FAQs

1) What health issues and conditions can nutrition play a role in?

Ellipse Health Dietitians can formulate personalised nutritional interventions targeted at improving management of a wide range of health conditions, including but not limited to:

  • overweight and obesity

  • fatty liver 

  • hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • dyslipidaemia (high triglycerides, low HDL-cholesterol)

  • insulin resistance and the Metabolic Syndrome

  • diabetes (type 1, type 2, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes)

  • polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

  • nutritional deficiencies (e.g., iron, B12, vitamin D)

  • osteopaenia or osteoporosis (low bone mineral density)

  • sarcopaenia (muscle wasting)

  • inflammatory bowel diseases (e.g., Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, Coeliac disease)

  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • food intolerances and sensitivities

  • chronic pain (e.g., migraines, arthritis)

  • disordered eating 

  • anxiety and depression

  • autoimmune diseases 

Other non-specific health issues that we have had success in improving with diet include:

  • low energy or fatigue

  • poor exercise recovery

  • dizziness on standing

  • muscle cramps

  • headaches

  • poor sleep and restless legs 

  • weight loss resistance 

  • skin issues (dryness, acne, poor wound healing)

  • hair loss

  • dry and brittle nails 

  • body aches and pains

2) How many diet sessions will I need to achieve my goals?

Because everyone is so unique, we can't say exactly how many sessions you will need to achieve your individual health goals. However, we generally recommend patients expect to schedule in 4-6 review consultations over the course of 6 months after the initial consult. The review consultations are where we get the opportunity to really dive into the “how to” of your diet and supplement interventions, and give you the structure, strategies, advice and resources you need to address all your nutritional priorities and reach your goals. You can read more about what to expect during the initial consult here (click on the initial consult service).

 

3) What process do you follow in your consultations?

As dietitians, we practice something called Medical Nutrition Therapy. This process allows us to assess our patients in a comprehensive way that leads us to identifying their top 4-8 nutritional priorities. These nutritional priorities are the main diet-related "barriers" or problems preventing the individual from reaching their health goals. We then develop personalised diet, supplement and educational interventions that are targeted at addressing these nutritional priorities. As you may expect, these nutritional priorities will differ from person to person - and the strategies to address these priorities also differ from person to person. Ellipse Health Dietitians put a lot of emphasis on personalised nutrition.

 

4) Will I receive everything I need upfront after the initial consult?

Because of the comprehensive and individualised approach that we take, there is absolutely no way that we can give every single piece of information needed to help you reach your goals upfront. The review consultations are where we really get into the nitty gritty of things and help you start to unpack and address your nutritional priorities. We generally recommend that you book in 4-6 review consultations over about 6 months so that we can deliver the appropriate education, advice, strategies and resources that are necessary for you to begin seeing progress in your outcomes. We also need multiple review sessions with you to understand whether the previous strategies we provided are effective and/or whether your nutritional priorities have changed. 

 

5) What do I do if I am struggling and feel like I need more support?

The beauty of working with an Ellipse Health Dietitian is that the process is patient-led. So, if you feel that you need more structure or specific advice, you can simply just let us know and we can tailor our approach to best suit you. For example, if you feel that you would benefit from a meal plan, all you need to do is ask and we can develop one for you. Otherwise, if you need more strategies for what you can buy at the shops, for example - that’s fine - we can do that for you too! However, please understand that we cannot work tirelessly between consults to give you everything you need. There may be additional costs associated with your requests, and we will discuss these with you if relevant. In general, the best thing you can if you are struggling and need more support is to book in a review consultation with your dietitian so that you can let us know exactly what you need. This gives us dedicate time (either 30, 45 or 60 minutes) to hear out what has and hasn't been working for you, and provide you with more structure, advice and support to help ensure you are moving in the right direction. As with any lifestyle change, we cannot expect to reach our goals overnight. Review consultations are important for reviewing and tweaking your dietary approach.

6) What are some good resources I can refer to between consults with my dietitian?

We have a blog which has some great articles for you to read. We also have a library of videos and recipes that you may find useful. Another great resource is our automated Food Freedom Program - which is particularly useful for those who are looking for a long-term sustainable solution to their diet in that they are committed to improving their relationship with food. This is such an important aspect of dietary change that is relevant for weight loss, disordered eating, digestive issues, inflammatory conditions, diabetes, autoimmunity, and much more. There may be some overlap in the information you receive in this program and with your Ellipse Health Dietitian - but that's okay, because sometimes we need a reminder for what to do and why to do it. This helps us form sustainable habits as we better understand why and what we are doing. You can move through the Food Freedom program at your own pace and you can go through it multiple times if you wish. You may also wish to follow our team on instagram and see what useful tips they are posting there.

7) Do you see children (under 16 yo)?

Generally, no. However, in special circumstances, we may agree to assist you (as the parents) in improving your own nutrition- and health-related knowledge so that you can feel more confident about managing your child's nutrition and health.

8) Why are your prices more expensive than a standard dietitian based at a medical practice?

In order to continue providing premium nutrition and dietetic services to all new and existing Ellipse Health clients, we updated the prices of all consults in April 2021. Ellipse Health dietitians do a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure you are receiving the highest quality care possible. Our services are based on the latest scientific evidence, and we regularly update our methods and educational resources to reflect the ever-growing field of nutritional research. Jessica Turton, Ellipse Health's lead dietitian, was an invited speaker at the American Diabetes Association 2020 Conference and spoke to an international audience of academics and healthcare practitioners on the role of low-carbohydrates diets and nutritional ketosis in obesity and diabetes. Jessica and her team of dietitians here at Ellipse Health are at the forefront of translating the most rigorous aspects of nutritional science into effective clinical practice. We have great confidence in the efficacy of our services and have no doubt they you will leave each session feeling motivated, confident and empowered to continue moving forward toward your health goals. If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to be considered for discounted sessions, please email jessica@ellipsehealth.com.au to explain your situation and we will do our best to accomodate you.

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We are a team

Ellipse Health is a team of dietitians that pride ourselves on using evidence-based nutrition to help you reach your health goals. When you work with one dietitian, you work with the whole team - and you become a part of that team.