Even though I love healthy food, and I get plenty of exercise, every now and then I like to take stock and work on some self-improvement. I have a landmark birthday coming up and I really want to feel great, so I decided to seek some advice from friend and top nutritionist Kim Pearson, to help me look and feel my absolute best at this important (and, as always, incredibly busy) time in my life.
Whether you are looking to lose weight, or you’re experiencing issues with food, I would advise everyone to see a nutritionist. You can self-diagnose and read every diet book on the planet, but if you speak to an expert, you’ll get tailored advice and someone to help you put that advice into practice. When I went to see Kim, she asked me lots of questions about not only my diet but also my health and lifestyle, and also took a series of blood tests to get a better understanding of things like blood sugar levels and liver, kidney and thyroid function. After talking about my goals, she advised me to start off with a ketogenic diet, followed by a sustainable healthy eating plan (which I have covered with the help of my Eat Beautiful recipe catalogue!).
Still not sure if you need a nutritionist’s help? Here is Kim’s advice…
Kim Pearson Q&A
Why is it worthwhile seeking expert advice from a nutritionist, rather than just starting on your chosen diet plan?
Diets are never one size fits all. Whatever your goal, whether it’s weight loss, addressing health issues, or just trying to eat more healthily, if you work with an expert you’ll receive tailored advice to help you get there. With any new client, I always start with a thorough health and lifestyle assessment, so that I can get a comprehensive understanding of their current situation. I often do tests, including blood tests, gut health tests or stress tests, to find out if there are underlying health issues affecting a client’s weight or health concerns.
I don’t just give my clients a programme and then send them off into the world to figure the rest out by themselves, either! I work closely with my clients to make sure they can stick to their programme and achieve the results they want. I specialise in weight loss and skin health and while results in the short term are important, I’m also very focussed on helping my clients maintain healthy habits long term.
How can you find the right nutritionist for you?
I would always suggest going from a recommendation. If I’m not the right nutritionist for you, we are happy to help you find an alternative practitioner who specialises in the area you are looking to address.
What questions should you ask your nutritionist?
Never be afraid to ask your practitioner about their qualifications and experience. I am a BANT registered nutritionist, I studied for three years and have continued with ongoing training throughout my 10 years of clinical practice. It’s also about the questions they are asking you. Working with a nutritionist should be about achieving your goals, not theirs. Weight loss in particular is a very personal thing. Most women will know when they get to a weight they feel happy and comfortable at – I don’t believe that’s for me to determine. As a nutritionist I’m there to help my clients achieve their health and weight loss goals.