Dietitian Information

We are lucky enough to have a NZ Registered Dietitian, trained in providing personalised nutrition advice to suit your lifestyle and to help you reach your goals.

Food is a part of our everyday lives, and as a dietitians we embrace this fully. We should be able to eat without restriction, enjoying foods and drinks as part of life's journey. Eating nourishing food is not as easy as it used to be for a lot of people. We face challenges with regards to food prices, food availability and our individual preferences that are influenced by not only taste or texture, but food production sustainability and ethical factors. Not only this, today we contend with a great deal of confusion around what foods and drinks are actually health promoting and vice versa.

Why is changing the way we engage with food so hard?

We understand that while having a sound knowledge of food composition is a good thing, it is not the be all and end all of a healthy diet. The things we do everyday, for whatever reason, when it comes to food, matters. Changing food behaviour is a slow and difficult process for some people. Forming new habits takes time. Our job is to guide you not only to understand food composition to a level that you can make informed choices, but to inspire you and keep you moving toward your goal.

These days, it's more difficult than ever to navigate the constantly changing food landscape. Everyone has an opinion on what you should or shouldn't eat/drink, and this concept is in your face on the internet and social media. It can be exhausting and utterly confusing to know what is best for you.

We offer one on one consultations, and group classes throughout the year. Keep an eye on this website for class schedules.

Please see our dietitian services offered here.

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Meet our Dietitian

Chui

Chui San Sang - NZ Registered Dietitian

Dietitian Services

  • Weight Management (gaining or losing weight, maintaining balance)
  • Gut health – e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including low FODMAP group education, diverticular disease, coeliac disease and food intolerances
  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Planning pregnancy, pregnancy and post pregnancy 
  • Women's health
  • Childhood Nutrition - fussy eating, constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health

If you would like to know more, please call 03 3388595 or email chuis@villagehealth.net.nz

Pre-Appointment Forms

Please complete the Food Diary and the Pre-Appointment Questionnaire before the dietitian appointment. Please try to drop the forms off or email them back to us as soon as you can so they can be reviewed before your appointment.

Click on the links below to access the forms you need:

Pre-Appointment Questionnaire

Please complete this form to help us help you.
Click HERE

Food & Symptom Diary

Please complete the Food & Symptom Diary if you are seeing the Dietitian for gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. IBS, tummy pain or bowel related).
Click HERE

6-Day Food Diary

Please complete the 6-Day Food Diary for any other reason you are seeing the Dietitian.
Click HERE

Payment options

If you have a disability allowance and would like to see Leanne, you can ask your GP at one of your regular appointments to apply to WINZ to have your disability allowance adjusted to reflect this. This means your dietitian visits can be covered by WINZ if the GP considers them beneficial to your ongoing care.

Automatic payments can be set up and accounts paid off at as little as $5 per week.

After you get the ball rolling, seeing the dietitian every 1, 2 or 3 months may be all that is needed to stay on top of changes.

Dietitian Fees

Unenrolled Patients with Village Health:
Service Time Description Price
Initial Consultation 60 mins Includes a dietary assessment, a summary of your consult emailed to you, personalised goals, and a letter to your GP outlining the consult (if required) $115
Follow-up Consultation 30 mins Includes further goal setting, review of current goals and further discussion as required $60
Village Health's Dietitian Package 120 mins This package includes 1 x initial and 2 x follow up consultations, saving you $20! $215
Enrolled Patients with Village Health:
Service Time Description Price
Initial Consultation 45 mins Includes a dietary assessment and personalised goals led by you. $75
Follow-up Consultation 30 mins Includes further goal setting, review of current goals and further discussion as required $50
Prescription Consultation (Instead of a Dr Appointment) 30 mins We cover lifestyle choices beneficial for your health condition/s, personalised goal setting, blood pressure check, and you get your regular medications script from your GP! Ask your GP on your next visit if this would suit you. $49 (Price of a GP consult)

Follow-up appointments are highly recommended so that we can fully support you in achieving your goals.

 

Nutrition Blog

Check out our blog below and see what is going on in the vast world of nutrition!

