Optimum Intake Dietitian’s started out in 2007 on the NSW Central Coast providing nutrition services to people in their homes as a convenient way for our clients to learn about what foods to eat, how to plan for meals and food shopping and emphasise the practical side of eating well. We have since grown to be a team of dietitian’s who offer both in home and nutrition clinics across the Central Coast and Newcastle areas. We offer services to the young and old, from babies who are starting solids to the elderly who want to improve their strength and remain independent and everyone in between. Each of our dietitian’s have a variety of experiences with a range of nutritional conditions. We enjoy sharing our knowledge, nutritional strategies and cooking tips with all our clients.
Lot’s of people give dietary advice. What’s so different about a Dietitian?
Accredited Practising Dietitian’s are university qualified health professionals with the expertise and skills to provide nutrition and dietary advice. With extensive training and clinical experience, Dietitian’s are uniquely placed to provide generally healthy eating advice as well as create therapeutic diets to assist with managing a range of health conditions. They have the skills and knowledge to navigate through the maze of nutrition information and determine what is relevant to your personal goals, health needs, tastes, lifestyle and activity levels.
Why do Optimum Intake Dietitian’s stand out from the crowd?
There is much controversy around body weight and health. One common belief is that weight is the most important determinant of health and to improve health we must focus our attention towards changing our weight. In our western culture this view has seen ‘dieting’ and a preoccupation with body weight, shape and size become the norm. Yet time and time again dieting has proven to be ineffective in improving health in the long term.
In fact, research has shown that dieting and traditional weight loss interventions are ineffective in the long term for 95% of people, with most people regaining any lost weight within 5 years. Dieting is also linked to poor body image, disordered eating, and increased rates of depression and anxiety, with chronic dieting actually being a strong predictor of increased weight over time.
Optimum Intake Dietitians offer a unique approach to health. Our Dietitians, all suitably trained and experienced, allow our clients to choose which approach they feel they wish to pursue: 1) Traditional diet program, 2) Non-diet approach, 3) opt-out no intervention. Following a nutrition assessment, we inform our clients of their options for nutrition intervention and work with them on a plan to improve their health and reach their goals. See our Nutritional Interventions for Health Agreement form.
A bit about the non-diet approach.
The non-diet approach does not involve weighing and measuring foods or your body, it does not require detailed food diaries, extensive forward planning and timing of meals, specific calorie plans or the use of ‘diet’ foods. What is does allow for is the client to build their own knowledge, skills and confidence in what is appropriate, at any given time, to nourish their body in appropriate amounts, enabling self-regulation.
The non-diet approach helps the client make positive improvements in both their physiological and psychological health. Unlike chronic dieting, the client’s Body Mass Index (BMI) will most likely stabilise or decrease during and after treatment.
Optimum Intake Dietitians flexible and personalised approach to nutrition is designed to help our clients achieve long term improvements in their health.
Our Philosophy: Non-Diet Approach / Intuitive Eating
The non-diet approach to health is an attuned and mindful-based eating approach that supports self-esteem and body acceptance. It replicates a normalised style of eating which prevents the development of disordered and eating disorders. The Non-Diet Approach shifts one from thinking about how much weight they need to lose in order to be healthy to instead thinking more about how they can learn to love the body they have and what behaviours actually promote health in their daily life. It is instead a much more gentle approach, allowing the client to build skills and confidence in their own innate ability to select appropriate foods for their body in appropriate amounts.
The Non-Diet Approach believes in:
- Total health enhancement and well-being, rather than weight loss or achieving a specific ideal weight
- Self-acceptance and respect for the diversity of healthy, beautiful bodies rather than the pursuit of an idealised weight at all costs
- The pleasure of eating well based on internal cues of hunger and satiety rather than on external food plans or diets
- The joy of movement, encouraging all physical activities rather than prescribing a specific exercise routine
This method is showing promising clinical and psychological results as one of the most helpful, least harmful ways to assist those with weight concerns. For more information on this approach visit http://www.healthnotdiets.com.