At The Front Line of Nutrition I see clients ranging from weight loss to weight gain and sports nutrition clients, but also people with more chronic illnesses such as bowel disorders and autoimmune disease.
In order to help you achieve your goals I need to know as much as possible about you and your current health. After booking your session I will send you some paper work to fill in. This paper work includes information on your past medical history and current dietary habits. I will also send you a Medical Symptom Questionnaire (MSQ), which is an objective marker on your current health.
During the initial session I will take some anthropometrical measurements such as height, weight, body fat, BMI, waist circumference and waist to hip ratio. This provides starting point data from which to measure progress. After this we will establish your goals and go through the paper work so I can figure out a plan for you.
In the initial session I will put a nutrition and supplement plan together for you. In some cases this is all that is needed and we can meet again in one or two months time to check in, re-take measurements and discuss your progress. It is not unusual to take at least 3 months to see significant changes in your shape or your health and in that time you need to commit to making changes in your lifestyle and implementing the advice I have given you.
In some cases more input is required. If you are currently unwell or have a diagnosed disease such as inflammatory bowel disease or and autoimmune disease for example, there is no guarantee that we can resolve your problem, but we can make significant improvements in your health. This takes more time and a 6-12 month commitment of changing your nutrition habits is required.
There may also be some additional testing required in order to help you get better. You could speak to your GP about additional testing such as blood tests, however, I use a number of tests to give me information about your current health. These include:
- A NutrEval – a comprehensive blood and urine test to establish your need for vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fats and vitamin D. This also shows markers for amino acid metabolism, toxic metabolites and bowel health.
- ONE test – a lesser version of the NutrEval using urine to test your need for vitamins, minerals, antioxidants as well as markers for amino acid metabolism, toxic metabolites and bowel health.
- CDSA2:0 plus parasitology – a stool test to establish makers for bowel inflammation, enzyme function, beneficial and pathogenic bacteria and parasites.
- Adrenal stress index – a saliva test to establish your stress hormone levels throughout the day.
- Eostrogen metabolism – a urine test to establish your metabolism of oestrogen, highlighting the levels of protective and damaging oestrogen metabolites.
These tests highlight any foods or food chemicals you may need to reduce or avoid as well as food and nutrients you need much more of or if any supplements need to be taken.
Armed with these test results, your anthropometrics, MSQ and food diary I can put a detailed nutrition plan together for you that will help you work towards your goal.
This level of input does have costs associated to it with the testing and follow up sessions that are required. Follow up sessions are recommended on a monthly basis to implement the actions required based on testing results and you will need to commit yourself to this process for a number of months.
I look forward to being able to help you improve your health.