Diet and Nutrition
Hello I’m Claire, I’m a registered Dietitian who joined the team in 2017. I am working closely with the centres Occupational Therapist - Amy Smissen and Speech and Language Therapist/Counsellor – Carolyn Angell. Amy has expertise in practical ways to make shopping, cooking and eating easier; whilst Carolyn can help with motivational and emotional issues around eating and advice on any problems with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing). So between us we should be able to help you tackle most eating and nutrition questions or problems you may have.
The British Dietetic Association states that “Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices”.
I am passionate about food, and the way it not only fuels our bodies, but also affects our minds, our emotions and is entwined in so many areas of our lives.
Some of the more common nutrition questions asked include
- What is the best way to lose weight?
- I have tried everything and just cannot lose weight. What can I do?
- How can I eat a healthy diet when I am too tired to cook?
- How much fluid should I be drinking? Is there anything I can do to help with bladder problems?
- I’ve heard that following a special diet can stop MS getting worse. What should I be eating?
The dietetic services on offer include group work and individual consultations.
As well as being an experienced dietitian I am in the privileged position of also having MS. This means I know how it feels to be too tired to make a sandwich – let alone cook a meal. I appreciate the frustrations that many people have about how easily the weight piles on as activity levels drop.
If you feel you need/want any nutrition or dietetic advice please ask one of the therapists about making a referral to come and see me.