Your Questions Answered
What is a nutritionist?
A registered practitioner I am trained in the art of understanding and implementing whole foods supplements or nutrients to nourish, heal or manage health. As the father of modern medicine once famously quoted. "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" (Hippocrates). Mainstream medicine does not emphasise the significance of poor nutrition and lifestyle choices as a major cause of a wide range of health disorders. Nor does preventative medicine achieved through diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle habits get the credit it deserves for being the key to health, happiness and longevity. As a nutritionist, I guide clients through the maze of health information and work with client to identify, correct any nutritional causes of disease and create programs that optimise health.
What is health and wellness coaching? In addition to analysing and creating a plan, to reach optimal results one needs to find the motivation and have habits that support a healthy lifestyle. Many clients know what they need to do, or have the knowledge, but don't always act and as a result don't reach their health goals. By intertwining coaching into consultations we can unravel any limiting patterns that prevent you from following your path to wellness and keep you accountable, harness your motivation and set achievable goals. Change takes time and having someone to support you and walk through the changes with you can make the difference.
What does a consultation look like?
Nutritionists are trained to treat the whole person. I investigate at depth the whole person, not only the reason (condition or symptoms) one seeks help for. This includes current diet, lifestyle, environmental factors, patterns of behaviours, beliefs and as well as symptoms and current conditions. In addition to clinical signs and symptoms, a variety of assessments both traditional, diagnostic and functional testing provides a comprehensive view of health and wellness and from this a plan is devised to balance the body and bring back a state of health and wellness. The aim is to identify, treat and focus on both short term health and long term solutions. This may involve diet advice, supplements, lifestyle recommendations, referrals to other health practitioners and education). This is then enhanced through finding your motivating factors, setting goals and changing habits.
What is required by a client?
In order for change to occur, it is important that you come with an open mind, be realistic and truthful about your state of health, have a willingness to try something new and be okay with stepping out of your comfort zone for a little bit. To be aware that change is a process and unlike the medical professional that offers a pill to take away a symptom (on most occasions , natural medicine is focusing on healing the root cause and so therefore may take a little longer. One must realise that health is a life time endeavour and not something you can do for 1 month and then expect life long results. As Hippocrates once said: "If someone wished for good health, one must first ask themselves if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him". (See I told you, absolute legend that Hippocrates!)
Booking an appointment:
Once you have made a booking, you will be sent a comprehensive questionnaire to be completed and sent back before the initial consultation. This provides an over view of your current state of health and wellness, all signs, symptoms, previous history and family health conditions. It is very comprehensive and This has 2 benefits. It A: It saves time and you pennies as this is usually done in a consultation and B: Allows me to see where we can focus and delve deeper into areas needing adjustment or balance when we have our first initial consultation.
Types of appointments:
Initial wellness consultation: Available via Skype and phone. Usually 1 hour long. comprehensive appointment in which your comprehensive questionnaire is combined with further investigations that will enable me to understand your needs and health goals. Following this initial consultation I will present or email you (depending on the level of need) a tailored individual health plan. If supplementation, remedies, or testing is required this can be arranged via distance or you will be directed toward your nearest health food store or practitioner. Price: $80.00
Follow up wellness consultation: Available via Skype and phone. 20-40 mins long. Follow ups are recommended 2-4 weeks after the initial consultation. During this consultation, your progress will be checked, questions will be answered, the plan can be adapted or increased and deeper investigations may be explored to enhance the healing process. Price: $60.00
Email consult: This is a unique and ideal method for those who prefer email, are time poor or want general advice and recommendations from a qualified professional without the cost of a full appointment. Useful for those wanting advice, a basic diet overview, recommendations for a specific condition or if you have completed one of my workbooks and want a professional to double check the individual blueprint. Depending on enquiry, clients can expect a turn around within 2 weeks. Price: $40-80.00