Hills District

Nutritionist

FAQs

What is a nutritionist exactly?

By definition, a nutritionist is someone who helps people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices. While the term nutritionist can be used by anyone, I personally hold a degree in Health Science, majoring in Nutritional Medicine (BHSc Nut Med). This is a rigorous tertiary degree based on the science of nutrition and also allows me to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a range of population health interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the population as a whole.

 

My own personal experience has led me to have a special interest in women’s and children’s health, gut health, mental health, allergies and intolerances.

What should I expect from a consultation?

My initial consultations are a 60 minute session. They are a very thorough health check involving lots of questions around what brought you to me, your health history, your current diet and lifestyle, stress management, sleep quality, and your energy levels.

 

What should I bring to my consultation?

You don’t need a referral from the doctor to see me, however, if you have any recent pathology, that would be a great start. A list of your current medications and supplements, or you can even bring them in to show me exactly which ones.

Are you going to put me on a diet?

As a holistic nutritionist I do not promote a calorie restriction based diet for my clients. I find that the cycle of restricting calories also restricts nutrients to the body and makes eating much less enjoyable. Part of my role is helping the relationship my clients have with food as the current trend of diet culture and body shaming plays a role in body image and emotional eating.

 

If the situation warrants, I do provide eating guidelines based on the findings of our consultation. For example to manage an inflammatory condition I would use the anti-inflammatory guidelines which are foods aimed at decreasing inflammation. For Diabetes I would use the Mediterranean/Low GI guidelines. Both of which are evidence based guidelines for specific conditions.

 

As my approach is holistic we can take this as fast or slow as you need. If you need baby steps to make these types of changes I’m here to support you in that process, If you want to jump right in I can support that too!

 

Why weight neutral?

Body weight is more complex than a number on the scale. There are many determinants involved in weight such as genetic, metabolic, cultural, social, behavioural, and physiological factors. Many of these determinants may be out of the control of the individual. By focusing on what we can change we can lead to improved health and wellbeing. 

 

Weight neutral interventions have displayed clinically significant improvements in physiological measures (e.g., blood pressure), behavioural practices (e.g., increased physical activity, decreased binge eating), and psychological measures (e.g., increased self-esteem, decreased depressive symptoms) and did not demonstrate any adverse outcomes, despite the fact that weight remained relatively unchanged.

 

Conversely, focusing primarily on weight loss may produce negative effects such as weight cycling, weight stigma, and disordered eating.

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I practice on Darug land and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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