Food plays a major role in everyone’s life, no matter who you are.
Visiting a dietitian, like our Accredited Practising Dietitian Ally Smith, can help to improve your energy levels, mood and more!
In this blog, we share 8 of the most common reasons people seek an appointment with our Brisbane Dietitian – and how they can help you.
8 Reasons to See a Dietitian
- You want to lose or gain weight
Anyone can google how to lose or gain weight, however, most of the time this search produces quick and often unsustainable methods, aka fad diets.
A dietitian will work with you to design a personalised plan, which optimises health and ensures the results are long-lasting.
Would you like professional assistance to reach your desired weight? We share details of our personalised weight loss programs here.
- You have a chronic disease and want help managing it
If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, a dietitian can assist with management.
Why? Well, a dietitian understands the background behind these illnesses. They will work with you so you can understand the condition, and how food may affect it.
They will also put together a personalised plan which highlights which nutrients should be consumed and which should be avoided.
- You want practical lifestyle advice
Even if you don’t have any overt symptoms, a dietitian can provide individualised nutrition advice (rather than browsing the internet on how to eat healthily and trying to separate fact from fiction).
We can cover a range of topics with you, including but not limited to:
- Label reading
- Healthy cooking for those on a budget
- How to dine out healthily
- How to manage temptations
- You have any digestive complaint(s)
Digestive complaints can range from bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, heartburn, and abdominal pain.
Working with a professional to fine tune your diet can help you to determine what’s causing the unpleasant symptoms and how to avoid them.
- You want to improve your performance in sport
A dietitian can offer a professional insight into how to fuel your preferred sport or activity, including marathon running, basketball, or jogging with your dog.
Pre and post training nutrition, supplementation and energy requirements are just a few topics which could be discussed.
- You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are a new mother
A dietitian can work with you to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy, as well as after birth for both you and the baby (including breast feeding).
- You want to eliminate a food/food group for a health or ethical reason
If you want to eliminate a food group for a health reason or ethical reason, a dietitian can help ensure that you’re still fulfilling your nutritional requirements.
By eliminating a food or food group, for whatever reason, you are at risk of being deficient in certain areas which can result in health issues. For example, a vegan is usually at risk of not consuming enough protein, calcium and iron.
Blood tests may be needed to confirm any deficiencies, but a dietitian can then suggest other foods to fill these gaps in your diet.
- You or your child is experiencing eating disorder tendencies or has been diagnosed with an eating disorder
A dietitian will work with you, your doctor and your psychologist to aid you through recovery and restoring your health.
Treatment types will depend on the eating disorder, as well as the severity.
If you have already been diagnosed with a severe eating disorder, it is likely you will be referred to a dietitian who specialises in the illness.
Book An Appointment with our Brisbane Dietitian Today
Are you ready to make an appointment with our Accredited Practising Dietitian Ally Smith?
Please call our Everton Park Clinic today on (07) 3353 4111.
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Our services include Physiotherapy, Sports Physio, Hydrotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dry Needling, Massage, Womens Health, and Seniors Strength and Balance Classes. Please note that services vary across our clinics.
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