Frequently Asked Questions
Why is nutrition important?
Not only does a nutritious diet have profound positive effects on the mind and body during every day life, the majority of the worlds non-communicable diseases are thought to be preventable by diet and lifestyle. This includes cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. This means that individuals have the power to prevent these diseases themselves, before they even begin and without the use of medications and invasive treatment, which is amazing. Therefore, working on the diet can help to reduce disease risk and contribute to a long healthy life.
What is the aim of personalised nutrition?
Personalised nutrition is designed to provide specific nutrition advice tailored to the individual, their needs and the needs of their body. The aim is to set realistic goals which are agreed between Lottie Marie and the client. The dietary plan is then tailored using current evidence to aim for these goals.
Will personalised nutrition definitely work?
Whilst there is a reasonable expectation that personalised goals can be achieved, it must be noted that due to external or unforeseen influences, there is a small possibility that these changes in diet and lifestyle have little, no or a negative effect.
What is expected from me?
Expectations are that clients put reasonable effort into following their nutrition plan. The closer the plan is followed, then the increased likelihood that they are able to reach their goals. However, the plan is not rigid, should the plan feel too difficult, does not work well with the client’s lifestyle or that the client thinks goals have been set too high, then the plan can be tailored to suit client needs. Ultimately, Lottie Marie is aiming to provide the most benefit for the client.
Do I have to continue with my personalised nutrition plan?
No. Lottie Marie provides an initial consultation where assessments are carried out and the plan is formed. The nutrition advice given will be evidence based and tailored to your specific needs. However, how you take this advice on board is entirely up to you. Monthly follow up appointments are advised as evidence shows that clients are more likely to stick to a plan and achieve goals if they remain supported. However, if the client feels that they have had sufficient support and want to continue with the plan alone or stop the plan, then this decision will be supported. Clients will also have the option of reducing the frequency of their follow up appointments, for example every other month or quarterly.
Who will I be working with?
Charlotte Marie Woods ANutr, the founder of Lottie Marie is a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and also a Registered Adult Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She qualified in MSc Human Nutrition with Plymouth University in 2018 and has recently began to work as a nutritionist in the field.
Are you qualified?
Charlotte Marie Woods ANutr is registered with the Association for Nutrition, the body who holds the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). This body ensures the competence and qualifications of nutritionists and that they are using up to date, scientific evidenced based practice. As the title ‘nutritionist’ is currently not protected, a person who is not qualified can technically use this title. You may come across ‘holistic’, ‘complementary’ and ‘functional’ nutritionists or nutrition therapists. Whilst these people may have undergone some training, it is recommended that you should seek advice from an Association for Nutrition registered nutritionist or Health Care Professionals Council registered dietician to be sure that they have sufficient knowledge to work with you safely. To clarify the difference between each role, the AfN have provided a comprehensive document via the link below:
Will my records be confidential?
All information collected about you will be kept strictly confidential. All information will be stored electronically on a computer which is password protected, in a document file that is also password protected. The data will be stored for a maximum of 10 years, after which it will be destroyed. All information will be handled in compliance with the Data Protection Act (2018).