I used to think nutritionists were witch doctors. I truly believed it didn’t matter what you ate as long as you had everything in moderation. Of course I learnt otherwise during my ongoing health battles last year, so I have since reconsidered my stance on nutritionists. After changing to a vegan lifestyle and consulting with lots of nutrition experts, I have experienced countless benefits. This has led me to the topic of today, visiting a nutritionist.
If you have come to the stage where you know your diet isn’t what it should be and you know you want to see a nutritionist, take the following advice from Belinda Reynolds, Nutritionist and Dietician, of what to do before you arrive at your consult.
NOTE: Belinda has given 6 points because she believes all are equally important.
Know your family history
Do your parents, siblings, or grandparents have any particular health conditions? Is there a health condition (such as high cholesterol or asthma) that runs in your family? If “I’m not sure” are your answers to these, you may like to do some research on your family health history before your nutrition appointment. Why? Family history is important to nutritionists because not only can you and your family share the same genes, you may also share similar eating and lifestyle habits. If there are patterns in your family history (for instance, a mother and grandmother with osteoporosis), it makes it easier for the nutritionist to determine your risk for various conditions, so that appropriate interventions to hopefully reduce your risk of these conditions can be made. Continue Reading