@ the Southern Districts Sports Physio clinic, Sylvania Waters
Tue- 1:30pm - 7pm
Wed- 10:30am - 7pm
What to expect at your first consultation:
1. Getting to know you.
The most important thing for me to do in your initial session is to learn about YOU! Your health and lifestyle goals, your past experiences with food, and the unique challenges relating to your life and family needs that need to be considered to come up with a plan together that will really help you. Because this part is so important, most of your first consultation will be spent telling me about yourself, and we likely won’t do very much detailed problem-solving or skill building in this session. Remember, we need a detailed enough map to work out which roads will get us to our destination 🙂
Some of the specific questions I’ll need to ask include:
- Relevant details of your medical history and your family’s medical history.
- Results of any recent blood tests
- Medications you’re currently taking, along with any nutritional supplements.
- Details of your usual diet (you don’t need to record any details before the session), and details about your relationship with food, current and past.
2. Goal Setting and Education.
We’ll chat about what you’re hoping to achieve from your visits, and based on this we’ll work out an agenda together for the skills and education you’ll need to learn to get there. My goal is to get you to the point where you’re confident making nutrition decisions for yourself and your family without me. You’ll also have time to ask all the questions you have about food, nutrition and health. No question is too big, small, or controversial.
Lots of my patients are actually already pretty good with nutrition theory, so often the focus of follow-up clinic appointments shifts to building specific skills, or working through the nitty gritty of difficulties that come up. If your appointments feel a bit like a counselling session, then we’re doing well!
3. Dietary advice- don’t be scared!
The title of ‘dietitian’ is a bit misleading, because it gives the impression that we put people on ‘diets’! In reality, most of our profession avoid prescriptive meal plans like the plague, because we know they’re never a long term solution.
Of course I know you might still want to be given things like meal and snack ideas, and I can definitely give you suggestions and inspiration when needed and appropriate (dietitians are foodies, as well as science geeks!). However, building flexibility with food choices is one of the top skills I want to help my patients achieve, so it’s my hope that you’ll rely less on external guidelines about food choices over time.
When we do give you specific advice though, your lifestyle, likes and dislikes, and how busy you are will always be taken into consideration. There’s always room for negotiation, and there’s no need to fix every lifestyle or health issue overnight. In fact, the research that we have about lifestyle change says that making small changes over time with a supportive health professional is FAR more likely to be maintained than the ’10 week challenge’ overhaul approach.
So, there’s nothing to fear, just better health and a better relationship with food to be gained 🙂
4. On the Day
Please allow up to one hour for your first visit, and 45 minutes for followup visits.
NOTE- many dietitians spend just 20mins on followup consultations, but I find that spending more time with you means that we get to talk through the challenges you’re facing more thoroughly. When appointments are short, it’s harder to build a complete picture of your needs and progress since the last appointment. The shorter the appointment, the more a health professional needs to make assumptions about you which may not be accurate, and generalise their advice, which may make it less helpful for you. More time together means an unhurried chat about how to move past your roadblocks, and more opportunities to really transform the way you relate to food, and teach you valuable skills that you’ll continue to use for the rest of your life, like
- How to listen to your body and eat mindfully
- How to respond appropriately to your body's cues without guilt or self judgement
- How to silence the inner-critic that judges your food wants, needs and preferences
- What nutrition theory is actually important or relevant for you, and how to apply it in a flexible way so that there's still room to enjoy life
You’re welcome to bring a parent, spouse, or the ‘household cook’ if you’d like to. And if you’re under 16, you’ll need to bring mum or dad to sign forms, but it’s ok to chat with me in private if you prefer.
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