LSS: When did you first learn about Lipoedema and begin to treat patients who suffer from the condition?
Kimmi: I first learned about Lipoedema at the end of a Lymphoedema appointment where I was getting a confirmation diagnosis of Lymphoedema – the specialist said “oh, and you have Lipoedema as well … stage two”. I don’t remember very much more about that appointment – I just tried to get my clothes back on without crying so I could get the bill paid and get out of there for a decent cry in my car. I didn’t know what Lipoedema was, but I knew enough about how to break down the medical term for it, and I knew I didn’t want it! I was 44, and that was 12 years ago. I was oh so upset about this diagnosis, and in fact didn’t tell anybody for a long time about it, but I did search high and low for a nutritionist or naturopath who might be able to help me with food – I knew (and still know) without a shadow of a doubt that food was going to be a major factor in the way my body showed up so I decided to complete a Nutritional Medicine qualification. I couldn’t find anybody who had even heard of Lipoedema, so I decided to be the person I was looking for so that I could help myself and help others. Every single class and assignment had me laser focused on anything that might help the lymphatics and connective tissue – I mean it, I literally spent hundreds of hours outside of lectures and assignments running down elaborate rabbit holes looking for ANYTHING that looked like it might remotely help me to understand and manage these conditions.
I began coaching clients with a ketogenic diet and this gradually evolved into developing an 8-week program on helping people with Lipoedema and Lymphoedema on how to use a modified version of keto. My colleague and I have taken over 600 women (and a few men) through this 8-week program with many success stories!
I’m trained to develop dietary protocols of all kinds, so I started my own business to utilise my training in Nutritional Medicine beyond the limitations of keto coaching. A large percentage of my patients have Lipoedema and / or Lymphoedema. Nutritional Synergy has been up and running for just over three years now, and during that time I’ve found that invariably, patients with Lipoedema respond extremely well to some version of a nutrient dense low carbohydrate (frequently keto) anti-inflammatory diet. I’ve built over 200 individualised treatment plans during this time, based on patient pathology, lifestyle, health history, and current presentation. I’m most well known in the ketogenic diet field, but it really does depend on those four elements as to what kind of dietary protocol I build for a patient. I love my work, and it feels like I’ve become the practitioner I was looking for.
I heard about Dr Lekich and Lipoedema Surgical Solution via a very helpful Facebook group that I’m a member of – Lipoedema Warriors. It was founded by an Australian woman with Lipoedema and honestly I believe it’s the best social media group for this condition. Lots of women have seen Dr Lekich for diagnosis, recommendations on conservative treatment as well as surgical treatment. AHPRA the medical board does not allow any registered medical practitioners to have testimonials associated with their business pages and communications like this one. If you want to know how great Dr Lekich and his team are for the management and surgery for Lipoedema, ask me or any patients managed by Dr Lekich and his team, you will get the answer quickly!
LSS: What type of patients do you typically see and/or treat?
Kimmi: Typically, I see patients who are around stage 2 or stage 3 (many at stage 1 and stage 4 as well), and usually they are pre-op fulfilling their desire to reduce inflammation in their legs to prepare for surgery and get ready for a beautiful recovery. I help them to lose some body fat and reduce the inflammation in their body with food choice, meal timing, lifestyle modifications, and supplements if warranted. They have usually tried every diet under the sun and by the time they find me, can gain weight on a diet of ice cubes and a bit of dust. They are absolutely confused about what to put on their plate, which ends up in them eating to extremes – either everything, or barely anything at all. I have personal experience in this plight because there are so many loud voices out there about diet in relation to Lipoedema. I’ve been there on the ice cubes and a pinch of dust diet too, and it’s always so gratifying to put people on a diet of real, unprocessed, whole foods where they can enjoy their food and repair the emotional relationship with food that has built up over the years.
LSS: How can patients get in touch?
Kimmi: I am a Clinical Nutritionist with an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine. I offer a 15-minute phone call (it’s free) so that we can make sure we are a good fit to work together and to make sure that expectations are realistic. All Nutritional Medicine appointments are done via Zoom, and people can book a call or an appointment with me via my website www.nutritionalsynergy.com.au My email address is email@example.com
Kimmi's Upcoming events
Katrina (my friend and colleague in the US) and I run a free Facebook group for people who want to learn more about using a ketogenic diet for the management of lipoedema and lymphoedema – it’s called Ketogenic Nutrition for Lymphedema, Lipedema, and Lipo-lymphedema. We’re a lovely community who discuss much more than food and nutrition. We also chat about fashion, annoyances, gratitudes, equipment, and anything else that we feel safe to share in the group related to these conditions.
I always have an online keto course for people with Lipoedema and Lymphoedema coming up! It’s not as individualised as Nutritional Medicine, but it is a very thorough insight into how to use a modified ketogenic diet for these conditions. I run this course with Katrina who is a fellow lipoedema lady in the US – she used keto alone to lose 200lbs and has kept it off. She is an amazingly insightful woman and a master of self-care – we all know how vital self-care is and how difficult it can be for us to implement. Katrina helps us all to make it happen! This course has run 22 times now and is constantly updated with new information and insights. The next one starts on January 2, 2022 and it is filling up already, but I have plenty more scheduled through 2022. Details for this course and some beautiful testimonials from people who have participated are on my website https://www.nutritionalsynergy.com.au/working-with-me
People can find me on social media (Facebook and Instagram) where I’m constantly popping in with helpful tips, tricks, and information on all things related to food and lipoedema and lymphoedema!
Facebook (Nutritional Synergy) and Instagram (@nutritionalsynergy)
Spoiler alert … there are more nutrition and lifestyle projects underway for our Lipoedema community coming in 2022 which will support people who would prefer to use non-keto dietary protocols to support their health and reduce inflammation with Lipoedema.