My name is Alyce and I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a love for sharing the stoke of food, life and the surf. I am based on the Sunshine Coast and can’t wait to share evidence-based information about all things food, fitness, life and surfing.
My story is a little bit different to most. I didn’t grow up thinking I would ever be a dietitian; I didn’t actually grow up thinking I could be anything with my poor health. I was diagnosed at age 19 with a chronic genetic illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that affects the structural protein collagen, in the body. Before diagnosis, I had been in and out of hospitals all my life, seeing doctors every week, seeing specialists regularly and consistent years of physio. This ill-health without diagnosis for many years led me to fall into a battle with an eating disorder. I had severe gastrointestinal issues, undiagnosed allergies and I was unhappy with my dysfunctional body.
To cut a long story short, this is what drove me to become a dietitian. My own struggles with food and body image, and a disease no one has heard of, forced me to think differently about how I ate and my relationship with both food and myself. So, I completed my honours thesis during my final year of uni – after arguing my way in – looking into nutrition and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, determined to change the way others with this illness are managed nutritionally.
I have always loved sharing my story in hope that it will inspire others. I loved performing as a kid (ex-dancer and musician), so what better way to share my knowledge, my experiences, and my passions than through a blog. There will be weekly posts on all sorts of topics – food, nutrition, recipes, life with EDS, surfing experiences and my story of how I dealt with my own issues around food and body image. There will be guest bloggers from all areas of life, all who have inspired me in many ways to become the person I am today.
So whether you’re hear for the information, the inspiration, the laughs or just to check it out, I am so grateful you are here to join me on this journey. I hope it can motivate, inspire and bring love into your life, to be the best and healthiest you possible, and live by the Surfing Dietitian mantra “Freedom to Move, Freedom to Food”.
See you on the waves (or somewhere where there is food)!