Why see me for nutritional advice?

“Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level… Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.” – for more about dietitians, see https://www.bda.uk.com/ 

 

Confusion?

Nutrition is a subject that many people think they know a little about. I know that people are confused when they hear and read  pieces of information which contradict eachother. I notice that nutritional information in the media is often distorted, exaggerated, misinterpreted or taken out of context.

 

Evidence-based

I believe strongly in presenting information which is evidence –based ie. which is validated by scientific research. Evidence-based practice is contained in the professional code of conduct of medics and paramedics- both within the NHS and outside it.

Science

People often say to me “…the experts are always changing their minds!” but scientific discovery does not stand still – it progresses. People have difficulty with this because they prefer clear “black and white” answers. Scientists make a hypothesis (suggested theory) which they then test with large numbers of participants. This experiment is repeated many times over, by different researchers, in a controlled way. Even then they might not be able to say “this is a fact” . They might be able to say something more cautious, like: “at present, the vast majority of evidence currently suggests that…”

 

My approach

 

Food comes first

For this reason, I appreciate the importance of my own continuous professional development (CPD)- and keeping up-to-date. If i am not sure of something i will research it for you. My approach is not based on anecdotes or personal beliefs or popular ideas. My aim is to treat people via their diet, not with “special products”. I certainly don’t aim to promote a particular product or to sell any commercial supplement.

 

Client-centred

I don’t impose my own agenda but i aim to be client-centered. In other words, I listen to you and respond to your needs.  With discussion, we agree on realistic and clear goals. Using good communication skills is very important to me. I treat the whole person, taking into account their thoughts, feelings, and lifestyle. My dietary advice is “tailor-made” to the individual. I aim to translate scientific jargon into understandable information. Together we can apply this knowledge in practice to adapt your diet.

 

…and reading between the lines…

You may want straight forward dietary advice. However, for some of you, you may be aware already of emotions  or thoughts that adversely affect your eating habits and you may request psychotherapy support. I may otherwise read between the lines, myself  and i may suggest to you psychotherapy support, in addition to dietary advice. Either way, this is your choice- something we discuss at your first appointment, if appropriate.

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