Common Questions

What’s involved in an initial consultation?

An initial consultation will take up to 55mins, costs €100 and includes:

  • A nutritional assessment of current diet, symptoms and severity.
  • A printed body composition analysis.
  • Tailored dietary information.

Follow-up appointments are half an hour, cost €50 and include a review of dietary intake, printed body composition analysis and further dietary recommendations and advice.

What should I expect for the first appointment?

During the first appointment, I collate information on the reason for your attendance, an assessment of your nutritional intake and dietary habits, exercise and lifestyle habits, medical history, medications, stress levels, and any relevant blood test results. I also take some measurements, including height, weight and body fat percentage. I then advise you based on your dietary assessment and provide necessary supporting material.
Follow-up appointments will allow for monitoring of your progress.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?

Please bring a completed food and fluid dairy with you for your first consultation. That means writing out what you have eaten and drank in the last week. This is not compulsory but it does help to save time.

It would also be helpful to bring the names or the boxes/containers of any medications or supplements you are taking, and any other relevant medical information, such as blood test results.

Do I have to be referred by a doctor?

No, you don’t need to be referred by a doctor or specialist. Dietitians can now see people directly, but it’s sometimes useful to involve/update your GP on any dietary considerations or problems. Anyone can ring to make an appointment for themselves.

In terms of weight loss, it’s best if the overweight person makes the appointment themselves. Wanting someone else to change and making an appointment for that person generally puts them under pressure. They need to be ready themselves to change. It is not useful if you make an appointment for someone else, who is reluctant to change. It has a negative effect on their confidence and ability to succeed in the long term management of their weight.

What is a Dietitian? Is it different to a Nutritionist?

Dietetics is an extremely varied and exciting profession.

Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health and make dietary choices to attain and maintain health, and to prevent and treat illness and disease. Dietitians in this country are registered with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional organisation for dietitians in Ireland.

Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, and translate this into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. We apply knowledge of food, nutrition and other related disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology and social science to promote health and wellbeing.

The majority of dietitians in Ireland work in public & private hospitals, but can also work in a wide range of areas including the community, as lecturers, in private practice (freelance), in the food industry, sport, research, media and in public health.

Choosing the right person to seek help and advice from can sometimes be a confusing task. Many people claim to be experts in nutrition but some have very limited knowledge or training, and offer no protection to the public. Here the INDI provides tips to ensure you get the right nutritional advice

What is the difference between a qualified dietitian/clinical nutritionist & a nutritional therapist?

Here’s what the British Dietetic Association has to say: Link to this

You can trust a Dietitian to know about Nutrition!