Knowing What’s Best for You

Friday, August 12, 2022

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How do you know what’s best?

Should you cut out gluten? Steer clear of dairy? Become a pescatarian or vegetarian or vegan? Follow a keto diet or a low carb diet or be fructose-free?

There’s so much dietary information available – headlines on the news about the next best superfood, influencers spruiking products that “changed my life!”, superfoods, the next best diet and more.

How do you sort through this information?

Firstly – consider the source and the background.

  • Social media: Are they being paid to promote a product?
  • News headline about the latest research: What’s the study they’re reporting on? Media often report sensational study findings, without mentioning qualifiers such as the study size, sample population, even the official study conclusions – all of which may impact whether or not the findings are relevant to you.
  • Newsletter delivered to your inbox: Are they trying to sell you something?
  • Book promising weight loss: has it been written by someone sharing their personal journey, assuming their technique will work for everyone? (Let’s face it, if there was a simple one-size-fits-all weight loss solution we would surely know it by now, right?)

Even well-meaning friends offer suggestions: “I tried intermittent fasting, you should try it too”.

Just because something works for one person, doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

Before you try any significant changes to your diet based on these these types of headlines or suggestions, ask yourself: Is this information coming from someone qualified in nutrition, dietetics, health science etc?

If not, should you be following their advice? Probably not.

You need to find what works for you, and the right person to help you. Someone you can trust, with the right qualifications to give you personalised advice. Someone you are comfortable with, who will keep you accountable and won’t give up on you. That’s the sort of person you want by your side, working with you on your health journey.

Clients come to me for all sorts of reasons – to lose weight, for digestive problems, for support with painful periods or skin concerns. During our first consultation, which lasts at least one hour, I ask lots of questions so that I can understand everything that’s going on with their health and lifestyle. Then, I tailor a plan to meet their unique needs. We work together to implement changes, step by step, moving towards their health goals.

No off-the-shelf plans. No fad diets. Personalised treatment that targets underlying causes of your health concerns.

And I offer a free 20-minute chat, so you can find out whether I’m the right person to help you.

What’s most important on your health journey? Finding someone to work with, who has the knowledge and experience to help you, who you can build a relationship with for the long term.  Because good health is an ongoing journey, not a destination,

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