1. Dietitian or nutritionist: What’s the difference?
Dietitian – The term ‘dietician’ is a protected term. A dietitian is a registered health professional who meets specific training as set by the Indian Dietetics Association. A dietitian is required to have both an undergraduate science degree along with a post-graduate diploma in dietetics. Dietitians may work in a clinical, research, policy development or teaching capacity. Unlike nutritionists, dietitians are also qualified to work in the medical nutrition industry.
Nutritionist – The main role of a nutritionist is to help people achieve optimal good health by providing information and advice about health and food choices. The term ‘nutritionist’ isn’t a protected term and therefore can be used freely by anyone because there isn’t a specific qualification or legal registration process required. To ensure you are getting professional advice and service, ensure you are seeing a nutritionist who has formal qualifications (ie. a Masters in Human Nutrition).
2. Why should an expecting mother see a dietitian?
A dietitian will help you plan a pregnancy diet plan that includes essential nutrients. Requirements of certain nutrients like protein, folic acid, calcium, and iron increase during pregnancy to support your baby’s growth. Not having enough from these can affect the development of your baby!
3. What types of Diets do you suggest?
I am a qualified dietician in Delhi. I pioneer the science of healthy eating, using fresh ingredients and foods that are easily available, affordable and can be integrated easily into your usual eating habits.
While keeping in mind your individual needs and family setup, I will ensure that there is no disruption to your daily life, and more importantly nutritious means of satisfying food cravings will also be made available.
4. Do you imbibe traditional Indian diet in your post delivery diet plan?
Absolutely yes! Having gone through 2 natural deliveries myself, I understand the stress a human body goes through, during pregnancy and then delivery. Our traditional foods have been curated in such a way so as to fasten recovery and ensure a lactating mother gets optimal nutrition.
My post delivery diet plans are a combination of the best that our traditional diets, Ayurvedic diets and modern diets have to offer, so that it suits all kinds of women from varied backgrounds and medical faiths.
5. Which month of pregnancy is appropriate to seek advice from a dietitian?
It is best if you approach a Dietitan from the onset. This is due to 2 main reasons:
Firstly, the first trimester is when the baby’s brain and spinal cord is developing rapidly, for which frolic acid is essential. Your dietitian can help you ensure your pregnancy diet plan meets the requirements for this vitamin.
Secondly, the first trimester is also the time when nausea, vomiting and morning sickness can be acute. This can interfere with your food intake. Your nutrition advisor can help you manage your symptoms while ensuring you get optimal nutrition.
6. How often will I have to visit you?
In today’s day and age of technology and connectivity, you can visit me in person; or our follow ups can be done over a phone call, email, whatsapp or Skype, based on your preference. This, there is no hard and fast rule about having to come physically to the clinic. It depends solely on your comfort and convenience.
7. What should I expect during the initial visit?
The initial visit takes a bit longer than subsequent follow ups. Depending on your need – pregnancy diet, weight loss diet or a diet for your child, etc; you will be asked to do the following:
- Check your or your child’s weight
- Give a general dietary pattern
- Physical activity pattern
- Show all your recent blood investigation reports (if any)
- Choose a package as per your needs
- You will be given a detailed explanation of how the package works and the first diet plan of the program you choose
8. How do I book an appointment?
You can book an appointment by the following ways:
- call on the contact number on the website or the social media pages
- Whatsapp or message on the contact number on the website or the social media pages
- Fill and Submit the online form on the website
9. Is it possible to have a phone consultation if I unexpectedly can’t make it in to the clinic?
Yes, it is possible to have a telephonic consultation. A lot of my patients live in other cities and even countries, so consultations happen over phone, whatsapp, email, etc.
10. What if I need to change or cancel my appointment?
That is possible provided you inform at least one day in advance.
11. Can I use your services if I live out of state?
Yes you surely can. You can get the consultations done over the phone, whatsapp, email, etc.
12. Do I need to come with the child to seek child diet plan?
Not always. Infants, toddlers and primary school children, do not need to accompany you to the clinic. But you should be aware of their current height and weight status.
It is helpful if older children, especially teenagers, come with you as they tend to listen more to professional consultants than the parents.
13. Do you also include non vegetarian food in your diet plan?
Yes, of course. Whether you or your loved one is a coeliac or gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or non-vegetarian, the diet plan is tailor made to suit the individual’s beliefs, allergies, intolerances, etc.
I do not give out generalised printed diet plans, but each diet is customised to suit you, keeping in mind your family’s dietary habits.
14. What makes your service different from other child dietician?
Over the last 17 years, I have worked closely with a number of renowned paediatricians. I have guided parents of infants and toddlers that have had a number of medical issues, some of which are:
- IUGR babies
- Babies with CMPA
- Precocious puberty
- Thyroid imbalances
- Type 1 diabetes
- PCOD and so on
I myself have 2 children, a girl and a boy. Therefore, I understand the changes they go through; not just physically but also emotionally. Food plays a major role during all of these changes. However, a proper child diet plan will help your kid lead a healthy lifestyle I have firsthand experience of dealing with fussy eaters, food allergies (both my kids were born with certain food allergies), teenagers (my daughter is one) and influence of peer pressure on food habits, to name a few.
All of these have helped me gain tremendous amount of experience on not just how to influence children to eat healthy, but also in helping moms cook healthy yet interesting and easy meals, that can be eaten by the whole family and not just the children.
15. Do you offer a package for year-long consultation?
The packages I offer really depend on your need and requirement.