Dietology

Why seek nutritional advice from an expert?

Nutrition plays a key role in our daily life: we can enjoy delicious food and be sure that the body is getting the most essential nutrients each day. Eating a balanced diet has become increasingly important, especially for those who want to lose weight healthily. It can also have a positive impact on a wide range of medical conditions and diseases, therefore improving quality of life.

Nutritionists and dietitians are able to answer all your questions about nutrition and health. They can also provide specific dietary recommendations if you have a medical condition. They develop a realistic diet plan based on your individual circumstances and expectations so that you are able to still enjoy food while changing your eating habits and achieving your goals. They are committed to helping patients learn and adopt healthy eating habits with personalised and manageable goals.

Who might benefit from nutritional care?

Nutritionists and dietitians provide nutritional care for anyone of any age who wants to improve their quality of life through diet, regardless of whether they have health problems.

Nutritional advice particularly supports patients undergoing treatment for the following conditions: 

•    Weight management (overweight and obesity issues)
Personalised support with weight control that is tailored to your social, professional and family life as much as possible. It focuses on the quality of your diet and also your eating behaviour. The goal is to help you make lasting changes to your relationships with your body and food.

•    Malnutrition and undernutrition, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies
There may be times in your life, if you are undergoing treatment and dealing with illness, such as cancer, heart failure or lung failure, when you may not feel like eating. You become more vulnerable to infections as your weight and muscle mass fall. Adjusting your diet will help you maintain your strength and independence. When your regular diet does not provide enough nourishment, nutritional supplements (high calorie and protein drinks) can be prescribed to help compensate for the lack of nutrients. 

•    Neurological disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
Nutrition plays a key role in your general condition as well as the speed of your neurorehabilitation. It is important to eat a varied diet that provides the right balance of nutrients for your body’s needs in order to achieve the best possible quality of life, maintain enough muscle strength and energy and increase your body’s immune response by reducing susceptibility to different infections and avoiding nutritional deficiencies.

•    Metabolic disorders, including diabetes, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis and gout
If you have a metabolic disorder, adjusting your diet helps to improve your blood test results and also prevents complications. For example, diet plays a critical role in managing diabetes, and personalised follow-up can help to control blood glucose levels and prevent diabetes-related complications.

•    Cardiovascular diseases, including high blood pressure and chronic heart failure
If you have cardiovascular disease, adjusting your diet forms an integral part of your overall treatment plan. Eating heart healthy foods means that you can actively prevent heart disease and improve your health.

•    Gastrointestinal diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis
Reviewing your diet, in relation to your symptoms, means that nutritional advice can be tailored to make digestion more comfortable.

•    Kidney disorders
Dietary recommendations change depending on the type of disorder and the stage of the disease. You can receive professional support for following this advice.

•    Food intolerances and allergies, including lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance
Have you been diagnosed with a food intolerance or allergy? We can help you learn about your trigger foods and how you can substitute them.

Care

When you arrive at Clinique Valmont, the dietitian will carry out an enrolment assessment to assess your eating habits and individual circumstances. If necessary, she can then introduce personalised nutritional follow-up care adapted to your health.

With extensive expertise in food science, the dietitian can:

•    Help to link your diet to how your body feels (hunger, pain, etc.)
•    Guide you in your food choices
•    Help you to gradually gain a new understanding of your diet that is adapted to your lifestyle and needs
•    Help you to make lasting changes
•    Provide support through listening, discussion and respect

If necessary or if you would like to extend your nutritional care, we can arrange follow-up home visits for after your rehabilitation stay. This is coordinated by the dietitian at Clinique Valmont, who will liaise with an external dietitian in order to plan your first home visit and provide any necessary nutritional supplements.