Why improve your diet?

  • Optimisation of nutrient stores and metabolic reserves

  • Create in yourself a 'buffer' to enable your body to compensate for the catabolic response to surgery

  • ESPEN guidance (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) clearly show the influence of good nutrition on complications and mortality

Food facts 

  • The risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes can be reduced by 30 %  if you eat whole grains as part of a healthy lifestyle.

  • During the menopause - increase the amount of calcium-rich foods, reduce caffeine and alcohol to manage hot flushes. 

  • Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals and fibre that are vital for good health. 

  • Many of these nutrients also act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the body from harmful free radicals (found in pollutants) that can cause disease.

  • Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in oily fish have anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit osteoarthritis. Aim to consume at least one portion of oily fish a week, preferably two, e.g. sardines, mackerel and salmon.

  • Fats are important for energy, they carry fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K) and they supply essential fatty acids (fatty acids that cannot be produced by the body)

For more Food facts see https://www.bda.uk.com/food-health/food-facts/adult-food-facts.html

How do we structure our sessions?

​One session contains:

A discussion about what you regularly eat now,

so we can calculate your daily intake.

This can either be in the form of

  • A chat during the consultation

  • Photos of your food

  • A food diary

  • Or an application you already use on your phone.

Then we will send you a short, sharp bespoke nutritional plan tailored around your life. We can give advice on food items to minimise or realistic swap whilst being sensible about not cutting out all of life's enjoyments.

We can suggest shopping lists or recipes, food delivery or full meal delivery programmes depending on your individual needs. Here at fitforsurgery we realise everyone has different jobs, ways of living, and goals for us to adapt our guidance around.  

Why see a dietitian?

Dietitians are uniquely trained to take the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease and translate this into practical guidance to enable you to make informed food and lifestyle choices.

 

Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.

Watch a video about the professional expertise of dietitians here.

Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve your health and enable you to take part and maximise the physical and mental outcomes from the physiotherapy and personal training sessions. They can also help with weight loss or gain as appropriate and individualise your diet to ensure that you are meeting your nutritional requirements. 

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