I am a fully qualified and registered Dietitian (RD) with 10 years of NHS experience. I have worked with all age groups, from babies to adults, and feel passionate about the importance of good nutrition for health and wellbeing. Nourish-RD is the home of my new venture, to provide 1:1 private nutritional consulting for Aberdeen, surrounding areas and the whole of the UK online. My particular areas of experience and expertise are infant feeding, food allergy and intolerance, the Low FODMAP diet for IBS and eating well during illness. I also love to promote healthy eating for wellness, for everyone. I believe that there is no 'one size fits all' and will work with you holistically to make plans which are practical, achievable and enjoyable for you and your family. Learn more about the services I can offer here.
Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law which means you can trust that the advice you are given is based on science, not fads. Find out more at https://www.bda.uk.com/about-dietetics/what-is-dietitian.html
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, PUBLICATIONS
BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, The Robert Gordon University, 2010
Future food - Exeter University (with Future Learn), 2020
FODMAP course for Dietitians - Monash University, 2018
MSc Module (Plymouth University): Nutrition & Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders, 2017, with Distinction
MSc Module (Plymouth University): Nutrition & Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood, 2015
I have written professionally for Vegan Food and Living magazine (Anthem Publishing) and was a named investigator on a clinical trial presented at the European Academy of Allergy and Immunology conference in 2017.
In addition to the above qualifications, I have a wealth of experience from my 10 years of working in the NHS. I have worked in allergy and neonatal teams at the acclaimed Southampton Children's Hospital, a World Allergy Organisation recognised centre of excellence and tertiary centre for neonatal care. I also spent several years in the Western Sussex Hospitals trust, the only acute hospital trust to be awarded an 'Outstanding' CQC rating across all service areas.
"Ailsa’s invaluable advice made the start of our weaning journey enjoyable and stress free. Our wee boy struggled with reflux, spitting up after every feed. He struggled to gain weight with the added pressure of being low birth weight. Ailsa’s support provided us with the knowledge and confidence to begin weaning our little one at 17 weeks and after the first month he has gained an amazing 3lb. Thanks to Ailsa’s advice we can now relax and continue our weaning journey knowing that our baby is healthy, and happily enjoying nutritious foods."
Claire P, New Mum, Aberdeenshire
I consulted Ailsa about my daughter's chronic abdominal pain. Ailsa gave us very helpful, clear advice that made a huge difference and as a result, my daughter is now healthier and happier.
Sarah, Mum of teenage daughter, Aberdeen
Over a period of time my IBS symptoms had worsened leaving me unable to get a proper nights sleep. Ailsa reviewed all my symptoms and test results and suggested I try the FODMAP diet, which she was very knowledgable about. During the initial phase of exclusion of certain food types my symptoms completely subsided. She identified potential swaps for certain foods and provided a guide meal plan to help. I am currently going through a reintroduction phase of different foods. Ailsa has been extremely helpful and has provided support throughout the process.
Mr T, for IBS support, Aberdeen
"Ailsa has a friendly, down to earth and professional approach which was invaluable when I was a new Mum working out what to feed my baby. She gave sensible, practical and evidence-based advice which was reassuring and realistic, and explained the principles behind her recommendations, which I appreciated. Ailsa gave me the tools and resources to navigate the world of baby and infant nutrition - as a new Mum I was hugely grateful for this. Thank you!"
Ms A, New Mum, Brighton
"As a first time Mum, having a premature baby with feeding difficulties and tongue-tie was incredibly stressful and worrying. Ailsa gave me the support, reassurance and advice I needed to navigate those very difficult newborn weeks. Her advice on bottle feeding and expressing was key to ensuring our baby was getting the nutrition he needed. When he was strong enough to transition from bottle feeding to exclusive breastfeeding Ailsa guided me through this process. She was professional throughout, her knowledge and expertise filled me with confidence. She was incredibly kind and supportive at an anxious and emotionally challenging time. We will forever be grateful for her guidance, which has helped us to have a happy and thriving baby."
Ms N, New Mum, Bath
"Ailsa has helped me to change my lifestyle and eating habits to alleviate the symptoms which were previously causing problems in my life. She provided professional yet personal care and carefully listened to and answered my questions. Excellent and very supportive service. Thank you!"
Mrs T, for IBS support, Sussex
"Excellent service, details and very helpful. I have really appreciated Ailsa's guidance and my IBS symptoms have significantly improved with her help. She's a gem. Thank you!"
Ms R, for IBS support, Sussex
"Ailsa was very approachable, she made me feel at ease and demonstrated knowledge and understanding of my condition. She was interested and not patronising. Ailsa gave me lots of good guidance and advice whilst also acknowledging what I'm doing well/right and encouraging me to continue."
Miss C, for IBS support, Sussex
"Brilliant consultation with Ailsa - we covered lots of topics including carbohydrate and protein snacks, recovery fuel for after training sessions and healthy balanced meal ideas. The consultation was relaxed and informative, with lots of handy tips to integrate into day-to-day eating. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you!"
Mr M, keen sportsman, Aberdeen
Ailsa helped us so much with weaning our baby with CMPA. I really wanted my daughter to experience as many foods as possible but was extremely nervous introducing anything new, especially allergens, after some bad reactions. Ailsa gave us the confidence to go ahead and trial foods with her, and held our hands through the initial process by suggesting healthy alternatives and ways to introduce new foods. Our daughter now loves food and we couldn’t be more grateful to Ailsa for the support and advice at what was a very nerve wracking time for us. We were referred to an allergy clinic at the children’s hospital and they commented on the great advice we had been given by Ailsa, and discharged us. We have been so grateful for Ailsa and would highly recommend her. Thank you!