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The Insides Guide

Hi, I'm Elly, your insides guide

19 years ago, I was diagnosed with coeliac disease.

It didn’t take long for me to figure out that while ‘going gluten-free’ sounds simple, the reality is anything but. For thousands of New Zealanders living with gluten intolerance — and the thousands living undiagnosed — the long- and short-term effects of gluten on the body can be severe. That’s why I’m so driven to provide much-needed education and support.

I spent years working as a food scientist for companies including Fonterra, Comvita and Yoplait Dairy Crest, and have first-hand experience developing products and writing food labels. Today, I'm bringing that in-depth knowledge and expertise to my Mount Maunganui-based practice, helping people all over the country reduce the stress and confusion of living with gluten-related illness. 

Elly McKenzie

I’m passionate about helping people navigate life with gluten intolerance.

I’m not an alternative therapist or a medical professional. I’m someone who’s been in your shoes and spent years asking the questions, researching, studying, then researching some more. My guidance works hand in hand with advice from doctors and dieticians, providing practical, well-informed information that’s relevant to you and your needs.

I can help you:

  • Learn about gluten and related conditions
  • Find out which professionals to see and what medical tests to ask for
  • Understand how to complete a gluten elimination and re-challenge process
  • Navigate the unique challenges of caring for a child on a gluten-free diet
  • Organise your kitchen and decode food labels
  • Identify inadvertent sources of gluten ingestion
  • Educate your extended family
  • Manage ‘shared food’ occasions and learn how to dine out safely
  • And much, much more.

Qualified in both theory and practice.

With a food science degree (BCApSc, majoring in Consumer Food Science, from the University of Otago), thirst for knowledge (including FODMAP training with Melbourne’s Monash University) and two children with food sensitivities, I bring my clients and their families a unique blend of professional and personal experience. I don’t just know what it’s like to struggle to be diagnosed, be bombarded with conflicting information and spend hours tirelessly checking food labels. I also have the professional experience needed to provide simple, effective, expert tips for living a positive, gluten-free lifestyle.

A solution-focused approach to food sensitivities.

As a coeliac parent of children with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, I know how many questions are raised — and how hard it can be to find clear answers. That’s why I provide practical how-to advice on well-planned elimination and re-challenge trials. I can help you take out the guess-work and identify whether gluten is a trigger for your gut, joint, neurological or other symptoms. I can also provide information on dairy intolerance.