What can I expect when I go and see the dietitian?
Your doctor may have suggested that you visit a dietitian, or you may have decided that you want to speak to someone about your diet. Working with a dietitian is the best way to get personal advice about food and lifestyle choices that can affect your health. We will help you identify eating habits and patterns, answer any questions about food or nutrient needs, and give you knowledge and skills to help you make the most out of your food choices.
What happens when I see the dietitian?
The first appointment, whether it be in-person, online, or on the phone, will be about 1-1,5 hour. During this appointment, the dietitian will ask you questions to get to know your medical problem better. You may want to make changes in the way that you eat, have a food allergy, digestive issue, or you have a nutrition-related health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or high cholesterol. Each person’s reason for speaking with a dietitian is different. A dietitian’s job is to work with you as a partner to look at your needs and set goals.
What happens at My first appointment?
The first consultation takes 90 minutes. During this consultation, we will discus your current diet . The desired goals of the new diet treatment will also be discussed with you. Your dietary habits, health, medication use and your living and working conditions will also be discussed. In addition, the dietician will measure your weight and waist circumference and calculate your BMI. With this information, the dietitian can provide advice that suits you and your personal circumstances. You can also receive additional information material to read the information at home one more time.
What kinds of questions will the dietitian ask me?
your current diet
what types of foods you or your family like to eat
your culture and food traditions
how often you eat
how much you eat
when you eat
where you eat
your food skills
your food budget
any concerns you have about your eating habits
your general health/medical history
any medications or supplements that you take
any challenges you face buying, preparing or eating foods
whether you require special equipment to eat or prepare food
your height, age and weight (to assess your nutrient needs)
how often you exercise
Asking these questions will help our dietitian get an idea of your diet and lifestyle and any healthy or unhealthy habits that you have. It also gives her the information that she needs to do a nutrition assessment. This means that our dietitian can figure out if you are getting too much or too little of anything in your diet.
How do I prepare for my appointment with the dietitian?
It’s important to think about your goals. What is it that you want to change or improve? What do you want to work on with the dietitian? Bring a list of medications or supplements with you and be able to talk about your medical history. In some cases, it may be helpful to keep a food diary. This is a list of everything you are eating and drinking for at least 3 days so that our dietitian can get an idea of your food habits and eating patterns. Write out any questions that you want to ask during your appointment. If you feel it would be helpful, you can ask a family member or friend to come with you to your appointment.
What will I take away from my first visit with the dietitian?
Our dietitian will consider your personal goals, culture and food traditions. She will think about the information that you have given her about your diet history, medical history, eating patterns, personal preferences and create a nutrition plan for you. The dietitian will use or give you resources to help you with your goals like food models to show you healthy portion sizes, sample meal plans, healthy recipes, or a grocery shopping list template. You may be given written information to take home with you. Always feel free to ask us questions or let us know about any concerns that you have during your appointment.
Follow-up consultation procedure?
During the follow-up consultation of approximately 30 minutes, the dietitian will discuss your personal nutritional or dietary advice. The purpose of a follow-up consultation is to assess whether the previously set goals have been achieved. The given nutrition, diet, exercise advice or eating instructions are discussed and related to the results achieved. Based on the results, the best next steps to continue your treatment are examined. In addition, there is always room to ask questions, talk about what’s going well, what’s not going well, learn about new tools or resources and receive support and feedback from our dietitian.
The ultimate goal of the treatment is to be able to continue independently with the adjustments in your lifestyle and diet. In the dietitian practice Vitalarium, we believe it is important that all patients at the end of the treatment have enough skills to maintain the results in the long term.
In addition to the time that the dietitian talks to you, she will spend time calculating and compiling a personal advice, informing the person who referred you and registering your details in your file. We call this indirect time because you are not present. This so-called indirect time is 30 minutes after the first consultation and 15 minutes for a follow-up consultation (if necessary). This time will be visible on your account in addition to the immediate time.
If you are unable to come to the dietitian due to circumstances, it is also possible that she will come to your home. If there is a medical necessity for this, no additional costs will be charged.
Cancel or change your appointment
Do you want to cancel or change your appointment? Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance by telephone at: 06-81734474. If you don't do this on time we wil charge you for time we planed for your consultation.