Welcome to the weekly clinic summary. Many of you are regular readers, but for other newbies here is a quick introduction.
I use this weekly post to summarise some key aspects and pointers from clients in the previous week’s clinics. Learning from others is a great way to gain practical nutrition tips which you can then implement into your own routine or lifestyle.
Last week’s clinics involved emotional eating, obesity, IBS, food phobias and acid reflux.
- If you have IBS, there is no need to suffer in silence. This week I saw a gentleman who had come to the end of his 3 part FODMAP package and had, had amazing results. Instead of previously just avoiding all sorts of foods in the hope of gaining some control of his symptoms, he is now able to just avoid onion and garlic. This means no surprise diarrhoea when eating out, no risk of nutritional deficiencies from avoiding whole food groups and also no ‘being on an IBS diet.’ Instead, with just 3 appointments, he now has complete control and ability to enjoy his life. Shouldn’t everyone deserve that? [spacer height=”20px”]
- Stop being so embarrassed about poo! So many clients send me a little cover note with their food diary to say ‘sorry about what you now have to read.’ So what do I actually think when I read the detail of someone’s diarrhoea or how they strained to go to the bathroom that day? Nothing other than ‘where can I match their symptoms to what they ate.‘ We all poo, we all have digestive problems at some stage or another so why are we so embarrassed about these things?[spacer height=”20px”]
- My favourite email last week from a client came around 6 am to say ‘sorry to bother you but I think you should know that I just had a cookie for breakfast.’ This really did make me chuckle – am I really that scary? Dietitians eat rubbish too! We (or I certainly do) have bad diet habits as well. What matters is the balance of what you do. Does this client have cookies for breakfast everyday or even once a week? No! In fact their diet right now is pretty damn perfect as far as the balance goes and that is why they are getting the results they deserve.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Who tries to eat blueberries daily? A noticed in a client’s weekly diary that they were having 40g of blueberries every day and when I explained that 80g was considered 1 of their 5 a day, their response was that they could not afford to increase this as blueberries are expensive. So why not just change to another fruit? ‘Because blueberries are a superfood’ – NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Please Please Please anyone who reads this – there is no such thing as a superfood. Every food gives you some nutritional benefit, so you cannot say one is ‘super’ and another isn’t. Instead of wasting money on expensive food, concentrate on having 5 x 80g portions of any 5 different fruit and vegs (minimum) – each day. That is all you need. Frozen/canned/fresh – all count!
If you would like to book into next week’s dietitian clinics in Manchester or Didsbury please contact me.
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