The Support & Treatment of Dietary Conditions

Up to 98% of individuals with eating disorders experience gastrointestinal issues. For this reason, our nutrition team is highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of food allergies and intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome and functional gut disorders.

Our experienced dietetic team is committed to helping clients manage their conditions and meet their dietary requirements through a flexible and personalized approach.

What conditions do we treat?

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More Information On Conditions We Treat


  • Allergies and Intollerance
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrontestional Issues
Allergies and Intollerance

Allergies and Intollerance

Food intolerances involve a person experiencing hypersensitivity to a particular component of foods, resulting in unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, skin irritation, gastrointestinal distress, fatigue and mouth ulcers more. Reactions are not mediated by the immune system and can be time-delayed or variable in their presentation.

Food allergies, however, involve the body’s immune system reacting to certain foods or substances. The immune response is more immediate and although some of the symptoms are similar to those of food intolerances, allergies can cause far more serious consequences including hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, fainting and even fatality.

Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune-driven hypersensitivity to gluten, resulting in inflammation and damage to the small intestine. Associated symptoms include anaemia, headaches, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, gastrointestinal distress and skin rash. Left untreated, Coeliac Disease can lead to malabsorption of essential nutrients increasing the risk of deficiencies and associated health complications.

Food elimination and gastrointestinal damage can lead to malabsorption or inadequate intake of essential nutrients. Unecessarily restrictive diets and associated nutrient deficiencies increase the likelihood of developing other health issues, such as osteoporosis, anemia, inadequate growth or development, bowel cancer and gastrointestinal issues.


The Risks of Self-Diagnosis

Self-diagnosis is common among food intolerance. Unecessarily restrictive diets and associated nutrient deficiencies increase the likelihood of developing other health issues, such as inadequate growth or developmental delays, osteoporosis, anemia, neuropathies, colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal issues. For this reason, it is important to seek professional advice if you think you may have a food related condition.


Treatment

CFIH provides an evidence-based program to work with clients who have suspected food allergies and intolerances.

CFIH Dietitians are able to facilitate both the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Elimination Diet and Monash University Low FODMAP Diet protocols as necessary to identify and treat food allergy or intolerance. These programs involve intensive one-on-one support over a 3-6 month period to identify food triggers. Our dietitians work closely with the client to make the necessary changes for allergy and intolerance management while maximizing dietary flexibility.

If you think you may have a food intolerance or allergy, book in a FREE 15-minute consultation call with our intake team to discuss your options.

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Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease where the body does not produce enough insulin and blood sugar levels become too high. When not managed correctly, Diabetes can have extremely dangerous consequences.

Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease and, sadly, it is the sixth-leading cause of death in Australia. It is also the main cause of blindness, kidney failure and dialysis, limb amputations as well as increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke by 25%.

Diabetes affects both physical and mental health, with more than 30% of all people with Diabetes experiencing depression and anxiety.


What we can do to help

An individually-tailored management plan and ongoing support can reduce the risk of Diabetes-related complications. The CFIH multidisciplinary team take an evidence-based, weight-neutral approach to Diabetes management, promoting consistent movement and nourishment from a place of self-care to maximize the sustainability of health-promoting behaviors and while reducing the emotional burden of the disease. 

The Dietitians at CFIH are different; they understand improving your health and Diabetes management is not about restriction, elimination and numbers on the scale. Instead, they are focused on working with your needs, personal barriers and lifestyle to develop an eating pattern that is satisfying, nourishing and enables you to manage your blood sugars with confidence.

Our Accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist you to find safe, enjoyable and sustainable ways to move your body, which is proven to assist with natural blood sugar regulation.  Furthermore, CFIH has introduced Movement With A Purpose, providing weekly classes for people of all body sizes to engage in regular movement in a fun and accepting environment.

For more information on how our clinicians can assist you to improve your diabetes management, health and wellbeing, please call our intake team on 0731610845 for a free 15min consultation today.

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Gastrontestional Issues

Gastrontestional Issues

The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is a system of organs most commonly recognized as the site of digestion, energy absorption and waste management within the body. The GIT is often called “the second brain” as it has an independently functioning nervous system of its own, though it still maintains a “highway” for rapid communication with the brain. Whats more, it is home to trillions of microbes that the scientific community is beginning to recognize as integral to our immune, metabolic and mental health.  

Gastrointestinal issues can derive from a number of underlying reasons and can cause uncomfortable symptoms and complications such as bloating, gas, early satiety, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea and various other structural or functional disorders.

People with eating disorders often experience some form of gastrointestinal issue. This could be due to an excess/lack of dietary fiber in the system, compensatory behaviours, gut dysbiosis, and in some cases, weakened stomach musculature, which can have long-term consequences on the functional integrity of the gut.


How can we help?

