Q & A: Getting to know your Dietitian, Larissa Haithwaite


Larissa is our lead Dietitian in our Balgowlah and Wahroonga locations. Below she shares some more about her.

Where did you grow up?

Beacon Hill- Northern Beaches girl!

What do you love about being a dietitian?

It sounds cliche, but I do really enjoy helping people. I get a lot of satisfaction from providing education and helping people to make small changes that can end up having a big impact on their health and overall wellbeing.

What’s the best meal/recipe you make at home?

I like to think I make a pretty tasty vegetarian burrito bowl! The leftover chilli mix is super versatile for meals the next day too!

What is the most favourite place you have ever visited?

Ohh that’s a hard one, there are so many. I lived in Canada for a year and loved it- the nature, the people, hiking, snowboarding, biking- I could go on! I think my favourite holiday was Sri Lanka and I hope to return one day!

If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

Flying for sure! Then I could easily visit my friends from around the globe and find secluded beaches!

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Summer time, a day at the beach- swimming, reading, attempting to surf, napping. Winter is all about the hikes- as long and as remote/challenging as possible!

What would you sing at karaoke night?

Anyone who knows me, knows that I rarely sing loud enough for people to hear. I am tone deaf! I’m normally the person cheering other people on in Karaoke! I do love a bit of Starman by Davie Bowie if I’m on a road trip!

Do you have a favourite book or author?

My Favourite book has been Shantaram for years- it may be time for a re-read! I also love any book by Bryce Courtenay.

What is something new you want to try this year?

I would like to learn to play guitar!

What is your favourite quote?

A motivational speaker came to my class in high school (I wish I could remember his name, he was fantastic) and told us “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start again”- this has stayed with me for many years and I always tell myself this when I am challenged or struggling ,either emotionally or physically.

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