Nutrition is all about food and what you eat and drink. A Nutritionist will ensure you are getting an optimum balance of nutrients in your diet plus will also look at other factors including:
• Your health concerns
• Diet requirements including allergies and food intolerances
• Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
• Eating habits
• Trigger foods and your attitude or emotional links with food
• Digestion and how well you are digesting food and optimising gut health
• Weight management
• Sports nutrition
Working with a Nutritionist will help you plan your diet and meals and will also help coach and support you to make sustainable changes.
What is the best diet?
Often our clients ask us which type of diet is the best. The short answer is none and the long answer is that the best diet is the diet that suits you. We consider the following before recommending a diet and recommend you do the same before starting a new diet:
1. What are your genetics?
Genetics play an important role in how your body uses food and nutrients including some of these key elements:
• How well do you tolerate carbohydrates
• Food allergies such as coeliac disease
• What your tolerance is for lactose, caffeine and alcohol
• How well you absorb, store and burn fat
• Your appetite control
2. What are your health issues or goals?
There are specific diet and nutrition recommendations for a range of health issues including Diabetes, Irritable Bowel disease and Migraines.
There are also recommendations based on stages of life including children’s growth, adolescent development and pregnancy and breast feeding.
Certain diets may not be suitable based on current symptoms for example it is not recommended to follow detox diet if you experience constipation so it is important to discuss any symptoms so that the appropriate recommendations are made.
3. What is your lifestyle?
Everyone has a different lifestyle and your diet and food choices has to fit your lifestyle otherwise it is very difficult to maintain. Some of the things to consider are who you live with ie your family or share house, your work ie shift work, FIFO, office based work or on the road based work or international travel and whether you like a set routine or you prefer variety and get bored with the same meals.
4. What exercise are you doing?
What regular physical activity you are doing will impact your nutrition requirements. Also if you are preparing for an event ie tournament or marathon then your nutrition needs to support your preparation. If your nutrition isn’t matching your activity you can experience that super hungry feeling with a new exercise routine.
5. How long are you going to follow the diet?
Is the diet short, medium or long term. It is easier to implement strict diet choices over a short period of time.
Once our practitioners have gathered this information they will work with you to put together a diet and meal plans for you.
Note: You will get some results with most diets as they usually cut out “junk”, “takeaway” and processed food, reduce sugar and alcohol and increase water and vegetables but to ensure the best results we recommend you work with your health professional and use a diet that suits you.