After being greeted by our friendly dietitian, you will be led to a private consultation room where you should expect your consultation to go for approx. 30minutes.
The first step your dietitian will take is collecting some ground work information on you, which may already be present on your referral from your doctor (if you have one). This will include
– your reason for consultation/referral
– medical history, underlying medical conditions
– health concerns
– medications or supplements
– blood test results (if relevant)
– any symptoms you may be experiencing that can impact on your nutrition, such as nausea, vomiting or irregular bowel movements.
Your dietitian will then collect information that will help her paint a picture of your lifestyle.
– level of physical mobility
– how much physical activity you do
– who does the shopping and cooking at home
– your occupation.
All these factors effect the dietary advise your dietitian will give you.
If relevant in the consultation, your dietitian may also ask if you are comfortable to have your weight, waist circumference and height measurements taken. This information assist the dietitian to measure your progress.
And of course, the dietitian will want to get an idea of a typical food intake for you. She will ask you questions to measure the variety and amounts of foods in your diet, and she will compare it the Australian dietary guidelines and other evidenced based information to see where you sit.
From all the information gathered, the dieitian will discuss with you what areas need to be focused on and dietary approaches that will help to improve your nutrition goal of yours.
Education, tips and recommendations to maximize your health. Depending on your preferences, this may be in the form of meal plan, or you may prefer a more open approach where suggestions are made to modify usual eating patterns, e.g. swapping food/ingredient for similar but healthier option.
If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us!