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About Us

Professional nutritional advice

Functional Food Solutions is owned by respected Sports Dietitian, Peta Carige. Functional Food Solutions dietitians are vastly experienced and motivated Accredited Practising Dietitian’s (APD) and Accredited Sports Dietitians (AccSD). With clinics located in Sydney, our dietitians are available for individual consults and cater to everyone from those with chronic diseases to elite athletes.

We look forward to working with you to achieve your health goals.

Every team member of Functional Food Solutions is accredited by the Dietetics Association of Australia (DAA) to provide safe client specific diet and general physical activity advice. Additionally, each expert practitioner has further completed higher levels of education to guarantee exceptional services in their specialty areas.

VISION: Functional Food Solutions’ vision is to provide: ‘Health Messages Made Simple’ to ensure all clients feel empowered to improve their health, through food.

MISSION: Functional Food Solutions strives to make healthy habits easy and practical by tailoring advice to fit in with each individual’s lifestyle.

Meet the team

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PETA CARIGE

PROFILE

Peta Carige is regarded as one of the top Sports Dietitians in Sydney. After graduating with a duel degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science she was able to obtain a clinical position in a tertiary hospital while maintaining sports nutrition work on the side. This allowed Peta to obtain a unique experience in numerous clinical areas as well as in sports nutrition and sports performance. Personally Peta’s background is in team sports and is a Touch Football representative player; therefore she loves training in the gym and outdoors. She loves having the knowledge and confidence to juggle sports commitments, training, work and her love of food and therefore helps her clients do the same.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)/Bachelor of Science (Human Movements)
  • Anthropometry Level 1 Accrediatation
  • Accredited Sports Dietitian

EXPERIENCE

Peta has been involved with professional sports teams since 2006 having worked with:

  • Brisbane Broncos Rugby League
  • Australian Rugby League Development
  • Queensland Academy of Sports; Mens Waterpolo, Soccer and Sailing
  • QLD Cup Rugby League Teams; Redcliffe Dolphins, Norths Devils
  • Touch Football Australia
  • Countless individual endurance athletes including North Face 100
  • Weight category sports including boxing and aerobics
  • Newcastle Knights Rugby League
  • Newcastle Jets A League

She currently consults to:

  • Australian Rugby 7’s Men’s and Women’s squads
  • Waratahs Rugby Union
  • Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League

INTEREST AREAS

  • Muscle mass gain and optimization of body composition
  • Body fat loss for men and women
  • Body fat loss for post-menopausal women
  • Type 1 & 2 diabetes mellitus
  • GI disorders, particularly Irritable Bowel Syndrom
  • Sports Performance Nutrition
  • Post-injury Nutrition

CLINICS

Clinic: Moore Park
To Book: 8323 6500
Location: Ground Floor, Sheridan Building, Moore Park Road, Moore Park

Clinic: Bioathletic
To Book: 02) 9977 1580 or https://www.bioathletic.com.au/bookings/
Location:63 Sydney Road, Manly

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Melanie Olsen

PROFILE

Melanie’s involvement in sport from a young age, combined with an interest in health, led her to a fulfilling career as a Dietitian and Fitness coach. Mel values wholesome nutrition and exercise as being the most beneficial strategy in improving not only physical health but also mental health and wellbeing.

Having a background in middle distance running and personally enjoying outdoor adventure sports including hiking and diving, Mel believes everyone has the ability to better their health or achieve their athletic goals. Accountability and support is at the base of her counselling approach, as well as providing practical steps that are individually tailored to lifestyle.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

  • IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition (graduating 2019)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University)
  • ISAK Level 1 Anthropometry
  • Certificate III and IV in Personal Training
  • Les Mills Group Exercise Instructor

EXPERIENCE

Melanie commenced her dietetic career working in private practice and aged care on the Gold Coast before gaining a clinical position at Cairns Hospital predominately in Oncology. During this time, Melanie was able to pursue her passion of sports nutrition through professional development opportunities with local sports clubs and gyms.

Melanie has been involved with several professional teams and individual athletes including:

  • NSW Rugby Waratahs (2016/17 Nutrition Fellowship)
  • Professional and amateur fighters including muay thai and boxers
  • Individual endurance athletes specifically trail runners and triathletes
  • Managing nutrition requirements of adolescent athletes in particular swimmers
  • Bodybuilders

Melanie has also gained valuable experience assisting in a volunteer capacity with the following teams:

  • NRL Titans
  • Taipans Basketball team
  • NRL Manly Sea Eagles
  • Australian Rugby Sevens men and women

INTEREST AREAS

  • Weight loss for men and women
  • Muscle mass gain and body composition change
  • Sports Performance Nutrition including supplement advice
  • Nutrition periodisation and gut tolerance in endurance athletes
  • Oncology (cancer care)
  • Vegetarian and vegan diets
  • Eating disorders

CLINICS

Clinic: Taren Point
To Book: 02) 8544 0417 or https://www.bioathletic.com.au/bookings/
Location: 2/46 Bay Road, Taren Point

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Demi-Maree Faulkner

PROFILE

Demi has a strong passion for the importance of adequate nutrition and improving the quality of life and performance of as many individuals as possible. Demi’s love of cooking, sports and living a healthy lifestyle have lead to the development of a passion for nutrition and dietetics. Demi has experience in a wide range of areas in dietetics.

Demi’s personal sporting background is in gymnastics and she understands the challenges of juggling a heavy training load with work and schooling commitments as well as managing nutrition and wellbeing. Demi thoroughly enjoys helping her clients overcome these hurdles to make nutrition simple and manageable.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Accredited Sports Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (The University of Newcastle)
  • ISAK Level 1 Anthropometry
  • Health Change Australia Behavioural change qualified
  • HAES – Non-diet approach qualified
  • Certificate III and IV in Personal Training

EXPERIENCE

Demi commenced her dietetic career working in private practice before moving to work on a phone-based government health program. During this time, Demi was able to pursue her passion of sports nutrition through local gyms, clubs and sporting teams.

Demi has been involved with several professional teams and individual athletes including:

  • NSW men’s high performance gymnastics division
  • Individual endurance athletes specifically marathon runners
  • Local AFL and Swim clubs
  • CrossFit Athletes and Bodybuilders
  • Managing nutrition requirements of adolescent athletes in particular swimmers, gymnasts, dancers, soccer and aerobics athletes.

Demi has also gained valuable experience assisting in a volunteer capacity with the following teams:

  • NRL Newcastle Knights
  • NRL Cronulla Sharks

INTEREST AREAS

  • Weight loss for men and women
  • Muscle mass gain and body composition change
  • Sports performance nutrition including supplement advice
  • Nutrition for children and adolescents
  • Hormone management, particularly Hypothyroidism and Adrenal Fatigue
  • Mindful eating and behavioural change
  • Antenatal and postnatal nutrition

CLINICS

Clinic: Moore Park
To Book: 8323 6500
Location: Ground Floor, Sheridan Building, Moore Park Road, Moore Park

PARTNERS AND CLIENTS

The team at Functional Food Solutions work closely with and consult to the following companies and teams: