Claire McHugh

Ballito Dietitian

Registered Dietitian
Specialised in Paediatric Nutrition and Lactation Consulting
BSc Dietetics, 1999 (UP)

Claire McHugh qualified as a dietitian at the University of Pretoria in 1999 and went on to specialise in Paediatric nutrition in the UK, where she worked for 8 years. She has been in private practice since 2009 specialising in paediatric and infant nutrition. She works closely with paediatricians; GP’s and nurses in the hospital and outpatient setting managing nutrition of children; from premature infants to teenagers. She is also a qualified lactation consultant and consults to new mums assisting and educating them on breastfeeding. Alongside this, Claire provides a part-time service to the adult wards at Alberlito and Victoria Hospitals. This service includes inpatient nutrition care of patients in the ICU, medical and surgical wards. Claire is a well-known speaker in her field and has presented research and done numerous scientific talks for large multinational nutrition companies on topics relating to child nutrition. She has also written articles, presented on radio and television for a variety of magazines and parenting websites and programs. Claire is the nutrition expert for the Pampers institute and Mamahood South Africa. She works for Woolworths doing store tours and nutrition education in schools. Claire is the founder and director of a nutrition education tool- “Healthy plate Healthy me’. Claire has a special interest in allergy and serves on the executive committee for the dietician’s interest group of ALLSA.


Each patient or client is different and will each have their own goals. They, therefore, need a unique and tailored solution to achieve their intended outcome. Advice is provided, and tailored nutrition strategies or eating plans are calculated and prescribed accordingly to ensure that, if adhered to, they will result in an achievement of a client’s goals.

Contact Claire

‘ I'm very pleased with the results. Thank you again for your help and commitment.’

Michael Hay. Multi Day Endurance Athlete.

‘You've played a big role in Madi's development. We are very grateful for the work you do. You've been an incredible support to us.’

Madison’s mom.

‘Thank you, I truly appreciate your help in getting me into a new improved lifestyle.’

Neil Fynn.

‘My racing has been awesome. Never felt tired at any point. My eating plan is the bomb, I am not ever changing.’

Natalie Bergstrom. SA Masters MTB Cross Country.

‘I have already seen an improvement. She has been eating her dinner without us having to remind her to chew or hurry up.’

Kelsey’s mom.

'Thank you for the inspirational session. I feel like I have a new lease on life & I am ecstatic to begin my healthy regime.’

Paula Lewis.

‘My race went great - did a personal best. Been sticking to my plan with nutrition & its really helping.’

Miroslav Fischer. Iron Man Athlete.

‘My wife & I were extremely pleased with the huge weight that was lifted after the consult. Thank you!’

Kimeya’s dad.

‘The session was exactly what I needed to kick start the road to a healthier lifestyle.’

Subashni Govender.

‘I felt really strong throughout. I had a great & enjoyable race. Thanks again for all your help.’

Jono Cech. Cape Epic.

‘The visit to you has made a difference. She is eating vegetables now.’

Kirthi’s mom.

‘You helped me feel a lot more positive. I had been feeling very concerned about my level of tiredness & low energy!’

Jessica Chaplin.