Nutrition counselling is a process in which I help individuals, families and sports people to gain an understanding about food and assess their dietary intake in order to identify areas where change is needed. Included in these skillsets, Ii also work with clients who have eating disorders or behaviours that they have developed around eating that is having an impact on their day to day lives. I work with children, teens and adults helping them to understand their behaviours.
Many people make the mistake of thinking nutrition is about what you can’t eat. I believe it is all about what you CAN eat. Eating well is all about going back to basics and eating what our bodies really thrive upon to maximise our health in a busy, stressful world.
Nutrition is also not just about the food. There has been a lot of research around the connection with our mind and how we eat. What connection we give to foods that make us return to old eating habits in times of trouble, in times of happiness and in times of contentment? Mood and food have a very close connection. This does not just apply to our every day eating. It is vital for a sports person to eat the correct food, to understand what gives them the correct amount of energy and what foods will feed their muscles and their mind while participating in exercise and/or sports activities. If you speak to any professional sport person, they will tell you that the information they put into their mind is just as important to the food they put into their bodies.
Nutrition counselling is a type of assessment or counselling that analyses various health needs in regard to diet and exercise. As a nutritional counsellor I can help you to set achievable health goals and teach various ways of maintaining these goals throughout your lifetime.
Gaining a Nutrition Education helps you gain strategies to deal with different events that prevent you from following the plans and goals that you had set yourself to achieve. Sitting together to work out what the reasons are and why you revert back, can give you the tools to lead a healthy wellbeing in both body and mind.
Areas that we will cover are:
· Mind over food Is your mood linked to what you eat?
· How to shop effectively
· The importance of fats, carbohydrates and proteins in your diet
· Understanding the addiction lifecycle and how our habits are created by the
contents of food.
· Advantages of healthy eating and specific plans which allow you to do this.
With this in mind, we consider a variety of areas, for example:
· Is YOUR mood linked to what you eat?
· Do you snack at particular times of the day on all the wrong foods and would like to understand why you are still hungry?
· We will explore why the food you eat and what you drink is important to control your mood.
You will find that:
· Good nutrition doesn’t have to be hard work;
· Good nutrition doesn’t need to be costly;
· Optimal health and well-being is achievable whoever you are and isn't dependent
on how much time you have.