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Questions & Answers


Can i have more than one Vitality Nutrition Assessment in a year?

You can earn up to 1000 Vitality points by completing one Vitality Nutrition Consultation per year.The cost is refundable from your Discovery medical aid.

Can you advise on food allergies?

When your child is diagnosed with food allergies a visit to your dietician will hgelp you to plan your child's allergen-free diet. Not all dieticians are qualified in this field. A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition professional who has met certain academic and professional requirements.We will discuss your child's normal eating habits along with symptoms that have occurred with the ingestion of suspected or positive test foods. The nutritional needs of your child will be compared with the current diet to determine if more nutritionally dense foods or if supplements are necessary. A meal plan will be defined, food/symptom diaries provided, lists of foods to avoid and suggestions for meals and foods to use provided. Follow-up visits will be scheduled to discuss progress and concerns.

What about weight during pregnancy?

The amount of weight a woman may gain in pregnancy varies significantly and only some of it is due to increased body fat. The unborn child, placenta, amniotic fluid and increases in maternal blood and fluid volume all contribute to weight gain during pregnancy.Dieting during pregnancy is not recommended as it may harm the health of the child. We advise women to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Contact your dietician for a personalized diet plan during your pregnancy:

What can I do to maintain my weight during the holiday season?

Holidays are for relaxing and having a good time. It is only natural that you will be eating out more often with friends and family. Don't stress about it. Eat food that you like and enjoy.Weigh yourself once a week, and if you have gained weight in comparison to the previous week, eat only fruit and vegetables on Friday (just before the week-end!) Enjoy your holidays!

What should you look for in a diabetes management program?

You should look for a balanced nutrition,a flexible diet plan that has been customized by a registered dietitian and an exercise plan.This will enable you to achieve normal or near-normal blood glucose levels.Also provide adequate calories for reaching and maintaining an optimal body weight and preventing and delaying related complications.

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