Low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat, high-fat, ….the list goes on. Never before have we as the consumer had so many dietary options to choose from to help manage our waistlines and our health. Having so many different options is great in theory, but with all these options comes the difficulty of figuring out which of these options is actually right for you!
Fortunately, this is where an Accredited Practicing Dietitian can swoop in and save you from such a complex dietary dilemma!
Dietitians are University educated health professionals and are experts in the field of nutrition. Dietitians are trained to evaluate and critique emerging research and dietary trends with a wary eye – sorting through the latest celebrity-endorsed juice cleanses and fad diets – to provide you with the most up-to-date, scientifically proven nutrition information.
So what exactly can an Accredited Practising Dietitian do for you?
Who could benefit from seeing a Dietitian?
Dietitians are able to assist in the management of many different health conditions, and are not just limited to helping those wanting to lose weight. A Dietitian can provide individualised nutrition advice for people looking to prevent or recover from illness, gain weight, feel more energised, identify food triggers of irritable bowel syndrome or just improve an individuals overall diet.
What should you expect from a visit to a Dietitian?
You should expect a lot of questions! A Dietitian will spend time getting to know you, your lifestyle, medical background and eating behaviours. They will work with you to educate and inspire you to make achievable dietary and lifestyle changes that will work for you and your individual circumstances.
What advice can they provide?
A dietitian will analyse your diet and food behaviours to develop dietary recommendations to assist in the management of your health. They can provide meal-planning tips, recipes, shopping advice, offer support and help you stay motivated when introducing new behaviours. They understand introducing new dietary behaviours can be a daunting process but they are with you every step of the way to support you in your journey to better health.
How do I book in to organise a visit to Leap Health’s Dietitian?
If you think a Dietitian could help in the management of your health condition, talk to your Doctor about the possibility of a referral on a care plan arrangement. Eligible clients on a care plan arrangement may receive Medicare rebates for up to 5 visits to a Dietitian per year.
However, a referral is not necessary to book in to see Leap Health’s Dietitian. All bookings are welcome and most Private Health Funds provide rebates for Dietitian visits. Check with your Private Health provider about your level of cover and rebate options.
Please give Leap Health’s friendly staff a call today, or send us an email via our contact us page, if you would like any more information about how a Dietitian may help in the management of your health.
Brooke Hepburn – Dietitian – Leap Health Kingston / New Town