What is functional nutrition/nutritional therapy?

Functional Nutrition or Nutritional Therapy is based on Functional Medicine which is an evidence based approach to addressing the underlying cause of disease and ill health. It looks at all the systems in the body to identify the root cause and uses dietary and lifestyle change. This is a step by step approach to creating personalised recommendations for each individual.

What is the difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietitian?

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals who can work within the HSE and this is primarily their role. They use nutrition and science to devise healthy eating plans for patients to treat specific medical conditions. These eating plans are usually based on patient’s diagnosis but are not usually tailored to the individual.

What issues can you help with?

The Nutritional services I supply can support a range of health concerns such as low energy, weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive concerns, skin concerns, pre/post conception/natal, post pregnancy weight loss, poor sleep, cholesterol, heart health, moods and much more.

Do you work with men?

Whilst I specialise in female health I also work with men and have had a lot of success in helping men prepare for sporting events and competition, improve cholesterol, reduce arthritic pain, improve fertility and prostate health.

What should I expect at my initial consultation?

Your initial consultation will take approximately 1 hour. I will ask you a range of questions to gather information regarding your goals, medical history, dietary & lifestyle habits to determine the most suitable approach for you. We will work through a timeline of your health history to determine the root cause of your health concerns. Together we will compile initial recommendations for you to implement straight away and begin your journey to improved health.

Do you do couples consultations?

Yes many of my pre-conception clients come as a couple. It is also very beneficial when making any change to have the support of your partner. Please ask for further details regarding couples consultations on your call.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?

Yes you need to complete the Initial Consultation Questionnaire and forward a 3 day food diary approximately 48-24 hours in advance of your consultation. This allows me to review your current goals, concerns and dietary habits. It is a non judgmental part of the process and the more honest you are the better your feedback and plan will be. You should bring all your vitamins and medicines in their original containers if possible.

Do I have to see you in person for my consultation?

It is recommended for the initial consultation but we also provide Skype consultations.

How many follow up consultations will I need to attend?

I work on a strict 3 month programme basis which includes 3 sessions; an initial and 2 follow up sessions – 1 per month.

Support is an integral part in any change and regular check-ins are beneficial for long term success. Because it can take up to 12 weeks to to form new habits and make realistic lasting change it is recommended to attend a Follow Up Consultation every 4 weeks until your goals are achieved and symptoms have improved significantly.

Depending on what your goals are, the amount of consultations vary from one individual to another but most people feel they have the tools to carry on alone after 4-6 sessions. Additional sessions after the initial 3 can also be arranged.

What will my follow up consultation entail?

We will discuss your progress, symptoms and any challenges you faced implementing the changes agreed at your previous session. Deliver any test results and implement the staged protocol and recommendations. You should also provide a 3 day food diary in advance of each follow up and any other documents as advised. Your goals will be reviewed at each session and new goals agreed for the following weeks. Follow up sessions will take about 45 minutes.

What support do I have between consultations?

You can email me directly at info@thefemalewellnesshub.com with any queries specific to your plan.

Will I be given a diet plan?

The main focus is to help you to work on the habits and attitudes that cause you to over eat and to understand the foods and habits that may be contributing to your symptoms. We will work together to agree protocols specific to your goals as opposed to a generic diet plan. You will be provided with recipe suggestions and sample meal plans to help you get started. Ideally you will learn through this process how to eat to suit your goals and walk away with a repertoire of recipes and meal plan suggestions to help you going forward. Everything agreed will be based on your personal lifestyle, time commitments, tastes and preferences. We are all unique and so your nutrition should be too. I do NOT provide once off meal plans as I feel reliance on them is not useful.

Will it take up a lot of my time?

Your Initial Consultation takes approximately 1 hour. Your Follow Up Consultations will take approximately 45 minutes. Depending on your goals you may need to allocate time to action the steps agreed in your consultation however all recommendations will be agreed with your current lifestyle and time capacity in mind. The main focus for any long term changes are that they are easy to achieve and can fit easily into your current lifestyle. If you don’t take the time now to look after your health you may have to take a lot more time down the line to look after your illness. We will take your available time into consideration when making recommendations and recipe suggestions and this will be agreed upon in clinic.

Will I feel hungry or deprived?

The issue with most “diets” and the reason most of them don’t work is because they are restrictive. You should not be hungry or feel deprived on any dietary plan you are following correctly. My eating strategies are designed to avoid cravings and have generous portions so you won’t feel hungry or deprived. If you check out my Success Stories from my clients you will read that most of them say how tasty the meals were and that they were never hungry or deprived, and yes, we can include chocolate in there too!

Will I have to give up foods I like/enjoy?

While it is not encourage to eat a chocolate cake for breakfast, the programme will be tailored around foods you like and enjoy. I believe that you shouldn’t eat anything that doesn’t taste like heaven and this also includes foods we love. In some circumstances you may need to restrict or eliminate certain foods but only if they are contributing to your symptoms or ill health.

I am going on holiday/It’s Christmas soon, is there any point in starting now?

Absolutely. You can still improve your health on the lead up to your holidays, look and feel better about yourself. There is always an excuse not to start so don’t put it off any longer. We can offer advice and tips on starting the programme while still enjoying your break. You could even see the benefits before your holiday, birthday or Christmas.

How much does it cost?

The 3 month package costs €350. Diagnostic testing can cost anywhere from €100-600 depending on the tests required and can be outlined and agreed in your initial consultation. You should complete the Application Form and book your FREE 30 minute no obligation Pre-Consultation call where we will discuss your health concerns, explain the process, find the best package for you and answer any questions that you have.

It’s too expensive what are my options?

I try to make it as affordable for people as possible and offer packages or pay as you go options. If this is still not affordable for you please check out our online programmes which are aimed to help you learn and support your health concerns yourself with access to an online community of experts. This is by far the most affordable option.

How do I pay?

Payment can be made by cash or credit card.

Can I claim on my insurance?

Currently only certain insurance bodies recognise Nutritional Therapy such as Glo Health and Irish Life but please check with your provider as this may change in the near future.

What regulating body are you part of?

I am a member of NTOI (Nutritional Therapists of Ireland). Properly qualified Nutritional Therapists are subject to regulations by regulating bodies such as this and membership to these bodies require at least a diploma in nutritional therapy with 200 hours of clinical training plus 30 hours continual practitioner development with each year.

When can I start?

Due to demand I can only take a number of clients on each 3 month programme. Intake dates are usually January, April, July, October however there are occasions where I have extra places or cancellations so please do not hesitate to contact me to reserve your place.