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Mary van der Westhuizen – Nutritionist

15th October 2015

Why did you join The Model Advocate Team? 

I love that TMA offers a reservoir of unbiased and thoroughly researched views on a range of subjects that have always interested me.  I feel I have wasted hours and hours on the internet researching the best family friendly hotels or fitness advice. I have rarely found an answer or view I trusted from all those blogs and websites out there because I can never be sure of the author’s credentials or bias. I know that the team behind TMA can be trusted for expert, reliable, independent advice so I was thrilled when I was asked to be a part of this offering and just hope I can help others save their precious time by providing answers to their nutrition questions on TMA!

Top nutrition tip

Everything in moderation! It sounds so boring, doesn’t it? Funnily enough it was my mother’s mantra when I was growing up and it’s only now, after years of research into nutrition and health, that I have to admit she is right! The best bit is that this most definitely extends to coffee, chocolate and red wine which each, in small amounts, offer their own wonderful health-boosting benefits.

Best part of being a nutritionist

I love helping people to feel their best and I love that this means something different for everyone. Every client I see is completely unique so no one consultation is the same; I love that I can never predict what a day in the clinic will look like.

Weird fact you’d never guess about me

I’m a triplet!

I am most passionate about

I feel strongly that we have a responsibility to teach our children about the importance of a healthy diet and daily exercise for both mind and body. The habits and attitudes we give children when they are young will follow them throughout their life.

Guilty pleasure

A glass (or two – depending on what kind of day it has been!) of Chardonnay enjoyed over a long, delicious meal with family and friends.


I don’t feel old enough to have established a motto for life yet. But perhaps I’m in denial! I do however constantly draw on the wise words of Rudyard Kipling’s “If” and Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” which my father insisted we learnt by heart when we were children (I’m grateful now but can’t pretend it wasn’t an arduous exercise at the time!). Both are classic thought-provoking poems that often come to mind when I need inspiration. If you haven’t already read them I would definitely recommend!

I can’t live without

My wonderful family and friends, especially my daughters’ sweet smiles and my husband’s unfailing support and willingness to be a guinea pig for any new recipe or supplement I want to trial!