A few little points from last week’s clinics I would like to share with you.
1.Following my blog post ‘Why You Should Never Do The Low FODMAP Diet Without A Dietitian’ I received emails requesting that I send out low FODMAP booklets without a consultation. This diet is not simply just avoiding a list of foods – there is also a need for a complex assessment and monitoring from a dietitian. Not only this but there are many practical elements which require individual advice. So no, I won’t be sending out booklets without this process in place also.
2. There was a client who reported having almost completely normal bowels in just 3 days and no stomach pains after years of constant issues. This was done though just simple healthy lifestyle and eating tips – stress management, increasing fluid intake, increase in sleep, more exercise and regular meals.
3. During their review, a very successful weight loss client reported that they had become so scared to have even 1 slice of cake as they saw this as a failure. When actually, this is not the case – just as eating healthy for 1 day won’t help you lose weight, eating 1 slice of cake isn’t going to make you gain weight. In fact, having some treats means that the healthy changes you have made become more sustainable, allowing you to follow them forever – avoiding yo-yo dieting.
4. I was contacted this week by a few people to do ‘just diet plans’ – and I declined. Simply blindly following a plan is not the answer to any dietary problem and in my experience just promotes yo-yo dieting which is not what I want to achieve for my clients. Instead, I like to teach people how they can make changes to their own habits which they can keep up for life.
5. One of my clients had been drinking protein shakes between meals in order to help with weight loss and cravings. Whilst protein has been shown to keep us fuller for longer, the protein in main meals is enough on its own. Having these shakes between meals only just provided additional calories which in actual fact caused her to gain weight.
So that’s a few tips from last week! If you would like to book yourself in to a clinic for more personal dietitian advice, please contact me.
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