World Milk Day!

By Leanne Curgenven | May 31, 2019

Happy World Milk Day for the 1st June! With World Milk Day being tomorrow, I thought this would be an udderly fantastic opportunity to share some milky facts, talk about bone health and spread the dairy knowledge… Cow’s milk is packed with nutrients, and plays a vital part in many of our diets. So first off, what nutrient goodies does … Read More

Making Small Changes

By Leanne Curgenven | May 20, 2019

Whether we think about it or not, we have all made changes for better or worse over our lifetimes. Most of the time, these changes occur without us even realising they are happening – especially the ‘bad’ ones! Whether you’re trying to cut down on some indulgences, get fitter, socialise more, or even learn an instrument – the number one … Read More

Vitamin C & The Common Cold

By Leanne Curgenven | May 7, 2019

As winter steadily approaches, our noses tend to drip a little more and the trusty Vitamin C tablets come back out of the kitchen cabinet. But how useful is vitamin C when it comes to the common cold, and is it worth its hefty price? Vitamin C plays a role as an antioxidant, assists in wound healing, increases iron absorption … Read More

Mindfulness, Not Mindlessness

By Holly Horner | November 14, 2018

It’s fair to say we live busy lives. We go from one thing to the next – whether it’s our jobs, relationships, children, houses, finances… the list goes on! Being mindful in the way we live, interact with people and food can be a way of dealing with all that life stress that just seems to build up. Mindfulness? Mindfulness … Read More

Feeding Your Gut with Fibre

By Holly Horner | September 2, 2018

Feeding Your Gut with Fibre As a population, we do not eat enough fibre in our diets, and getting a mixture of the different types of fibre is another important consideration. But before we even discuss the food sources, it’s important to first understand: what is ‘fibre’, why is it important, and then; what does eating more actually look like? … Read More

10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

By Holly Horner | July 25, 2018

We all have cholesterol in our bodies, it’s when we have a little too much cholesterol in our body that we can start to get concerned. Too much cholesterol builds up inside our arteries, blocking the blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. NOTE: This advice is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and does not just … Read More

Ever wondered how following a low GI eating plan might benefit you?

By Holly Horner | April 2, 2018

Low GI Ever wondered how following a low GI eating plan might benefit you? Just like with other areas of life, it’s good to have a plan – a financial plan (whether that just means paying your bills on time), an entertainment ‘plan’ (making time for things you enjoy, no matter how small)… you get the idea. An eating plan … Read More

More of this, less of that for managing cholesterol

By Holly Horner | March 27, 2018

Here is an easy guide for which foods you should seek out and which to avoid to help lower your cholesterol. Increase your intake of: Food Why What Fish Omega 3’s – consumption associated with better cardiovascular disease outcomes; helps to lower LDL and increase HDL. Oily fish are the highest sources – salmon, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna Other varieties are … Read More

Vitamin D – Are you getting enough?

By Holly Horner | July 25, 2017

You need Vitamin D and calcium for strong, healthy bones. Your body makes Vitamin D when the sunlight touches your skin. Shade, clothing, sunscreen or glass windows prevent this occurring. However, due to the risks of sunburn and skin cancer we need to be careful how much sun we get. September to April A daily walk or some form of … Read More

How to do Junk Free June

By Holly Horner | June 12, 2017

The nurses and I here at Village Health have decided to challenge ourselves this June, by partaking in the Cancer Societies’ fundraising initiative ‘Junk Free June’. Each of us have discussed what we think would be the hardest ‘junk’ to give up. For some, fizzy drinks, and for others, chocolate and alcohol. Personally, I could go without fizzy drink without … Read More

Recipes

Check out our collection of recipes below! We aim to post healthy, affordable and high fibre recipes for your use, with a few treats thrown in here and there. You can never have too many recipes up your sleeve!

