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MENOPAUSE

The right nutritionist can help you manage menopause symptoms such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Memory and concentration problems

Phytoestrogens, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, folic acid, Vitamin B12, Omega 3, calcium, Vitamin D, etc. The list of nutrients that could have a positive impact on your health and well-being during menopause is a long one! Consult a dietitian to guide you in your individual food choices.

Osteoporosis

Optimal intake of proteins and certain vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, phosphorus and magnesium, should be ensured, and caffeine and alcohol consumption needs to be monitored to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

A dietitian can help ensure you are consuming a diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals to help optimise bone health

BREAST & OVARIAN CANCER

Consuming a balanced diet is very important when you have breast or ovarian cancer. The right nutrition can help you:

  • Improve treatment recovery time.
  • Support your immune system
  • Keep you healthy and strong
  • Minimise any weight or muscle mass loss
  • Help support you with the effects of treatment
  • Improve overall quality of life

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME | PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormonal condition that affects the ovaries and disrupt a women’s menstrual cycle.

Common symptoms of PCOS

  • Irregular periods.
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Excess hair on the face and body
  • Headaches

Test for PCOS

  • Blood test
  • Ultrasound

Manage PCOS symptoms with diet

A PCOS nutritionist and dietitian can help you manage PCOS symptoms by losing weight in a healthy way. A good lifestyle can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and improve can help PCOS symptoms.

A low-carbohydrate diet has been found to be effective to treat PCOS as it will help to lose weight and lower insulin levels(1).

Combining diet and exercise is even more beneficial. The combination of both will help you lose more weight than either intervention alone, and it lowers your risks for diabetes and heart disease.

There are many other dietary and lifestyle factors that may help improve outcomes for those with PCOS symptoms. Reach out today to find out how we can help!

Mavropoulos, J. C., Yancy, W. S., Hepburn, J., & Westman, E. C. (2005). The effects of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet on the polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot study. Nutrition & metabolism, 2, 35. https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-7075-2-35

How does diet affect PCOS?

A diet higher in refined carbohydrates and sugars can contribute to insulin resistance, which is a common feature of PCOS. To help reduce the severity of PCOS, there are certain dietary factors that can be considered. 

What Is The Best Diet For PCOS?

There is no one best diet for PCOS, however there is some evidence that following a lower carbohydrate diet and aiming to choose carbohydrates that have a low glycaemic index (GI) can be beneficial. The GI is a ranking system to show how fast our blood sugar level rises after eating carbohydrate containing foods. Low GI foods will cause a slower rise in blood sugar levels, which can help reduce PCOS symptoms such as insulin resistance. 

What Foods Should I Avoid At All Costs?

Unless you have an allergy, intolerance or strong dislike for a certain food, there are no foods that you need to avoid completely! As with everything, it comes down to moderation, consistency and not depriving yourself. Working with a dietitian can help you get a better understanding of what foods might help you and what foods will likely be better if eaten in smaller quantities. A key thing to remember is that a diet isn’t meant to be a short term change. Instead, a diet is about changing the way you think about food so that it becomes a part of your lifestyle. Making big changes to your diet in one go will be extremely hard to maintain. Making small, long-lasting, and realistic changes though can help your PCOS in more ways than you might think.

I Need To Change The Way I Eat, Where Do I Start?

Making small changes is often best for long term success. It’s tempting to make lots of changes at once, but often this is hard to maintain and leads to short term results. 
If you are unsure where to start, reach out to us at Dietitian Fit, where we can pair you with the best fitting PCOS dietitian on our team, depending on your needs. We can help you work out what needs changing by priority. We can also offer you advice on how to manage these changes and how to get the most benefit from them. Changing the way you eat may sound scary, but with the right support, it is completely achievable and makes your experience much better and easier. You can book a free 20 minutes discovery call with us.

PREGNANCY

Getting the right nutrients during pregnancy is crucial for the development of the foetus. 

Nutritional deficiencies can seriously affect the foetus.

Consulting a pregnancy dietitian can help you:

  • Maintain optimal nutritional status for fetal growth
  • Reduce nausea and vomiting
  • Reduce constipation
  • Avoid food-borne illness
  • Avoid gaining too much weight
  • Avoid complications and gestational diabetes
  • Avoid foods that could harm the fetus
  • Make the right food choices for protein, fat and carbohydrates
  • Have enough vitamins and minerals to cover the increased needs

LACTATION

Are you asking yourself if you are doing the right thing and if your baby is getting enough nutrients from your breast milk?

Where possible, breastfeeding has been shown to be the best nutritional choice for infants, As this can help reduce the risk of infections as well as helping to minimise the risk of developing allergies and chronic diseases.

However, for some women, this may not be possible. In these cases, ensuring that you are choosing a commercially prepared infant formula, is a nutritious alternative to breast milk.

Discuss more about how diet can affect breast milk and if you need help with

Allergies and food intolerances

  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Avoiding nutritional deficiencies
  • Increasing breast milk supply

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