Why bother seeing a Dietitian? Here's why.
Here's how a typical first up consultation with a Dietitian goes. It lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour, and completely focuses on you:
- You sit down in the room and the Dietitian asks you the usual details if they haven't got them already - age, date of birth, your address, etc
- Then they ask you the reason for attending so they can tailor their advice.
- Followed by asking you about what you do each day i.e. your work situation, how physically active you are, what exercises you do.
- Then they ask you about who you live with, who does the cooking, the shopping, whose in charge of feeding the kids etc
- Once thats covered we look at your medical history - your own individual health history - illnesses, diseases, intolerances, allergies, what medications you're on, what supplements you take, if you've had recent surgery, if you've been treated for any serious injuries or illnesses recently. Then we ask about your family history - your mother and father's, and grandmothers, and grandfathers, sister and brother's illness and disease history - high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver disease etc
- Then the Dietitian takes a diet history - this means we get you to honestly recall what you'd typically eat on an average day.
- We listen to your personal concerns, learn your daily schedule, your lifestyle, your sleeping patterns, and your social life.
- We learn what you're willing to change at that time, what you need to change, and what you refuse to change.
- Once, and only once we have taken in all this information, do we then work with you to come up with an individualised dietary management plan.
- This will NEVER compare to any dietary guidelines.
You can not ever replace individualised care and support with a one-fits-all approach to health.
One person can eat the saltiest fish and chips they desire, the other could eat the same meal and be placed into a life-threatening state.
One person can eat peanut butter on everything, the other person can be sent to hospital struggling to breathe.
One person can eat apples, watermelon, garlic and onions, the other person would be struck down with incredible stomach pains and bloating.
One person can eat a tub of ice cream and simply feel guilty, the other person….well, let's just say they'd be best kept in isolation near a bathroom for a while.
I cannot stress enough how incredibly important it is to find your very own dietary guidelines that work for your lifestyle, your body, and your happiness.
Accredited Practising Dietitian's and Nutritionists are trained, and continually train to maintain their accreditation to offer you this support. We are specialists in our field.