Women’s Health and Nutrition – What to expect from a Dietitian Appointment

When you think of a dietitian, what comes to mind?

Food/fun police? Weight loss? Meal plan? Judgement? And she’s definitely going to tell me to stop eating *insert food you love here* ..

Well. I’m here to set your mind at ease. Seeing a dietitian isn’t all that scary and we definitely DON’T just talk about weight loss and meal plans (in fact, I don’t even do meal plans…)

Sometimes people need some guidance on their nutrition for a whole range of reasons. Got chronic pain? A bit bunged up? Horrendous periods? No energy? I got you – AND I can help. And if you do want to talk about weight management, we can do that too (I promise, it isn’t as scary as you might think).

I have a specific interest in women’s health (I am a woman, so it’s probably not that surprising) and can help with a range of conditions including:

  • Hormones
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • Diabetes (Gestational/Type 2/Type 1)
  • Migraines
  • Chronic pain/inflammation
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Gut Health
  • Healthy ageing including perimenopause and menopause
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Allergies and intolerances

So what happens when you visit?

We chat. I get to know you. I will take a detailed history including your medical and current life situation. We talk about your goals. I get a snapshot of what a ‘normal day of food’ looks like for you and we go from there. You will walk out (or be emailed) with a plan that aligns with these goals. I might also send you some additional information or links as to where find more information. And I will always send you a summary of our session (so you don’t have to remember everything!). This also means you have my email if needed in the future.

What doesn’t happen?

I can guarantee that I will not make any tutting or disapproving sounds, I won’t frown, nor will you feel judged through your session (I like wine and chocolate too).

You also (perhaps surprisingly) won’t walk out with a meal plan. Why, I hear you say? In my professional opinion, they are too restrictive and don’t work. Yes, ok they might work for 1-2, maybe even 3 months but we are playing the long game here folks. Either you will get bored or life will get in the way (I’m looking at you Covid lockdowns). And you know what? You just don’t need that kind of pressure (or feeling of failure) in your life.

Ultimately, I take a holistic approach to health and wellness – that means, I take you and your whole world into consideration, and you ultimately decide what will and won’t work for you. So, I make sure that whatever suggestions we come up with fit in with your life, it might seem slow at the start, but it works.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, but otherwise, I hope to be seeing you soon.

Sharon x