About Me

Hello world, my name is Mariana. I am a holistic clinical nutritionist who is absolutely passionate about nutrition and wellbeing!

In the last 7 years I have been studying and developing ways in which I can help you to become a better, healthier you.

“Why?” – you ask

Let me tell you my story…

It all started with a trip overseas

Early 2009 – I set foot on this beautiful, sacred land and I could not be happier! I was young and free!

I was studying all day, working through the night and I could still fit in a few late night drinks after work…

I felt invincible!

Then I found out I wasn’t invincible… at all!

The opportunities that brought me freedom and happiness also brought me pain and suffering. Studying and working long hours, I would eat whatever was easy to make or cheap to buy. Working in restaurants also meant a lot of “free” take-away food.

It was just a matter of time… excessive stress, anxiety, lack of sleep along with poor eating habits turned into illness. I saw several doctors and did dozens of lab tests. I was also prescribed numerous drugs in the attempt to fix my health issues.

None of them helped.

I was in constant pain, I could not stomach any sort of food (neither healthy or unhealthy) and started panicking thinking of the worst, with the help of old friend Google, lol.

My relationships started deteriorating. I would no longer join friends for get togethers, I was also too embarrassed to live with my partner and as a result, my mental health started declining…

I had to try something new

Feeling VERY reluctant, I finally followed a friend’s advice:

“I should go and see a nutritionist”

In my mind I was thinking: “if no doctor or drug has fixed me so far, what could a nutritionist possibly do?”

Long story short and fasting forward 2 years…  I was running a health food business and enrolling in a Bachelor Degree to become a nutritionist myself 🙂

A new chapter begun…

I became SO passionate about nutrition! That means a lot of exploring in the supermarket and cooking in the kitchen was taking place.

As I started sharing my homemade treats with friends, a business was born and for 3 years I supplied healthy, gluten free, vegan treats to cafes and restaurants in NSW, QLD and VIC.

I was constantly educating friends and family, trying to stop them from going through what I did.

I felt whole again and noticed that I did so by going back to the most basic principles: by treating my body well.

As my business grew bigger and my degree demanded more of me, I had to make a choice.

And my choice was to go ahead with my studies and become that one nutritionist that will change lives, just as mine did to me so many years ago.

What about you?

Share your story with me

Start your journey today


Mariana Franco
Clinical Nutritionist
BHSc (NutDMed) ANTA 22445
Darlinghurst, Sydney
+61 493 088 046

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