Chocolate Nutrition consists of a team of dynamic Clinical Dietitians who are committed to understanding each patient’s unique medical condition in order to prescribe the necessary treatment. In order to get an in depth and comprehensive understanding of a patient’s medical condition, we work in consultation with a variety of medical practitioners who compile information from a wide range of health checks. In our consultations we consider all previous blood analysis and health checks. We also offer DNA health and diet testing alongside a wide range of other tests from food allergies to cholesterol and diabetes tests. We take into account your unique body composition and metabolic rate, any medication you may have already been prescribed, as well as the results which come back from your relevant blood tests.
Once we have painted a clear picture of your medical needs, we can then offer you your own unique treatment and dietary counsel to extend your life and ensure your ongoing health. We believe in treating the cause of the problem, and not the symptom. This is why our comprehensive approach is a unique form of treatment for patients which also seeks to eradicate any other minor medical issues which may be hampering your health. In order to provide the most advanced medical services to our clients, the Dietitians at Chocolate Nutrition stay abreast of medical trends by ensuring that we attend all Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs, to make sure that our staff is always providing you with state-of-the-art treatment. We are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), and as private practicing dieticians with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) Southern Africa offering expertise dietary treatment and services.
We regularly attend functional medicine courses and are registered DNAlysis accredited Dietitians.
TALIA DEN DULK
Talia has been practicing as a Clinical Dietician since 1999. After graduation she worked herself up to a Senior Specialist dietitian and worked in the clinical setting in the UK for four years. During this time she specialised in gastro-enterology and worked in the ICU as nutritional support Dietitian prescribing intravenous and tube feeds. As the clinical field of dietetics interested her so much she wanted to introduce the spectrum of clinical dietetics to South Africa. In 2003 she founded the Vergelegen Specialist Nutrition Centre in Somerset West. It was one of the first dietician practices, which offered specialised dietary services, such as eating plans for Cancer, Surgical patients and Kidney Disease. Much of her experience in specialist nutrition was gleaned during her time in the United Kingdom, where she worked for the Derbyshire Royal Hospital and the Chesterfield Royal Hospital among others.
Her dedication to further education and training in her field stems from her own fight with diabetes since childhood. She understands the trials and tribulations of dietary restrictions better than most, so strives for inventive new ways to adapt her nutrition and fitness programmes to a variety of lifestyles.
Liezl obtained her degree in Dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch in 2000, before working abroad in the United Kingdom as a Clinical hospital dietitian. She worked in medical and surgical wards, and diabetes and paediatric clinics. Her main area of expertise, however, is the paediatric ward, neonatal units, and paediatric clinics where she consulted with parents of children with obesity, ADHD, allergies, and children who are fussy eaters and experience malnutrition and gut-related problems.
Liezl returned to South Africa in 2004 when she joined Talia’s practice. She and Talia have been working together for the last 10 years in which Liezl had 3 sons, an experience which teaches her a lot about her passion - childhood nutrition.
Liezl is committed to the practice of dietetics and the philosophy at Chocolate Nutrition. She keeps up to date with all the latest trends in nutrition and dietetics by attending regular courses and professional enrichment classes. She is starting to include the use of genetic testing in the treatment of patients, a method which ensures a better individual approach.
Martinette is a Registered Dietitian who obtained her degree in Dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. She started her dietetic career in the UK as a Clinical Hospital Dietitian and gained extensive experience working in medical & renal wards alongside outpatient consulting clinics. As Consulting Dietitian, she provided one-on-one counseling to clients on a wide range of conditions including: weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, vegetarian diets, celiac disease, lactose intolerance & other nutritional and digestive complaints.
As she progressed to a Senior Dietitian, she specialised in Kidney Disease and serviced the Dialysis Unit & Low Clearance clinics.
Martinette returned to South Africa in 2008 to set up her own Dietetic Practice. Her focus was to help her clients to make Healthy lifestyle & dietary changes that are evidence- based. In 2015 she joined Talia & Liezl @ Chocolate Nutrition which turned out to be a new and exciting turn in her life! Martinette is committed to the practice of dietetics and the philosophy at Chocolate Nutrition. She keeps up to date with all the latest trends in Nutrition and Dietetics by attending regular courses and professional enrichment classes. She also includes the use of Genetic Testing in the treatment of patients, a method which ensures a better specific individual approach.
She is registered as a Discovery Vitality partner and will be available to all Vitality members for any nutritional support and for them to earn Vitality points.
Chocolate Nutrition, founded by Registered Clinical Dietitian, Talia den Dulk, who has a professional, evidence-based, holistic and multidisciplinary approach. Talia treats people from all walks of life who suffer from medical issues such as diabetes, gastrointestinal illness and medical issues related to diet and food consumption.
The practice has evolved into a leading centre in its field. Talia’s initial vision is now a pioneering medical treatment facility which seeks to identify the cause of individual medical conditions instead of providing treatment for their symptoms. We are incredibly driven and committed to this cause, and seek to cater to the needs of our clients‘ unique medical requirements.
Along with Talia’s expertise and advice, Chocolate Nutrition strives to improve the health and vitality of patients without imposing impractical, undo-able eating and exercise guidelines which often discourage patients diagnosed with diabetes and other diet-related illnesses from regaining control of their lives. As a Registered Dietitian and expert in food and nutrition, Talia is the go-to medical professional for patients seeking balanced and practical treatment for these diseases.
Chocolate Nutrition is based in Stellenbosch and is your one-stop shop for all diet-related supplements, exercise equipment and health advice!