HEALTHY LIFESTYLE & WELLBEING

 
 

VEGAN & VEGETARIAN NUTRITION

A varied and well-balanced vegetarian diet can provide all of the nutrients needed for good health. In fact, plant-based diets may provide health benefits such as reduced chronic disease risk and more closely match recommended dietary guidelines. 

A vegetarian diet is based around plant foods. There are different types of vegetarian diets including:

  • Vegan – only plant foods are included

  • Lacto – dairy foods are included

  • Ovo-lacto – dairy foods and eggs are included.

 

 Our dietitians can support you with:​​

  • Ensuring that important nutrients found in animal products are replaced through other nutritious food alternatives

  • Counselling skills to empower or assist clients to adopt nutritionally balanced plant-based diets or meat-free meals.

  • Practical skills to plan, shop for and prepare balanced plant-based meals 

  • Discuss options for supplementing your diet if you are unable to physically meet your needs with foods

 

Our dietitians are highly experienced in plant-based diets and can provide tailored nutrition and dietary advice on how to best meet needs while on a vegetarian diet.

MENTAL HEALTH NUTRITION

The phrase that “you are what you eat” is gaining more and more credibility through recent research into mental health. Researchers are finding compelling evidence that your food choices are directly linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. 

 

Our dietitians can:

  • Help you understand how diet and nutrition affect mood and mental wellbeing

  • Provide nutrition strategies to help improve sleep, stress, and anxiety

  • Educate you on the benefits of a Mediterranean diet for mental health

  • Improve, support and nourish your gut microbiome

  • Address any weight concerns due to medications and drug-nutrient interactions

  • Help you rebuild a positive relationship with food and your body

  • Educate you on the principles of mindful eating

OSTEOPOROSIS & BONE HEALTH

Bones are constantly changing throughout our life – breaking down (resorption) and being renewed (formation). When resorption occurs more quickly than formation, it causes a loss of bone density and strength which is referred to as Osteoporosis (meaning ‘porous bones’). Bones with osteoporosis are weak and fragile which means they can fracture more easily.

Some risk factors for developing Osteoporosis are:

  • Being female

  • Increasing age or going through menopause

  • A family history

  • Certain conditions like Coeliac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and medications used to treat conditions like asthma, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.

 

The foods we eat play an important role in managing, and preventing Osteoporosis. Having enough calcium-rich foods is critical for building strong bones, and in adults to slow down bone loss. Our Dietitians are able to provide you with strategies to minimise the risks associated with Osteoporosis. 

MEDITERRANEAN DIET

The Mediterranean diet is the most studied diet in the world with ongoing research and evidence on its significant health benefits compared to any other diet. It is adopted from Greece, Crete, Southern France, and Italian regions which border the Mediterranean Sea.

 

The diet has been shown to improve heart health, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, depression and breast, prostate and bowel cancers. It also can protect against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

Our dietitians can help:

  • Assess your current diet against the principles of an authentic Mediterranean diet including lifestyle aspects

  • Educate on how to set up a Mediterranean-style pantry, fridge and freezer

  • Share recipes and provide tips to modify your recipes to adopt a more Mediterranean style of cooking