Catherine Saxelby

B Sc, Grad Dip Nutrition Dietetics, APD, AN, MAIFST
Accredited nutritionist and dietitian
Nutritionist, author, blogger and foodologist

Catherine Saxelby Shoot Nutrition 2015-3-114Catherine Saxelby knows nutrition!

From fast food to fat loss, she has written, researched and talked about virtually every aspect of healthy eating.

She is an award-winning nutritionist and media food commentator, who understands the demands of today’s busy world and the complexity of food issues. She can cut through the clutter – so you know what to eat for dinner tonight!

The author of 10 books, her book Nutrition for Life has clocked up sales of almost 500, 000, making it one of the most enduring and popular nutrition books in the country. In 2012, she released her latest book Catherine Saxelby’s Complete Food and Nutrition Companion after two years of solid research.

She has written more than 2,000 articles on all aspects of food, fat loss and medical diets in a career spanning 20 years. She has had columns and articles published in magazines such as Super Food Ideas (founding
editor), Women’s Weekly, Who, Healthy Food Guide, Prevention and New Idea.

She is called upon for her opinion on food issues by radio and television and often appears on news and current affairs programs such as the Today Show, Today Tonight, Sunrise, Channel Nine News and Fox News.

She works with food producers, supermarkets and publishers to make healthy eating easy and healthy food, taste good. She helps these groups communicate better so that consumers can understand nutrition and put into practice good eating habits.


Catherine’s mainstream media portfolio:

  • Guest appearances on TV shows such as Sunrise, A Current Affair, Kerry-Ann, Fresh, Good Morning Australia, news on all three commercial networks as well as Sky News.
  • Commentator on radio including numerous ABC stations both metro and regionals, 2GB, 2UE, 4BC, 3AW, 6PR, 2CC. She chats on Saturdays with George and Paul on 2UE in Sydney. She has also had regular segments with James Valentine on ABC 702 Sydney called Nourish and also with Leon Viner on 5AA.
  • Contributor to Healthy Food Guide magazine.
  • Comments on food and diet for magazines such as Women’s Health, Body & Soul (Sunday Telegraph), Prevention, Good Food (Fairfax), Good Health, Life (Sun-Herald).

Aside from media commitments, Catherine delivers seminars and workshops to corporate groups as well as the food industry and health professionals.

Catherine on social media:

Twitter @foodwatch 6000+ followers
Klout ranking 65 for nutrition, food, fitness

Facebook Foodwatch_Australia 4000+ likes
Instagram Catherine Saxelby 1000+ followers
Pinterest 500+ followers, 20 boards
LinkedIn 500+ followers
Google+ 80 friends on Circles

Foodwatch website In the Top 100 Women Bloggers in Australia
Foodwatch eNewsletter 10,000+ subscribers


4Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in biochemistry and physiology) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, both from the University of Sydney.

She is an Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and has been an Honorary Governor of Sydney University’s Nutrition Research Foundation from 1993 to 2013.

She has undertaken additional courses in writing, media and communications, internet/blogging and marketing. She understands the systems of marketing food products and how best to communicate complex nutrition issues to the general public.

She practices Tai Chi and Pilates and has studied meditation under Western doctors as well as with Buddhist monks.


Catherine is a professional member of the:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association)
  • Australian Medical Writers Association
  • Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

In 2005, she was made a Life Member of Nutrition Australia for services to community education.

In 2009, she was made a Recognised Contributor to the media spokesperson program run by the Dietitians Association. She mentors younger dietitians to help them present their case in interviews.

Books by Catherine Saxelby

book1Complete Food and Nutrition Companion
Released in July 2012
Everything you’ve wanted to know from Acai to Zinc
including basic foods, ingredients, additives, hot topics and issues. Catherine has packed two years of work between the covers.
Winner AIFST 2014 Award for Best Writing in Food Science
Published by Hardie Grant Books

book2Nutrition for Life
The most popular and enduring of nutrition books!
Sales now almost 500 000.
20th anniversary bumper edition released in 2006
Published by Hardie Grant Books


book3Zest Cookbook
In conjunction with Jennene Plummer,
long-time friend and Food Editor, Woman’s Day.
Over 120 recipes for vitality and good health.
Easy meal plans for summer and winter.
Published by Hardie Grant Books


book4Everyday Diet Secrets
A pocket book full of tips and ideas
to inspire and motivate dieters
towards a healthy weight loss.


book5Eating for the Healthy Heart
The 10-step plan to
lower your cholesterol and protect your heart.



book6Foodwatch A to Z
Cut the confusion with Catherine’s handy pocket
guide to all those technical terms and additives
on food packs.