What can I expect at my first appointment?
At your initial consultation we like to get to know you as best we can. We will collect background information such as; your medical history (any recent blood tests or medications); usual eating patterns, food beliefs and lifestyle habits. We will discuss your current health goals and what you’re looking to achieve from the sessions. Our aim is to give you enough information along the way, supporting you though any obstacles, to achieve your goals.
What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
In Australia, Dietitians are also considered Nutritionists. In addition to their formal qualifications in human nutrition they also have additional training in clinical nutrition. This allows them to also address acute and chronic health conditions using medical nutrition therapy. The term ‘Dietitian’ is not regulated so it is important to look for the title ‘Accredited Practising Dietitian’. This recognition is given by the Dietitian’s Association of Australia and ensures professional competency.
What is HAES?
“Health At Every Size (HAES) is a weight-neutral approach to health. HAES practitioners advocate that a focus on healthy behaviours, rather than a focus on reducing body size, is the most useful way to support people of all sizes to take care of their health” Find out more from HAES Australia here.
What is the non-diet approach?
The non-diet approach ditches food rules and focuses more on mindful and intuitive eating using the body’s cues. Current research findings suggest that diets do not provide long term weight loss. There are no ‘diet’ foods or ‘forbidden’ foods with the non-diet approach. Instead, the non-diet approach can help you to build confidence in selecting appropriate foods for your body. This allows you to maximise your wellbeing regardless of your current weight.
How many appointments will I need?
The number of appointments you require, and the frequency of visits will vary according to your needs. For more complex cases such as Anorexia, weekly appointments are recommended initially. Sessions are tapered according to progress. Complex ARFID cases may require treatment for 12months+ whereas assistance with less complex picky eating may only require a few sessions. Feel free to contact Hayley to discuss your unique needs.