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Nutrition

How can a nutritionist help me?
Good nutrition is probably the single most important factor in determining health. The food choices you make will influence your life expectancy, your body’s ability to combat chronic disease and the quality of your life on a day-to-day level.

A nutritionist is trained to analyse your diet and lifestyle in detail and make recommendations for improvement. These might include rebalancing major food groups (protein, carbohydrate and fat), identifying important nutrients missing from your diet, suggestions of alternative foods and meal planning.

Nutritionists look for imbalances within the systems of your body and use food and nutrition to correct them. Weight loss, for example, is never as simple as telling someone to eat less. A typical weight loss program from Anna Lynch Nutrition might include a blood sugar balancing diet, review of thyroid function, analysis of digestion and nutrient absorption, identification of possible food intolerances and plenty of practical and emotional support – such as shopping lists, recipes, snack ideas and strategies for emotional eating. We don’t believe in quick fix diets but in supporting people to make positive changes for the long-term.

Some of the other key areas in which we work include diabetes management, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol), food allergies, special diets, digestive disorders and sports nutrition. We are also specialists in children’s and family nutrition, including fussy eaters, autism and ADHD.

A nutrition program includes:
  • Discussion of your health goals
  • A full medical and health case history
  • Detailed analysis of your current diet
  • Explanations as to how food and other factors may be impacting on your health
  • A tailor-made nutrition program with clear actions to follow
  • Support materials – including nutrition handouts, recipes and shopping lists
  • Advice on using nutritional supplements if indicated
  • Biochemical and nutritional testing is available (see below for further details)
     Regular support, motivation and guidance.


Who can benefit?
Just about everyone, young and old, can benefit from making improvements to their diet. Here are some reasons why people see a nutritionist:

Specific health conditions:
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions – rosacea, dermatititis, eczema
  • Digestive problems – IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease
  • Underactive or overactive thyroid
  • Hormonal conditions – PCOS, endometriosis, menopause
  • Infertility
  • Headaches and migraines
Weight loss – understanding how to lose weight and keep it off in the long-term
Performance nutrition – for professional athletes, to improve performance in a particular sport/event or for nutritional advice to support a training program
Food allergies – identification of problem foods, elimination diets, substitute foods, balancing nutrient intake
Children’s nutrition – fussy eaters, weight management, autism, ADHD and other behavioural issues, anxiety, eating disorders
Specialised diets – eg gluten-free, dairy-free, additive-free, anti-candida
Other issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of energy
  • Stress management
  • Poor skin
  • Bloating and digestive discomfort



Nicky West - Nutritionist
Amanda McCredie - Nutritionist