and everyday life. Follow up appointments are crucial to achieve your personal goals.

OUR NUTRITIONAL MODEL

MISSION

Living a healthier life, made easy (affordable and sustainable)

VISION

Here at Imagine Dietitians we believe that it is possible to live a healthier life by incorporating small changes into your daily life. We love food and healthy nutrition and are firm believers that eating healthy do not have to be boring or expensive. We also have two other pillars that form an important part of the practice: exercise and health promotion.

 GOALS

  • Provide knowledge and skills on ways to incorporate a healthy diet into daily living
  • Provide much needed resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Assist with improving your relationship with food
  • Focus on intuitive eating and identifying body cues
  • Manage a balanced life that includes social activities
  • Set ‘SMART’ goals

Get to know the team…

Chantel Walker

Chantel Walker

Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitian, business owner, amateur baker, avid reader, keen traveller and foodie

Chantel started her dietetics career at the University of Stellenbosch in 2010. After graduating in 2013 she decided to choose a town far away from home to start her community service at, and was placed at Sabie Hospital in Mpumalanga in 2014. She gained valuable knowledge in this year as she worked in the male and female general wards, clinics, paediatric and maternity wards. After her community service she packed her bags and moved back to the Western Cape, where she started at an established private practice in Worcester. She eventually decided to start a private practice of her own – Imagine Dietitians and officially opened the doors in Stellenbosch, January 2016.

Chantel is passionate about assisting her clients with making sustainable dietary changes and lifestyle choices by following an individualized approach, with each person that walks into her office. She is a firm believer of intuitive eating and practices these guidelines at each session. Her areas of interest include critical care (ICU) chronic diseases of the lifestyle (diabetes – type 1 and type 2, hypercholesterolaemia), disordered eating and emotional eaters, palliative care, weight loss, women’s health (PCOS, hypothyroidism) and gastro-intestinal diseases and peri-operative nutrition.

Qualifications / Courses:

  • BSc Dietetics Honours (US) 2010 – 2013
  • Infant Feeding course, BFHI (20 hour, Western Cape, Department of Health)
  • CDE – 5 day Advanced course in Diabetes Care (CDE, Johannesburg)
  • Bariatric Accredited Dietitian (CEMMSSA)

Chantel’s activities when she is not at the office:

Chantel loves to bake and decorate cakes for friends and family’s special occasions, like birthday parties, baby showers and kitchen teas. She will gladly entertain and cook for loved ones at home as often as she can. When she is not just cooking regular, everyday meals, she is experimenting with new recipes and flavours – often leaving her friends and family having to be the guinea pigs. She loves to read and has a variety of books on her bookshelf at home: ranging from love stories, autobiographies, short stories and classics. She enjoys the vineyards and mountains in her backyard and regularly explores new areas in the Western Cape with the love of her life. She loves to travel and is already planning her next trip, where she will be exploring the variety of food, traditional ingredients and recipes that they have.

 

 

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HEALTH FOR EVERYONE

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It is world health day and the theme of this year is Health for everyone. Health can be defined as being free from illness or injury. Nutrition plays a big role in the contribution towards health. Yet nutritional needs are different for each individual. Our nutritional needs are based upon our gender, age, weight, height, ethnicity and health status. In South Africa we have general guidelines to lead us towards meeting our nutritional needs and have optimal health. This article will explore the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines.

GUIDELINES FOR A LOWER SALT INTAKE

  This week we are focussing on salt awareness week.  You may wonder why it is that we place so much focus on salt intake.  This is because consuming excessive amount of salt can have various disadvantages such as contributing towards hypertension (high blood...

LOOKING AT DIABETES THROUGH THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

  Prevalence of diabetes mellitus is on the rise: currently in South Africa diabetes is the second leading cause of all-cause mortality, only after tuberculosis. The age of a person at diagnosis is also becoming younger – but what is causing this pandemic? All over...

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART

Exercise, exercise, exercise You may be sick and tired of hearing about the importance of exercise. But, it keeps coming up for the prevention AND management of most diseases and conditions because it is so essential. Exercise has been proven to reduce blood pressure...

