PLANT-BASED EATING FOR DIABETES AND PCOS
There are many benefits of eating a whole food plant-based diet, including for individual health and the health of our planet.
I follow a whole-food plant-based diet myself and have a particular interest in the benefits of plant-based diets for managing diabetes and PCOS.
If you would like to adopt or optimise a plant-based diet to help in managing your diabetes or PCOS and improving your overall health, I can help you with:
- Understanding the benefits of eating a whole-food plant-based diet for your health.
- Making the transition to a plant-based diet.
- Ensuring you are meeting your nutritional needs on a plant-based diet.
- Advice on supplements required when following a completely plant-based diet
- Providing meal and recipe ideas.
YOUR PLANT-BASED NUTRITION CONSULTATIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT
Your first consultation will take 60 minutes and is devoted to collecting a history from you and discussing your goals and expectations of working together.
As a dietitian, my role is to assess your nutrition needs, to determine the changes that may help you in achieving your goals and to plan how I can best help you in achieving these goals. I will also provide education on the benefits of a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet, and ways to meet your nutritional needs with the eating plan you choose to follow.
To do this, we will discuss your current lifestyle, weight history, medical and family history, usual eating patterns and activity levels, and your current knowledge and experience with plant-based eating. We will also discuss how a plant-based diet can help you in managing your diabetes or PCOS.
In most cases, our first follow-up appointment will be booked after 2-4 weeks. In this consultation, we will review your progress, answer questions you may have and I will provide further education tailored to your needs. Follow-up appointments are usually 30 minutes long, but may be longer if we are also addressing other aspects of your diabetes management.
The number and frequency of further follow-up appointments will depend entirely on the reason you are seeing me and your individual needs and goals. You may wish to have frequent consultations until you accomplish your goals or feel confident managing your diet on your own, or you may only need two or three sessions to get the information you need. While I will provide recommendations, the choice of consultation frequency is always yours.
All consultations are provided by telehealth (videoconference or phone) – more details can be found below.
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth consultations are conducted by videoconference or telephone, depending on your preference.
Video consultations are similar to a face-to-face consultation but conducted by videoconference – we can see each other and I can share my screen with you when providing education. We use a secure telehealth platform, designed specifically for healthcare consultations.
Phone consultations are conducted by telephone, so we won’t be able to see each other but otherwise the content of our consultations are the same as if I was to see you in person or by videoconference.
CONSULTATION FEES AND REBATES
Fees are $220 for the initial consultation and $110 for follow-up consultations. Fees are payable on the day of consultation by credit card or EFT.
Rebates are available from most private health funds as part of ‘extras’ cover. Rebates vary according to the fund, your level of cover, and whether it is an initial or follow-up appointment. We will provide you with a receipt to submit to your fund for a rebate.
Medicare provides rebates for dietitians and diabetes educators for certain conditions and circumstances. To find out if you are eligible, speak with your GP, who will need to provide you with the relevant referral form. We don’t bulk bill so you will need to pay your account on the day and we can submit your receipt to Medicare to process your rebate. The current Medicare rebate is $56.00 for both initial and review consultations.