Prior to coming along to your initial consultation we will send you a food diary and pre-consultation questionnaire to complete.
You will return this to us before the appointment preferably at least 24 hours before. This gives us time to do a lot of the assessment component before you come to the appointment. There will still be additional info we will need to discuss and collect at that 1st consultation, but then we can get down to plan development, and not waist valuable time collecting information that you can easily send to us before hand.
During the initial consultation we collect some additional important information, do a body composition assessment (skinfolds and girth measurements), discuss our assessment, your goals and then get on to developing a plan that will work for YOU (and your family).
To develop a valuable, personalised plan that can be incorporated in to your lifestyle and family needs, we need around 48 hours after the initial consultation to develop it in its entirety. After all this will include a meal plan, recipes etc so a fair bit of work needs to be done.
Once we have sent you the plan we encourage you to have a thorough read, contact us if there is anything that you would like clarification on, and then get shopping (and eating)!
During the sports nutrition program you will have 1 scheduled reviews with the Dietitian. It takes around 3 months to take a new lifestyle practice and convert it in to a behavior. Therefore, generally the review is completed at a specified time along the 12 week time frame but this will vary from person to person.
At the review consultation, we review progress, make any necessary adjustments and set some new short-term goals.
Upon completion of the Sports Nutrition Program many patients like to continue on with our maintenance program. We offer discounted review consultations for patients who have completed the initial phase of the Sports Nutrition Program. If you would like the ongoing support and accountability of the maintenance program the frequency of maintenance reviews is entirely up to you. This is best discussed directly with the sports dietitian.
"I need to be a certain weight for my sport but I find it really difficult to achieve this without being constantly hungry!"
Managing the energy intake to “make weight” whilst still performing at a high level of physical output all the while controlling the ravenous appetite that accompanies this type of environment is a common problem in sports where weight categories need to be considered e.g. light weight rowers, jockeys, taekwondo etc.
Once we have undertaken our comprehensive assessment process, we will identify where there is scope for improvement, discuss how we will do this, what this will equate to in terms of energy budget shifts to sustain high performance and recovery, how we will keep you full whilst achieving an energy deficit for weight loss, and what the specifics looks like regarding plan development. Often this is when you realise that what you "knew" is the reason all your efforts were not leading to any results! Our approach ALWAYS provides new insights, ideas and strategies even for the seasoned athlete.
"I am confussed with all of the conflicting advice that is out there about sports nutrition"
One of the skills we pride ourselves on is the capacity to take difficult concepts and convert them in to innovative yet simple, practical messages that are often referred to by athletes as light bulb moments which are firmly ingrained into their memory. However we know, and evidence tells us, that at best a person will walk out of a consultation with a healthcare practitioner retaining at best just 30% of what was discussed.
So our solution. In addition to making it hard for you to forget these important concepts through innovative messages, we provide clear directional plans which take out the guess work of eating for performance. As time progresses and we build your toolbox of nutrition skills it becomes easier to make wise decisions confidently due to the direction, unforgettable key messages, and educational structure that we put in to place.
So if you want to perform better then don't leave anything to chance and make sure that the advice you are getting is from a credible and reliable source. Our Sport Dietitians have years of experience, are university trained and registered with the latest cutting edge sports nutrition knowledge!
"I know that I could train and perform better if I improved my nutrition and hydration."
We love working with people who are motivated to get out and get fit. Quite often when we are striving to achieve our best we spend money on great running shoes, sport specific clothing, (really) expensive bikes, wheels, helmets, supplements, as well as massages etc etc. Astonishingly though what is often neglected is the same level of detail in what we eat and drink. Sure we have a high carb meal the night before, maybe a sports drink and gels during the event but this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fine-tuned sports nutrition plans.
Think about this.... If you could still afford to drop a few kilos then this should be your focus before spending lots of money on your bike to make it a few hundred grams lighter to go faster or buying new shoes for your run. If you are dehydrated this significantly impairs skill decision making, skill execution and rate of perceived exertion. If you are under-fuelled this is going to negatively impact on your time to exhaustion. If your fuel mix and post-training recovery plan isn’t ideal this is going to impair recovery and subsequent performance at your next training session.
The Nutrition Melbourne Sports Nutrition Program offers a comprehensive approach to provide plans for baseline dietary intake, pre- and post-training nutrition, competition nutrition, hydration and supplementation.