Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are some of the more common questions people may have. If you have a question that is not answered below. Please feel free to email your question directly.

What is a clinical nutritionist?

A clinical nutritionist has studied at a university level with a focus on human nutrition specialising in medical nutrition therapy and has completed theory and supervised practical assessment in clinical nutrition. Clinical nutritionists are required to maintain ongoing professional development standards to maintain their accreditation, allowing them to stay on top of the rapidly changing and expanding research in nutrition science.

What is nutritional medicine?

Nutritional medicine is a complementary practice that aims to support your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. It acknowledges the innate ability for the body to heal itself if given the adequate level of nutritional and environmental support.

What can nutritional medicine do for me?

The nutrients we absorb through our diet provide the building blocks for all cellular structures and functions of our body. How we absorb, process and use nutrients can vary based on our genetic makeup, immune status and our microbiome. Working with a clinical nutritionist you can gain more energy, improve your immune response, maintain a healthy weight, gain mental clarity and improve your quality of life.

What are your certifications?

I hold a Bachelor of Health Science Nutritional Medicine (BHSc NutMed)

Does nutrition just help with weight loss?

Nutrition can help with weight loss. With clients I like to focus on body composition; keeping good strong healthy muscles and bones while reducing fat mass that may be impeding their health. Overall health and wellbeing is always the focus of any weight loss regime.

Nutritional medicine interventions can help with all aspects of health including, but not limited to; chronic stress, fatigue, digestive discomfort, skin conditions and identifying food intolerances.

Do nutritionists just put people on diets?

Therapeutic diets such as the anti-inflammatory diet can be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis or heart disease. One size fits all diets don't take into account the individual health needs and contributing factors. I work with people to find a personalised eating plan that improves their health long term. These recommendations are long term changes and are not 'fad' diets.

What is a "healthy diet"?

'One man's meat another mans poison' made famous by the Roman poet Lucretius. A healthy diet for one person is not necessarily the healthy of another. This is where personalised nutrition interventions that take you, the individual in your current state can be so powerful in transforming your health.

What is "leaky gut" and how may that be affecting me?

Intestinal permeability commonly called "leaky gut" describes the degradation of the gut lining, allowing particulate matter to enter the body which otherwise would have been passed in a stool. Intestinal permeability can have a range of signs and symptoms such as skin conditions, altered bowel movements, nutritional deficiencies, bloating and cramping.

What if I follow a really specific diet like vegan, vegetarian or gluten free - will I have to stop?

I will work closely with you to find the right diet for your individual health needs. This may or may not require you to consider changing your current dietary habits. Education around dietary recommendations and the reasoning behind each food inclusion or exclusion will deepen your understanding of what your body requires to be healthy.

Do I need a referral from a Doctor to see you?

No, Nutritional medicine is a complementary practice that requires no referral. I'm able to liaise with your other healthcare providers when required to ensure the quality of your healthcare.

Are you covered by health insurance?

Yes, some private health insurers cover nutritional medicine. As of April 1st 2019 changes to these health funds may mean you are not covered.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Any recent blood test results, food tolerance testing, genetic testing or body composition analysis such as a 'dexa' scan.

How many appointments will I need?

You will need at minimum the initial consultation and the report of findings. The initial consultation is the investigation stage of your treatment and the report of findings is the results and recommendations that are tailored to your individual needs.

Depending of your health concerns and health status further appointments can vary. At the end of each session we evaluate the frequency and goals of any further appointments.