I'm Amanda Benham, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of The Human Herbivore. I'm passionate about helping people adopt healthy plant-based eating patterns.
Whether you're a long-term vegan or new to plant-based eating, I'd love to help you with nutrition and meal-planning advice tailored to suit your health needs, lifestyle and preferences.
Scroll down to read more about me and my team.
As there are so many sources of information on nutrition available, I always recommend that people scrutinise the relevant qualifications and experience of anyone offering nutrition advice, and that includes me! So here goes:
I have the following university qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science (Physiology major) - University of Western Australia
- Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) - Murdoch University, WA
- Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition - Deakin University, Vic
- Graduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics - Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Master of Health Science - QUT (thesis was on health and nutritional aspects of vegetarian and vegan diets)
- I am currently undertaking a PhD in nutrition at QUT.
In addition to the above, I have completed the Cardiac Health Improvement Program leadership course and the requirements to be named a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. I have completed professional development study on a range of topics, including paediatric nutrition, nutrition in pregnancy, lactation, food allergy and eating disorders.
I became an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist in 1992, and have extensive experience in the dietary management of a wide range of health conditions and optimal nutrition for people of all ages. (See Services for more details.)
Being qualified as an Accredited Practising Dietitian requires not only completing at least a four year full-time course of study in science, nutrition and dietetics at an accredited university, but also entails ongoing learning and professional development and abiding by a strict code of ethics. Dietitians are scientists who use evidence-based practice to provide proven, up-to-date information and advice to improve their clients' health through better nutrition. My APD listing on the Dietitians' Association of Australia's website is here.
Since commencing practising as a dietitian I have focussed on learning about and helping others with plant-based nutrition. Way back in 1999 I wrote this paper on planning plant-based diets which was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the (then) Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics.
My interest in plant-based nutrition started when I went vegan in 1983. When I found out that consuming animals and animal products is completely unnecessary I decided immediately to eat only foods made from plants instead, as I have no desire to support animal exploitation. I've never looked back and my two grown-up children are lifelong vegans. It's heartening to see that in recent years more and more people are adopting plant-based eating after realising the benefits to animals, themselves and the planet.
I'd love to help you to be a happy, healthy human herbivore and experience the benefits of a well-planned plant-based diet.
Meet my Support Team!
Without these people my website would be all jumbled up, my files would be in a mess and my downloads would be riddled with typos. Thank goodness I have these amazing individuals to help sort it all out!
Toby is an IT whizz who fixes the website when it's broken and does other clever things involving technology with amazing skill and patience. He is a lifelong vegan. (Pictured with Speedy.)
Kamina is not only a creative force of nature but also an incredibly good organiser. She can type at the speed of light and writes beautifully. Kamina too has been a vegan her whole life.
Mick excels at making clever and witty puns. Incredibly, he has other talents too, like being a wordsmith, a meticulous proof reader and knowing an awful lot about craft beer.