My nutrition and lifestyle coaching service offers:

 

  • Individually tailored programmes to enhance your skin or digestive wellbeing.   You will get dietary, lifestyle, digestion and stress analysis and a detailed case history will be taken.   This will form the basis for designing your personalised programme, adjusted to fit in with your work, life or family commitments.
  • One-to-one nutritional consultations at my clinic in Walkinstown, Dublin 12.   The first session lasts about an hour.  Any follow up sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour.  Longer consultations are possible on a pro rata basis.  A guardian must accompany any children under 18 years of age.
  • Healthy Eating Tutorials: Sometimes people like to attend for a “Healthy Eating Tutorial” instead of a consultation aimed at enhancing a particular aspect of their wellbeing (eg. digestion).    In this case, let your nutritional therapist know and you will be sent a 5 day food diary instead of the longer “nutritional therapy questionnaire” to fill in.
  • Talks and lectures to groups and businesses: Past clients of this service include Iarnrod Eireann and Ericsson Ireland as well as smaller groups of individuals wanting to enhance their health and wellbeing. Past talks have included topics such as: Boost your Brain Power and Reduce Stress, Avoid Colds and Flu this Winter, Boost Energy and Wellbeing, Eczema and How to Read Food Labels.
    Anna has also run individual mini-consultations for employees as part of company wellness programmes.
  • Laboratory Testing – see “Clinical Tests” section below and also my separate page called Diagnostic Tests.

What to expect before and during a consultation

 

Before the initial consultation:

  •  You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire and a 3-5 day food diary and you will need to bring these to your appointment.  Completing these gives a clear idea of your stress levels, workload, digestion, potential nutrient, deficiencies, physical activity levels and food preferences.  This saves time during the consultation, keeping it affordable, allowing you to get the best value out of your face-time with Anna.

During a consultation:

  • Taking into account your likes and dislikes, cooking ability, time and financial constraints we will together negotiate a realistic, “do-able” strategy aimed at supporting your body’s own natural healing ability.
  •  Usually this is phased, with the patient judging how much is realistic for them to successfully change over a 3-4 week period. It is important that you are up-front with your nutritional therapist about what you feel is realistic for you to do.  At the end of the consultation, you will be provided with a written programme and possibly meal or snack ideas, easy-to-do recipes or product/shopping ideas.  Some background information sheets or suggestions as to further reading (should you have an interest) may also be given.

Clinical Tests

Depending on your health questionnaire, case history and initial discussion with Anna, certain lab tests may be recommended, though none are obligatory.

Some of these tests might be easily available at hospitals via your GP.  Examples of such hospital tests include ferritin and haemoglobin, dihydrotestosterone (especially useful for assessing causes of male pattern baldness or prostate issues), 25 hydroxy vitamin D, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, T3 and T4, anti TPO antibodies and anti TG antibodies.  Only the tests I deem relevant will be recommended to you.  In many instances I do not recommend lab tests.

Some examples of laboratory tests that cannot be found in the Irish medical system include:

  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis/Parasitology tests
  • Iodine deficiency testing
  • Testing for chronic Lyme disease
  • Hair mineral analysis
  • IgG Food Intolerance Testing
  • Adrenal Stress Index (salivary cortisol and DHEA testing)

 

All such tests are through licensed, accredited laboratories.   All test results will be provided to you and interpreted for you by your nutritional therapist, who may also write to your GP.