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Functional Nutrition in Taree

person buying healthy foodNutritionist Alison Hoy teaches her patients that what we eat is one of the fundamental pillars of health. Nutrition affects more than just digestion; it can play a role in various disease conditions and potentially lead to issues within our bodies at certain stages.

Functional nutrition is the process of using food as medicine. It’s a tool to help prevent or manage particular disease states and get the body back into balance and a healthier state. At Midcoast Chiropractic and Wellness, Alison offers individual and tailored care to everyone who books in with her.

The Benefits of Functional Nutrition

Functional nutrition has many benefits, ranging from weight management to improved energy levels and overall wellbeing. By adjusting macronutrient and micronutrient intake, identifying potential deficiencies, and offering healthier dietary alternatives, functional nutrition aims to bring your body into balance. Patients may enjoy better sleep, enhanced libido, and better management of symptoms of chronic conditions like diabetes, and digestive issues.


Preventative and Natural Therapies

Unlike dieticians, who focus more on calorie counting, our service is different, looking more at the quality of the food patients eat. Alison focuses on gut health and how that links to everything else in the body.

Almost everything the body needs comes from the food we eat. For example, the only way to get essential nutrients like amino acids and fatty acids is from food. The body needs them to build everything – muscles, tissues, hormones, neurotransmitters, everything – and they must be digested and absorbed through the gut.

Gastrointestinal dysfunction can lead to inflammation or disruptions in gut bacteria, affecting proper digestion and preventing the body from receiving adequate nutrition for its requirements.

Alison works with her patients to address these issues using a whole foods “Paleo style” diet as a foundation. Depending on their needs, she may tailor the recommendations or use a more restrictive elimination diet approach for a short period if necessary. She’ll work with you to find the best solutions for your body’s needs.

First Visit: What to Expect

The initial consultation runs about an hour and is conducted via Zoom, allowing for convenience and flexibility. During the session, Alison will review your submitted forms, including your diet diary, to discuss your health goals, dietary patterns, and any specific health concerns. You’ll also be asked about the desired outcomes from this and future sessions.

Alison will review existing bloodwork and may request additional tests to look at particular nutrients. A diet diary allows for analysis before recommending supplements and giving personalised nutrition advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this service recommended for?

Functional nutrition is recommended for individuals dealing with a variety of health concerns, including weight loss, metabolic issues like insulin resistance and pre-diabetes, digestive disorders such as IBS, and those interested in preventative healthcare. It’s suitable for all ages, from children to seniors, making it a versatile option for anyone looking to improve their health through diet.

How much is this service?

We aim to keep fees reasonable for our patients. Your initial 60-minute consultation is $95; 30-minute follow-up visits are $65.

How many sessions will I need?

Alison recommends a minimum of the initial consultation and two follow-up visits. These are also conducted via Zoom.

Do I have to follow a strict diet?

It depends on the issues, your state of health and your goal. There may be a brief period where some foods are eliminated to encourage healing.

If you are looking for general health advice, weight loss and implementing a healthier relationship with food, then No.

Generally, short-term meal plans are more of a bandage solution, similar to a short-term weight loss program. Instead, Alison wants patients to make slow and steady gradual changes that become habitual and more of a lifestyle change. She offers recipe ideas and guidance as opposed to rigid meal plans.

Optimise Your Health – Get Started Today

Discover how functional nutrition could maximise your wellbeing. Contact Alison to book in today!



Functional Nutrition Taree, Wingham NSW | 02 6594 6510