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    My sisters partner will only eat certain foods. Should she discuss with a nutritionist?

    My sisters partner will only eat certain foods and does not acknowledge this as an issue. The bulk of his diet is potato based and sugary. He doesnt eat coloured vegetables, fruit, most meats or grains. Is this an issue she should talk to a nutritionist or a therypist about?
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  • Melanie McGrice is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, one of the few dietitians in Australia to achieve that status. Her success has made her an … View Profile

    There's lots of different ways that she could help him to increase the quality of his diet.  She obviously cares a lot about him and his health and a dietitian could certainly give her some hints about ways that she could help him to improve his diet without him having to make radical changes.

    For example - maybe he might be willing to try homemade pizzas - and she could slowly add one new vegie to it at a time??

    I read a statistic recently that said that over 50% of deaths in Australia are attributable to poor diet, so any dietary improvements are certainly valuable.

    Melanie McGrice

  • Lyn Christian


    As a Naturopath and Nutritionist I am passionate about the promotion of health using functional foods to correct nutrient imbalances.All health conditions need to be … View Profile

    Thank you for caring about the health of your sister’s partner. Talking to a Nutritionist would be a must in this situation. The Nutritionist will discuss healthy eating and devise a diet plan which can incorporate some of the foods the person “can’t live without”.
    Changing a persons diet has to be done in stages which the client can manage. The process has to be done without making the client feel embarrassed or too overwhelmed.The Nutritionist will offer simple Recipes to begin the introduction of vegetables and fruits. Information on the life-long benefits of a healthy diet can be contrasted with the detrimental effects of a high-sugar, high-fat diet.

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) or Accredited Nutritionist (AN) could definately help your sisters partner in this instance. APD's and AN's have undergone training in dietary and lifestyle counselling including motivational interviewing. These are specific skills that can help the patient with guidance from the APD or AN to make successful changes to their diet to improve health.

    A diet without fruit and vegetables, grains and meat over time can lead to severe nutrient deficiencies such as iron, zinc, B12, vitamin C, folate, and fibre which can lead to a host of problematic health conditions including constipation, bowel disease, increased cancer risk, fatigue, poor immunity to name a few.

    If an APD or AN is unable to help your sisters partner (just simply because he doesn't want to change), he may benefit from cognitive behaviour therapy that can be provided by a clincial pyschologist. 

    Good luck

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