There’s a saying “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness”

One of our nutritionists is currently involved in research with those who are in palliative care.  One of the questions she asks respondents as part of her research is “do you wish you’d seen a dietitian earlier”.  Not surprisingly every person answers “YES”.  Every time!

Think about it.  If you were on your death bed from chronic disease and asked if you wished you had made any changes to your lifestyle earlier to prevent your illness, how do you think you’d answer?

Jump to our dietetic clinics and those who we see under referral from their GP.  While many attend their appointments and make the suggested changes and see improvement to their health, there are many who don’t.

We are constantly surprised at the number of clients who cancel appointments, don’t show up for appointments and those who don’t even bother returning our calls to make an appointment.  They are given every opportunity to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle by a whole team of health professionals but choose not to, until it’s too late.

Here are some real client scenarios we experience regularly:

  1. A 37YO female with a BMI of 35. No chronic disease, however she has high blood pressure & cholesterol, and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes).  She’s at a pivotal point in her life and has the chance to reverse the signs of chronic disease by making a few small changes to her lifestyle or do nothing and take one step closer to a life of medication and illness.
  2. A 10YO boy with ADHD and fussy eating habits who eats no fruit or vegetables at all (this is common in children with ADHD and autism). His BMI makes him underweight. His parents do not show up for appointments and do not follow the simple advice of the dietitian even though it has been explained that their child is at high risk of nutritional deficiencies if his intake of processed food is not reduced.
  3. A 47YO male who has type 2 diabetes and doesn’t know how to cook. He keeps cancelling his appointments and has been offered a free place in one of our cooking classes.  He says he is too busy to commit to either.

Think about it.  If you were one of these people what would you do?  If you were a family member or friend, what advice and support would you provide?  The answer is easy when we are asked hypothetically.

The message here is quite simple.  Take your health seriously and be sure to make yourself a priority.  If something isn’t working, find a way to fix it before it’s too late and if it’s too overwhelming for you, ask for help.  Don’t find yourself on your death bed regretting having missed an opportunity to live a long, healthy and active life.

Written by Lisa Stegena, Nutritionist

Nutrition Force is a Western Australian based company of Nutritionists and Accredited Practising Dietitians that offer weight loss programsprivate dietetic consultationschildren’s nutrition & dietetics,  school nutrition and  Corporate Wellness programs.  If you would like more information on our Perth Dietitians and the other services we offer call us today on (08) 9385 7755.

No hard sell and no cookie cutter solutions

We have clients travelling for over three hours to come and see us for a range of dietary and health related conditions.  We also receive referrals from over 150 GP’s and specialists throughout WA for those on health care plans and with more complicated health conditions.

Gastric conditions and diseases are our specialty and we consult with many clients who have suffered for years or decades and sometime their whole life with debilitating symptoms.  Migraines, persistent cough, skin conditions, nerve and pain sensitivity and many other symptoms can be related to diet and food chemicals.  Many of our clients experience relief from symptoms within two weeks following our advice.

However, we see a range of clients ranging in age from toddlers to people in their 90’s for all dietary related health conditions including bariatric surgery, children’s dietary issues, weight loss, diabetes and so much more.

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