A nutritionist could provide you expert dietary support

We all know that we should be looking after ourselves better. The evidence proves that if we eat more healthily that we can usually expect to live longer and for that extra time to be healthier and more enjoyable.

Sometimes it is difficult to know what to change in our diet though. For those who need help and support when it comes to optimising diet and nutrition it is best to see an expert.

Below are links to the nutritionists available at the Sheffield Wellness Centre. Click their profiles for more details about them, how they work and their prices.

Do you have questions about nutritionists and what they do? We have some answers...

What does a nutritionist do?

two strawberries - pert of a healthy diet

Nutritionist looks at the body as a whole and assess your current dietary and lifestyle needs. They would try to find out why you have symptoms (instead of just treating them) and looks for a root cause of your problem/illness.

The nutritionist would assess your vitamin and mineral needs and check if it is OK to take supplements if you are on medications. They would also refer you for more blood tests if needed (either through NHS or private).

How many sessions will I need?

It is difficult to specify as we are all different and our bodies respond to changes in a different speed. On average you are looking at 12 to 14 weeks for a long lasting effects (follow ups are usually scheduled in 4 weekly intervals).

What will I get from the session?

You will receive:

- food diary analysis

- 60 min initial consultation (or 30 min follow up)

- research and review of your case history

- current medication and nutrient interactions evaluation

-personalised nutrition, lifestyle and supplement plan

- GP referral letter (if necessary)

- recommendation for further NHS or functional testing

- recommendations for other complementary therapies

How long will the session take?

First appointment is 60 min long and each follow up lasts 30 min.

What is the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?

A fruit and veg stall in a market

Both dietitian and nutritionist evaluate the health of their clients. Both are experts in food and diet. Dietitians' are required to have bachelor's degree and they usually working within NHS.  Nutritionists gain their knowledge through 2-3 years accredited courses and work in the wellness centres, gyms, corporate and health shops.

Both dietitians and registered nutritionist have to prove that they constantly update their knowledge by attending training days and courses (continued professional development).

What should I look for in a good nutritionist?

When looking for the nutritionist always check if they belong to a professional body such as BANT, ANP or CNHC.  It is also helpful if they have any additional courses/training or other health-related qualifications.  Depending on your problem you can also look whether a nutritionist specialise in your condition.

Can I see nutritionist on the NHS?

Sadly not yet but watch that space!

What is the proof that working with a nutritionist helps?

Good nutritionist works on the research based protocols. This means that all that she recommends has been 'tested' on larger group of people and can be found in a professional literature.

We are all individuals and your protocol will always be tailored to your specific needs. You will see the results by yourself (health improvements, symptoms reduction or elimination) and by improvements in your tests results (e.g. blood test).

Recommendations for other complementary therapies?

A nutritionist may recommend other complementary therapies when they feel it would help your healing journey. This could include hypnotherapy, massage, reiki, kinesiology, acupuncture, acupressure, counselling etc).

Our bodies are amazing at healing themselves in many circumstances. We sometimes just need to give ourselves a bit of help.