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What is dietetics?

Specially trained in how food affects the body, dietitians translate evidence-based nutrition science into practical advice to achieve desired outcomes – whether that’s healthy weight loss without dieting, facilitating optimal recovery from injury or illness, managing symptoms of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or arthritis, resolving lifestyle issues such as poor sleep and erratic energy, addressing food intolerances and allergies, or enhancing athletic performance. 

What can I expect from working with a dietitian?

As well as thoroughly assessing your health history and current status, lifestyle and preferences, a Soaring Health Thomastown accredited practising dietitian (APD) will ask about your goals and educate you about foods to consume and avoid. Your program may include a practical, personalised meal plan and motivational counselling to help you to implement and maintain healthy changes. In some cases, dietitians recommend dietary supplements to complement food recommendations.

Can a dietitian help to manage symptoms of a diagnosed health condition?

Yes. Whereas nutritionists without an accredited practising dietitian (APD) qualification may only provide diet advice for general health and wellbeing, accredited Thomastown dietitians are qualified to provide medically-based nutrition advice as a complementary means of managing symptoms of health conditions including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis and Crohn’s disease. They may also provide dietary counsel to help manage symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatment.  

Will a dietitian make me follow a meal plan? 

Dietitians do write meal plans. However, the main purpose of seeing a Thomastown dietitian is to receive tailored advice and assistance in optimising your current diet and lifestyle for health and wellbeing. Importantly, a dietitian will not make you stop eating foods you love or prescribe programs that are difficult or impossible to follow long term.  

What qualifications should I look for?

To become an accredited practising dietitian (APD) in Australia, minimum completion of four-year course at an accredited university is required. This could entail either a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. APD status is certified by the Dietitians Association of Australia and requires at least 30 hours of continuing professional development annually to ensure that APDs are practising in line with current evidence. 

How can I get the most from seeing a dietitian?

Being honest about goals and current dietary habits will give your Thomastown dietitian the best chance of assisting you to achieve your goals and maintain healthy changes long term.