We all look so different on the outside, so why should our insides be any different? That’s why consultations need to be one-to-one.
In order to meet your specific goals, the consultation involves a full nutritional assessment. It is based on your medical and social history, your typical diet and eating patterns, and current lifestyle.
After the consultation (see right), with your input, we put together a practical plan of action – with clear aims and objectives. The focus is on making changes that are both realistic and achievable, so that the improvements we make are permanent. I may also suggest any relevant medical or diagnostic tests.
It’s this personalized nutrition plan that you will come to pick up two days later, along with any supplements that you may require.
I am often asked how many consultations someone will require and I feel that this can only be determined at the second consultation, two weeks later.
You see, there are often many factors which contribute to ill health and the length of treatment can only be determined depending on the initial progress. However, I generally find that a minimum of three consultations is required.
Not only are follow-ups essential to assess your progress, but also to give ongoing support. In fact, most patients find further sessions invaluable, be they on a regular basis, or as circumstances arise.
Each consultation takes about an hour and involves compiling a detailed nutritional assessment.These include:
- Anthropometry i.e. height and weight, recent weight history, usual weight, hip-to-waist ratio.
- Consideration of relevant biochemistry, from blood tests/other tests.
- Clinical considerations such as nutritional signs and symptoms (i.e. gastrointestinal problems), relevant recent and past medical history and medications, and family medical history.
- Dietary factors, including aspects affecting your current food intake, diet history and nutritional requirements.
- Consideration of social and lifestyle issues, exercise levels, readiness to make changes and motivation.