Hello and welcome! My name is Maria Shaflender, Clinical Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner.

I run a busy nutrition clinic in Dover Heights, Sydney, as well as online consults with clients within Australia and internationally. I help my clients overcome long standing health conditions through adopting healthy eating, addressing nutrient deficiencies, eliminating ‘bugs’ (parasites, unbalanced gut flora), addressing genetics and enabling the body to heal.

I am a fully qualified Nutritionist (Adv.Dip Nutritional Medicine) and a registered member of ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society). I practice Functional Medicine- a system of addressing underlying causes of illness, not just symptom relief.

My postgraduate qualifications include: certification with MAPS (Medical Academy of Paediatric Special Needs) and Mindd Foundation training. I am also a Fitgenes certified practitioner and offer genetic profile tests. Other postgraduate courses include Health Masters live- Gastrointestinal, Autoimmune and Thyroid modules and several post-graduate courses in mental health.

My passion is to help individuals and their families find a truly healthy life through eating real food, improving their lifestyle, addressing gut and mood issues, metabolic issues, through understanding body systems and genetics.

Having personal experience with numerous health conditions makes all the difference.

I strongly believe these goals can be achieved by being empowered to take charge of your own health. Too often we delegate our health to others- by doing this we lose touch with how our bodies work and feel and what they really need. My job is to empower my patients to make positive changes in their life by choosing the right food and lifestyle.

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My Approach

What makes my approach to healthcare unique is the fact that I have personally experienced numerous, often debilitating health conditions throughout my life. This helps me in my nutrition clinic daily in numerous ways: to truly relate and empathise with my patients, to be able to quickly identify potential underlying causes and order the right functional tests and to devise effective treatment plans.

Some of the conditions that I have personally dealt with during my health journey include: severe food intolerances and allergies, hay fever, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and SIBO, gut dysbiosis and infections, Candida, Pyroluria, MTHFR and numerous other unfavourable genetics, thyroid and hormonal dysregulation, depression and anxiety, adrenal fatigue and burnout, insomnia, weight gain and loss and many others. I also have an extensive understanding of autoimmune conditions such as MS (multiple sclerosis), diabetes and developmental issues in children through experience with family members.

All these areas have been the focus of my training (including post-graduate courses) and research.

Food, cooking and nutrition have always been my passion and my key interest is ‘food as medicine’- I truly believe that numerous health conditions that are prevalent today have a DIRECT relationship to our food, as well as environment and lifestyle.

Over the last 20 years I’ve read numerous nutrition, diet and health books and experimented with many ‘hit and miss’ approaches to eating, but never felt truly healthy. When I had difficulty falling pregnant with my first child, I tried a hunter –gatherer style diet and eliminated all grains, dairy, sugar, legumes and processed foods from my diet. I immediately felt more energetic and my digestion improved dramatically. I felt like a different person. Since this time I have adopted an ancestral/primal diet centered on wholefoods sourced from plants and animals: you will see this approach  symbolised in the logo of my clinic.

Following the birth of my two children, I’ve made a decision to pursue my passion for nutrition and health via studying nutrition in earnest and founding True Foods Nutrition.

By finding the TRUE causes that underlie your health conditions it is possible to address these with diet, supplements, detoxification strategies and lifestyle changes.

My approach is not ‘go on this diet, work out your protein/carbs/fats and you’ll be ok’- it’s a holistic, systematic, comprehensive and evidence based plan that will enable you to make significant changes in your health with me as your guide.

Now my mission is to help others discover health, vitality and well-being through eating real food and re-balancing the body with the right nutritional supplements and lifestyle choices.

Find out how I have been able to help my clients by visiting the Testimonials Page.

My Philosophy

My nutrition philosophy is centered on a diet of nutrient dense wholefoods: organic, seasonal animal and plant foods every day, together with bone broths, pro-biotic foods and healthy fats. Nothing processed, artificial, made in a factory. Nothing that has existed for less than 100 years in our food system or that my grandparents wouldn’t have recognised!

I truly believe that True Foods Nutrition will help you and your family become and stay healthy every day!

Book your FREE 15min discovery session (by phone) HERE.

Maria Shaflender, Clinical Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner, Sydney Australia


Maria Shaflender is a fully qualified Clinical Nutritionist (Adv.Dip Nutritional Medicine, Nature Care College Sydney) and a registered member of ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society).

Postgraduate training includes: MAPS certification (Medical Academy of Paediatric Special Needs), Mindd Foundation practitioner

Before becoming a nutritionist, Maria Shaflender worked in marketing at three multinationals in Australia, UK and the US (B. Commerce, UNSW).







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