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Welcome to Ask a Dietitian

“Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level”

About Me

Laura Coster | Dietitian

Specialist, sincere and successful support.

I became a Dietitian because I wanted to use my passion for nutrition and medical care to help others.

I’ve been supporting clients across the NHS, private healthcare and corporate health since 2010 helping them to achieve success across a full range of dietary needs. Clients describe me as compassionate and committed - seeing their triumphs is what drives me as a Dietitian.

‘Diets’ usually mean short-term changes and short-term results, whereas I support clients in creating sustainable yet flexible plans for long-term health. I use my years of training in nutrition psychology and medical nutrition to teach my clients the knowledge and skills to last them a lifetime.

Specialisms

Clinical: Experience in multiple areas such as managing eating disorders (previously for an award-winning London NHS Trust), diabetes, oncology, surgical preparation & recovery, and weight management.

Non-Clinical: Delivering nutritional workshops and presentations e.g. for charities, workplaces, and support groups, produced medical nutrition resources e.g. for magazines, websites and patient information booklets, and conducted nutritional analyses for multiple companies (restaurants and manufacturers).

Research: A researcher on 5 different nutritional supplement trials and 1 nutritional intervention study.

How can Laura help me?

Ask a Dietitian is run by Registered Dietitian Laura Coster who provides expert and scientifically supported advice with your best interests at heart.

Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, disease prevention or management, each client is individually assessed to give the best advice that can help transform their lives. Laura can support you at every stage of your journey from pre-diagnosis to post-treatment.

Services

Appointments

I offer in-depth appointments tailored to your needs

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Food Industry

Expert analysis and consulting services for manufacturers

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Media Work

Get an expert opinion on matters related to diet and nutrition

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Collaborations

Let me work with you to find your ideal diet expert

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Media

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Laura Coster | Dietitian

Ask a Dietitian has provided nutritional information for the public in association with charities, food manufacturers, hospitals and nutrition-blogs.

Being able to write engaging, specialist and scientific advice is essential to promote health; "nutribabble" is misleading and potentially dangerous. Take confidence in receiving the highest quality information presented with enthusiasm from a qualified source - Think nutrition, Ask a Dietitian.

Services are tailored to your needs and include:​

  • Commercial and magazine articles
  • Expert comments and quotes
  • Ghost-writing
  • Patient leaflets
  • Scientific articles

Appointments

One-to-one appointments or couple/family sessions available. I can provide appointments for almost all conditions, such as:

  • Anaemia
  • Cancers - Prevention, recovery, and living with cancer e.g. bowel, breast, brain, haematological, prostate
  • Diabetes - Type 1, Type 2, Type 3c
  • Disordered eating 
  • Eating Disorders
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome - including FODMAPs management
  • Neurological conditions – including strokes and motor-neurone disease
  • Nutrient deficiencies management
  • Nutrition support - including oral nutritional supplement assessment and prescriptions
  • Surgical queries – pre or post-surgical management e.g. gastric band and similar, colostomies and ileostomies
  • Weight management - increasing weight, maintaining, and weight-loss

Projects

Laura is always willing to support those looking to improve the health of others and is interested in building links with local and national businesses, charities etc. to educate but also deliver high-quality nutritional services.

Projects completed to date include:

  • Clinical research including clinical trials and nutrition intervention studies

  • Educational sessions/workshops for patients, carers, businesses, and charities

  • Employee health check events and reports for businesses

  • Expert witness testimonials

  • Nutritional research and reports for multiple brands and manufacturers

  • Published nutrition articles and blogs for charities and businesses

Food Industry

Highly accurate analysis and consulting services

Companies need to ensure they can deliver the information consumers want and from 2022 it'll be legally required for many food businesses to display nutritional information on menus.

Menu analysis is a challenge from correcting for cooking losses, minimising recall and accuracy errors to displaying functional yet comprehensive information. Laura has the expertise and software to provide industry quality nutritional analysis as well as guidance on menu and recipe adjustment to meet the European Commission standards.

Services are tailored to your needs and include:

  • Calculating and researching appropriate health and nutrition claims to be European Food Safety Authority compliant
  • Nutritional and allergen information for menus
  • Recipe development
  • Spokesperson and expert representative services for brands and specific products