What happens in a nutrition consultation?
The very word consultation conjures up scary medical images so, to reassure you that it’s nothing like that at all, read on to find out what happens in a typical consultation.
The consultation process begins at the point you book an appointment time with Rachel. At this point Rachel will send out a comprehensive nutrition questionnaire for you to fill in and send back before your consultation. This allows time for Rachel to analyse your questionnaire and maximises your time within the consultation.
Rachel adheres to a strict code of ethics, stores data in a secure way and all information provided on the questionnaire and within the consultation is treated as strictly private and confidential.
One-to-one consultations are held at Rachel’s clinic space at Cedar Farm. Rachel welcomes you with a warm fruit infusion.
Initially, it’s important to establish clear aims at the beginning of a nutrition consultation.
“Patients often have five or six different aspects of their health that they would like to address, some of which have taken years to develop, so it’s important to set clear goals at the beginning of a consultation. We need to establish what the priority is.”
The consultation is then loosely split into three parts.
1) The first part consists of taking a detailed case history:
“This is a really important part of the consultation; it’s absolutely vital that I put together a detailed case history, so I can begin to see where health problems may be rooted. It’s impossible to move forward without this.”
2) The second part is about Rachel bringing the questionnaire and case history together and explaining where problems may be rooted.
“Einstein once said that ‘all knowledge should be translated into action’, and I’m a big believer in this. I often find that once I have explained to patients in a simple way, where problems may be rooted, it’s literally as if a lightbulb has been switched on. If people understand ‘why’ they may be experiencing particular symptoms then they are much more likely to take positive action to improve their health.”
3) The final part involves working together to create a nutritional programme that is realistic to achieve.
“This is not a one size fits all approach; when putting together a nutritional programme it’s important that the client can actually fit it into their life. I take into account how much time clients have for shopping, cooking and food preparation and prioritise the key issues.”