Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 17 June 2009.
Tagged: guides, healthy cooking, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, nutrition

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Contact Catherine for a comment or an interview. She is an accredited nutritionist and dietitian and is qualified to answer your questions on food, diets, trends and weight problems. She is an accomplished author, freelance writer and speaker who helps busy people eat well at home and on the go. She can ‘translate' complex scientific detail into interesting and easy-to-understand language.

 Journalists and freelancers - contact Catherine

For a comment on a food or nutrition issue:
Contact Catherine Saxelby on 0419 808 444 or at info  AT  foodwatch DOT com DOT au

Catherine can help

Catherine Saxelby is University qualified with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry plus a Post-Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, both from the University of Sydney.

She is accredited with Dietitians' Australia and would love to answer your questions on new foods, diets, fads/trends and weight problems. She wants us to eat better!

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She is a best-selling author, freelance health writer and speaker who helps busy people eat well at home and on the go. Her aim is to help people lose weight or maintain their weight as they get older without having to follow a set diet or swallow unpalatable meal replacements.

Catherine has written over 1000+ articles for magazines and newspapers, been interviewed on hundreds of TV and radio shows, and been quoted in numerous articles in newspapers and blogs.

She's also the author of 12 books including the best-selling Nutrition for Life (now in its 6th edition) and her Complete Food and Nutrition Companion (Hardie Grant Books). She is based in Sydney, Australia.


Her areas of expertise:


  • Eating for energy
  • Super foods
  • Fast foods and eating out
  • High-antioxidant diet plan
  • Understanding food labels
  • Functional foods (food as medicine)
  • What's in the food we eat - how to decide which brand is right for you
  • Portion size and the obesity epidemic
  • Ultra-processed foods and the obesity epidemic
  • Healthy eating for women
  • Losing weight without any sort of  'diet'



Catherine is used to being interviewed, having been a regular guest on news and current affairs programs. She is ‘good talent' and is generally available at short notice.

Catherine has appeared on many television programs such as A Current Affair, Sunrise, National Nine News, ABC News, Fresh, Today Show and Sky News.

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Catherine enjoys radio and comments on many ABC stations around Australia as well as commercial stations e.g. 2UE, 4BC, 6PR, 3AK, 666 Canberra, 106.5FM. She chats on Saturdays with George and Paul on 2BG in Sydney. She has also had a regular segments with James Valentine on ABC 702 Sydney called Nourish and also with Leon Viner on 5AA.

Magazines and websites

Catherine has written many freelance articles. To invite her to write for your publication, contact her via email. She loves writing. Or if you prefer, you can use some quotes from Catherine or this website (please do acknowledge your source). Note: Catherine currently writes for Healthy Food Guide magazine.

Media enquiries

For a comment, you can email Catherine at info AT foodwatch dot com dot au or call +61 419 808 444. She will get back to you as soon as she can. Catherine is also able to refer you to key experts in Australia and New Zealand.