What does a nutritionist do?
A nutritionist will look at you, THE WHOLE YOU, to investigate not just the symptoms you describe or show but also the possible underlying reasons why you might be feeling or presenting in this way. A nutritionist will take a complete health history, will consider your whole body, look at your nutritional needs, your lifestyle, your food habits and your health goals. A nutritionist will then create an individualised nutritional treatment plan just for you. This will usually encourage eating REAL FOODS; it might involve subtle modifications or big changes to your existing diet depending upon where you are at. A nutritionist may also suggest lifestyle changes to further assist the dietary modifications. Sometimes it may be necessary to refer you on or work collaboratively with another health professional to provide the best care for you.
About Julie Landon
Hi, I’m Julie. I am a qualified nutritionist, a wife and a mum of three fantastic kids. I have also worked in the environmental sector and as a high-school teacher.
Optimising the health of my family has consistently been my priority; however, I was frequently confused about the conflicting information presented in the media, in magazines, and even by health professionals. As a family, we always enjoyed a wide range of foods, home cooked meals, baking and even growing our own veggies. We rarely ate ready-made meals and takeaways but, as many of us do, packet snacks, biscuits, cereals and juice were often in my shopping trolley. I really thought I was providing nourishing foods for my family.
About ten years ago, I attended a workshop on family nutrition at my daughter’s preschool. The seed was sown! I began to question some of our family’s food choices wondering if I could improve them. There was definitely room for more veggies! A few months later, I also went on a weight loss programme at my local gym. I didn’t have stacks to lose, I wasn’t overweight, but I just wanted to shift the extra few kilos remaining from two pregnancies and to get fitter. In 3 months, I lost 7.5 kg, felt stronger and had more energy. There’s no doubt that the increase in exercise definitely contributed but I really believe that it was the change in my food intake that was the most important factor. I didn’t count calories, nor limit any food groups; I ate what I wanted but simply watched portion sizes according to the guidelines I had been given for each day. There was a knock-on effect to the rest of the family, as I gained more interest in the nutritional side of food.
My interest in nutrition continued to evolve to the point that I wanted to learn more. I wanted to understand what happened to food once it was consumed, how the different nutrients affected the body and which foods were good sources of each nutrient. And, so, I enrolled into an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine course. I’ll be honest, at the start, I had no idea that I would be learning about the implications of food choices on health and disease. Nor that I would learn about ‘food as medicine’ or that I may be able to assist people in the prevention and management of many chronic diseases and conditions like heart disease, eczema, chronic fatigue, bloating, and autism. But I’ve loved it and I can’t wait to help you and your family.
I am truly passionate about helping you optimise your health by educating and empowering you to make healthy food choices. I believe that, where possible, we should be consuming foods that are grown sustainably in order to protect our environment now and in the future. Without this, our planet will no longer be able to provide for us. Fortunately, consuming real foods is the first step for both of these outcomes. I look forward to working with you.
Adv Dip Nut Med, MSc Env Sci, PGCE
ATMS (Membership No. 29613)
I firmly believe that many people are able to optimise their health by making healthy and sustainable food and lifestyle choices. I aim to educate, to empower and to enable you to make those choices. I will provide personalised guidance to those who book in for an individual or family consultation with me or more generalised advice and education through group presentations or workshops.
In most cases, I encourage a real food approach as this is the most effective and economical way to improve your health. Real foods contain a wealth of important nutrients which work together enabling our bodies to function well. Wherever you are at currently, I will support you in making these changes by creating short and long-term goals with manageable steps, and by providing simple guidelines that are practical and easy to implement. Using real foods, I aim to optimise your health one bite at a time.
As far as possible, I aim to provide advice that promotes environmental sustainability. This may involve eating seasonal foods, seeking out local markets or suggesting alternatives to single-use plastic in the kitchen. Don’t be overwhelmed with this as often doing our bit to sustain our planet’s future is also sustaining our health and wellbeing too.
My overall aim is to be able to help you to optimise your health. I, therefore, offer an approachable, professional and flexible service with a number of options available to suit your particular needs. Please contact me to enquire further.