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Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery 

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.

Ward Nutrition 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.

Bariatric Surgery 

Claire works closely with the bariatric surgeons over the Central West and Sydney in providing Nutritional support, advice and therapy to clients who are undergoing bariatric surgery including lap bands and gastric sleeves. Claire & Sarah  will provide pre and post-surgery information to help you with your dietary requirements along with nutritional counselling and support.

Getting your diet right when undergoing bariatric surgery will ensure your post complications and nutritional status are reduced. Essential nutrients nutrient’s such as Protein, iron and B12 along with vitamins A, B,C and D need to be assessed to minimise side effects. Checking your diet with one of or Dietitians will ensure you are meeting your needs.

Claire also has a special interest in in helping post bariatric surgical clients with fertility and pregnancy issues. Falling pregnant after surgery is complicated and nourishing your body and your unborn child within bariatric restriction can be difficult. It is essential that you are taking the correct vitamins along with consuming the correct nutrition to ensure growth and development of your unborn child. If you are thinking of falling pregnant or you already are pregnant, then it is recommended your receive a nutrition check with an Accredited Dietitian with experience in this area.

We also stock BN Multivitamins in both locations, which are the specialised multivitamins for Bariatric Surgery clients.

If you would like to book an appointment with Claire or Sarah for a nutritional consult and expert dietary advice, click here now and we will phone you.

Sports Nutrition

Claire Ward, is an Accredited  Sports Dietitian. 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. She can help convert the science of sports nutrition into practical and meaningful interventions for athletes and coaches. Ward Nutrition has a INBODY machine and can assess muscle and fat mass to ensure you are meeting your goals.

Ward Nutrition 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.

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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
  • Nausea
  • 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.

Eating Disorders

Claire Ward has completed additional training in working with people with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia. She completed a course with the Australian Centre for Eating Disorders and works closely with psychologist to help children, adolescents and adults who have an eating disorder. She is also an approved practitioner for the Butterfly foundation in helping people with disordered eating patterns.

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. If you see your General Practitioner first, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate to see the dietitian, which will entitle you to a rebate each appointment.

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Women’s Health and Fertility 

Ward Nutrition is part of a progressive group of experienced dietitians who specialise in reproductive and prenatal nutrition called Nutrition Plus.  To join the Nutrition Plus team, dietitians must undergo comprehensive assessment and training, so that you can be assured that when it comes to reproductive and prenatal nutrition, you are receiving the best services possible.  Consequently, I am proud to be a member of the Nutrition Plus alliance!

How we can help?

  • Improving Fertility: We are here to help optimise your fertility and the health of your eggs before conception, to ensure a healthy and happy baby
  • Pregnancy and Nutrition information: Planning and preparing for what you eat during your pregnancy will impact your child’s genetics for the rest of their life. Claire and Sarah can provide you with advice on avoiding listeria during pregnancy, nutritional supplements to suit your requirements along with portions and quantities of food to be eating when pregnant.
  • Paediatric Nutrition: Let us help and support you with issues and concerns relating to fussy eating, colic, introducing solids, constipation and more.
  • Hormonal Issues: We are here to support and ensure your hormonal balance, as Polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome can increase your weight
  • Mental Health: Did you know, research has proven that your planned diet can significantly improve depression and anxiety without any medication? Anxiety can increase once we fall pregnant and knowing and understanding your nutritional requirements and what to eat can help alleviate this stress.
  • Womens Cancers: We will assist in structuring and maintaining your tailored diet, which will help treat symptoms of chemo or reduce your risk of cancer reoccurrence


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Other Dietary Issues

Claire Ward has had 20 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;

    • Diabetes
    • 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


Additional Services

As an Accredited Dietitian, WARD NUTRITION 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.

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