Our evidence based approach helps to optimise your health and well being:
Your food needs vary depending on your age and life stage. The Ministry of Health produces well researched guidelines on optimal nutrition from pregnancy to seniors. Simple changes maybe all that is needed to eat well such as getting ‘back to basics’ by boosting your fruit and vegetables, cooking more at home, eating smaller portions and using more vegetable fats.
Fertility and pregnancy
You and your partners diet and lifestyle (before and during pregnancy) can impact the outcomes of your fertility, pregnancy and health of your baby (in early life and later in adulthood). If you are thinking about getting pregnant this is a good time to discuss ways to optimise your food choices and learn about nutritional supplements necessary to support the best health outcomes for you and your baby.
Nutrient requirements such as protein, calcium, Vitamin D and B12 are higher in seniors. Finding strategies to optimise food intake can support the health and well being of seniors through reduced loss of muscle and bone, malnutrition and chronic disease.
Minimising health risks
Plant based, low fat Japanese and higher fat Mediterranean style eating patterns can all be healthful and protect your brain, heart and risks of cancer, obesity, diabetes, dementia and mental health. Learn more about these eating patterns as a way of preventing and managing modern lifestyle diseases.
Constipation, Diverticular disease
Many New Zealanders do not eat sufficient fibre. Your overall eating pattern and lifestyle including your fibre and fluid intake support optimal bowel function and gut disorders.
The diagnosis of Coeliac disease will necessitate lifelong gluten free eating to improve your symptoms, health and well-being. We will help you understand your gluten free requirements, provide menu ideas and teach you how to read food labels for gluten.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Your IBS symptoms can be influenced by what you eat. Let us help you understand your dietary triggers and if necessary trial a low FODMAP or low chemical diet to alleviate your symptoms. We can talk about prebiotics, probiotics and fermented foods as ways to maximise your ‘good’ gut bacteria or ‘microbiome’.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis
Malnutrition is common in people with IBD. Learn strategies to maximise your nutritional intake and quality of life. If needed we can support ‘exclusive enteral nutrition‘ as your medical therapy.
Plant based eating
For ethical, environmental and health reasons many people choose vegetarian or vegan eating patterns. Plant based eating can be a healthy but careful planning is needed to ensure nutrients such as iron, Vitamin B12 and calcium are sufficiently available.
Despite growth of the ‘dieting’ industry obesity continues to rise. Unfortunately there are no easy solutions to weight loss but we do know that restrictive eating and dieting can create even worse outcomes. Food choices are multi-factorial (social, cultural and environmental) and complex. We will help you understand the factors influencing your weight e.g. microbiota and inflammation and identify strategies to support food, activity and behavioural changes.
Poor appetite, low body weight and unintended weight loss
Unintended weight loss, being underweight, and having a poor appetite can increase your health risks. Learn ways to rekindle your enthusiasm for food, maximise your food and fluid intake and promote your weight and well being.