Uplift Food may have been humbly founded by one of Australia's leading prebiotic expert dietitians, but we pride ourselves on being surrounded and supported by a global community of Uplifter experts!
Our founding Uplifter nutrition experts were hand picked from across the globe as leading dietitians in their respective areas of nutrition.
With Registered and Accredited Practicing Dietitians from Australia, the USA, Canada, Europe and South America, we all have the attitude that by supporting each other, our message becomes stronger.
With expertise in nutritional areas ranging from FODMAP, Ketogenic, Plant Based, Diabetes, Family, Non-Diet Approach, Culinary, Clinical Gastroenterology, Eating Disorders, Cross Fit, Corporate Health and more;
They are here to each confidently share with you the benefits of eating gut healthy foods irrespective of your dietary preferences, as well as exhibit the power of collaboration when it comes to spreading a message.
If you feel as though you would like to be a part of this tribe, no matter where in the world you are based, we warmly welcome your introductions, and look forward to seeing how you can fit within this growing community of Uplifters!
Meet our founding Uplifters:
Weight Management and Wellness Expert Dietitian
Manuel Villacorta: Registered Dietitian
San Francisco, USA
FODMAP Expert Dietitian
Chloe McLeod: Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Elite Level Sports Dietitian
"When taking care of gut health, it can be easy to focus on what we can’t have. Whilst determining triggers for conditions, such as IBS, is essential, it is also important to add foods back in to tolerable levels. Many low FODMAP foods are also low in prebiotics and resistant starch, meaning long term avoidance can result in a diet lacking these important nutrients. For optimal gut health, and symptom management, it is important to reintroduce/include prebiotic and resistant starch rich foods."
Chloe McLeod is a Sydney based dietitian who loves helping people make better food choices; she understands the role and value of nutrition in optimising performance, be it on the field, in the boardroom, on the beach, or somewhere in between. Chloe is Director of The FODMAP Challenge, Co-Owner of Health & Performance Collective, and consults to the Parramatta Eels NRL squad. Chloe also currently sits on the board for Sports Dietitian’s Australia.
Non-Diet Approach Expert Dietitian
Alissa Rumsey: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
New York, USA
"A balanced gut microbiome impacts many of our bodies systems. It helps keep our immune systems in tip-top shape, helps fight inflammation, improve digestion, and can help reduce the risk of many health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Supporting your gut health with foods containing prebiotics and probiotics is an important part of honoring your health and nourishing your body."
Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, CDN, CSCS is a nationally recognized and award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and the founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness. Through her writing, speaking and one-on-one client work, she helps people who are frustrated with dieting rediscover the joy of eating and develop long-term, sustainable lifestyle habits. She is a monthly contributor to US News and World Report and has appeared in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, Health Magazine, SELF and Women’s Health.
Plant-Based Expert Dietitian:
Jackie Newgent: American Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Chef, and Author.
New York, USA
"One of the many benefits of a natural, plant-centered eating approach is that you’ll have the opportunity to obtain plenty of prebiotics. The most exciting area of plant-focused research right now is gut health and its connection to overall good health. The immune and nervous systems are greatly affected by the health of the gut, for instance; And taking care of your microbiome is key for reducing inflammation. This is due in large part to prebiotics from plant sources that come in and work their magic to feed good bacteria. You really are what you eat!”
Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a classically-trained chef, registered dietitian nutritionist, media personality, and author of several cookbooks, including the award-winning The All‐Natural Diabetes Cookbook and The With or Without Meat Cookbook. She’s a healthy cooking instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, a private cooking coach, and a freelance recipe developer for major publications and websites, including Livestrong.com. Her specialty is plant-based cuisine.
She’s a past national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has made professional guest appearances on dozens of television news and morning shows, including Good Morning America. Jackie resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Ketogenic Expert Dietitian
Feng-Yuan Liu: Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist, Accredited Sports Dietitian, Level 1 ISAK Anthropometrist.
"As a dietitian, I am all about leading the way with the most bleeding edge science incorporated into practical advice for my clients. Currently, working with high performance entrepreneurs and business owners who are always under a huge amount of stress, and often do not have the knowledge or time to prepare nourishing meals, we've seen a rise in hormonal and metabolic issues associated with the HPA axis.
A major focus for our clients is repairing and strengthening their gut through a well-formulated low carbohydrate diet alongside the introduction of probiotics and prebiotic fibres for a healthier gut-brain relationship, and ultimately a positive effect on their ability to handle stress and normalize their HPA axis function."
