I often get asked what a consultation with a nutritionist involves. So, the purpose of this blog is to explain what’s involved and tell you what kinds of health issues clients come to see me for.
What kind of advice is given?
In a nutshell, what I do is offer personalised diet & lifestyle advice which is tailored to the clients health needs and goals, this includes practical meal suggestions and recipes. My aim is to identify and treat the root cause of a health problem, not just treat the symptoms. So for example, if a person is having digestive problems, I will give them diet & supplement advice that will offer immediate relief, but afterwards, I will investigate what the underlying issues are that are contributing to the digestive issues and treat accordingly.
Whole body approach.
I often offer lifestyle advice alongside my nutrition advice because I really see the body as a whole and therefore take a whole body approach to wellness. For example, a person suffering with IBS, high blood pressure or infertility, will need to manage their stress levels along with their diet if they want to achieve real results. As such, I will often offer additional advice in terms of stress management, exercise, organisation/time management, motivational exercises, strategies to overcome cravings & emotional eating etc.
Who can benefit from a nutrition consultation?
I see an equal amount of men and women of all age groups, although I tend to see more adults than children. Many people present with specific health issues, although a fair amount just come looking for general advice so that they can fine tune their diet and look and feel their best.
I would say the most common health complaints I hear from clients are: weight gain/inability to lose weight, low energy/fatigue, sugar cravings, digestive trouble (incl. IBS, constipation, bloating, reflux), allergies, high cholesterol, psoriasis, low mood/anxiety, joint pain, PMS and pre-diabetes.
Below is a more comprehensive list of health issues that can be improved with the correct dietary modifications:
- Digestive Problems: Constipation, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, IBS, Reflux, IBS, Food allergies/Intolerances
- Weight Related Issues: Weight gain/inability to lose weight, Sugar Cravings, diabetes
- Cardio-Vascular Health: Raised Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Metabolic Syndrome
- Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health: Fertility Issues, PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause, Recurring Thrush, Cystitis
- Skin Conditions: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea
- Mental/Emotional Health: Mood Swings, Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Poor Concentration
How Many Sessions Are Required?
In order to monitor progress and ensure the recommendations are working for the client, it’s usually necessary to return for a follow-up consultation which will last abut 45 minutes. Most clients will attend between two and four sessions in total spread out over a few months. Some people are good to go after two sessions, others need or want more long term support, it really depends on the individual and their needs and wants.
If you’d like to have a chat about possibly coming for a consultation, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to discuss your needs. Alternatively you can fill out the inquiry form below.