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Bowel Resection

If you are due to have bowel surgery or have had a bowel resection in the past and your digestive system has not returned to normal, there is no need to endure the symptoms in the belief that it is the way things need to be from now on. Diarrhoea, constipation, excessive wind and gas, abdominal pain and bloating can usually be eased with dietary modification. Bowel surgery can include anterior resection, left or right hemi-colectomy and short bowel resection.


Breaking the Dieting Cycle

If you are stuck on the Dieting merry-go-round you will find it difficult to maintain a healthy weight or a healthy relationship with food. Commercial diets are designed to keep you on this endless yo yo of weight loss and weight gain - learn how to get off it with a professional who is not interested in selling you the latest 'fad' but instead will teach you how to manage your diet by eating normal food and without 'dieting'!


Coeliac Disease

A diagnosis of coeliac disease is upsetting. Trying to find your way through the maize of products and advertising can be confusing, frustrating and time consuming. Fast track your knowledge and see an expert who can point you in the right direction. Don't mistakenly believe you know what foods are gluten free, it is found in many more foods than you may think!


Diabetes

You may have just been diagnosed with diabetes (type 2, type 1 or gestational) and be confused about where to start with your diet changes. Or perhaps you have had diabetes for some time and you would like to find out the latest dietary information; or your blood glucose control has been poor lately and you have decided to do something about it. Good blood glucose control is simplified if you are empowered by quality advice and education


Diverticular Disease

Have you been diagnosed with Diverticular Disease and/or suffer frequent flare ups known as ‘diverticulitis'. Symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Often this disease is diagnosed but no referral to a Dietitian is given. Don't wait for a referral find out the appropriate diet and prevent further ‘flare ups' and pain.


Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are the two most recognized eating disorders that require Dietetic intervention. However quality care can only come from a dietitian with experience in this area. I am one such dietitian who works with your GP, specialist and related eating disorder organisation to provide the best possible nutrition advice.


Fatty Liver

Poor diet, central obesity (fat around the middle)and alcohol use can contribute to fatty liver. Find out the latest dietary, weight and alcohol recommendations regarding fatty liver and reverse it before it progresses to liver cirrhosis.


Food Allergy or Intolerance

Food allergy and food intolerance symptoms can include flu like symptoms, headaches, tiredness, "fuzzy brain", diarrhoea, hives or skin rash, nausea or vomiting. Pin pointing the cause of your symptoms is confusing and time consuming. There are many 'unfounded' diagnostic procedures and treatments for food allergy and intolerance that can be expensive and invasive. You are far better to talk to a professional such as myself to provide systematic guidance and trusworthy advice. It may also prevent you from avoiding foods or food groups that you may believe are affecting you but in fact are not.


Gastrectomy

The resection of your stomach is a life changing experience. Often the valve at the bottom of the stomach is removed causing significant changes to stomach function and associated issues. Unusually fast "Dumping" of stomach contents into the bowel can cause extreme pain, sweating, lethargy and diarrhoea. There are certain foods and food behviours which will cause or exacerbate these symptoms. There are many "odd" dietary recommendations re-gastrectomy which contradict the appropriate ones! I have a lot of experience in this area and have consequently been very successful in improving the quality of life of individuals who are "suffering" post gastrectomy.


Gastritis

Inflammation of the stomach lining can cause significant pain, nausea, loss of appetite and diarrhoea. However these symptoms can be minimized with the right dietary management.


Haemachromatosis

If you have haemachromatosis it is important to reduce dietary iron intake and absorption. High iron levels can be damaging but it is surprisingly easy to control dietary intake when you know how.


High Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) can be caused or exacerbated by obesity, excessive sodium intake, excessive alcohol intake, lack of exercise and other specific dietary factors. Hypertension may sound insignificant however it is paramount in the cause of heart attack and stroke. If your GP has diagnosed you with high blood pressure do not be a 'walking time bomb' take action now!


High Cholesterol

Do you have high cholesterol? Maybe it runs in the family or you are overweight (especially around your middle), inactive or your diet needs a spruce up. Change your lifestyle before or while taking medication because there is good evidence that you can improve your lipid profile by up to 30% with appropriate diet and lifestyle modifications.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease

If you have Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease it is important that you see a Dietitian who is skilled in this area to improve symptoms and achieve optimal nutritional status during a "flare up" or the "remission" stage. IBD can be debillitating enough without having a handle on your diet. I have helped many people improve their management of IBD therefore greatly enhancing their quality of life.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you suffer from constipation, diarrhoea, excessive wind and gas or abdominal pain and bloating ? Have you been diagnosed or think you may have irritable bowel syndrome?

Individuals suffering these symptoms are often confused about what foods are causing them. They often avoid important foods or whole food groups mistakenly believing they are the cause of their issues. There is an abundance of dietary information available for the management of IBS however a lot of it conflicts with what really works. I have extensive experience in this area and currently give dietary advice that significantly improves the symptoms and quality of life of individuals who often have suffered the debilitating symptoms for many months or years.

Malnutrition or Weight Loss

Undesirable weight loss and malnutrition can be an issue amongst:
Infants and toddlers (often called 'Failure to thrive').
The elderly.
The chronically ill.
Those who suffer food allergy or intolerance.
People with poor appetite.
People who have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
People who live alone and simply can't be bothered to cook!

Nourishing diet information and recipes and nourishing drink ideas are a great benefit in this situation and are often overlooked and underestimated. Don't reinvent the wheel, see a Dietitian such as myself who has nourishing drink and meal recipes and information on hand.

Nutritional Deficiency

If you are at risk of or have been diagnosed with nutritional deficiency then quality nutritional advice is paramount. Reliance on a supplement is expensive, does not get to the cause of the problem and is not a viable long term solution. Most deficiencies can be prevented or treated with dietary modifications. It is easier than you think if you know how!


Pancreatitis

This is an extremely painful condition made even worse if the correct diet is not followed. If you have acute or chronic panceatitis a visit to the Dietitian ASAP will save you severe pain.


Renal Failure

If you have end stage renal failure or are receive haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis your diet is critical to your health and wellbeing. I have worked in a renal unit in the past and therefore have experience in giving dietary advice with reference to your recent (urea and electrolyte) blood results.


Sports Nutrition

Learn how to eat and drink during training and competition to maximize your sporting performance and improve recovery. Top athletes all over the world realize how important correctly fueling their bodies is to their performance. Get the edge and see me to improve your future performances.


Vegetarian

Removing the meat from the plate without replacing the nutrients it supplies is a common mistake made by vegetarians. This often leads to nutritional deficiency such as osteoporosis and iron deficiency anaemia. This can be avoided with nutrition and meal preparation knowledge tailored specifically for you as an individual.


Weight Loss

Are you tired of weight loss diets that promise you the world but eventually make you fatter than you were before. Would you prefer to change your lifestyle and keep the weight off for good but don't know where to start. You will also need motivation and support as weight loss is not easy. I can provide you with a well balanced, effective weight loss plan and tips that you can manage for life rather than yo-yo dieting.


Weight Loss Surgery

Considering gastric banding or gastric sleeve surgery? Then consult an experienced bariatric Dietitian such as myself who has had extensive experience with both procedures. Many people have successfully lost weight (and kept it off) with weight loss surgery however the surgery is just the first step and not a magic wand. To be successful ongoing advice and support from a dietitian prior to and for many months after surgery is essential.





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