My clients are among a growing number of health conscious consumers who are doing their best to marry the information they are reading online, seeing on TV and discussing with their families and friends with their current knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating.
This is no mean feat. In the world of nutrition there are so many different schools of thought and so many different diets, that it can be completely overwhelming to know what is best to eat. Often you’ll stumble upon new information that will completely conflict with other advice you’ve already been given!
A case in point is eggs which contain ‘cholesterol’. This steroid is often associated with heart disease by creating a build-up of plaque in the arteries and thereby increasing the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. As such eggs were to be avoided or reduced at all costs.
However, we now know that eggs are not the enemy of a healthy heart. Eggs do in fact, contain far less cholesterol that previously thought and also contain lecithin which reduces the absorption of bad LDL cholesterol (heart damaging) and increases the good HDL cholesterol (heart protective) when the yolk is not over cooked.
Eaten in moderation eggs can be a fantastic addition to the diet for most people. However, for anyone with an allergy to eggs, complete avoidance is necessary.
Your health is a direct reflection of your way of eating up until now. If you are full of energy and generally healthy overall, then your diet may only need a little tweaking.
But most often the clients I see need a complete health overhaul and diet and nutrition is the best place to start. The founder of modern medicine Hippocrates is famously quoted as saying ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’.
Now more than ever, the way you eat can mean the difference between being overweight, diabetic, at risk of cancer and heart disease and being a healthy weight and disease free.
Dietary habits and nutritional deficiencies can also predispose you to developing depression and anxiety or any of an array of other mental health issues.
You are also more likely to experience difficulties trying to conceive when there is no other cause medical cause of the infertility.
The best foods and nutrients for you are the ones that address your current health issues and make you feel like you’re ready to take on the world. There is no one size fits all prescription for a healthy diet. The best diet for you is the one that is tailored to your specific health goals.
This is when a nutritionist comes in to the picture. A nutritionist helps clients to work out what is good for them to eat and what isn’t.
This is done by talking with clients about their health history and current health issues and by getting an overview of their diet and way of eating.
Based on this information, dietary suggestions can be given and nutritional deficiencies can be addressed.
Follow-up consultations allow clients to discuss their new dietary experiences and receive support and guidance if further information is needed.
To book a nutrition consultation with Merril, click here or call us on 9687 5333
Merril has recently joined the team at Feeling Healthy and is now in her 10th year of practice as a Naturopathic Nutritionist.
Throughout this time, she has helped countless clients regain their health and wellness, with many experiencing the best health of their lives.
Consultations include an assessment of her client’s diet and lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies and the use of integrative pathology tests to get to the root cause of the health concern.
Treatment revolves around dietary and lifestyle recommendations and nutritional/herbal supplementation.