Our Dietitians at CFIH are highly knowledgeable in the assessment and treatment of gastrointestinal issues. We provide specialist evidence-based dietary support to help our patients to effectively manage and improve their symptoms for better quality of life.

Gastrointestinal issues are common, preventable and treatable, so don’t suffer in silence.

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Allergies and Intollerance

Food intolerances involve a person experiencing difficulty with the digestion of certain food groups, such as gluten and diary. Intolerances can lead to unpleasant symptoms including bloating, stomach pain, rashes, diarrhea and more.

Food allergies, however, is the body’s immune system reacting to certain foods or substances. Although some of the symptoms are similar to those of food intolerances, allergies can cause far more serious consequences including hives, breathing problem, fainting and even fatality.

Food allergies and intolerances can lead to malabsorption and the exclusion of certain food groups. When undetected, the elimination of these vital nutrients can increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies.

Nutrient deficiencies increase the likelihood of developing other health issues, such as osteoporosis, anemia, inadequate growth or development, and further gastrointestinal issues (e.g. constipation). For this reason, it is important to seek professional advice if you think you may have a food related condition.


The Risks of Self-Diagnosis

Self-diagnosis is common among food intolerance. Almost four million people in Australia (17% of Australians) report avoiding a food type due to allergies or an intolerance.

However, without a professional diagnosis and proper dietary management, many people are unnecessarily increasing their risk of nutrient deficiencies, bowel cancer and other gastrointestinal issues.


Treatment

CFIH provides an evidence-based program to work with clients in identifying and treating food allergies and intolerances.

CFIH Dietitians have specialist training through the Australian leaders in food allergy and intolerances at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) Allergy Unit and use this expert knowledge to facilitate patients in achieving optimal health.

The program involves intensive one-on-one support over a 3-6 month period, to identify food triggers and work with the client to develop an eating plan suitable for their intolerances and lifestyle.

If you think you may have a food intolerance or allergy, book in a FREE 15-minute consultation call with our dietary team to discuss your options (obligation-free of course!).


Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease where the body does not produce enough insulin and blood sugar levels become too high. When not managed correctly, Diabetes can have extremely dangerous consequences.

Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease and, sadly, it is the sixth-leading cause of death in Australia. It is also the main cause of blindness, kidney failure and dialysis, limb amputations as well as increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke by 25%.

Diabetes affects both physical and mental health, with more than 30% of all people with Diabetes experiencing depression and anxiety.


What we can do to help

Early diagnosis, optimal treatment and effective ongoing support and management can reduce the risk of Diabetes-related complications. CFIH provides an early intervention of education and primary care service for Diabetes management to reduce the risk of such complications.

Our nutrition experts and experienced Dietitians will discuss your concerns regarding Diabetes management (or risk of being diagnosed) and formulate a treatment plan to ensure you are meeting your goals to optimise your health outcomes.

The Dietitians at CFIH are different; they understand improving your health and Diabetes management is not about being told what to eat, rather working with you to listen to your needs and lifestyle barriers.

Our Dietitians are passionate about helping people understand how to manage their Diabetes and guiding them you the path to improved long-term health.

Gastrontestional Issues

The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is a system of organs that work together to control the digestion, energy absorption and waste within the body. The GIT plays a vital role in the overall functioning of our bodies, so when something is not quite right with it, you’re going to know about it.

Gastrointestinal issues can derive from a number of underlying reasons and can cause uncomfortable symptoms and complications such as bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and various structural gastrointestinal disorders.

People with eating disorders often experience some form of gastrointestinal issue. This could be due to an excess/lack of dietary fiber in the system, compensatory behaviours and, in some extreme cases, weakened stomach musculature, which can leave the gastrointestinal tract unable to function properly.

Food intolerances involve a person experiencing difficulty with the digestion of certain food groups, such as gluten and diary. Intolerances can lead to unpleasant symptoms including bloating, stomach pain, rashes, diarrhea and more.

Food allergies, however, is the body’s immune system reacting to certain foods or substances. Although some of the symptoms are similar to those of food intolerances, allergies can cause far more serious consequences including hives, breathing problem, fainting and even fatality.

Food allergies and intolerances can lead to malabsorption and the exclusion of certain food groups. When undetected, the elimination of these vital nutrients can increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies.

Nutrient deficiencies increase the likelihood of developing other health issues, such as osteoporosis, anemia, inadequate growth or development, and further gastrointestinal issues (e.g. constipation). For this reason, it is important to seek professional advice if you think you may have a food related condition.


How can we help?

The good news is, many of these gastrointestinal issues can be treated and prevented simply by practicing healthy lifestyle habits, including the consistent intake of a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.

Our Dietitians at CFIH are highly knowledgeable in the assessment and treatment of gastrointestinal issues. We provide specialist evidence-based dietary advice to support our patients with effectively managing and treating their symptoms for lasting relief.

Gastrointestinal issues are common, preventable and treatable, so don’t suffer in silence.