What kind of diet do you follow?
Well, first of all, I don’t like labels, but if I had to say something then I’d say I follow a whole foods, plant based diet.
Do I have to be vegan to work with you?
Nope. Hardly any of my clients are vegan. I just encourage people to eat more plant based foods, and when you think about it, what nutritionist wouldn’t? These are the most nutrient dense foods out there, so it makes sense that we try and get more of them in. But I’m still cool if you eat meat and cheese; you won’t get any judgement here.
What’s a registered nutritionist and how is it different from a dietitian or a nutritional therapist?
The Association for Nutrition details the differences at length on their website, but essentially registered dietitians work with clinically ill people – people who have a diagnosis whereby they need nutritional management of their disease. Registered nutritionists practice nutrition in otherwise healthy people who need some help and guidance to make sure their diets are as healthy as possible. Both use evidence based practice – i.e. they look at the scientific literature and scientific consensus as a basis for their advice and recommendations. Registered nutritionists and dietitians both have to be trained to at least degree level (many have an MSc or PhD). Nutritional Therapists do not necessarily use evidence-based practice, and don’t go to university for their qualifications (some people even do it online!).
What if I want to study nutrition, are there any courses you recommend?
If you’d like to become a Registered Nutritionist or Dietitian then you have to go through an accredited degree programme at a university. These are the only types of courses guaranteed to be evidence based and held to high accreditation, ethical, and continuing professional development standards. I don’t recommend online or part time courses or certificates in nutritional therapy because there’s no guarantee that these courses will be evidence based and in my experience they use questionable science . Check out the Association for Nutrition and British Dietetic Association list of approved courses.
If you want to learn more about nutrition just for fun then the Open University has a free nutrition module and you can do free online evidence based courses through MOOCs like University of Aberdeen and Stanford. If you already have a science background then I recommend getting your hands on a good quality text book like one produced by the Nutrition Society.
Who shoots the photos?
I do! I don’t pretend I know what I’m doing; I just like messing around with my camera. I use a Nikon D3100 with an 18-55mm lens.
Do you just post recipes?
Nope, good health definitely starts with nutrition but there’s so much more that goes into it. That’s why on my site you’ll find product reviews, podcasts, and other resources for helping you feel really good! Check out my blog posts for the Huffington Post too.
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY NUTRITION/HEALTH STUFF?
Sure can, take a look here for the different services I offer! If what you’re after isn’t there then just get in touch and we’ll figure something out!
CAN I SHARE YOUR RECIPES/PHOTOS ON MY SITE?
As long as you don’t try to pass them off as your own, make sure you play nice, link back to my site and give me credit for my work! Maybe just shoot me a little tweet too (@laurathomasphd).
DO YOU DO SPONSORED POSTS?
If the right opportunity comes along, then totally! If your brand vibes with mine then we can make sweet, sweet content together. Holla at me firstname.lastname@example.org I’ve worked with brands like LeCreuset, LifeBox, and Rola Wala. I frequently write for The Huffington Post Blog, and have contributed to publications like Men’s Health and Vegan Life Magazine.