Founding Metro Dietetics and The Keto Clinic, Feng-Yuan is a specialist in metabolic and hormonal health. With all our bodily processes being regulated by hormones: how much or how little energy we have, how much or how little we crave certain foods, how hot or how cold we feel, how much or how little our weight is able to shift, how much of that is weight gain in the mid-section, and so on so forth; and from these hormonal regulations come health issues: diabetes, PCOS, cardiovascular disease, under or over-active thyroid, anxiety, depression and many more.
Feng-Yuan has dedicated herself to helping those who experience any of the above symptoms or below conditions:
- PCOS and Endometriosis
- HPA-Axis Dysfunction (or more commonly referred to as ‘adrenal fatigue’ or ‘burnout’)
- Weight Management (Utilizing a Structured Macronutrient Approach)
Feng-Yuan has now stepped into the role of creating and facilitating innovative programs for Metro Dietetics and The Keto Clinic, and partnerships with other leaders in their field, to bring about a revolutionary change in the space of health and nutrition.
Family Nutrition Expert Dietitian
Frances Largeman-Roth: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Author
New York, USA
"Whether we’re 40 years old or 4 years old, the health of our gut impacts our overall health. The microbiome is established when a newborn baby passes through the birth canal, but since so many babies are now born via C-section, they are not exposed to the healthy bacteria that will set them up for lifelong health. This means that exposing kids to beneficial bacteria and probiotics when they’re young is incredibly important for their future health."
Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a New York Times best selling author and nationally recognized health expert. Frances was the Food and Nutrition Director at Health magazine for nearly eight years. She is a contributor to Parents and Today.com and writes and develops recipes for numerous other publications. Frances is a sought-after spokesperson and provides private nutrition counseling to clients through her HealthyHousecalls.
Frances is a frequent guest on national TV, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Dr. Oz Show. She has also lent her expertise as a judge for Food Network Challenge and The James Beard Awards.
Culinary Expert Dietitian
Abby Langer: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
"Gut health is imperitive to good overall health, so I’m always working delicious prebiotic foods into my family’s meals! It’s a no-brainer - making tasty meals that are also gut-friendly!"
Abby Langer, RD is a Toronto-based media, communications, and culinary dietitian. She is a contributor to SELF.com and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in The New York Times as well as on national TV. Abby's blog is read in over 100 countries, and her recipes have been featured in many publications such as Dr. Oz, Buzzfeed, Today.com, and HGTV among others.
Growing up in a 'foodie household', Abby learned to love and appreciate all types of food. She learned to cook at the age of four, and now cooks for clients, brands, and of course, for her family. She believes in intuitive eating, and promises never to 'skinny' any type of recipe.
Elite Level Football (AFL) Dietitian
Julie Meek: Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian
"I know that utilising gut pre-biotics is so important to my athletes - both amateur and elite. Pre-biotics are one of the one percenters and quite literally set the scene to enable peak performance. Gut health impacts on every aspect of high level sporting performance and I am always looking for ways to improve this.
Athletes are super busy and Uplift prebiotic will provide an easy way to get a gut strengthening dose of prebiotics in one hit!”
Julie Meek is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, author, thought leader and keynote speaker in peak performance. She has helped thousands achieve personal and business success through eating well and implementing the strategies of world-class athletes and performers at the top of their game.
Julie’s 20+ years of experience and qualifications enable her to deliver the most current and groundbreaking information available.
She is a coach, qualified Sports Dietitian and degree qualified in Health Promotion.
Julie Meek is also the author of ‘truth, lies and chocolate’ (Finalist in the World Food Media Awards) and ‘Ready, Set...Go’.
She is the resident nutrition and performance expert on a top rating Australian radio station and her expertise is sought across all media channels.
Julie is mum to three, wife to one and loves to challenge herself with running.
Corporate Health Expert Dietitian
Alexia Archbold: Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Management Consultant
"In my role as a Management Consultant, I work with a variety of clients and see how long work hours and a stressful jobs in a corporate environment can affect people's health and mood. Making time to take care of yourself, including your gut is of the utmost importance for a busy professional. It sets you up for success by ensuring you have the right defence against illness, and gives you longevity to deal with whatever comes your way."
Alexia is a Senior Consultant for a Big Four Firm. Alexia specialised in behaviour change, from improving the health of people to improving work performance by aligning it behaviours with long term vision. Alexia completed her MBA at Melbourne Business School after 8 years in dietetics, she now assists clients with a variety of challenges including change management, assessing the health of workforces, and implementing ways to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.
