Welcome to Maria van der Merwe Dietitians

Dietitians are regulated health professionals, qualified to understand and interpret the science of food and nutrition, to assess nutritional needs and advise on nutrition and diet for general good health or special medical needs. We furthermore implement and manage nutrition services and programs, undertake research and develop nutrition communications, programs and policies.

At Maria van der Merwe Dietitians, we use the most up-to-date public health and scientific evidence on food, health and disease and translate these into practical guidance to assist you with appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Our primary goals are to provide education on nutrition to improve health or treat medical conditions and to give practical, personalised and sustainable advice to our clients.

You may be referred to a dietitian by a medical doctor or request a referral in order to address a specific health need or condition. You may also choose to seek our services to improve your health and lifestyle, including:

  • We can adapt your eating habits to ensure balanced nutrition that can help prevent lifestyle diseases.
  • We can adapt your eating habits for optimal immunity support.
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Type I & II)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated cholesterol and other blood lipids
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Cancer prevention and nutrition therapy during treatment
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Food intolerances, allergies and aversions
  • Insulin resistance
  • Hyper/Hypothyroidism & diseases of the thyroid
  • Reflux/Heartburn/Indigestion
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Gastritis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease)
  • In Depth body composition assessment & analysis for weight loss, strengthening, muscle building, for overall health & wellness.

Need or want to manage your weight in a safe, sensible & sustainable way

  • Individual sports nutrition for all fitness and training levels
  • Sports team assessment
  • Post exercise recovery
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Pre-pregnancy & fertility
  • Pregnancy (Including gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia etc.)
  • Postnatal weight management
  • Postnatal emotional and mental well-being
  • Nutrition during breastfeeding
  • Menopause
  • Breastfeeding
  • Premature babies
  • Introduction to solids
  • Fussy eaters
  • Child growth & development
  • Medical conditions: Heart, liver and kidney conditions
  • Special dietary needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancers, Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Spina Bifida
  • Food Intolerance, aversions & allergies
  • Nipple or breast discomfort or pain
  • Engorged breasts
  • Nipple thrush (mom) or oral thrush (baby)
  • Assessment of infant tongue tie/lip tie
  • Recurring blocked milk ducts (plugged duct/nipple bleb)
  • Low (or perceived low) milk supply
  • Baby’s slow weight gain
  • Expressing, storing and feeding breast milk
  • Breastfeeding following surgery
  • Sustaining breastfeeding when returning to work
  • Breast pump consultations
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Disordered eating & eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa
  • PICA
  • Weight management due to medications
  • Healthy eating for the elderly
  • Weight management
  • Medical conditions: Dementia, Alzheimers, Osteoporosis
  • Modify foods according to consistencies tolerated
  • Plant-based eating
  • Vegetarian
  • Veganism
  • Pescatarian
  • Understanding diet trends (banting, keto, paleo, dukan etc.)

For example – Plant based eating, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Vegan etc.

In addition to nutrition assessment and advice towards general health through the stage of a person’s life cycle, dietitians contribute to the prevention and management of medical conditions through medical nutrition therapy.  This includes the prevention and management of chronic diseases of lifestyle such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol) and cancer, as well various other medical conditions summarised here.

We strive to provide our clients and patients with professional nutrition services and support, individualised according to your unique needs – based on science and rooted in reality.

We look forward to meeting you.