While I’m obviously a big fan of self-study, when it comes to my health, I always seek out the sound advice of trained health specialists who have undergone extensive training in their fields to become versed in the nuisances and complexities of the human body.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size fits all approach to diet – that would be too easy! Food protocols that work for one person may not work for the next, especially when multiple health conditions are involved. This is why it may not be helpful to follow a health influencer’s diet recommendations, as you could be barking up the wrong tree, wasting valuable time in the process.

Another reason to seek the advice of a dietitian is that complex health situations may warrant an elimination diet. This involves cutting out a wide range of food groups, and it’s advised this be done under professional guidance to ensure adequate nutrition is maintained. Uncovering food intolerances and sensitivities is serious business, and if done incorrectly can lead you to miss the real culprit and/or restrict foods unnecessarily; as if horrid symptoms themselves weren’t bad enough!

We go to the dentist for mouth issues, the optometrist for eye problems and our GP for general health concerns. So if you or your doctor suspects your ill health may be nutrition-related, your relationship with food needs help, you’d appreciate advice on what to eat for the season of life you’re in or you’re just simply curious, make sure to contact a dietitian.

To search for a registered dietitian in Australia, you can use the search function on Dietitians Australia’s webpage.





DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.