Specially trained in how food affects the body, dietitians translate nutrition science into practical advice to achieve desired outcomes – whether that’s healthy weight loss without fad diets, 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.
As well as thoroughly assessing clients’ health history and current status, lifestyle and preferences, an accredited practising dietitian (APD) educates clients about foods to consume and avoid as well as combinations that benefit clients’ goals.
In addition to transposing their recommendations into a practical, personalised meal plan, they may also provide motivational counselling to help clients to implement and maintain healthy changes. In some cases, dietitians recommend dietary supplements to ensure that the body obtains the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
Far more than an energy source or sensory pleasure, for athletes and sportspeople, food is fuel that can tangibly influence performance. Leveraging the functional power of nutrients such as specific amino acids, and exploiting metabolic pathways with food types, combinations and timings, can increase speed (think precious milliseconds on race day), optimise strength and enhance stamina in endurance athletes needing to maintain speed and vigour over long distances.
In practice, that means trading up from impromptu meals and snacks to a strategic nutrition schedule with measured quantities and macronutrients – in accordance with a science-based, personalised meal plan devised by an accredited practising dietitian (APD). Highly trained in sports dietetics, Soaring Health Thomastown dietitians have additional accreditation from Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) and are equipped to help athletes at any level realise their training and performance goals by turning the body into a finely-tuned machine.
Who can benefit from seeing a dietitian?
- People seeking to lose weight permanently without the use of fad/quick diets
- Those seeking to gain weight or restore appetite lost through age or illness
- Children with minor eating difficulties
- Those with unexplained medical symptoms such as bloating or low energy
- Athletes seeking to optimise performance or those who want more guidance towards fuelling pre and post exercise
- Those recovering from injury and seeking to rebuild strength and restore nutrient balance
- People with food intolerances and allergies
- Those diagnosed with nutrient deficiencies and related conditions such as anaemia
- People seeking natural solutions to symptoms such as low energy, daytime fatigue and bloating (with or without diagnosis of IBS)
Dietetics Appraisal of current nutrition intake
- Provision of personalised dietary advice and guidance and food recommendations to achieve health or athletic goals
- Nutrition education and guidance in food choices and combinations services we offer
Issues treated or managed
- Healthy weight loss without fad diets
- Implementing or improving specialty diets, e.g. vegetarian or vegan to ensure balance
- Improving general diet for balance and health benefits
- Managing symptoms of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Daytime fatigue
- Nutrient deficiencies and related conditions such as anaemia
- Food intolerances and allergies
- Eating disorder
- Coeliac disease
- Low FODMAP for IBS symptom management
- Optimising athletic performance through proper fuelling and hydration pre and post exercise
- Facilitating optimal recovery from injury or illness (including healthy weight gain if applicable)
- Rebuilding strength and muscle mass after injury or intensive treatment (e.g. chemotherapy)
- Managing symptoms of heart disease
- Managing certain symptoms of cancer and effects of cancer treatment
- Basic paediatric nutrition issues (e.g. child won’t eat vegetables)
- Sports Nutrition
- General healthy eating
- Weight loss/Weight gain
- Food Allergies and Intolerances
- Heart disease
- Renal disease
- Diabetes management (Type 1 & 2)
- Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. Coeliac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Low FODMAP)
- Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
- Cancer and related symptoms
- Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies
- Basic Paediatric nutrition advice (Healthy eating)
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
Yes. Whereas nutritionists without an accredited practising dietitian (APD) qualification may only provide diet advice for general health and wellbeing, accredited Thomastown and Craigieburn 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 dicult 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.