What does our Nutrition service involve?
Nutritional therapy is evidence based consultations and advice to help individuals meet their health and nutrition goals – no fuss and no fads!
What sort of things do Nutritionists help?
Our Registered Associate Nutritionist, Sharon Kallos, provides easy to understand nutritional advice following the latest scientific based research evidence to help individuals meet their health and nutrition goals.
Whether that be dealing with a child’s fussing eating, advising on nutrition for a growing teenager, helping a high flying 40 something manage their eating through a busy working day or helping to ensure an elderly person gets a good nutritious diet, Sharon can help!
Sharon covers advice on the following areas:
- healthy eating to optimise your diet
- weight loss (very much looking at the psychology of eating and helping you to break unhealthy habits for long term success)
- gut health and digestive problems – supporting your gut microbiota
- nutritional needs for the family – babies, teenagers, elderly, vegetarians and vegans to name but a few
- basic sports nutrition
Nutritionists consider each individual to be unique and will set out a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme (rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach) that works alongside and complements regular medical advice and treatments.
Nutritionists are trained to the highest standards to recognise serious and life threatening conditions and will always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional for immediate treatment. Practitioners will always communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in a client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been recommended.
What to expect at your consultation
Prior to your first consultation you may be required to:
- complete a questionnaire setting out what you need support with
- fill out a 3 day food diary and
- supply our Associate Nutritionist, Sharon, with information on any medication that you are taking
These forms will be emailed to you and should be returned in plenty of time before your first consultation. The Initial Consultation will last for approximately 1 hour. During this time, you will be asked detailed questions about your current health concerns and past medical history, including medications, supplements and food habits. In addition we will ask you about your lifestyle and relationship with food.
How is treatment given?
Our Nutritionist will then evaluate your individual needs and use the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.
Sharon recommends at least two follow up consultations, to go through your personal nutrition programme and recommendations specific to your particular needs. They may include relevant handouts and recipes where appropriate. All advice will be thoroughly explained to you.
Most people will require follow up consultations to assess their progress or to make small changes and alterations to their programme. These sessions usually take 30 minutes and look to build on the progress that you have made to date.
Take advantage of a free of charge 15 minute consultation to discuss your needs!
If you would like to speak to our Nutritionist first before committing to an Initial Consultation, please call the clinic to book your free 15 min consultation on Tuesday or Thursday mornings between 9 am – 1 pm.
Find out more about Sharon Kallos, our registered Associate Nutritionist
Sharon graduated from Roehampton University with a first class honours degree in Nutrition and Health. She is a registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).
As well as providing individual consultations here at Physio on the River, she also works as a Research Assistant at Roehampton University and is an occasional Visiting Lecturer.
Furthermore, Sharon provides evidence-based writing and content for blogs, Instagram posts, and magazine articles. Examples are the Surrey Dietitian’s blog on topics such as ‘How to eat well for busy lives’ and ‘How to eat well with a chronic illness’.