What is a Dietitian?
Dietitian’s are qualified experts who specialize in the science of nutrition. They have been trained to degree level to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. Dietitian’s are able to treat a range of medical conditions including diabetes, coeliac disease, food allergy and intolerance and PCOS. Your Dietitian’s main goal is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to make the best food choices to help correct any nutritional deficiencies, achieve optimum health and promote nutritional well-being.
What to expect from a Dietitian
The Dietitian will ask detailed questions about your current diet, exercise habits, general health and lifestyle. These questions allow the Dietitian to tailor an individual diet plan to help you achieve your goals, taking into account your nutritional preferences and restrictions.
A Dietitian can work closely with your doctor and suggest laboratory tests, where appropriate, to find out which nutritional factors are affecting your health. They may review blood and other test results to put together a suitable diet plan for you. Written information will usually be provided to take home.
Follow-up appointments allow the Dietitian to keep track of your progress, support you and fine-tune your diet plan.
When seeking dietary advice, it is important to choose a fully qualified specialist. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and are governed by an ethical code (Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC) to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
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What can a Dietitian help with?
- Maintaining and improving an individuals overall health by providing them with individual nutritional counselling Assessing patient’s nutrition status by administering questionnaires and advising on laboratory tests, where appropriate to find out which nutritional factors are affecting the individuals health;
- providing practical nutrition recommendations to help individuals meet their goals;
- preparing nutrition assessment reports for individuals;
- addressing patient’s questions and concerns.
- Help individuals make healthy food choices
- Create diet plans for individuals with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies, and obesity
- Provide education and advice for complex nutritional requirements such as negative nutrients, nutritional supplements, food safety storage, diet and drug interactions, and more
Who is Rebecca Stacey?
Rebecca, BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), RD, is a specialist Dietitian/Nutritionist with a first class degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Surrey. Rebecca has over 6 years experience working in a clinical (NHS) environment as well as working privately.
As a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Dietetic Association (BDA), with continuous training providing knowledge of the latest scientific advice, your consultation with Rebecca will be informed by the most up-to-date evidence.
Rebecca has a specialist interest in optimum nutrition for fertility, pregnancy and women’s health. She provides dietary advice for a range of issues and conditions including hormonal imbalance, PCOS, thyroid disorders, endometriosis, infertility for men and women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, coeliac disease, type 2 diabetes including gestational diabetes, weight management, nutrition support, digestive issues including IBS as well as allergies and intolerances.
What happens before your appointment ?
Prior to your appointment with Rebecca, we ask clients to complete a pre-consultation health questionnaire and a 3 day food, activity and symptom diary.
What happens at your first appointment ?
The first consultation lasts up to an hour. Anthropometrics will be measured, medical history, diet and lifestyle will be assessed and a personalised nutrition plan will be devised with written information to take away. Rebecca will assess whether further tests are required, look for potential nutritional deficiencies and how to correct them and advise on appropriate supplementation if required.
What happens in your follow up appointments ?
Follow up appointments last up to 30 minutes and enable Rebecca to monitor individuals and evaluate how they are getting on. It also provides an opportunity to set new goals or build upon the existing plan to help individuals achieve their aims.
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