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  • What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
    A basic rule of thumb is "every dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a dietitian." Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APD) are university-qualified nutrition professionals who have done a minimum of four years of university study, including clinical placement in a hospital. They are qualified to use nutrition therapy to manage health conditions, and have a deep understanding of biochemistry, physiology, drug-nutrient interactions and counselling skills. There are no regulations around the term 'nutritionist' – which means that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. However, university qualified nutritionists (Accredited Nutritionists) are skilled in nutrition principles, food science, public health and physiology. They generally work in public health and community settings, rather than clinical settings.
  • Can you help me lose weight?
    I believe it's more important to focus on behaviours, health outcomes, and quality of life rather than a number on the scale. Strong evidence shows us that weight-loss diets aren't effective in the long term – so our sessions will be focused on supporting you to make dietary and lifestyle changes that best suits you, without focusing on losing weight.
  • Will you put me on a meal plan or diet?
    No. I practice something called the "Non-Diet Approach", which means I support you to improve your health and wellbeing without dieting. I practice this way because there is good evidence that dieting is a significant risk factor for developing eating-disordered behaviours. Science shows us that dieting doesn't work, and that the Non-Diet Approach is effective at improving health outcomes (blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, body image, eating behaviours and self-esteem) without the negative effects of dieting (stress, restrained eating patterns, food obsession). This means you won't be put on a meal plan, be given a list of forbidden foods (unless you have a medically confirmed allergy or condition!), or be told to stop eating a food group. I believe all foods belong in a healthy diet – my priority is your mental and physical wellbeing, and I understand that enjoying food plays a huge role in that.
  • Can you deliver a nutrition class for my organisation?
    Absolutely! I have experience delivering group nutrition sessions to various groups of people – all you need to do is contact me.
  • Do you work with children?
    For paediatric and childhood nutrition concerns, I would highly suggest seeing a specialist paediatric dietitian. I would recommend Kids Dig Food - a fantastic child nutrition practice in North Brisbane.
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