How many sessions will I need?
Unfortunately, there is no set rule as to how many sessions someone may need as everyone is so different in their requirements. So far, we have had clients needing as little as just 1 initial session to get the changes they need, whilst others need 4-5 sessions. However, on average a person needs around 3 sessions.
How Often Will I Need A Session?
This varies depending on the client and their needs but generally speaking the 1st and 2nd appointments are usually quite close together 1-4 weeks apart. This is due to you needing more support at the start of your food changes. If you need a further appointment after this, it is normally a longer gap of around 6 weeks.
How long does the appointment last?
The initial appointment is 60 minutes and the follow-up appointment is 45 minutes.
What if I don’t want to book a follow up appointment?
There is no obligation to book a follow up appointment and you will not be made to feel awkward or pressured into doing so.
What if I need support between sessions?
As long as you have booked a follow-up session, there is unlimited email and text message support between sessions.
Do I have to be weighed?
Weight is a very useful indicator of a person’s nutritional status i.e. are you over or undernourished. However, for many, to be weighed can be quite a distressing experience and so if this is the case, then no, you absolutely do not have to be weighed. The dietitian will use other measurements such as dress sizes, measurements, food diaries and your own reported energy levels to get a picture of how adequate your nutritional intake is for your needs and what may need to be changed.
Weight on it’s own is not a great indicator of someones nutritional status anyway and so even if you are comfortable with being weighed, the dietitian will need further information to build the bigger picture of what your nutrition needs are. At the end of the day, the dietitian will only ever do what you are comfortable with.
Will the dietitian be shocked at my diet/ lifestyle / weight/ symptoms?
Firstly, a dietitian is a registered professional and so they would never express their opinions or judgements in their practice. But, just to put your mind at ease, our dietitian Kirsten, has seen so many clients at completely different ends of the spectrums that when it comes to weight and lifestyles they almost become immune to anything that you may think seems abnormal to the average person.
Kirsten will make you feel immediately at ease in their company and this is a needed environment so that they can get the information they need in order to help you make real changes to your life.
Can I bring a partner or friend?
Yes, it is up to you who does or does not come. In fact bringing someone along can be great for support and they may even think of some questions that you didn’t.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in but it can be a good idea to avoid wearing tights as you have to have bare feet in order to have your body fat percentage measured.
Can I record the session?
In the past, clients have recorded their 1-2-1 on their phones/ recording device. If this is something you would like to do, then by all means go ahead!
Will further tests or supplements be needed?
We have had many clients reporting that they have previously seen nutritionists/ nutritional therapists who have then advised them to go on to take supplements and have further tests. These tests and supplements have ended up being an unexpected cost. When you see Kirsten in our clinic she will rarely recommend any tests at all unless they are true medical tests. In this instance, you will be provided with a letter to your GP requesting the specific test with an explanation, and so no additional cost will be incurred.
Kirsten also very rarely advises people to take any supplements as there is very little evidence around them. Some cases where she may do is when someone is unable to get enough of a specific nutrient in their diet. However, in this case you will be provided with at least 3 different suppliers names and she very rarely recommends anything above £5. It is also important to note that The Food Treatment Clinic does not receive any commission or sell any supplements.
How long does it take for diet changes to make a difference?
How long is a piece of string? This can vary depending on a client’s current dietary intake, their lifestyle and their health problems/goals. However, we can confidently say that 100% of our clients (regardless of what their situation is) have seen a difference after just 1 consultation.
More specific examples are Irritable Bowel Syndrome being completely under control (without a restrictive diet) in just 3 sessions and people losing 6lbs of weight in 1 month (without a crazy diet).
What if my problem cannot be helped with a change in food?
Before you are even able to book an appointment, you will be asked for a little bit of further information to ensure Kirsten can help you with your problem. If she can’t help you, then she will give you advice as to what the next step to take is.
If, for some reason (and this has never happened before) you are following the food changes suggested and you do not notice any changes, then Kirsten will not continue to see you. Instead she will sign post you to another service in order to get the help you need. For instance, it may be that there is something in your personal life which is preventing you to make the needed changes.
Kirsten has built up a large and trusted network of other health care professionals which she can sign post you to. She will not simply continue to see you in order to ‘make money’ as this is unethical and against the dietitians code of conduct. Again, we do not get any commission for referrals to other services.
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