I grew up with a Lebanese mother and an Irish Father in Brisbane, and moved to Sydney in 1991 aged 22. Life in the kitchen, and garden, either growing or preparing healthy ingredients, was a major part of my life since I can remember. The problem was, I was always struggling with my digestion, weight, Endometriosis and my emotions. Western medicine recommended to remove my gall baldder (pre-teens) to ‘deal with’ my gut issues, (I still have it thank goodness), and to go on the pill to stop my periods, at 13yo. Eventually, 7 laparoscopies were performed on me to ‘treat’ the Endometriosis, and the pill provided me with chronic candida that has taken me decades to conquer. Naturally my health worsened from these treatments, so I knew I had to take control of it by learning as much as I could about traditional medicine.
Due to these health issues as a girl, I was drawn into the exciting world of organics and natural health in my teens; and professionally since 1994. I became a wholefood chef almost by accident, (or destiny), which led me to studying and qualifying in Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Herbal Medicine (1996), Kinesiology (2009), and Traditional Chinese Medicine (2007), as well as having a continued interest in Nutrigenomics (the study of the interaction between nutrition and genes), and Epi-Genetics (how our genes ‘express’ themselves according to our environment, not due the genetic code itself. Yes your life experiences and beliefs have the ability to modify your DNA, affecting not only you, but your children and grandchildren.
Taking Natural Health Mainstream
My ambition was to take whole foods and natural health to TV, and that’s exactly what happened in a TV career that spanned over a decade. From my start on morning TV in 2001, and as the chef/nutritionist on The Biggest Loser, to 4 seasons of Good Chef Bad Chef, and What’s Good For You, to most recently making short video clips for YouTube and social media. 4 books and many, many articles followed. My fifth book will be published in 2019.
Janella has published 4 best- selling and award winning books. Each one filled to the brim with recipes, and easy to digest information – for anyone wanting to achieve better health. Her 5th book YOUR 40 DAY TRANSFORMATION will be available in OCTOBER 2019.
TV + Print
In 2001 Janella was the first to take food as medicine and natural health to the public via her career in tv and print media. From her start on morning tv, to most recently her own popular video clips, her wide reach continues to influence.
Janella’s cottage in Coorabell is now available to you for personalised and private Retreats. Each unique program is designed to dissolve years of accumulated stress from your body, leaving you feeling lighter and more inspired in every way.
Healthy, tasty, ethical and environmentally friendly recipes for all different needs and cooking abilities. From the basic to exotic – vegetarian, vegan, gluten, dairy, nut, soy and grain-free meals, snacks, drinks, smoothies and sweets.
The fountain of knowledge + support
The fountain of knowledge, support - emotional, inspirational and driving change - and wisdom delivered in a enriching matter of fact, assured and funny manner is Janella. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. I was referred to Janella by a good friend and went to get advice on health and diet predominantly. But her help to me has been so much more encompassing and valuable through difficult, stressful and deeply challenging mental health times from a marriage break up and divorce. Janella is incredibly knowledgable and has a scientific, medical and natural health mind the size of the Grand Canyon. This means her advice is technically very accurate and spot on. It is pragmatic and adapted for the individual - eg I travel domestically every week fro work so Janella suggests meal ideas i can try when travelling without needing a kitchen and cooking facilities to hand!
Crohn’s: I was able to gradually come off all medications
Seeing Janella gave me the confidence to embrace some big changes which have had amazing benefits for my overall health and wellbeing. After decades on a range of drugs for crohn's disease, I was able to gradually come off all medications. I have never felt healthier or happier!
Her beautiful, warm and non-judgemental personality
Janella has a wealth of experience and knowledge covering many different modalities of natural health. Her beautiful, warm and non-judgemental personality allows you to talk freely about any topic, enabling you to improve all aspects of your life and health. Janella not only helps you improve your life, but she educates you at the same time, enabling you to navigate the world in the healthiest way possible. I have learnt so much from Janella over the years, for which I am truly grateful.
I always get so much
I always get so much out of our sessions. I walk out all happy and inspired. Janella has a way of always making me feel heard and supported. She has a gift that’s for sure.
