Why See a Nutritionist?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Kati with Coffee

Why see a Nutritionist?

Good question. I started studying Nutritional Medicine because I was interested both food and health. I grew up with various allergies and food intolerances, and was diagnosed with coeliac disease in my 30s. Two of my three kids had nut allergies at young ages, although thankfully they’ve grown out of them (that never happened for me unfortunately). In my early 20s, I followed a strict low-fat diet, meticulously recording every gram of fat I ate. I carried a little “fat counter” book around with me, aiming for less than 20 grams of fat per day. On reflection, the weight loss I experienced at the time was most likely muscle loss, while the regular stomach cramps and sinus infections were probably indicative of lacking anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega-3s found in healthy fats. Fortunately I tired of the low-fat obsession and moved into a more relaxed approach to food and exercise after a year or so. But my curiosity about food and its impact on the body never really left me.

Many years and three kids later, I decided it was time to take that curiosity to a new level, so I started a Health Science degree, majoring in Nutritional Medicine. In the early stages of my degree, knee-deep in chemistry and biology, I was astounded that I had not been more interested in science at school – there was so much to learn about how the body works! As the degree progressed, we turned our attention towards food as medicine. I clearly recall one day in class, when our lecturer conducted a mock consultation with a senior student, to give us an idea of the types of clients we could expect in student clinic.

What can I help you with today?” the lecturer asked.

Well, I’ve been having some problems with bloating and constipation, and I’m getting really nasty period pain” the student replied.

Wait, what? That could have been me! It hadn’t really occurred to me that the types of things many of us put up with daily, like bloating or period pain, could be helped by more than laxatives and pain killers. That same day, I made an appointment to see one of the student Nutritionists at Endeavour college. Not knowing what to expect, I was nervous for my first consultation, but was soon put at ease as my health history was explored in depth and my concerns were heard. A few tweaks to my diet and minor changes to supplements I was already taking, and those persistent issues became a distant memory.

From that point, I knew I wanted to be a Clinical Nutritionist, helping people address both minor discomforts or major health issues, through simple but sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle.

Since then, I have worked with clients to help address:

  • Long-standing stomach issues such as unexplained pain and chronic constipation
  • Persistent headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight gain and loss
  • Period pain
  • Acne
  • Hay fever, asthma and constant colds and flus

I’ve helped clients understand healthy snack options, increase fibre in their diet and boost vegetable intake for the whole family.

The part I most enjoy is taking the time to really get to know my clients, explaining links between what they are eating (or not eating) and how they are feeling, and seeing their relief when they feel heard and understood. And of course, when they come back for follow up appointments, hearing how much better they are feeling.

So if any of the issues above resonate with you, or you would like to explore how I can help with other health concerns, book a consultation – at my home clinic in Cherrybrook, at your home or via zoom.

If you’d prefer a little more information before you make an appointment, please make the most of my free 15 minute introductory chat option (via the Book Now button below). I’d be delighted to help improve your health!

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