Individual consultations involve a first/ initial consultation followed by a second consultation and follow ups, if required.
The Initial Consultation
The duration of the first consultation is approximately 1 hour. During this consultation, a comprehensive nutritional assessment will be completed. This is the starting point for an individual who wants to understand their current eating habits and lifestyle and how these can be adapted to achieve their goals. During this consultation, sufficient information is obtained, in order to develop an individualized meal plan and to establish key nutrition-related concerns. Any questions about conditions or symptoms are answered and an overview of the recommended nutrition principles and guidelines will be provided. This consultation includes the following assessments: an anthropometric assessment (measurement of physical aspects, which will be interpreted and compared to international standards), biochemical assessment (referral to any existing blood tests performed, more tests may be ordered if required), clinical assessment (any reported symptoms, concerns and signs will be addressed) and a dietary assessment (a food frequency questionnaire and 24 hour food recall will be used to assess dietary intake, food preferences, lifestyle factors as well as food preparation methods). Other questions asked will relate to medical history, family medical history, current lifestyle and eating habits, physical activity, medication and supplement. Concerns are identified and addressed through nutrition education and nutrition therapy. During this appointment, SMART goals will be set.
The duration of the second consultation is approximately 30 minutes. This consultation will take place 2-3 days after the initial consultation. During this appointment, the individualized meal plan will be presented, discussed and explained how to be implemented for optimal results. Suitable recipes (verbally or written), shopping lists and further education will also be provided. The meal plan is designed to be both manageable and sustainable by taking into account the individual’s current lifestyle, physical activity, supplementation, likes, dislikes and dietary requirements to ensure optimal effectiveness.
Follow up Consultations
The duration of the follow up consultations are approximately 20-30 minutes. The number of follow up appointments and time between appointments depend on each individual and their specific goals. Follow-up consultations are recommended, but not mandatory. Regular monitoring is associated with greater success and is encouraged to help keep you motivated to achieve your goals and to help you overcome any barriers that you may be experiencing. These appointments also allow for the monitoring and evaluation of diet adjustments and progress, to improve implementation and adherence to new dietary and lifestyle behaviours and to build on successful practices. Research have shown that individuals with regular support are more likely to achieve and maintain their nutritional and health related goals. Further education and support will be provided to assist individuals in finding solutions to barriers of compliance, successful strategies are identified and areas of difficulty are addressed to motivate behavior change, which will assist in the achievement of goals. During these consultations, individuals will be weighed and measured and food diaries will be evaluated and discussed. New goals will be set as previous goals are being achieved.
The eatForLife Programme (available upon special request) is used during the group consultations. The eatForLife programme is based on foods with a low glycaemic index and focuses on balancing your blood sugar levels. By keeping your blood sugar well balanced you will lose weight, keep the weight lost off, increase your energy levels and improve your health results. The eatForLife programme specializes in changing lifestyle and eating habits for good, so that you will not regain the weight and look for another quick fix solution. The eatForLife programme is a unique, easy to use, interactive programme, which promotes healthier eating for life. It is not based on a point system, but based on balanced nutrition, an active lifestyle and a balanced approach to healthier living instead. The eatForLife programme is approved and supported by Vital Health Foods, the market leaders in the health food industry. Medical benefits achieved by members on the programme includes not only weight loss, but also decreased cholesterol levels, decreased insulin dependence for Diabetics, decreased blood pressure, improved self-esteem, etc.
The eatForLife programme includes a 45-60 minute session once a week or once every second weekend where you will be weighed, measured and you will learn about nutritional topics relevant to your weight loss journey and health goals. Once you have joined, your health will be assessed and you will be given a meal plan according to your personal needs. Your meal plan will be adjusted according to your progress, to ensure progress that is not too rapid or not too slow. The programme is appropriate for the nutritional needs of both men and women. And is suitable for teenagers, adults, vegetarians, people with high cholesterol and blood pressure, people with diabetes, people suffering from lactose or wheat intolerance, arthritis, gout, etc.
The programme is designed and administered by dieticians, and is ideal for everyone wanting to lose weight, improve their health and sustain their energy levels. You will be taught how to make healthy food choices, to stay motivated and focused on your journey. The scientific basis of the programme ensures that you lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way while receiving the optimum benefit from your diet.
- 4, 8 or 12 Week Challenges
- 4, 8 or 12 Week Challenges are available according to the individual’s needs. These challenges will be according to the same structure as the individual consultations, which will include an initial and second consultation as well as follow ups if required.
- Corporate or Gym Wellness days