Crumbed chicken tacos

By Leanne Curgenven | December 16, 2021

https://www.farrahs.co.nz/crumbed-chicken-tacos  Farrah’s Taco Tortillas2 Chicken breasts, cut into strips1/2 cup flour2 eggs, whisked2 cups breadcrumbsSalt and pepper to season3 Tbsps oil Serve with:Iceberg lettuce, shreddedTomato salsa (Pico de galo)GuacamoleChilli lime mayo Divide the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into 3 separate shallow bowls. Gently press the chicken strips into the flour to coat and then shake off the excess flour.Dip into … Read More

Spicy nuts for Christmas

By Leanne Curgenven | December 16, 2021

From https://ottolenghi.co.uk/recipes/spicy-nuts  Ingredients 100g cashew nuts 100g macadamia nuts 120g pecan nuts 60g whole almonds (skin on) 80g pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 2 tbsp nigella seeds  3 tbsp sunflower oil 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp fine salt 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked 2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper 2 tsp cayenne   Method Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas … Read More

Roasted marmalade ham

By Leanne Curgenven | December 16, 2021

Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/how-to-make-roast-ham/  Ingredients 1 x 3-4kg pre-cooked ham16 black peppercorns1 bouquet garni (1 piece of leek, 1 stick of celery, 1 fresh bay leaf, 1 sprig of fresh thyme)2 lemons or oranges1 jar of quality thin-rind marmalade½ a bunch of fresh rosemary (15g) Method Remove some of the fat from your ham, to leave you with about … Read More

Chelsea Winter’s ‘Macho Nachos’

By Leanne Curgenven | December 16, 2021

Prep time 15 minutesCooking time 30 minutesServes 4 To make gluten-free, make sure your stock, corn chips and tortilla chips are gluten-free. Found here http://chelseawinter.co.nz/macho-nachos/  Ingredients 1 large onion, finely chopped3 cloves garlic, crushed1 tbsp paprika1 tsp ground cumin1 tsp ground coriander½ tsp chilli powder1/3 cup red wine1 x 400g can brown or puy lentils, drained and rinsed1 x 400g can … Read More

Peruvian ceviche

By Leanne Curgenven | December 16, 2021

  This delicious recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver and can be found here – https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/seafood-recipes/peruvian-ceviche/  If you haven’t tried ceviche (suh-vee-chey), you will be delighted at how simple it is to make and how fresh and satisfying it is!   

Spinach and red pepper mini frittatas

By Leanne Curgenven | December 3, 2019

Spinach and red pepper Mini Frittatas   Ingredients 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 red bell pepper, diced small (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 small yellow onion, diced small (about 1/2 cup) about 3 cups loosely packed spinach, roughly chopped 4 eggs 4 egg whites 1/4 cup skim milk 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese salt and pepper to taste   Instructions Preheat … Read More

Asparagus Omelette

By Leanne Curgenven | November 26, 2019

Asparagus Omelette Serves 2   Bunch of asparagus – sliced in half lengthways 6 eggs 2 tablespoons pesto 2 handfuls of crunchy sprouts – found in the fresh produce section of supermarket Chilli flakes – pinch Salt – pinch   Heat a large frypan with 1-2 tbsp oil. Toss the asparagus in the oil. Season with chilli flakes and a … Read More

Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

By Leanne Curgenven | September 27, 2019

Ingredients 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 tablespoon water 1 long red chilli with seeds, minced 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying 2 large shallots, thinly sliced (use spring onion if you can’t … Read More

Berry Bircher Muesli

By Leanne Curgenven | July 4, 2019

Perfect for those get-out-of-bed and go sort of people. Prepare this muesli the night before (5 minutes!) and you’ll wake up to a fast, healthy, convenient breakfast. This recipe is super versatile – swap for different seeds, nuts and fruit as desired. This breakfast is not only delicious, but is a nutritious choice. It has high-fibre oats to fill you … Read More

Gluten Free Spaghetti Bolognese

By Leanne Curgenven | June 10, 2019

This week is ‘Coeliac Awareness Week’ – June 10-16th 2019. If you haven’t checked it out already, see our blog on what coeliac disease is, and how to eat gluten free HERE. Spaghetti Bolognese is a family classic, and this dish can easily be turned into a gluten free dish for one or all. You can either cook this dish … Read More