What does a dietician do?
Let us spill the beans on what dietitians are all about - a Dietitian is someone who has studied food and nutrition so they can guide you towards a positive and balanced connection with food, eating and your body. Dietitians understand how food impacts the body and how it can impact different health conditions - for better or worse. Dieticians are not here to dish out cookie-cutter advice - they are here to help you develop a personalised plan that aligns with your lifestyle, disability, preferences, executive functioning, sensory sensitivities and health goals. Whether you're aiming for improved energy levels, working out sensory friendly foods, meal planning, or just working out how to get enough nutrition into your neurodivergent lifestyle, they've got the information you need to make practical and long-lasting changes in your life.
Our dietitians take a holistic approach, and will consider what is going on for you - factors like sleep, stress, disability, chronic health, and your parenting and carer commitments lifestyle to come up with a recipe to get you on the path to well-being. Our dietitians are not into fads, trends, or pseudoscience - dietetics is an evidence-based therapy that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.
How can a dietician help you?
Our neurodivergent dietitians are not here to food-shame or food-judge you, they're here to help you work out how best-evidence nutrition can fit into your neurodivergent life. Our dietitians are used to all types of food and eating patterns that would not be considered 'normal' by neurotypical standards - we don't believe in 'normal' eating - we believe in doing what works for you!
Whether you're chronically ill, struggling with executive functioning, or living off the same safe food for weeks (not that it's a bad thing!), we've got a dietitian with the know-how to support you to develop realistic goals that meet your needs.
Our dieticians can help you:
Reduce barriers to eating - find out what works for you
Reduce stress around mealtimes
Improve access to preferred or sensory friendly foods
Work out your safe foods, or start expanding your range of safe foods
Plan executive function-friendly meals
Develop meal plans for all sorts of neurodivergent eating - food sensitivities, food preferences
Recover from eating disorder and prevent and manage relapses
- Helping neurodivergents with avoidant and restricted food intake patterns (or with ARFID)
Manage nutrition-related side effects from medication or health conditions
Very Helpful Chats is proud to be a Health At Every Size service - our dieticians are anti-diet, anti-diet culture and very much into embracing body acceptance, shame free eating and developing a healthier relationship with food, eating, and your body.
The lovely Melissa is Very Helpful Chats' first dietician!