Bite Size Chats has gone global in this episode with Sandra Mikhail and Gemma Sampson – two Australian-born dietitians currently living and working in Switzerland and Spain, respectively. Sandra and Gemma talk us through the process of jumping out their comfort zones and reinventing themselves in the COVID-19 era. From a love-hate relationship with social media and managing mental health to the importance of setting boundaries and non-negotiable self-care routines, this is one jam-packed podcast where the message of slowing down to move faster rings true. Enjoy the podcast!



Sandra Mikhail is an internationally-known accredited practising dietitian, the founder of Nutrition A-Z by Sandra Mikhail as well as the co-founder of The Wellbeing Hub. She holds a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Monash University, Australia), a Master of Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Health (ETHZ) and is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is also currently part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sports Nutrition Program. Being a globe-trotting dietitian, she has extensive experience in clinical practice, nutrition consulting and health promotion, working in Australia, the UAE and Switzerland. Her main areas of specialty are digestive disease, sports nutrition and corporate health working with popular brands and partners such as the Swiss football club FCZ, She’s Mercedes, Lululemon and Adobe to name a few. As a mental health advocate, her workshops and articles on stress and nutrition have gained popularity internationally where she was personally invited by Arianna Huffington to contribute to her global platform Thrive and has appeared on CNN to talk about nutrition and stress in the workplace.

Connect with Sandra @nutritionaz_by_sandramikhail.


Gemma Sampson is an Australian Advanced Sports Dietitian based in Girona with over 12 years experience working with amateur and elite cyclists and triathletes. She takes an individualised and holistic approach to sports nutrition that is tailored around the training and performance goals of the athlete. Her sports nutrition coaching focuses on practical, realistic and sustainable strategies to fuel around work, training and competition for long-term results. A passionate cyclist herself, she loves working with motivated high performing endurance athletes and seeing them get results and achieve their goals. When she’s not talking about sports nutrition, you’ll find her practicing what she preaches, putting nutrition science into practice on the bike herself.

Connect with Gemma @gemmasampsonnutrition.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What led to Sandra’s and Gemma’s global leap
  • How their businesses have adapted to telehealth
  • How they’ve found new referral pathways during this time
  • The challenges ‘wellness unicorns’ pose to dietitians working abroad
  • Their current projects in the world of sports nutrition
  • The importance of consistency in marketing
  • Their personal wellness strategies and how they’ve dealt with burnout in the past

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