Kim's Nutrition

Brought to you by Kim Hofmann, Registered Dietician
BSc Med (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics and BSc Hons Psychology

About


About
Hi, my name is Kim Hofmann and I am a Registered Dietician in South Africa.  

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with people, assisting them with their issues. Growing up in a healthy household, made me very aware of food, and I realised early on that many people worry about their weight. At the same time I also went through my own issues with food and weight.

After taking a year off to au-pair in Germany, I came back ready to study. I started with a BSc at Wits, majoring in Psychology and Physiology. I then went on to do my honours in Psychology before moving to Cape Town to study Dietetics at UCT.

Thereafter I was able to start on my mission of helping people eat and live healthy. My interest has become more focused, and I particularly love working with people who want to lose weight, but can’t seem to keep it off because they are stuck in a diet mentality and their feelings around food have become disordered. To be well balanced we need to look at nutrition, exercise, stress (or quietness), as well as our emotions and thoughts. Finding the reasons behind why the binging and other unhealthy habits are around and how to change them is the key.

I now have a successful private practice in Claremont. I see clients one-on-one at my office but also help those who aren't able to come through via Skype or Zoom. I work with a wide range of people, from those seeking to lose weight to those with special medical needs.

How I work


How I work
In my years of practice I have come to realise that most people do know the basic rules of what healthy eating is.  Yes, there may be a little (or a lot of) confusion, as there is just too much conflicting information on the internet currently, but we mostly know the basics - we should eat more whole, unprocessed foods (such as vegetables and fruit) and try to stay away from 'junk' and overly processed foods.

Where I have found knowledge is lacking is how to put it all together.

Our Westernised eating style does not help our bodies to function at their best. I define the Westernised eating style as eating little during the day (often skipping breakfast) and eating most of your calories at night. Do you fall into this cycle?

This works against our natural physiology, as our bodies work best in the mornings (specifically looking at digestion of food and utilisation of energy). Many studies have shown that when people, within a weight loss diet, eat a bigger breakfast and small dinner (versus a small breakfast and big dinner) they lose more weight, and specifically more weight around their waist. That’s good news.

We need to learn how to get into that good eating pattern and correct any unhealthy habits that we have formed over the years.
I can teach you how to set up your eating plan correctly, focusing on getting the balance of your meals right and through time, figure out where you are stumbling and what it is that is holding you back. I will work with you to keep you on track so that you can undo your unhealthy behaviours over time.

How do the sessions work?
I start off the initial consultation working through your medical, exercise, weight and diet history. I then teach you some important concepts that you will need to incorporate into your life. I work out your eating plan based on what you are currently eating, your likes and your goals.

In the follow up consultations I help you identify where things are going well and where you need to focus your energy. You will generally leave with a couple of goals to work on. It is mostly about behaviour and habit changes but also learning to listen to, and trust your body.

How long does process take?
This is not an easy one to answer as it is completely individual.  And it does of course depend on how much energy you put into making the changes.  However, I cannot do much in one session and do always suggest that my clients come in for follow ups and changing habits takes time.  I find that after about 3 months clients are generally ready to have longer periods between their follow up sessions.  

Services


Conditions


Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders

Stuck in a diet mentality? Learn how to eat without fear again

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Weight Management

I can help you learn to learn better eating habits in order to lose, maintain or gain weight

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Bowel Health

Bowl related issue are very real, but there are diet changes that can help

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Articles


One of my main goals when helping clients with their eating is to empower them get out of a fad dieting habit and learn how to eat intuitively. A fad diet is a popular weight-loss plan that promises unrealistic results such as fast weight loss and unfounded health improvements. Usually these diets are not healthy and don’t result in long-term weight loss. I find that they play havoc with people’s health, both physiologically and psychologically, and make people very weight and number focussed.

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Are you unhappy with yourself? Are you thinking of going on a diet again to make yourself happier? Diet culture is everywhere. Type the word ‘diet’ into google and you’ll find enough diet options to choose from. So which one will you choose? How do you choose from the hundreds out there? Or should you even be choosing one?

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What do you do when you’ve veered off from your eating plan? Do you call yourself a failure and throw in the towel? Or are you able to look at the situation objectively, learn from it and move on? We all make mistakes*, especially when it comes to food and eating. We have to learn to accept that.

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What’s happening with your cravings? Are you managing to keep yourself busy and not needing food to combat the boredom, or is it so bad that you’re stopping by the kitchen every few minutes?

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How many times have you found yourself going to the kitchen to look into the fridge or cupboards in these last few days of lockdown?

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Did you see the headline: ‘Bad diets are responsible for more deaths than smoking’? Say what? Really, are we seriously eating so badly that smoking is seen as the lesser of two evils?

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There has been a lot of negative publicity for sugar. It didn’t help matters that a study was published indicating that the sugar industry had funded research years ago to swing the blame for heart disease away from sugar and onto saturated fat. So does that mean that fat is good?

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We are doing a very poor job of protecting the environment that we depend on for food and water. We need to start becoming interested in learning where food comes from, how it is grown and produced, and what this is doing to our environment. Food production system and diets play a crucial role in the issue of sustainability. Read this is you want to find out what you can do to help the planet.

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Do you feel that December will ruin your hard work this year? Are there just too many parties, dinners and family gatherings that weight gain seems inevitable? It is possible to survive the Christmas season without gaining weight. Don’t fall for the myths of unavoidable holiday weight gain. You can enjoy you holiday favourites and still start the year looking slim and trim.

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The festive season is upon us and with it comes the challenge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s a time of lots of eating opportunities with delicious meals, desserts and drinks and a time of less exercise. So how can you continue the healthy habits you have established and not let the bad habits creep in? For me, the holidays are no different than any other time of the year! It can be this easy for you too.

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As we all know, good nutrition is an important component of a balanced healthy life, but we sometimes get lost as to what good nutrition is! The basics are easy, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, choose mostly low fat dairy and lean meat, don’t eat junk food excessively, but is that getting you where you want to go with your weight goals?

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We are all aware that our modern Western diets and lifestyles are contributing to many diseases. The Western diet is typically high in animal fats and preservatives (specifically salt) and low fruit and vegetables and it is this food combination that has been shown to be responsible (in part) for the cause of chronic diseases and cancers.

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Recipes


Lentil Burgers

  •   2020/06/19 07:03 PM

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

  •   2020/05/30 06:19 PM

Crustless Quiche

  •   2020/05/17 11:04 AM

Banana Bread

  •   2020/05/15 05:58 PM

Videos


Contact


  • Exec-Care, Protea Place, corner Protea Road and Dreyer Street, Claremont