Are you thinking of seeing a nutritionist but may be sceptical of the process? Then you may find this article useful!
What is nutrition counseling?
Nutrition counseling helps to improve health issues or optimise current dietary habits with the help of a professional and qualified nutritionist. The aim of nutrition counselling is to optimise your current eating habits step by step in order to make the changes a sustainable lifestyle, not a once off diet. I personally integrate functional medicine into my counselling, which is an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. This works without the use of western medicine and aims to treat the under-lying cause of a health issues and not simply treat the symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners use nutrition, natural supplementation and lifesyle changes to optimise and support a client´s health and well-being.
Who can benefit from nutrition counseling?
Anyone who wants to optimise their health and well-being. Nutrition counseling can benefit all that seek advice to optimise their nutrition and lifestyle. Particularly those suffering with reversible illnesses such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other gut issues, skin conditions (e.g. eczema), illnesses throughout the year, chronic fatigue or even those wanting to lose or gain weight. Nutrition counseling can also benefit athletes looking to support and optimise their performance and manage the demands of their sport through effective nutrition to enhance recovery. Athletes should make sure to see a qualified sports nutritionist or sports dietician that have a indepth knowledge of their sport and its requirements.
How is a nutrition consultation conducted?
When seeking nutritional advice, make sure to contact a qualified nutritionist with good credentials not only a certificate off the internet.
A few days before a consultation, in order to get detailed information from a client, a health questionnaire, a food diary and a consent form are sent to the client via email. This is in order for the nutritionist to prepare and have a better knowledge of what the client is wanting to work on and their current health situation before the consultation. The consent form states the terms and conditions of working together and should be signed by the client and sent back before the consultation commences.
The consultation is usually conducted one-on-one in person, however, these days online consultations are becoming more and more common. During the consultation it is important to the nutritionist that you feel welcome, safe and comfortable. Having good rapport and communication with the nutritionist is highly valuable when it comes to answering questions regarding current and past health and lifestyle habits and/or experiences. Providing any past and current test results can be of great help to inform the nutritionist of the client´s health status. Some may request a blood test prior to the consultation.
It is in the client´s best interest to be honest when answering any health and lifestyle related questions. This is to ensure that the information provided can be used to create an individualised plan to best suit the needs and lifestyle of the client. It is importatnt to know that one should never feel judged during a consultation. The nutritionist is simply gathering information that can provide a detailed picture of their client. All information given is protected under client -practitioner confidentiality and is not shared with any outside parties.
See the `WHAT TO EXPECT` and ´BOOK A PLAN` pages for step by step information on how I conduct my consultations.
Is nutrition counseling covered by health insurance?
Unfortunately, nutrition counseling is usually not covered by health insurance.