What does a nutritionist do?
As a nutrition scientist, the focus of nutrition therapy is based on research and evidence based practice. This application of nutrition science is used for the optimisation of health, management of conditions and disease, and increase in sport performance through basically...food. Unlike dieting, nutrition is never a one size fits all approach, because lets be realistic, we are all completely different. Our physiology, careers, stressors, home life, genetics, lifestyle, behaviours, among many other factors, all change our unique nutrition needs. So what is recommend to one person is likely to be completely different to the next, however, its always long term. This is not a quick fix so be prepared to be patient, but be in it for the long haul. So where do we begin?
The type of treatment agreed upon is dependent on you as an individual and your unique physiology, lifestyle, family history, goals, and preferences. Together, a plan will be constructed taking into account your specific needs, and treatment may include nutrition and lifestyle modifications, behaviour change exercises and supplements where needed.
What To Expect:
Prior to your initial consultation, Melissa will send a consultation form along with a 3 day food diary to be completed and returned at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. This will allow her to conduct any preliminary research and paint a picture of your lifestyle, family and medical history, and specific needs prior to your visit. Initial consultations last between an hour and an hour and a half, during which she will do some physical assessments if needed, and go into further detail what your current symptoms are and where you would like to be. Following the initial appointment, a summary of the consultation, and tailor made nutrition and lifestyle modification plan based on your assessments will be sent to you within 48 hours. Between the initial consultation and follow-up appointment, ongoing support is provided by either email, message, or brief phone calls free of charge. A follow up appointment is usually scheduled for about 6 weeks after the initial consultation to review your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your plan. For any further enquires or finding out how a nutritionist can help you, please get in touch for a free phone chat.
About Melissa Cronshaw BSc (Hons), ANutr
Clinical and Sports Nutritionist
Melissa holds a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Sciences with a specialisation in clinical and sport nutrition. As a registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition, and a member of the British Nutrition Foundation, she is constantly keeping up to date with the latest evidence base for practise, ensuring clients receive the most effective treatment. She offers nutrition counselling for a range of conditions including IBS and digestive system issues, low energy, sustainable weight loss, balanced nutrition, sport nutrition (increased performance, fat loss, muscle gain), and the dietary management of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.