Your doctor may have suggested that you speak with a nutritionist, or you may have decided that you want to speak to someone about healthy eating or your diet. Working with a nutritionist is the best way to get personal advice about food and lifestyle choices that can affect your health. They will help you identify eating habits and patterns, answer any questions about food or nutrient needs, and give you knowledge and skills to help you make the most out of your food choices.
What happens when I speak with an online nutritionist?
The first appointment, whether it be online, or on the phone, will be about 45 minutes to 1 hour. During this appointment, your nutritionist will ask you questions to get to know you and the reason you contacted them. You may want to make changes in the way that you eat, have a food allergy, digestive issue, or you have a nutrition-related health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or high cholesterol. Each person’s reason for speaking with a nutritionist is different. There job is to work with you as a partner to look at your needs and set goals.
Your nutritionist will need specific details about you to give you personal and practical information that you can use. The questions you will be asked will depend on the reason you are visiting them.
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What kinds of questions will a dietitian ask me?
Your dietitian may ask you about:
|your current diet what types of foods you or your family like to eatyour culture and food traditionshow often you eathow much you eatwhen you eatwhere you eatyour food skills||your food budgetany concerns you have about your eating habitsyour general health/medical historyany medications or supplements that you takeany challenges you face buying, preparing or eating foodswhether you require special equipment to eat or prepare foodyour height, age and weight (to assess your nutrient needs)how often you exercise|
Asking these questions will help your nutritionist get an idea of your diet and lifestyle and any healthy or unhealthy habits that you have. It also gives them the information that they need to do a nutrition assessment. This means that your dietitian can figure out if you are getting too much or too little of anything in your diet.
How do I prepare for my appointment with a dietitian?
- It’s important to think about your goals. What is it that you want to change or improve? What do you want to work on with the dietitian?
- Bring a list of medications or supplements with you and be able to talk about your medical history.
- In some cases, it may be helpful to keep a food diary. This is a list of everything you are eating and drinking for at least 3 days so that your dietitian can get an idea of your food habits and eating patterns.
- Write out any questions that you want to ask during your appointment.
- If you feel it would be helpful, you can ask a family member or friend to come with you to your appointment.
What will I take away from my first visit with a nutritionist?
Your nutritionist will consider your personal goals, culture and food traditions. They will think about the information that you have given them about your diet history, medical history, eating patterns, personal preferences and create a nutrition plan for you.
Your dietitian will use or give you resources to help you with your goals like food models to show you healthy portion sizes, sample meal plans, healthy recipes, or a grocery shopping list template. You may be given written information to take home with you.
Always feel free to ask your dietitian questions or let them know about any concerns that you have during your appointment.
Will I have an online follow-up appointment?
You should expect to have a follow-up appointment. Diet and lifestyle changes are a gradual process and learning new information and skills can take time. A follow-up appointment is generally shorter and costs less than an initial appointment. You and your nutritionist can decide on the number of appointments that you need and when they should be.
During a follow-up appointment, your nutritionist will track your progress, provide you with more tips and information, adjust your nutrition plan based on how things are going, and discuss the next steps. These appointments allow you to ask questions, talk about what’s going well, what’s not going well, learn about new tools or resources and receive support and feedback.
Get started! Find a nutritionist near you
It’s easy to find a dietitian near you, visit Find a nutritionist. You can search by postal code, city, and/or health condition.
Many nutritionist offer services virtually.
What are the benefits of online nutritional therapy?
“You will benefit from online nutritional sessions in the same way you would benefit from an in-person meeting. After thorough investigations of your current situation you will receive personalised guidance with regards to your diet and eating habits that will help you move towards your health goals” says Eleonora
- Greater flexibility in when appointments can take place (evenings, straight after work, after or just before the school run).
- Clients tend to feel more relaxed to talk openly in the comfort of their home, and they have the reassurance that my consulting space is dedicated to consultations, and nothing else.
- I can see clients anywhere in the UK, so I can focus on supporting people with specific concerns and wellness goals.
- There are lots of opportunities to connect with each other and form a great therapeutic relationship over video!
The need for an even more comprehensive approach to health lead Eleonora to seek further knowledge and answers in to nutrition. Her personal experience in dealing with a skin condition turned into a deep interest in how a balanced diet can have a positive impact on our general health. Eleonora graduated as an online Nutritional Therapist from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.
How can I check that my Nutritional Therapist is registered?
Nutritional therapists are not eligible to register with either UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) or the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Nutritional therapists are able to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council though this is not compulsory.
Where do they work?
Nutritional therapists see individuals on a private basis who wish to consider alternative/complementary medicine. Our online nutritionist Service is part of our Online Living Services.
Contact our scheduling department today to make an appointment.