Tree of Life nutrition’s Accredited Practising Dietitians and Nutritionists can offer you the right dietary advice for your health and wellbeing, as well as support you through a range of health conditions. Tree of Life Nutrition was one of Brisbane’s first private dietetic practices, helping clients with their dietary needs since 1993. Founder Desi Carlos is also an industry leader in dietetics and nutritional health, particularly in the areas of gut health, women’s health, and the Mediterranean diet.
Is your health waving a red flag at you?
Maybe you’re getting some new symptoms which tell you it’s time you put your diet under the microscope? Or maybe you’re struggling to get the help you need to manage your chronic condition? Living with a chronic disease, condition or health issue can be overwhelming. You know you need to change your diet – but where do you start? There are almost too many options out there. And you’ve dieted before…it has only left you feeling stressed out, hungry and miserable!
It’s not just you
Many Australians are struggling right now with the impact of the modern diet and lifestyle in their lives today. Whether that is a chronic condition, obesity, or just general ill-health. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, over 92% of us are not reaching the recommended serving of vegetables each day, and 50% of us have one or more chronic conditions.
You know there must be a better solution to popping pills or restrictive diets which do more damage than good. But time and again, we seek help, only to be left worse off than before. Following someone’s idea of a great diet, irrespective of whether it is evidence-based, nutritious, or sustainable for the long term.
Tree of Life empowers you to eat well, feel better and live life
We work with individuals, families, groups, and organisations to educate, support and motivate people of all ages around good nutritious food and healthy eating habits. We have deep experience in treating child and family health as well as chronic, complex conditions or disease states with dietary protocols.
At Tree of Life Nutrition, we believe that the digestive system is the centre of good health. All our solutions begin with optimal gut health. Principal Dietitian Desi Carlos and her team of Dietitians at Tree of Life Nutrition are Microba and FODMAP trained and accredited. Desi has developed a specialised Gut Repair Program which draws on her 27 years of experience in the field of dietetics to offer a reliable solution to improve the microbial environment. Better gut health can improve digestive tract conditions, including:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Food allergies and intolerances
In addition, we use the Gut Repair Program along with specialised dietary protocols to treat and manage a wide range of conditions across the whole body – as the evidence linking poor gut health to overall health continues to build. Find out more about how we can improve your gut health
We use the Mediterranean Diet as a key way to support long-term health and that of the digestive system for our patients. This scientifically-backed diet is proven to be one of the easiest and most enjoyable diets for people of any age or background to follow and stick with. In addition, the natural balance of highly nutritious “superfoods” makes it one of (if not the) most complete diets for optimal health. This advantage also means patients (and their whole family) can naturally and easily meet daily dietary requirements. Tree of Life Nutrition are Specialist Mediterranean Diet dietitians who extensively use the Mediterranean Diet to help sustain the progress made for patients around chronic conditions, disease and particularly, gut health.
Desi Carlos is also a published author of two lifestyle books on the Mediterranean Diet and has hosted a range of public educational events. Desi has also been featured in the press as a key spokesperson for the Mediterranean Diet in Australia. How can the Med Diet enhance your life?
Nutrition plays a huge role in the reproductive health of women. Tree of Life Nutrition has vast experience in treating and managing a range of women’s health conditions. Our Principal Dietitian Desi Carlos works with renowned Brisbane Women’s Health Clinic Eve Health and other specialist gynaecologists and endocrinologists in this area to offer dietary advice to help you manage:
- Endometriosis and pain management
- PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Pregnancy and Lactation
There is a strong link between diet and mental health and we work with you to support anxiety and depression and improve your overall mental health. We offer a good framework for mental wellness through diet, tailored to your unique lifestyle and needs.
Find out how we can help you:
- improve gut health
- reduce inflammation
- improve your energy
- and ultimately, work to support good mental health
We offer great support for helping you implement a fasting diet in a sensible way. We ensure you have a high nutritional intake, and that your approach will set you up in the long term – not set you back!
We use evidence-based principles of intermittent fasting together with the Mediterranean Diet to support your weight loss in a healthy way.
Looking for a dietitian to support you with weight loss surgery? Tree of Life Nutrition offers specialist bariatric dietetic support to ensure that you meet your nutritional and dietary needs before and after surgery. Eleni has undergone additional training in bariatrics, in both pre-operative and post-operative care. She acts as a key member of your bariatric support team and is with you every step of the way on your journey.
Is your body fighting against you? Autoimmune diseases are confounding, often debilitating, and not widely understood amongst the general population. While genes may play a part, stress, infection, and inflammation can exacerbate genetics. There is also strong evidence that ‘leaky gut’ (where the gut lining is compromised) may be a precursor to autoimmune conditions. In our practice, we have certainly seen that implementing the Gut Repair Program along with personalised food and nutrition therapy leads to positive changes in patient outcomes. Some of the autoimmune conditions that we have supported include:
- Coeliac Disease
- Thyroid disorders
- Arthritis including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis,
- Crohn’s Disease
- Anti-inflammatory diet
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
We are experienced in using diet to help prevent, treat, and manage a range of chronic diseases, including:
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Fatty liver and liver disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Nutrient deficiencies
Chronic disease, or ‘lifestyle’ disease management, is not about a slap on the wrist and being told to eat healthier. If it were that easy, you could probably make the changes on your own! We recognise that chronic disease does not exist in a vacuum. There are many factors which contribute and it can be hard to isolate which one came first.
That’s why, at Tree of Life Nutrition, we treat the whole person. You are the sum of all your parts. We understand how your weight may be impacting your condition. As well as your genetic history, your gut health, psychology, mobility, and your nutritional status. All these things are connected to the ‘outcome’ of chronic disease, and all must be considered in supporting you back to health.
Newly diagnosed with diabetes? We offer evidence-based and personalised dietary advice for diabetes patients.
- Impaired glucose tolerance
- Type 1
- Type 2
- Gestational diabetes
We consider your entire nutritional and lifestyle requirements. Then, we develop a dietary plan which works for you. We also offer in-clinic exercise physiologist services to complement your dietary changes. For Type 2 diabetes patients, we aim to reverse (control) your condition through research-backed dietary protocols which have worked for many of our patients.
Tree of Life Nutrition understands the delicate relationship between food, lifestyle, and weight. We take a holistic view of your overall wellbeing. Our evidence-based solutions encompass mental, physical, and emotional responses to food. We are experienced in helping to support you with a range of weight issues, including:
- Weight loss
- Bariatric support
- Weight gain
- Eating disorders
Our Dietitians can work with you to help increase your overall health and nutrition, and importantly building a healthy gut microbiome to support your lifestyle changes.