- How can seeing a nutritionist help?
- What is nutritional therapy?
- How does a nutritional therapist differ from a nutritionist?
- What can I expect from a private consultation?
HOW CAN NUTRITION HELP?
Good nutrition is central to us leading a healthful life, and the fast paced modern lifestyle is not always conducive to healthy eating practices. However, more and more it is accepted that diets are to blame for the ever increasing non-communicable diseases from which we suffer, with the World Health Organization urging European countries to provide better advice to citizens on healthy dietary practices in an attempt to curb this increase.
Nutritional therapists work with individuals using a holistic functional medicine approach. This approach identifies body systems which are out of balance and which might be contributing to any symptoms and health concerns. These major body systems are digestive, endocrine, reproductive, excretory, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, immune and integumentary. The aim of the nutritional recommendations is to rebalance these body systems and support the body towards better health. Nutritional therapy takes a holistic approach and encourages individuals to make changes to their diet and lifestyle to bring their body back into balance naturally.
Associate and registered nutritionists are those who are on the register held by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and have the letters ANutr or RNutr after their name. AfN nutritionists are qualified to work in a wide range of settings, with companies on food safety issues and regulation, in a public health setting working on regulation and public health interventions, with private clients advising on nutrition for a wide range of health issues, and AfN nutritionists also work often in a hospital setting alongside dieticians.
Before your consultation I like to either have a short chat on the phone, or I would ask you to fill in a questionnaire and return it to me for preliminary analysis. I would also ask you to complete a 3 day food diary which can be either sent by email, or I can register you with an application which allows you to fill in your food throughout the day and allows me access. This information helps me to tailor recommendations to you. Your consultation would be one-to-one whereby further investigation into your case history along with lifestyle, medications, current diet and symptoms. We would agree on your health goals and then develop together a realistic and individual programme for you to follow. Your programme would be for 4 weeks and during this time you can contact your nutritionist for support or advice.