FAQ

Can diet improve IBS symptoms?

Yes, diet can contribute significantly to IBS symptoms. At FoodSavvy, we can help you to identify these foods, and establish the quantities you can tolerate, before you experience symptoms. Other factors also play a role in IBS, your FoodSavvy dietitian can help you to identify these.

Do you offer a student discount?

Yes, we offer a 10% student discount.

Can I bring my family along to the appointment?

Your family and whanau or any other support people are welcome to come to your appointment. We have some toys in our clinic if you need to bring your child along for the consultation.

What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A Dietitian is a registered health professional who meets standards of professionalism required by the NZ Dietitians Board under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act HPCA Act (2003), who has an accredited undergraduate science degree in human nutrition, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Dietetics. Dietitians are trained in the science of nutrition and diet therapy, qualified to work in areas that require nutritional assessment & counseling. A dietitian may work in a variety of settings ranging from hospital, community, public health, sports, research & education or as medical representatives to the food industry. Dietitians use effective nutritional management strategies, based upon current scientific evidence, to help individuals or groups to improve their health. Dietitians work within a specified Scope of Practice, adhere to a Code of Ethics, meet Registration Competency Requirements, participate in a Continuing Competency Program and undergo regular auditing in order to maintain their practising certificate and to be able to legally call themselves a New Zealand Registered Dietitian. This consumer brochure shows how the public's safety is protected through the registration of a Health Practitioner. There is a complaints and disciplinary process available.

In New Zealand, to date, there is no legal regulation or control over the use of the title of Nutritionist. However, the title of Registered Nutritionist can only be used by those who meet the standards determined by The Nutrition Society of New Zealand.

The selection process is overseen by the Nutrition Registration Panel which is an expert group of Nutrition Society members drawn from academia, industry, government and private practice. A registered nutritionist is a person responsible for the promotion of nutritional health and well-being and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders/ill health. Registered Nutritionists can work in a diverse range of settings including public health, community, teaching, research, food industry, public relations, media and consultation. Registered Nutritionists work within their specific fields of expertise (as determined by the Nutrition Registration Panel), adhere to The Royal Society of New Zealand Code of Professional Standards and Ethics and must participate in a Continuing Education Competency Programme.

Sourced from Dietitians NZ website https://www.dietitians.org.nz/how-dietitians-help/

What do I need to bring?

It is useful for your dietitian to see a 5-7 day food diary. If you are experiencing any symptoms (e.g. for IBS, Coeliac, allergies) please complete the '5 day Food Symptom Diary'.

If handy, a recent supermarket docket.

Blood results from your GP if appropriate (e.g. cholesterol, blood glucose).

Do you conduct allergy testing?

We are a non-invasive service meaning we do not conduct any blood collection or skin prick testing. If you or your dietitian suspects an allergy, either skin prick testing or a RAST blood test can be arranged via your GP.

If these are negative, and you feel your symptoms are food related, you may instead have a food intolerance. Unfortunately these can not be tested for. Therefore we lead our clients through tailored elimination diets with subsequent challenges (if successful) to pinpoint your key triggers.