Frequently Asked Questions
Who could benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy may be of benefit to anyone with specific health issues, a diagnosed medical condition, a desire to boost energy or performance (mental or physical) or a determination to prevent future health problems.
What is involved in a consultation?
Before your consultation – Once your consultation has been booked, you will be sent a questionnaire and a food diary – covering all aspects of your medical history, dietary habits and lifestyle factors. You are asked to return this before you arrive for your consultation.
During your consultation – We will discuss your medical history, current diet and lifestyle and explore how nutrition could help improve your health. The course of action will be determined by your specific needs and an individual programme will be devised. Specific, achievable goals will be discussed with you – you are involved in every step, so you are able to work at your own speed.
Follow up – A follow-up appointment is usually booked 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation to check your progress. After the first follow up, it varies for each individual: some people prefer regular checks, encouragement and help; others are happy to go away for a couple of months and work on their goals.
For more information on what is involved, please see my Consultations page.
How long will it take to start feeling better?
Nutritional Therapists aim to help you feel better and support your diet and health in as few consultations as possible. Some people with straightforward issues could be seen 2 or 3 times; other more complex cases could take longer – up to 5 or 6 visits. Some people who have been helped by Nutritional Therapy decide to come back for a yearly ‘MOT’ and to keep on track.
Will I have to undergo tests?
Tests are a useful tool but will only be suggested if appropriate to your needs. You may be recommended functional tests to help identify the best strategy, but the reasons for doing the test, the cost and expected results will always be discussed with you and you only proceed with the test if you are happy. If tests are needed these will be carried out following a consultation and the results will be analysed and discussed with you in a subsequent consultation.
Will I have to take supplements?
Not necessarily and not if you don’t want to. Diet is always the most important aspect of Nutritional Therapy. However, many people have low levels of certain nutrients and using supplements may help with your health goals.
What is the difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a Dietitian?
Nutritional Therapists use knowledge and science about food to make recommendations to restore balance and achieve optimal health. They tend to work with private clients and their registered body is BANT. A Nutritional Therapist cannot prescribe medication but can advise supplements. Nutritional Therapists are usually recommended to work with patients with chronic health conditions such as allergies, intolerance’s, digestive and bowel complaints, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune disorders, skin problems, fatigue etc. Whereas most dietitians work within the NHS and as a legally protected title they are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Dietitians have their own professional body, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and their main focus is to devise eating plans to support the treatment of medical conditions. As a result they often work as part of a wider team within a healthcare setting. In addition providing guidance to individuals, groups and communities in regards to food choices for good health, Dietitians must register with the HCPC and have appropriate qualifications to allow them to work in both public and private health care settings.