Will you give me a meal-plan to follow?

In my experience meal plans work only temporarily. Most often after clients have followed a generic meal plan or when their life gets busy, they relapse into old habits what may even result in being further away from their health goals than ever before. Besides this, meal plans generally make you feel deprived from your favorite foods what eventually backfires and can cause overeating of “forbidden” foods over time. They also don’t take in account the many other factors that keep you from reaching your goals. My approach is based on changing habits for long lasting results, not temporarily improving health or losing weight to be back at square one after a few months. Of course I can give you recipes and ideas, but this will be tailored to your personal likes and dislikes without a strict daily meal plan. Instead of following a meal-plan we’ll be working on changing your current diet and habits in a step-by-step manner while tackling your personal barriers for change to achieve results that last. Most likely this also involves other lifestyle factors and changing your mindset around food.

Do you have experience with helping women with lean PCOS?

Yes, although many women that suffer from PCOS also struggle with related weight issues, this does not have to be the case! We’ll look at what for you personally influences your PCOS symptoms and focus on that.

I have PCOS and my doctor told me to lose weight. I have tried this most of my life and I am over it. Is it possible not to focus on weight loss and improve my PCOS symptoms?

Absolutely! Weight management is only one puzzle piece of relieving PCOS symptoms. Rather than focusing on your weight we’ll focus on healthy (eating) habits to help you manage your symptoms. It is likely that your weight also changes in this process, but it is a possible side effect rather than a goal in itself.

Will you be recommending and selling supplements?

As an independent nutritionist I do not sell supplements myself or am associated with certain brands. Therefor you can be assured I won’t prescribe you supplements for personal financial gains. At Coast Nutrition the focus is on getting all the nutrients that you need for optimum health from food. However, if you show deficiency symptoms or your diet analysis indicates that you are likely deficient in a nutrient, and it is not possible for you to achieve the recommended intake through foods alone, a dietary supplement may be beneficial. An example is a dietary supplement for strict vegans that includes calcium and vitamin B12. Another example is a folic acid supplement that is recommended for all women that have a pregnancy wish from 4 weeks before conception through to 12 weeks into pregnancy. Some medications also increases the intake requirements of certain nutrients.

Do you also provide consultations via phone or video call?

Yes. You can choose whether you’d like to visit the practice in Stanmore Bay or arrange consultations through phone or video call, whatever suits your needs. To book a consultation email Sanne on sanne@coastnutrition.co.nz or phone +64(0)210 250 7234.

Do you also help men?

Yes, although the primary focus of my practice is on weight management and health for women, of course I also coach men. In fact, often my female clients send their male partners to have a chat with me too! If you both have weight management goals, I’d like to suggest you both come in so we can work on it as a team.

I am vegetarian, are your programs suitable for me?

Yes, through a balanced vegetarian way of eating, together with other lifestyle factors, you can reach your health goals and happy weight.

Can I claim back consultation fees from my health insurance?

This depends on your insurance policy, check what type of nutritionist or dietitian services are covered (e.g. registered). If cost is an issue for you I recommend you first find some nutritionists or dietitians who’s consulting and coaching style appeals to you and then compare what the total consultation costs would be after possibly claiming (some) fees back from your insurance. Consultation costs vary widely among nutritionists/dietitians and this way you are sure to work with someone that can help you achieve your goals within your budget.

Other questions? Please reach out to me via the contact details or contact form here.

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