What To Expect From A Nutritional Consultation

The Nutritional Therapy Consultation Procedure

Preparation …

Nutritional Therapy treats each patient as an individual, addressing YOUR concerns, YOUR priorities and YOUR commitment to the development of our programme. After our initial contact, a questionnaire will be forwarded to you for completion. This will highlight your health concerns, tell me about your lifestyle, medications you may be taking and medical history. This will reduce the time spent in our consultation having to record all this information – which is imperative to the devising of the programme.

A food diary will also need to be completed. This records your food intake for five days. Although laborious this is critical to ascertaining foods that may be precursors to the symptoms/complaints that you are experiencing – again reducing the time allocated during our consultation to this task.

The Consultation Itself …

Typically lasting an hour and a half, this is where we discuss your health concerns. We look at past medical conditions, family medical history, previous dietary habits, administered medication, lifestyle factors and sleep patterns. This information will be assessed in terms of relevance to your current health concerns, to identify the factors and imbalances that are contributing to symptoms … then we look at how we can address them.

A Dietary Programme …

A dietary programme is then devised for you to adhere to, to improve the way you eat. This will highlight foods to be increased and foods to be reduced – to address and improve your health concerns. Each food group will be looked at, so you will have a complete breakdown of the foods to incorporate into your daily meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Depending on the complexities of your health concerns, the dietary programme may be available after the consultation, or sent to you a few days later. This enables research and confirmation of the dietary proposals made.

Supplements …

A Nutritional Supplement is a preparation intended to provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, fatty acids or amino acids, that are missing or are not consumed in sufficient quantity in a person’s diet. Supplements are sometimes recommended. Again, a supplement prescription may be available on the day or forwarded to you. This is due to research into contraindications – ensuring that no supplement recommended will interfere with any medication currently being taken.

If the programme is not available on the day, a meeting or telephone conversation will take place to discuss the programme in depth and to alleviate any queries. Telephone or email support can be ongoing throughout the initiation of the programme.

Follow-up Consultation …

This is a generally shorter procedure where we assess the progress of the treatment programme, ensure it is working effectively and make adjustments where needed.

Functional Tests …

These are available and may be necessary to highlight exactly where dysfunctions are located in the body