Nutritional Advice FAQ's:
What does Nutritional Therapy Involve
A Nutritional Therapy session will firstly involve filling out a detailed questionnaire in the initial instance (prior to the session) so that you can get the most out of your time with the therapist, and you can get the best assistance to help you with the things you wish to improve within your body and your health and well-being.
The questionnaire will ask for some basic medical history, including family medical history so that we can build up an accurate picture of any family history that may affect you in future, and plan accordingly. It will also look at why you wish to commence Nutritional Therapy, and what you are looking to get out of your sessions. We will also look at any medications and/or supplements that you may be taking to see how these are helping / affecting you. We will also look at your background, to build up a picture of how your life was and how it is at the present time. This way we can both work together to ensure that you are getting the best care possible.
Each session lasts approximately 1 hr. It is advised that you look at Nutritional Therapy as being a mid- to long-term treatment. It is not something that can be considered a ‘quick fix’ solution that will have you fixed within a couple of weeks. The best way to look at Nutritional Therapy is to see it as an investment in your own health, and your best future prospects.
What should I bring with me?
All you need to bring with you to the first session is yourself. The questionnaire should be returned prior to the session so that any medications can be checked, and that the therapist can make some notes and questions to further assess your situation with you. If you have any questions that you may wish to ask at the session, then please feel free to write them down and bring them with you.
Will I have to go on a strict diet?
That will depend upon what issues need to be addressed. If there is an issue that may benefit from a restricted diet in the short term then it may improve the quality of your life at the same time as allowing us to work out what the issue is that is affecting you – and then alleviate it and work on improving your nutritional well-being.
With other issues it may be that a certain food or food group may need to be removed from the diet in the short term to assess how it affects you. With other ailments it could be just some small adjustments that are required. Overall, it will depend upon what your current diet is like and what your situation dictates as to how we will proceed. However, I prefer to work with you to assist you in making choices that you can stick with, and by tweaking your diet over time in order to maintain your health and improve it slowly. Big change all at once is usually a big mistake as people rarely stick to it, so small changes to the diet one step at a time are more likely to make a long term difference.
Can you help me to lose weight?
I can help you to lose weight, but again this will be over a period of time and should never be perceived as a quick fix solution. In the long term, steady weight loss can help you to improve your lifestyle as you improve your diet, lose weight and become healthier and maybe even more active. This can help reduce or prevent the symptoms of diseases such as diabetes. It can also help you to balance your blood sugar, giving you better energy levels over the course of a whole day, rather than having highs and lows around meal times.
Weight loss is often only a small part of things usually, and long term health benefits should be considered as the eventual goal to aim for, with weight loss playing just one small part in your future well being.