Who needs a nutritionist? Spoiler alert: everyone needs one

– How did you decide to become a nutritionist? What drove you to it? Were you looking for a solution to some of your problems and delved into this topic? Or was it originally about “helping others”?

– After my second birth I didn’t feel well: I was lazy, I wanted to sleep and eat all the time. I felt that something was wrong with me, even though everyone around me said, “It’s okay, you’re tired: the kids, the household, your project. I was not happy with this condition, and I began to look for the cause of my poor state of health. I quickly figured out that food is medicine, and began to study nutritiology professionally.

When I felt all the changes on my own experience, I could no longer keep silent and began to help relatives and friends, and then friends of friends and their colleagues began to come to me for consultations. Now I study and work every day and I still can’t believe how great our body is and all the processes in it are interconnected, so it makes no sense to treat what hurts, we have to look for the cause.

– Do I need a medical degree to become a nutritionist? – In our country the profession of nutritionist is not regulated, and medical education is not required all over the world, because nutritionology is at the intersection of medicine and coaching. But I especially want to point out that the nutritionist is not a substitute for the doctor. Moreover, he has no right to override the doctor’s prescriptions, even if the nutritionist does not agree with them. The nutritionist works with a relatively healthy person, making him or her feel better. A sick person has to go to a doctor, and the work of a HLS specialist is optional.

– What is the “nutritionist”? Is it an advanced nutritionist? What problems does he solve? – People come to a nutritionist with the goal of losing weight, and to a nutritionist with the goal of becoming healthy and, thanks to this, slim.

– Should pregnant women rush into this subject? Or is a drastic change in diet harmful? – Ideally, you should do this while preparing for pregnancy, but it is never too late to change your lifestyle and diet. Avoiding added sugars, industrial products, endless snacking, full meals, healthy sleep and optimal physical activity will affect pregnancy only positively.

– People are divided into two types: “milk is bad for you,” and “you can’t do without dairy. What does nutrition science say about this? – A competent nutritionist bases his work on a personal approach: what is good for one person is bad for another. And, of course, it’s about the quality and quantity of any product.

– Speaking of milk. What is your advice to breastfeeding moms? If, for example, a mom eats a lot of sweets, will the milk be sweet? How would that affect the baby? What would you advise to avoid at all, and what to put a lot on during this period? – Sweets will not make milk sweet, but it will be nutrient-poor. Mom should eat enough protein and fats, and be sure to eat slow carbohydrates: cereals, vegetables. It should be understood that a deficit mother will have a deficit baby. Therefore, it is important for a woman before, during and after pregnancy to think about whether the food she eats will benefit her and her baby.

– What can you say about vitamins and dietary supplements? I have heard the following idea: “If you eat right, you don’t need vitamins. If you eat poorly, no vitamins will help. – Vitamins will definitely go down the toilet, if a person eats something he doesn’t understand. First of all the diet, with which will come the normalization of the gastrointestinal tract, and then individually selected dietary supplements. It does not matter before, during or after pregnancy. Any vitamins are selected individually, based on deficiencies. Don’t take multivitamins for pregnant and lactating women, they won’t do any good.

Going back to your phrase, unfortunately, most people can’t get out of deficiencies on one diet. And getting out of them is a must, because the health of the baby, even its genes, depends on what the mother eats during pregnancy and whether she has deficiencies. Also, animal studies have shown that a mom’s diet during pregnancy affects her baby’s taste preferences. I don’t think anyone wants their baby-to-be to eat pasta with cake.

– What about supplements for pregnant and nursing women? Here you probably work in conjunction with the doctor who is managing the pregnancy, or are any pills ruled out at all for this period? – Personally, I don’t work with pregnant women. I help prepare for and then recover from pregnancy and childbirth, as it is really a great stress for a woman, which equates to the death of a loved one in severity, although, of course, having a baby is a holiday. I am convinced that integrative doctors should work with pregnant women, who will take the time to tell them about the importance of sleep and a balanced diet, help them not to gain extra pounds and lead a woman to a great, powerful birth or prepare her for a C-section without consequences.

– Since we’re talking about pregnant women. The most common problems for expectant moms are: toxemia, heartburn, swelling. Can you give some tips to help moms get through these unpleasant things more easily? – If you are reading this interview and are not yet pregnant, I strongly recommend that you address your diet and lifestyle now, because the cause of toxicity, for example, can be a gallbladder problem, which arises from a lack of good fats in the diet, hypodynamia. Anemia is not only the cause of toxicosis, but also of gestosis (those very swellings). “And drug addicts give birth to healthy children” is not an argument, you don’t know what kind of children they are and you can’t guess what problems that child will have in the future. You have to approach pregnancy responsibly, you have to prepare for it, as boring as it is to read it now.

