Guest Post: What a nutritionist can offer

Monday, April 30, 2012

Hi, my name is Ayshabibi Hafesji and I am a qualified public health nutritionist, registered with the Association for Nutrition. I successfully completed my degree in BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition at London Metropolitan University in 2010 and a year later I became self-employed. I offer a range of nutrition services to women and children to promote healthy well-being through 1:1 consultations, group workshops/seminars, school workshops and kitchen clear-outs. I am based in East London but travel around London to deliver nutrition services. 

I did some voluntary work first to get a feel of the work and what it entails. I undertook school workshops and loved it. I loved working with adults as well as children conveying the knowledge that I learnt over the years (and am still learning about) in a fun and creative way. Inspiring other people to lead healthy lives and knowing that it will benefit someone made me want to pursue this career path even more, making me more motivated and enthusiastic.

I am known to be friendly, helpful and enthusiastic, which allows me to work with my clients effectively. Being sensitive and a good listener also helps me to see what barriers my clients may be facing when opting for a healthy lifestyle, which enables me to provide realistic goals for them to reach.

Making small changes and adapting them into your lifestyle step-by-step allows my clients to make a difference in the long term. It is all about retraining ourselves and breaking or changing the bad unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthy ones. 

I have delivered group workshops at a few events, I like to make it interactive and practical allowing my clients to see how easy it is to be healthy, in a way they can implement it into their own lives. Having group discussions in an informal and friendly environment allows people to open up more as well, as they usually have similar goals. 

School workshops are an effective way to introduce children and their parents to healthy eating. I believe that it is important to build a healthy foundation from a young age, and educating children on the benefits and importance of leading a healthy lifestyle will make them more aware and will hopefully make it easier to live a healthy adult life. I have always enjoyed working with children and having discussions with them is always enlightening. 

I also offer a kitchen clear-out for those clients who want a healthy change or to refresh the food in their kitchen. This is a very effective way to kick start not only one person’s diet but for the whole family as well.
I recently did a walk leader training course, which has allowed me to organise weekly group walks in my local park, in East London. Having this support group has helped my clients to keep active in a fun and easy way. 

I feel that I have come a long way since starting up; I have met lots of friendly and like-minded people on Facebook and Twitter, which is where I met Mollie. Of course, it is not only essential to eat the right foods, but to keep fit and active my keeping a good healthy fitness regime which Mollie does a great job of. 

Find me on Facebook: A H Nutritionist
Follow me on Twitter: @AHNutritionist


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