Far more than an energy source, for athletes and sportspeople, food is fuel that can influence whether you reach your best performance. Leveraging the functional power of nutrients such as specific amino acids, and exploiting metabolic pathways with food types, combinations and timings, can take your results to the next level. Based on a comprehensive assessment of your performance goals, training and lifestyle, a Soaring Health dietitian will provide a personalised, practical, science-based meal plan and food recommendations that turn your body into a finely-tuned machine and enable you to realise your potential.
What is dietetics?
Specially trained in how food aects the body, dietitians translate evidence-based nutrition science into practical advice to achieve desired outcomes. For athletes, sportspeople and exercise enthusiasts, objectives often relate to body composition goals such as muscle gain and/or fat loss, performance goals such as speed and distance improvements and optimal preparation and recovery.
What can I expect from working with a dietitian?
As well as thoroughly assessing your health history and status, lifestyle and preferences, a Soaring Health accredited practising dietitian (APD) will ask about your athletic or sports goals and educate you about foods to consume and avoid. This may cover key nutrients and food suggestions, quantities and amounts and timings. 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.
Will a dietitian make me follow a meal plan?
Dietitians do write meal plans. However, the main purpose of seeing a dietitian is to receive tailored advice and assistance to ensure that your diet is optimal in the context of your goals. This may include education and recommendations that enable you to maintain flexibility while meeting your objectives.
How can I get the most from seeing a dietitian?
Being honest about goals and any dietary habits and preferences will give your dietitian the best chance of assisting you to achieve your goals and maintain changes.
What qualifications should I look for?
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) in Australia require a minimum completion of four-year course at an accredited university. This could entail either a Bachelor 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.
Performance coaching – How can a coach help me?
One of the primary focuses of coaching is setting and reaching goals – which may be related to sports or athletic performance, performance or progress at work and/or success in relationships. Often, failing to reach one’s potential is fundamentally based on lack of clarity about one’s own definition of personal success, which results in vague or unrealistic goals and prevents the implementation of practical steps to reach them. A coach will help you to set action steps aligned with your goals and will help motivate you to fulfil your potential.
Will a coach make me do things I don’t want to do?
No. Your coach is a supportive partner – although successful coaching does require commitment and work on your part. Their role is to support you and your goals and values, cheerlead your triumphs and encourage self-belief, motivate and support you to persevere in the face of challenges and keep you accountable to the goals you wish to realise.
What can I expect in my first session?
Initially, you and your coach will discuss your primary goals – whether they’re clear to you or you need assistance to define them. Together, you will assess your objectives to ensure that they are ambitious, yet realistic. This helps to establish a solid working relationship and ensures that the work has a clear focus with clearly defined outcomes. You may also discuss barriers that have previously hampered your success, as well as your strengths and weaknesses, to help guide the coaching process.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
While the two disciplines may both involve support to realise your potential, a broad distinction is that coaching tends to be more immediate and practical. Unlike psychotherapy, which often works with thought patterns and core beliefs, coaching emphasises clarifying goals and uses techniques that enable and motivate you to take practical steps to achieve them.
How many sessions will I need?
The coaching process is designed to promote effecient progress towards desired outcomes. Many clients are surprised by how quickly they make tangible progress. However, each client’s coaching process is unique – depending on their goals and challenges and how well they tolerate and adapt to change. The length of the coaching relationship also depends on the level of support a person requires to maintain improvements. While it’s impossible to specify a timeframe, you are always in control of your own process and it is up to you to determine the length of the work.