TIPS FOR HEALTHY KIDNEYS

  This year we have Kidney Awareness Week from the 2nd to 6th of September. This is five days that we focus on kidney health and sharing tips on how to prevent or reduce risk of developing kidney disease. Why all the hype around kidneys? It might seem like it is only...

ROASTED VEGETABLES

  Serves 4 - 6 This roasted vegetable recipe is so easy to make - any variety of vegetables can be used.   Ingredients: 1 Onion, medium 125 g Mushrooms, roughly chopped 6 - 8 Carrots, baby, whole OR 3 - 4 Carrots, medium, roughly chopped 400g Broccoli and Cauliflower...

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POTATO, CAULIFLOWER AND LEEK SOUP

  This is a deliciously creamy soup, it is easy to make and really satisfying.   Ingredients: 4 Potatoes, medium, diced 200 g Leeks, baby, chopped 1 kg Cauliflower, roughly chopped into smaller pieces 2 Tbsp. Canola or Olive Oil 1 tsp. Onion Powder 1 1/2 tsp. Garlic...

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CREAMY BUTTERNUT SOUP

Serves 2 - 4 Ingredients: 1kg Butternut, peeled and diced 2 medium Carrots, roughly chopped 3 Gem squash, halved, seeds removed 2 Tbsp Canola oil 1/2 tsp. Garlic, crushed 2l Water, boiling 3 tsp. Stock, powder, chicken 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Cumin 2 - 4 Tbsp....

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CREAMY ROASTED TOMATO AND BASIL SOUP

  Serves 4 – 6 Ingredients: 600g Tomatoes, Rosa, small, halved 1 tsp. Garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp. Olive oil 2 Tins Tomato, diced 6 – 8 Basil leaves, chopped 250ml Stock, vegetable or chicken 1 – 2 tsp. Sugar 1 tsp. Vinegar Salt and pepper to taste 4 – 6 Tbsp. Cream...

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BOBOTIE WITH FLAVOURED RICE

BOBOTIE WITH FLAVOURED RICE Yields 6 portions   INGREDIENTS: 1 slice white bread, thick 125ml milk 25ml oil 2 onions, in slices 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine 15ml ginger, fresh, grated 30ml curry powder 5ml tumeric 3ml cumin, fine 3ml coriander, fine 1kg mince, lamb...

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MARINATED CHICKEN WITH HERBS

        Yields 4 portions INGREDIENTS: 4 chicken fillets, deboned 45ml fresh lemon juice 15ml olive oil 30ml sherry, muscadel or port 60ml fresh basil, chopped OR 5ml dry basil 15ml fresh origanum OR 2.5ml dry origanum 5ml fresh thyme OR a pinch of dry thyme 10ml...

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VITAMINS AND MINERALS NEEDED DURING PREGNANCY

It is important to consume an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals when pregnant.  This ensures benefits for both the mother-to-be as well as for her child. The big question is which vitamins and minerals are important and in which food sources can they be found? ...

CHILDHOOD OBESITY

Childhood obesity is a reality. A South African survey reported that 18.1% of children between the ages of two and five years are overweight - that is almost one in every five! Being overweight or obese at a young age puts children at a greater risk of developing...

ALLERGIES vs. INTOLERANCES

Many of us believe food allergies to be relatively common, largely because of the continued attention it receives on social media networks. Food allergies are in fact quite uncommon. The confusion increases when “food allergy” and “food intolerance” are mistakenly...

FEEDING INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN

WHAT IS COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING? Complementary feeding is the process of gradually introducing other foods and liquids along with breast milk once breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional requirements of infants.   INTRODUCING SOLIDS When to...

HEALTHY LUNCHBOXES FOR SCHOOL

  Before we focus on the food that goes into the lunch box, we have to make sure we have the correct lunchbox. The best option is a lunchbox with various compartments to ensure the food, flavours and sauces do not mix. If you do not have this you can also use a few...

NUTRITION DURING PREGNANCY

Nutritional status during pregnancy is one of the most important factors affecting foetal growth and development.   RECOMMENDED WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY Adequate weight gain during pregnancy is essential to ensure optimal growth of a baby. But how much weight...

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