So what actually happens in a nutrition consultation..?
Well if you’ve never had a consultation with a nutritional therapist, you may want to read on… My aim is to help you feel your best using science-based nutrition advice and ongoing coaching that is relevant for your body, mind, environment and lifestyle. I combine my knowledge of you – via the health form and the consultation – with my nutrition experience and coaching. Together we work towards your better health.
So – what happens in a nutrition consultation?
Once we’ve agreed a suitable date I will see you at my nutrition clinic at Studio 180 in Letchworth. I may come and see you at home if you have small children and you live around Letchworth, Stevenage, Baldock, Stotfold, Hitchin, St Ippolyts, Graveley, Arlesey or Weston. For those living further afield I can see you by via Skype, though preferably I will have met you and consulted with you in person, first of all.
Before your 1st nutrition consultation
Prior to our first meeting you’ll have completed a detailed health questionnaire and 3 day food, drink and activity diary for me to analyse your diet, nutrients being consumed and your overall nutritional requirements. This covers off all the basics regarding your medical history, medication, operations, ongoing health conditions both major and minor, as well as lots of info re you and your eating habits – so your food likes, loves and dislikes, cravings; your digestion, etc etc. Please note that the food diary is not about judgement – it helps me to see the whole ‘you’ and really informs our discussion and any nutrition approaches I may discuss with you. It enables me to review of what you are getting nutritionally – and what you’re not – relative to your health, exercise and other lifestyle needs.
During the consultation
We will discuss any items on your form that need further clarification and then we move onto agreeing your specific nutrition and health goals.
I will explain how I think nutrition may be impacting your health, and what I can do to support you. I may refer you to a doctor for further testing or we may discuss any home testing, for example stool, food intolerance or other lab tests that may be helpful.
We will discuss my initial approach with regard to your lifestyle and cooking abilities to ensure that you can practically implement the planned changes. I may also suggest various nutrients (supplements), where appropriate.
A consultation lasts up to 90 minutes (£85) and a follow-up lasts between 45 & 60 minutes, (£60); a set of 3 appointments to include one initial consult and 2 follow-ups costs £180. This doesn’t include the cost of any nutrients or testing that I may recommend.
You leave the consult with plenty of nutritious meal ideas to get you started.
After the consultation
You will be sent your complete food and lifestyle plan by email, along with any relevant and delicious recipes, in the few days following your consult.
You will be supported throughout the process by ongoing email coaching for any burning questions that can’t wait until your next session.
Typically, clients see me between 2-5 times, usually about once a month, depending on the nature of the health condition, but everyone is different. I may have a brief review with some of my weight-loss clients each fortnight.
In your follow-up consultation we discuss the original plan, and you update me on your progress, including what worked and what didn’t, and we consider together how best to go forward. Sometimes your health needs will have changed by the follow-up meeting, and I of course incorporate this into your revised nutrition plan.
Any and all information you share is completely confidential. Occasionally, if you agree and if I think its helpful I may request that I discuss your case, anonymously, with one of my NNA registered nutritional therapy colleagues.
If you’re looking to get healthier and eat better – get in touch and we can get started.
Updated January 2020.