The number of consultations required varies according to the individual, your health goals, the complexity of your case, and relies on you making some diet and lifestyle changes. Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix. It involves working together to support the root of a problem with both diet and lifestyle. Depending on your health goal, this process may take a few months (allow a minimum of 3 months) but will enable you to support yourself in optimum health for the rest of your life.
Prior to your first consultation you will be sent a detailed health questionnaire and food diary. A food diary is where you write a detailed log of your food and drink over 3 days. The first session will involve discussion of your health questionnaire, including family history and current signs and symptoms. We will set some health goals and I will give you some simple diet and lifestyle suggestions to take away. In the next session I will give you your detailed recommendations and dietary analysis and in further sessions will review your health goals and build on your progress. My aim is for you to arrive at your optimum health goal as quickly as possible and for you to be independent in supporting your own body through nutrition.
From experience, enabling you to achieve optimum health relies on your commitment and I see clients for a minimum of 3 times over a minimum of 3 months. Support can be offered online or via telephone. Usually after an initial consultation I will advise you on an estimated time frame for working together. For details on my packages and prices please enquire.
Typical consultations include:
Your first consultation, lasting approximately 60-75 minutes, involves taking a full history of your health and lifestyle. We will discuss your health goals and any challenges that may be preventing you from reaching them. We will work together to plan support that is specific to you and your routine. At the end of the session, I will give you some simple diet/lifestyle suggestions to take away and ask you to complete a 3-day food diary for dietary analysis.
In your second session, lasting approximately 60 minutes, I will share your evidence-based nutrition programme that has been designed specifically for you. I make food-based recommendations that fit in with your personal tastes and lifestyle. I can provide recipes, advice and support in changing habits and behaviours so that they support your health goal.
These sessions of approximately 45 minutes are intended to review your progress and are tailored to you. For example, you might like further support with how to eat well with a busy lifestyle; you might adapt your health goal or choose to find out about functional tests.
What results can I expect?
Everyone’s experience will be slightly different as we each have our own unique health history, genes, lifestyle, diets, personalities and life experiences. You may come to me unable to cook, unsure of where to start with healthy eating and a complexity of health issues. In this situation we go at your pace. I will guide you in how our diets affect our health and steer you towards making the right food choices. You will be supported in how to assemble or cook a simple yet tasty and nutritious meal. Or you may come as someone very well-read on nutrition and currently eating healthy foods yet you experience health problems. After analysing your health history, lifestyle and diet, we may need to explore things in more depth and look at why these foods do not suit you. Perhaps some testing may be recommended. Each case is individual but you will be guided in which foods suit your health goal, how to listen to your body and how to prepare nourishing food. Results may vary according to the complexity of your issues, but will depend on you having to make some diet and lifestyle changes. The most important factor is being ready to make any necessary changes. This is not always easy and some people may require more support with this. Often clients come to see me with a complexity of symptoms accumulated over several years if not a lifetime. Therefore it can sometimes take several months for improvement to be made. Often nutrition is not the only piece in the puzzle. Clients may need to adjust their lifestyles in terms of movement and exercise, sleep, stress management, etc., to complement their Nutritional Therapy. In some cases you may be advised to see another health professional such as a counsellor, chiropractor, physiotherapist, dentist or acupuncturist if appropriate.