If you are already pregnant, replenish your total protein, drink plenty of water, and take more walks to avoid swelling. Sugar and salt retain water, so cut out or cut back on anything unhealthy. Check not only hemoglobin, but also the entire iron panel, and if you find iron deficiency, you need to replenish it.

Regarding heartburn: it is a sign of low stomach acidity, which decreases due to large amounts of carbohydrates, so by balancing the diet in terms of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, there will be no heartburn. Water with lemon and sour berries and fruits are great for normalizing acidity.

– How long does it all work? After what time there is a result: the body becomes more beautiful, the body more healthy? – It all depends on the neglected situation, age, presence and number of children, motivation, genetics and other factors. No specialist will not tell you the recovery time. Moreover, for the first 10-14 days it may seem that things are only getting worse. There’s even a term “recovery crisis” that you have to be prepared for, and a good specialist will talk about it and share tools to help yourself. We’ve been “eating” into our health problems for years, so don’t think you can become perfectly healthy in a month.

– How not to fall off and go back to the old way of life with all sorts of junk and goodies? – In order not to snap, do not categorically exclude everything. You need to act gradually, maybe some of the products to replace more useful options, some to leave, but reduce the amount. Something will give you a desire to eat after you recover and come out of the deficit. I believe that the task of the nutritionist is to adapt the client’s diet and explain why this or that product is bad. I am convinced that a nutritionist’s job is more educational than simply creating a menu to fit a nutrition protocol. Of course, maybe I am the only one who sees such a goal in my work, but it is really important for me to tell what and how happens in our body, about the benefits of healthy food.

– Do children go to a nutritionist? – Yes, of course, parents go to a nutritionist for allergies, psoriasis, gastrointestinal problems, and attention deficit disorder. 80% of all diseases are caused by improper nutrition, and children eat no better than adults, unfortunately.

– Is nutriciology expensive? What are the costs? Tests, consultations? – The only thing more expensive than health is restoring it. Yes, there will be costs for tests, but you can do without them. There is the option of questioning and identifying deficiencies by indirect signs. Of course, in this case, the recommendations will be quite general, but even they will give a great result – a person will feel better.

The cost of a nutritionist consultation is different for everyone, as is the scope of services. And good nutritional supplements cost money too, but the fact that good nutrition is expensive is a myth. PP is based on seasonal, local and whole foods, not on healthy expensive bars, packaged plant milk, goji berry muesli and other compounded foods with additives. Greens, berries and fruits in season are inexpensive, but they have maximum benefits.

– How many meals do you need? How soon do you prescribe a menu and make a personalized plan? What’s next? Do you supervise your clients somehow? – Each specialist has his own methods of work: some provide one-time consultations, some lead to the result. The minimum period of work with me is 1 month, during which I give recommendations on lifestyle, nutrition, dietary supplements for the next 4-6 weeks. It is important for me to explain the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle without overdoing it, to teach a person to eat in a balanced way, since, alas, we cannot even chew nowadays. I do not control anyone, as I believe that the adult is responsible for his health and I will not pull anyone with a reminder to “keep a food diary”.

My work with clients takes place in a work file on a google disk, in which I take apart a person’s analyses, describe in simple language why this or that analysis has a suboptimal result and what to do about it, what it affects. I also write recommendations on diet, water, sleep, physical activity, give links to useful materials.

In the same file the person keeps a food diary, which I check and give recommendations on how to improve the diet, what seasonal products to add and how not to overeat them (for example, you can make a salad dressing from strawberries, and not eat a tray of berries on an empty stomach). Also in this file, I answer the client’s questions and prepare individual memos upon request.

In fact, a month of working with me is about 45 days, since not all test results are ready quickly. For example, the person paid a month of work with me on June 1, on June 2 he filled in the questionnaire, on June 5 I sent him a list of tests based on the data from the questionnaire, on June 7 he handed them in, and they will be ready on June 17. That is from June 17 the month of our work begins.

– Now every second healer in social networks with his treatment protocols and promo-codes on famous sites. How not to get caught in the bait of a charlatan, how to choose a competent nutritionist? Any documents, diplomas? How to check the competence of a specialist? – There is no way to check. This is what makes the service industry different, because the final result for each client will be different. The only option is to choose, asking yourself the questions: “Am I ready to trust this specialist?”, “Will I be able to tell this person about the consistency of my stool, how my libido is, and everything else that you don’t even share with your loved ones?” And most importantly, “Does this professional’s approach and manner of communication resonate with me?” And, of course, ask people you know for names; word of mouth is the best way to find exactly your specialist.