Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIETITIAN AND A NUTRITIONIST?
In New Zealand, a dietitian is someone who has completed a 3-year BSc degree and a 1-year postgraduate diploma at a university. They are required to register with The Dietitians Board, then every year meet competencies and obtain an Annual Practicing Certificate in order to practice. In New Zealand, a registered dietitian automatically becomes a nutritionist.
Alternatively, a nutritionist can be someone with no training or someone who has completed some training. They may or may not belong to an official organisation and therefore don’t have the same accountability as someone who is registered.
WILL A BETTER DIET HELP WITH MY POOR SLEEPING PATTERNS?
Many people find their sleeping improves significantly due to reduced stress from having the right foods in their bodies.
ON THE 30-DAY DIET CHALLENGE, HOW LONG BEFORE I NOTICE A CHANGE IN SYMPTOMS?
An improvement in health can be felt in as little as 1 – 3 weeks. Depending on the length of illness and the damage already done, some foods need to be avoided for at least 30 days. For some people, a full exclusion diet may need to be adhered to for up to three months. In Diane’s experience, this is usually only the case for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
HOW MOTIVATED DO I NEED TO BE WITH THE 30-DAY DIET CHALLENGE?
This diet involves a huge shift in the way food is seen, so it is essential one really wants to give it a go. The aim is to look at it as a lifestyle change, and if it makes a difference to good health … it is ‘life changing’, so totally worth it!
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF SEEING YOU RATHER THAN JUST TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT ON MY OWN OR SEARCHING THE INTERNET?
The dietary changes required to treat problematic health conditions can encompass a wide range of foods that need to be excluded. In Diane’s experience, people often waste a lot of time and energy making various changes without success. This is because dietary factors in treating health conditions are more complex than many people are able to determine by themselves, so a proper plan with a qualified dietitian is essential.
WHAT IS THE GENERAL PROCESS FOR MOST ELIMINATION DIETS AND HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW THE DIET FOR?
For most conditions, clients have answers after 3-4 weeks of dietary modification. The next step is to work out what the actual issues are and where food intolerance thresholds lie.
CAN DIANE SEE ME OUTSIDE OF REGULAR HOURS?
Yes, Diane is available week days after hours to suit you. No weekends.
WILL DIANE GIVE ME ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTIONS?
Diane’s plan is to always make things as easy as she can for her clients. That means giving alternatives based on current eating plans.
DOES DIANE DO ALLERGY TESTING?
No, Diane doesn’t do any allergy testing. If she thinks it is appropriate, she will request your GP completes a lab form for a Skin Prick Test or RAST (blood) test as recognised by the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.