Eating Disorder Expert Dietitian
Priya Tew: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist
Southhampton, United Kingdom
“Looking after your gut health is crucial if you are recovering from an eating disorder. If you have been on a restrictive diet then your gut bacteria will have been starved as well as the rest of your body, so restoring and feeding these well is going to be important for your health. Your immunity can be lower during your recovery so having gut bacteria that will defend your body is a good focus. This doesn’t have to be complicated, building in foods like live yoghurt and sourdough bread are examples.”
Priya Tew is a specialist dietitian in eating disorders registered as a dietitian in the UK. Priya works both privately with clients, online, and in person, and also with the Priory Group of Hospitals through her company Dietitian UK.
Priya is an award winning, experienced registered Dietitian and nutrition professional with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters in Dietetics. She is registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association. With wide ranging experience both within the NHS and as a freelance dietitian Priya offers an inventive and fresh approach to nutrition.
Winner of the British Dietetic Association’s Media Spokesperson of the Year and an SBS award from Theo Paphitis. Priya can also be seen on BBC One Food Truth or Scare, Eat Well for Less.
Diabetes Expert Dietitian
Joice Amaro: Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"The gut microbiota is probably in the top five most studied topics amongst Dietitians in Brazil; Every day people come to me seeking guidance to improve their dietary habits as well as their quality of life. I can easily say 99.9% of them need to look after their gut health in the first place!
In every study I have ever joined, gut health was deeply discussed. That is because the microorganisms we have in our gut play an important and crucial role in gastrointestinal mucosa permeability.
A healthy gut determines how good nutrients will be absorbed, provides good detoxification, and support appropriate hormone production; These are three crucial things to regulate fat accumulation and subsequent development of obesity-related diseases, such as Diabetes.
So how can we keep our good bacterias happy and well nourished? Feeding them with PREBIOTICS! How do we do it? Eating fiber and avoiding poor highly processed food!
Gut healthy foods such as prebiotic fibres and resistant starches play a beneficial role at helping regulate our blood sugar levels and making our cells more responsive to insulin respectively. Choose a healthy balanced diet full of rich and natural food; This way you will be eating lots of fiber – insoluble, soluble and resistant starch."
Joice Amaro is a Brazilian Dietitian, specialising in Functional Nutrition. She has lived in Melbourne Australia where she studied Public Health at Deakin University, followed by attaining her dietetics degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Joice loves helping people to understand how important choosing real food is as a first step to improve their quality of life. She believes in the slow food movement and wants to show people how wonderful it can be to invest some time cooking a healthy meal for you and your family!
CrossFit Expert Dietitian
Rebecca Lewis: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
"As athletes, we constantly push our bodies past the comfort zone to see exactly what we are capable of. We train hard to ensure we get stronger, hit PR's, improve our endurance, better our recovery time, and feel more confident in our fitness abilities. This time and effort should be complemented by what we are putting into our bodies.
You probably already know that what you eat has an immediate impact on how you feel both before and after working out. Food fuels our workouts by both providing energy and the necessary nutrients to repair our bodies.
You will also want to incorporate the long-term benefits of looking after your gut health. Your microbiome protects your immune system so you don't miss any days in the gym. It also impacts your mood - uplifting you to give the exact motivation you need to keep flexing those muscles every day."
Rebecca Lewis is a Registered Dietitian on a mission to change the world by empowering people to take control of their health.
Her previous role as the lead dietitian for Hello Fresh, a global meal-kit company has made her an expert at recipe development and nutrition analysis as well as culinary education and cooking demonstrations.
As an active media authority for health and wellness, she has conducted TV and radio interviews (FOX, Meredith Vieira, Cheddar, Sirius Doctors Radio) as well as contributed to hundreds of health articles including; Women’s Health, Men’s Journal, Family Circle, Self, TIME, Reader’s Digest, Diabetes Self Management, LiveStrong, NBC, Yahoo, Eat This Not That, Reebok, Prevention, HuffPost, MSN, TeenVogue, Runner’s World, Shape, and many others.
On a more personal note, she is a part of the Crossfit community and thrives on all the challenges and rewards that come with pushing herself in the gym. As a fitness enthusiast, she also enjoys the aerial arts, running, dancing, and yoga.
Gastroenterology Clinical Expert Dietitian
Leanne Ward: Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist and Provisional Sports Dietitian.
"Gut health is so important to overall health. When our gut isn't functioning properly - it can affect many areas of our lives. I often see clients with an array of terrible symptoms which are improved remarkably through good nutrition and the use of pre and probiotics."
Leanne Ward is a full time clinical dietitian specialising in gastroenterology. Outside of this role Leanne can be found inspiring her hundreds of thousands of online fans to live a healthier and more wholesome life via her social platforms as The Fitness Dietitian.