Here is what to expect in an appointment:
The first consultation will usually be an hour and will involve a nutritional assessment, diagnosis and initial education. A nutritional assessment will consist of a detailed examination of your clinical history, eating habits and lifestyle. Information will also be collected on medical tests and blood results, anthropometry measurements will be taken and nutrition-focused physical findings will be recorded. All this information will be used in confirming your nutrition diagnosis.
Education will involve explaining the diagnosis, identifying problematic eating habits, and discussing ways in which to address the problem areas. Goals will be set with you, to treat and manage the root cause of your underlying problem or disease.
The second consultation will be scheduled for soon after the first one and involves the intervention. During the second consultation you will receive appropriate material to help you treat or manage your diagnosis. This material may include dietary guidelines and tips, personalised eating plans, menus, recipes and/ or shopping lists. The intervention will be based on your diagnosis, nutritional requirements and lifestyle.
Follow-up consultations are crucial in monitoring and evaluating whether you are making progress and achieving your goals. During these consultations, progress and obstacles are identified, and further solutions are developed to accomplish optimal health outcomes and compliance.