Welcome our new dietitian, Salome Scholtz

Welcome our new dietitian, Salome Scholtz

With this blog post, I would like to welcome the newest member of the Nutritious Living Registered Dietitians team! Salome Scholtz is the dietitian at the Durbanville practice as from January 2021.

The Durbanville practice is now based at 20 Oxford street in the heart of Durbanville. The rooms are conveniently situated near Durbanville Mediclinic hospital and numerous GP practices in the area. Below, you can have a peek as to how our Durbanville rooms look. Our services and personal approach to individualised nutrition advice and  personalised meal planning are as always our top priority!

Let's get to know Salome a bit better

Tell us a little bit of yourself (where you grew up, your family etc.)

I grew up in the small town of Knysna. I studied BSc Dietetics at the North - West University.  After I completed my studies, I married my high school sweetheart and moved to Johannesburg.  We lived there for 10 years until we moved to Cape town in 2018.  Both of us missed the Cape too much, so we  moved back.  We have the sweetest four-year-old girl named Emily who most definitely is our whole world, and then some more!

What are your hobbies?

With a busy four-year-old running around the house, having a hobby sounds like a luxury!  I love reading autobiographies about history, my all-time favourite is any book on the Kennedy family.

Why did you decide to become a dietitian?

There is not one specific reason why I chose to become a dietitian, but I believe in helping other people to understand that "your health is your wealth".  After the year we have all had, I think this cannot be truer and more and more people will realise the importance of their health.  Nutrition plays a major role when it comes to our health, and that is where I come in!

What is your nutrition philosophy?

Keep it clean!  The less processed the better.  Eating clean unprocessed foods have benefits beyond weight loss. Eating the right foods is linked to a wide range of health benefits from more energy to improved mood. No matter your goals, eating clean can truly change your life. Clean eating is more of a lifestyle than just a short-term diet.

What is your favourite food?

Without a doubt sushi!  I would have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The only meal sushi will not replace is dessert, that is always reserved for lemon cheesecake.

What is your favourite type of exercise?

To be honest I am not a huge fan of exercising.  A long walk on the beach is my favourite type of exercise, probably because it doesn't really feel like you are exercising. And the fact that you can do 'people watching' while you exercise is a bonus!

What do you do to relax?

There is nothing a hot bath and a great book cannot fix.  I love getting into bed with a book at the end of a long day.

Are you good at cooking and what is normally on your menu?

Anything that can be cooked in the oven, and luckily the options are endless.  My go-to homemade meal is Dijon mustard chicken breast with a salad and roasted baby potatoes.  Feeding my daughter is another story, I always say that she is my most difficult client.

What do you love about being a dietitian?

Meeting people from all walks of live.  Every patient has their own story and their own unique path that they must walk to achieve their goals.  And luckily, I get to walk that path with them!

What areas of dietetics do you enjoy most?

My biggest passion has always been critical care and lifestyle diseases. Very few people are aware of the important role that nutrition plays in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases.

How do you motivate your clients to achieve their goals?

I would say the most important thing to keep in mind when you are setting up your list of goals is to keep it realistic.  Start small by only focussing on one or two goals at a time.  Even if you only achieve one percent of your goals, it is still a major improvement.  This will add up and make a big difference over time.

Tell us about your INBODY20 scale and what can patients learn from it?

One word to describe it is amazing!  It breaks everything down into so much detail, which makes it easy to determine which areas we must focus on first.  The INBODY 20 scale measures all the following:

  • Body Composition Analysis (Total Body Water, Protein, Minerals, Body Fat Mass, Weight) Muscle-Fat Analysis (Weight, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Body Fat Mass)
  • Obesity Analysis (Body Mass Index, Percent Body Fat)
  • Segmental Lean Analysis (Right Arm, Left Arm, Trunk, Right Leg, Left Leg)
  • Segmental Fat Analysis (Right Arm, Left Arm, Trunk, Right Leg, Left Leg)
  • Body Composition History (Weight, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Percent Body Fat)
  • InBody Score
Claudine Ryan, Registered Dietitian, RD (SA)

Written by : Claudine Ryan, Registered Dietitian, RD (SA)

Claudine Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Claudine is passionate about people and their health, and enjoys helping others to optimise their health and manage their chronic lifestyle related diseases through sound nutritional therapy and practical advice.