Are you a nutritionist/ nutritional therapist/ nutrition practioner/ health coach?
Yes to them all! These terms are all fairly similar and relate to the same thing – someone who advises people on diet and lifestyle.
Are properly qualified?
Yes. I have an MSc Nutritional Therapy, University of Worcester. I have published on diet & health in academic journals and have significant clinical experience. Please see the about page for more details.
Are you a personal trainer?
Yes! I am a fully qualified personal trainer. I use my expertise in exercise and movement to advise clients on what is the best exercise for them. However, I do not offer personal training sessions i.e. actively coaching you through a workout.
Are you a doctor?
No, I am not. I am a nutritionist, and although we deal with similar issues I cannot provide ‘medical care’.
Do you use …….. diet?
I use elements from many diets including low carb, low fat, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegan, GAPs, FODMAPs, zone, intermittent fasting, and many others. I do not believe in rigidly sticking to one dietary approach for everyone. I mix and match as I see fit, taking into account what you are comfortable with.
Do you see vegetarian or vegan clients?
Yes, of course! Many of my clients are vegetarian or vegan. I tailor my approach to fit their needs, and only recommend changes they are comfortable with.
Why do you recommend supplements, isn’t just eating a healthy balanced diet enough?
For some people this may be true, but even then there are basic supplements almost everyone should take such as vitamin D. Most people with health issues can benefit from a more intense intervention, which uses higher doses of nutrients than the diet can provide. Many dietary supplements are extensively studied and have scientifically proven benefits. They are safe and effective, so why not use them.
However, I always start with a healthy diet first. It is no good taking supplements, if your diet is poor.
Do you make money off recommending supplements or medical tests (e.g. blood tests)?
No. I do not make any commission off these. Any discounts I get from supplement and testing companies, I pass completely onto you e.g. if I get a 30% discount at a company, I will give you a 30% discount code to use. This makes my job easier, as I can recommend supplements and tests with no conflicts of interest.
Will you just tell me to eat more vegetables and exercise?
No. Every person is biochemically unique and so needs an individualized approach. Many people need more specific and tailored advice to make progress, rather than just general health advice. For instance, for some people with digestive problems, certain vegetables may make their symptoms worse.
Can you diagnose/ treat/ cure my medical condition or disease?
No. I do not claim I can diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. For legal reasons, only doctors are permitted to claim this, and only then in certain circumstances.
My doctor is treating my medical condition, can I see you as well?
Yes! The care I provide is complimentary, and will work alongside any medical treatment you are receiving from your doctor.
Do most people book follow up consultations?
On average, people normally book 1 follow up consultation, to see how things are going, and if additional changes need to be made. However, there are many clients who are satisfied with just the initial consultation. The choice is completely up to you.
Where is the reference list for the nutrition and health plans?
Here it is – http://joewhittakernutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/references.pdf
Please see the last page of your nutrition and health plan, for the numbers of the references supporting your plan.
Can I cancel my appointment?
Yes, of course. If you cancel 24 hours before your appointment time there is no charge. If you cancel 24 hours within your appointment time, there is a £20 cancellation fee.
This is so everyone has a fair chance of getting an appointment, as appointment slots are often fully booked. It also takes me time to prepare for appointments, such as reading and analysing health questionnaires.
Do you have a list of author credits for images used on this website?
Yes, here they are. All of the icons used on this website are from www.flaticon.com. Flask, arrow & checklist – made by Freepik (home page, about page, consultations page & website footer). Pill – made by Darius Dan (about page). Apple – made by bqlqn (about page). Phone (solid) – made by Pixel perfect (home page). Phone (outline) – made by Gregor Cresnar (consultations page). Book – made by Good Ware (consultations page).