ORANGE DIETITIAN SERVICESClaire Ward Dietitian
Services for Claire Ward – your Orange Dietitian
Losing weight can be challenging and at times frustrating. Dieting and following quick fix ‘fad diets’ is not always the answer. Dieting can help you lose weight in the short term, however once you stop the diet you tend to put it all back on. Therefore, losing weight can become difficult if you’re constantly living your life on a diet.
Claire Ward, your Orange Dietitian has had over 18 years’ experience in helping people lose weight, she can help you explore the other reasons that contribute to weight gain, including; stress, emotions, low self-worth, faulty food scripts, habit, addiction poor body image and weight conflict.
Weight loss is sometimes not always about what you’re eating, but also about why and when you’re eating. Claire has the skills and knowledge to provide nutritional counselling to help you find an eating plan to suit your lifestyle.
Claire has body composition machine so she can tract your weight loss and show you that you are losing fat and not muscle. Losing muscle and fluid is not ideal, as this will only result in weight regain. She also can do a full dietary analysis looking at all your nutrients, vitamins and minerals intake to ensure you are meeting your recommended dietary requirements.
Claire works closely with the bariatric surgeons in providing Nutritional support, advice and therapy to clients who are undergoing bariatric surgery including lap bands and gastric sleeves. Claire will provide pre and post-surgery information for your diet. Claire is Optifast Accredited and can monitor your nutritional needs as you progress and start you off on the Optifast range to suit your needs if required.
If you would like to book an appointment with Claire for a nutritional consult and expert dietary advice, click here now and we will phone you.
Claire Ward, is a local Orange dietitan, and is a member of the Sports Dietitian Australia. She has completed her Sports Dietetic course at the Australian Institute of Sport. Her personal experience as a triathlete and professional experience working with sports people will help you maximise and your exercise goals with credible nutrition.
Claire has worked closely with many triathletes, rugby players, performing artists/dancers, sprint and endurance runners and cyclist, kick boxers and endurance walkers. Claire is operating her Orange dietitian clinic out of Rehab Performance Training (RPT) and she works closely with Exercise Physiologist and personal trainers to help athletes of all levels achieve their goals.
Claire can help convert the science of sports nutrition into practical and meaningful interventions for athletes and coaches. She can provide advice for sports people including;
- Sports Nutrition Principles for Training and Recovery
- Sport Supplements
- Nutrition for Endurance Sports
- Nutrition for Team Sports
- Weight Gain and Protein Requirements for Athletes
- Body Composition Analysis (water, fat, protein, muscle, mineral content)
- Weight Loss for Athletes
- Hydration Assessment and Interventions
- Detailed meal plan to suit your sport and nutrition goals, matched to your exercise and training needs
Book in for a consultation to see Claire for advice on how to manage your dietary intake to improve your sports performance.
Food Allergies & Food Intolerances
Claire Ward continues to work closely with the Royal Prince Alfred Allergy unit as a preferred referral partner. Claire has many years experience working with children and adults with food allergies and food intolerances. As an Orange dietitian, Claire helps bridge the gap between services provided in metro and regional areas.
What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is very different from a food intolerances. Food allergies are immune reactions to food proteins, whereas food intolerances don’t involve the immune system at all. They are triggered by food chemicals which cause reactions by irritating nerve endings in different parts of the body.
The chemicals involved in food intolerances are found in many different foods, so the approach involves identifying them and reducing your intake of groups of foods, all of which contain the same offending substances. By contrast, protein allergens are unique to each food (for example, egg, milk and peanut), and dealing with a food allergy involves identifying and avoiding all traces of that particular food. Similarly, gluten, the protein involved in coeliac disease, is only found in certain grains (wheat, barley, rye) and their elimination is the basis of a gluten-free diet (RPA Allergy Unit).
How do you know if you have a food intolerance?
Symptoms triggered by food chemical intolerances vary from person to person. Some people present with all or only some symptoms and also at different intensities. Some examples of common symptoms include;
- Headaches and migraines
- Eczema and skin irritations, itchy skin
- Sinus trouble
- Mouth ulcers
- Stomach pains and bowel irritation
- Fatigue or get unusually tired, run-down or moody, often for no apparent reason
Children can become irritable and restless, and behavioural problems can be aggravated in those with nervous system disorders such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Breast-fed babies can have food intolerance reactions due to chemicals from the mother’s diet getting into the breast milk, causing colicky irritable behaviour, loose stools, eczema and nappy (diaper) rashes.
If you’re having trouble working out which foods are upsetting you, professional help may be needed to investigate the problem more systematically.
Claire Ward has completed additional training in working with people with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia. She completed this course with the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders and works closely with psychologist to help children, adolescents and adults who have an eating disorder.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviours surrounding weight and food issues. They are serious eating disorders and can be life-threatening. A person with a eating disorder has not made a ‘lifestyle choice’, they are actually very unwell and need help.
For some people, restricting their food and weight can be a way of controlling areas of life that feel out of their control and their body image can come to define their entire sense of self-worth. A person who restricts their intake may only make cravings worse as their body craves for nutrition, which can encourage the binging and purging cycle also.
Eating disorders can also be a way of expressing emotions that may feel too complex or frightening such as pain, stress or anxiety. Restrictive dieting and excessive exercise can be contributing factors to the onset of an eating disorder like Anorexia.
If you are concerned about a friend, child or other family members, ensure you book an appointment with an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a psychologist who understands and had experience in this area. As an Orange dietitian, Claire Ward is ideally situated to help those in Central West NSW.
Other Dietary Issues
Claire Ward has had 18 years’ experience and has worked in many large hospitals in Sydney and London, as well as smaller hospitals Orange NSW and the greater Central West. As an Orange dietitian, her clinic is now based in Orange NSW.
Claire is competent to provide nutritional education and recommendations in the following;
- High cholesterol, high blood pressure
- Gastro intestinal issues eg FODMAPs and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease
- Renal (Kidney) disease
- Liver Disease
- Oncology and dietary issues related to cancer or from treatment
- Malnutrition and weight gain
As an Accredited Dietitian, Claire Ward provides nutritional guidance and develops a care plan that addresses nutrition-related symptoms, with the aim of assisting in a person’s journey to reaching optimal health.
In addition to the services offered above, Claire Ward, your Orange dietitian, also provides expertise in:
- Aged Care & Rehabilitation
- Food Service & Menu Reviews
- Body composition analysis
- Healthy Eating & Weight Management Seminars & Presentations
- Workplace Nutrition Programs
- Nutrition Policies & Procedures in schools and workplace environments
- Home visits available
Medicare rebates and bulk billing for patients with Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plans are available. Check with your GP to ensure your eligibility. Rebates for private health patients are available for policies with extras.