Empathetic, genuine, and she REALLY listens
Empathetic, genuine, and she REALLY listens. Hard to summarise how wonderful I think Janella is in a few short sentences, but I’ll give it a go. Janella has been my naturopath for the last few years. She had helped me with various ailments, but the main thing she has done, was help pull me out of the rut of awful post natal depression after my second child. As a practitioner she is empathetic, genuine, she REALLY listens, she is realistic but firm and she is passionate. She actually makes me want to be a better person. When I leave after a consultation with her, I feel held, supported, listened to, empowered and inspired- inspired about the things that I can implement in my life to make myself feel better. She is a wealth of information on so many topics - obviously natural health, nutrition, cooking, the environment, the latest findings in relevant medical studies but for me it’s her knowledge in areas such as spirituality, metaphysics, meditation and astrology that I love. I feel as though I have a pretty good knowledge in these areas (I’m a long time yogi who loves reading and doing my own research) but whenever I see Janella I am blown away but how much I learn just by being in her presence for an hour. She is a true healer, Mother Earth, an absolute treasure. I feel so grateful to have her as my naturopath. She is always my first port of call when I need help with my health or when my moods aren’t right. I choose to see her above any other health practitioner.
Ovarian Cancer. I first came to see Janella for a private consultation following surgery for ovarian cancer. At the time, I had many people telling me what I needed to “do” post diagnosis, but I knew I needed simplicity; I needed a single source of credible information and support. My decision to make that first appointment with Janella was one of the best decisions of my life. Janella’s passion for, and depth of knowledge of, all things health and wellness are second to none. Her guidance – nutritionally and spiritually - has helped me evolve my life on so many levels. I now refer family, friends, and my own clients to Janella as I know, with confidence, she will provide the appropriate holistic and naturopathic direction specific to their individual needs. Janella – thank you, with love.
Janella THANK YOU so much
Janella THANK YOU so much from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done not only for me, but my whole family. Little did I know that when I met you back in 2015 for a consultation in Byron, that I would be able to feel the way I do now. I was stuck in overwhelming grief from the passing of my Mum, struggling with thyroid issues, stress and poor gut health and I just couldn’t shift it. You could instantly see that I needed help to get my health back on track to feel better. You were able to tailor a plan for me that was easy and exciting to do. I have never met a Naturopath before that is so generous and can give you the complete holistic experience. I will be forever grateful for the way you have inspired and encouraged me to know that I can feel better and shifted my mindset from I can’t, to “I CAN”. I feel so blessed to have met you and your belief in me has inspired me to jump in and follow my path with setting up my own healing business, so I can continue help others too.
One Skype consultation gave me what I needed
Janella, through one Skype consultation, gave me a road map of diet & meditation and a mixture of herbs that have helped get me back on track. I am finally excited about everything again and can’t wait to take on the year ahead. I suffered from lack of energy and severe brain fog for years & was recently diagnosed with an auto immune disease, the treatment I received from “Specialist Doctors” was poor to say the least. Janella talked me through the deeper causes and triggers, showed me the correct foods and made me a special tonic that has changed my life. I can’t thank her enough.
MS: I feel in control again
I feel in control of my health again! I’ve had many consultations with Janella over the past few years after being diagnosed with MS. She has guided and supported me to make positive changes that have improved my health immensely. Janella has given me back my strength and I feel in control of my health again!
I absolutely adore my regular “tune-ups”
I absolutely adore my regular “tune-ups” with Janella where she empties her wisdom and I soak up as much as I can. She has a clever knack of delivering just the right amount of knowledge. It never feels like a consultation it always feels as if I am sitting down chatting with an old friend.
I dropped about 20kg, and my psoriasis cleared up
I dropped about 20kg, and my psoriasis cleared up. When my I first started seeing Janella in 2012 when I was suffering a pretty severe bout of psoriasis which was very uncomfortable. Under Janella’s direction I made some pretty drastic short term changes to my diet and she prescribed herbs as well. Within about 6 months my psoriasis had cleared up and as an added bonus I dropped about 20kg. To this day I have managed to keep the weight off in addition to keeping the skin condition at bay. My energy levels are also higher. Janella’s approach to naturopathy appeals to me because it addresses body, mind and spirit whilst still seeming logical. Having seen various naturopaths over the years, I find Janella’s consultations to be much more thorough, intuitive and practical. I also look forward to them. Basically her approach is very tailored to what will work for the client and their lifestyle.I continue to see her as part of my general wellbeing ‘regime’. As long as Janella is practicing I could not imagine seeing another naturopath!