Frequently Asked Questions
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 is your nutrition philosophy?
Holistic nutrition - food as medicine, always. Treating a person as a whole, rather than just the symptoms. This means digging for the root cause if necessary. Lucky for my client’s I have a tenacious spirit!
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. With your consent I can also provide a physical health check of your blood pressure, pulse, weight, height, as well as an assessment of your hair, skin, nails, and tongue.
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!
What can you do for me?
Depending on your individual health requirements and the outcome of the consultation I devise a tailored prescription to suit your needs. This may involve changes to your current diet (food as medicine, always), supplementation with nutrients, lifestyle advice, and stress management techniques.
Where are you located?
My clinic is in Bella Vista NSW but I also offer online consultations for those who cannot make it in to the clinic.