About Nutrition Connection

Nutrition Connection offers a specialist New Zealand Registered Dietitian service providing assessment & advice for a wide range of dietary & health issues for people of all ages. Practical, personalised & easy!

Specialist nutrition assessment and advice:

  • Allergies
  • Gut intolerances
  • Fussy or restrictive eating
  • Faltering growth/poor weight gain
  • Healthy eating for weight reduction
  • Sports advice for the young athlete
  • Eating Disorder screening
  • Single/multiple micronutrient deficiency (e.g. iron/calcium)

Other services:

  • Adult medical nutrition e.g. diabetes, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome, motivation for maintaining changes.

Dietitians are nutritional biochemists who have a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Science, and are registered under the Health Professionals Competency Act. They have specialised medical nutrition training and practice holistically to ensure long term changes for the best possible health.

We are passionate about helping people learn how to eat well for better health, whether you want to lose weight, manage nagging health issues, through to medical nutrition for complex health issues. We understand that people are bombarded with conflicting health and diet advice, and we aim to simplify and personalise nutrition information for your unique needs.

Meet the Nutrition Connection team

Anna Sloan

  • NZ Registered Dietitian
  • FODMAP Accredited - Monash University, Australia
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Monash University, Australia
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Dietetics) (Masters Equiv.)
  • Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science (Human Nutrition) Otago University, New Zealand
An expert in infant, child and adult nutrition, Anna is passionate about helping people understand that healthy eating and better health can be easy.

An expert in infant, child and adult nutrition, Anna is passionate about helping people understand that healthy eating and better health can be easy. She has a holistic approach which is complemented by scientific research, but approaches nutrition on an individual level, taking into account not just a person’s health and wellness concerns, but also their budget, lifestyle and time constraints.

With almost 20 years’ experience Anna is a highly sought after dietitian. You may recognise her from the TVNZ children’s show “Activate” and other media roles including “What’s Really In Our Food” series 1, 3 and 4, as well as an expert commentator for Radio New Zealand and Newshub reports.

She is particularly interested in digestive issues, allergies and food intolerances, along with helping people make real changes towards long term positive relationships with food.

General family and adult/older adult health, and the management of chronic conditions through nutritional therapy and positive lifestyle changes is another of her strengths.

HELPING YOU FEEL GOOD

As a mother of two, (both allergy children) Anna understands the need for practical advice that fits in with the rest of the family. Anna’s friendly, helpful manner and personalised approach ensures you will gain the knowledge and skills required to confidently be where you want to be with having a positive relationship with food. Be assured that Anna is no fan of restrictive eating plans – she wants you to get back to enjoying life and feel good about the food choices you make!

Anna believes life is about enjoying what you eat while knowing that it’s good for you and your family!

Maria Casale (currently on maternity leave)

  • NZ Registered Dietitian
  • Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition & Physiology)
  • Master of Science (Nutrition & Dietetics)
  • Massey University, New Zealand

Maria has an absolute passion for helping people reach their dietary and health goals. She has a special interest and experience in weight loss, gastrointestinal disorders (IBS, low FODMAP, IBD, food allergies and intolerances), and eating for better heart health. Maria also has the most up to date knowledge from Monash University regarding IBS and FODMAPs. She has recently been with the Green Prescription team, and is a sought-after group speaker on Mindfulness and Workplace Wellness.

Maria is a keen baker and cook, and enjoys working with clients to come up with affordable, creative and interesting food ideas that help clients reach their goals and stay on track, as well as fit in with the whole family. Her philosophy is that if you are excited about what you have planned to eat, you won’t feel deprived and reach for something that may not fit with your goals!

Maria started out life working in the IT industry, and struggled with her own weight in her late teens and early 20s. She lost over 40kg after a work colleague recommended she see a dietitian, who set her on a path that has changed her life forever and inspired her to change careers. She has since completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Human Nutrition and physiology, and a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Massey University.

What drives her professionally is being able to help people make changes to their life, and to help inspire clients to reach their full potential.