Nikki Dee Wilson: “Nutrition has got too complicated – there doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach.”
Nikki qualified as a Nutritional Therapist with a BSc hons Nutritional Therapy from Middlesex University in England. The seed to study nutrition was planted when her toddler son was diagnosed with Autism and she realised that what he ate or didn’t eat profoundly impacted upon his skill acquisition and behaviour. Nathan is now a happy, joyful teenager, proving her point. After qualifying she began Move Nourish Change Pty Ltd in Johannesburg, specialising in neuro-immune conditions and the Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The Wilson family moved to the Lowveld in April 2015 to settle in White River and Nikki has established her practice here.
Nikki believes that health should be simple and not consume so much of our lives, and her focus is on playing a role in both head and body space. “Any long term health or nutrition issue requires an approach that looks at the whole person and their environment,” she says. She’s sympathetic to the difficulties we all face in implementing lifestyle changes, and mentors her patients outside of their appointments as well. “I make sure you remember how you felt when you made that decision to adopt a healthier eating pattern,” she remarks. Her patients have different motives for arriving at her door – weight loss, wellbeing or medical reasons but ultimately they have accepted that nutritionally, they need to make changes and need specialist help to do so.
She offers both one on one private consultations and group therapy, the purpose of which is to support and not knock each other down. “Every client has their own path to walk,” she comments. Nikki has produced a healthy habits checklist for our readers to use – http://nikkiwilson.co.za/healthy-habits/