Frequently Asked Questions
What is Nutritional Medicine?
Nutritional Medicine harnesses the medicinal properties of food to improve health.
Nutritional Medicine is part of the complementary medicine field and requires a thorough understanding of the nutrients required for all biochemical processes in the body. These processes include: detoxification, growth and development and energy production. Without adequate nutrient status the body cannot perform any of these functions well.
Identifying and resolving underlying drivers of poor health is a key element of Nutritional Medicine, for example getting to the bottom of issues such as fatigue, lowered immunity and digestive symptoms.
TIP: ‘Nutrition’ as a profession is not regulated in the same way as being a nurse, lawyer or doctor is. So when selecting a Nutritionist to see ask for their qualifications and association details to make sure they have a degree.
What happens during consultations?
Everyone is different so this will depend on exactly what your goals are.
However as a general overview, our initial appointment will focus on finding out exactly what is going on for you. We will go through a thorough medical, diet and lifestyle history.
We will discuss your goals and exactly what you would like to achieve and in what time frame.
From here I will give initial recommendations and put in place specific things for you to track and measure.
There will be work involved on your behalf.
It will be worth it.
We will establish a follow up appointment where we will discuss progress and continue monitoring changes. At the time of the second appointment it is likely that we will put in place a more structured treatment plan based on the information from your initial consultation.
Throughout your consultations I will continue giving tailored recommendations and evidence based advice to help you reach your health goals.
What should I come and see you for?
While I specialise in Women’s Health, I also help clients to optimise their health in any of the following areas:
Digestive health (e.g. if you experience bloating, reflux, burping, gas, difficulty swallowing)
Pre-conception (male and female) as well as pregnancy and post pregnancy care
Weight loss, gain or maintenance
Immune system support, allergies
Vegan and vegetarian specific dietary advice
Who should see a Nutritionist?
Everyone can benefit from seeing a Nutritionist and taking some time out to focus on their health. There is something we can all do to improve our health, especially as our needs change throughout our lifespan.
It is important to prioritise your health and not to wait until your health is compromised or you’re on the brink of a preventable condition.
Get on top of issues or symptoms early and seek out qualified advice.
Will you prescribe me supplements?
Only when necessary.
When a condition has become chronic or if you’re depleted in certain nutrients taking a supplement can be the fastest and most effective way to turn things around and improve your health.
Will I have to stop eating and drinking all of my favourite things?
Restriction is not something I recommend. Nor will I have you counting calories or weighing your food, because these methods simply don’t work in the long term.
Instead we will put in place some guidelines for you to follow and have you feeling in control and aware of the best way to eat for your individual needs.
You will still be able to eat the things that bring you joy, of course in moderation and as part of an overall healthy diet.