YOUR HEALTH

Clinical consultations tailored to you

1-on-1 consultations are conducted by Ian Craig and Rachel Jesson - each practitioner has a different focus and style, so read below to ascertain your needs:

Ian Craig

Ian is a Nutritional Therapist and Exercise Physiologist and he offers two clinics per week at Morningside Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic in Johannesburg, in addition to Skype consultations for national and international clients. He looks after the nutritional needs of individuals with a broad range of health and fitness backgrounds, ranging from clinical interventions to elite athletes. Here are a few common scenarios:

  • - Healthy individuals looking to further optimise their dietary and lifestyle choices for the purposes of long term health and vitality.
    - Sports-minded individuals requiring nutritional guidance before and during competitions like the 94.7 cycle tour, Two Oceans ultra-marathon, Cape Epic, Comrades and Ironman, or games players involved in sports like tennis, rugby, football and cricket.
    - Stressed working people who need to lose some weight and improve their cardiovascular health.
    - People with health imbalances such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, a weakened immune system, digestive complaints, sleep disturbance and female hormone problems.
    - Individuals suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and chronic immune dysfunction - conditions very common in high-achieving individuals.

Consultations are focussed purely on your individual needs and goals, and are based on the integrative body systems approaches of Nutritional Therapy and Functional Sports Nutrition.  

Ian Craig BSc MSc, CSCS, INLPTA is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and a lifestyle coach.

A competitive British middle-distance runner for 20 years, he is now a more leisurely runner and cyclist. Ian gained his BSc in Exercise Physiology from Glasgow University in his native Scotland, and his MSc in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina in the United States. He later extended his interests in exercise and health into a BSc in Nutritional Therapy at Middlesex University in London.

Ian specialises in functional nutrition, a fast-evolving discipline that considers both the health and performance of an individual from an integrative health perspective. He is the editor of UK magazine; Functional Sports Nutrition (www.fsnmag.com), and has written for several South African publications, including Go Multi, Trail and Natural Medicine magazines. Additionally, he developed and facilitated the Middlesex University’s Personalised Sports Nutrition postgraduate course (www.cnelm.co.uk), the Functional Sports Nutrition Academy, the annual conference Sports Nutrition Live (www.sportsnutritionlive.com) and the new Centre for Integrative Sports Nutrition.

Ian is a professional member of the South African Association of Nutritional Therapists (SAANT), and runs a private nutrition practice in Johannesburg's Morningside Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic. Additionally, he is a consultant to genetics company DNAlysis Biotechnology in Johannesburg, and personalises exercise and nutrition strategies according to the individual attributes and lifestyles of his clients.

 

How Ian works

Ian works in a very educational style, which is a process that requires a certain amount of time for best outcomes. He achieves his best successes with individuals who commit to seeing him on a number of occasions. Ian will use the time together to extract a comprehensive case history, to get to know you as a person, to share pertinent information with you about your own body and mind, and to coach you towards improved health.

Simple cases
In cases of simple dietary manipulation, when your overall health is generally sound, he asks that you spend at least three sessions* with him - time for history taking, initial dietary guidelines and then a follow-up, with adjustments.

Intermediate cases
If you wish to explore your health to a deeper level, after the initial history taking, Ian may request that you do certain laboratory tests or measurements of other health and/or fitness parameters. He will start with some simple dietary and lifestyle recommendations, which will then be further individualised based on test information. Ian then suggests at least two further follow-ups to really refine your intervention, meaning five or more sessions* in total.

Complex and longer-term cases
If you require longer term support, Ian’s role will be more like that of a coach. For example; if you are an athlete periodising towards certain sporting events, regular interaction with Ian will help you to refine your nutrition, training programme and lifestyle patterns based on your stage of training, taking into account unexpected interruptions such as injury or illness. Alternatively, if for example, you are a chronic fatigue or auto-immune sufferer, or have some sort of other complex health imbalance, Ian will coach you through nutritional, exercise and lifestyle choices, with possible psychological input. In these cases, in addition to the early assessments and interventions, he would want to see you at weekly to monthly intervals, depending on your needs and wants.

Learning style
As a client of Ian’s, in order for you to become more empowered about your own health, he will recommend certain readings to you - these will include articles and worksheets that are relevant to elements of health that you’re working on, plus certain books that will help to expand out certain areas of information that he has shared with you. Additionally, once a sound base of nutrition and lifestyle has been set-up, he often makes use of nutritional supplements to guide the therapeutic process.

*1 session = 1 hour, charged at R800

 

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Rachel Jesson

Rachel is a health food coach, with the emphasis being on food. She focusses on self-empowerment towards improved food sourcing, food preparation and recipe creation. Here are a few common scenarios:

  • - The lay person looking for improved health, who realises that there is more to food quality than what the supermarket can offer, plus more to food preparation than what the extreme diets can offer.
    - The pregnant woman, looking for the best possible nourishment for herself and the best start to life for her unborn child, plus guidance with breast feeding for the new born.
    - Parents with young children, attempting to surf through an ocean of confusing dietary miss-information, from their first solid foods (weaning) right through to eating as an adult does. This includes enticing your children to eat nutrient dense foods daily, that nourish their mind, body and soul.
    - A clinical client from Ian, who is ready to make more radical lifestyle changes in support of their health, including a much closer look at their food.

Consultations are focussed purely on your individual needs and goals, and are based on the fundamentals of real food.

Rachel Jesson B.Phys.Ed (Hons) M.Phil is a trained teacher (Wits) and holds a Masters degree in Sports Science and Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.

Like Ian, she too is an NLP practitioner. Being an ex-South African triathlete, Rachel’s passion lies in food, health and physical fitness. Her current sporting interests are running, mountain-biking, CrossFit and yoga.

Rachel is a health food specialist, with a primary focus on practical and extremely healthy meal and snack options for athletes, active people and those who simply want to be healthy. She contributes regularly to the international publication Functional Sports Nutrition, she wrote a regular recipe column for Total Sports Nutrition magazine and has written for South African publication Natural Medicine magazine.

Rachel insists that for health, we need to keep things simple. She takes inspiration from previous generations with regard to the preparation of wholesome food. Her latest project involves self-sufficient organic agriculture, otherwise known as ‘agroecology’, and she is experimenting with biodiversity, eco-circles and planter boxes in her garden at home. She has proven that developing good soil structure is vital to increasing the nutrient density and taste of locally grown food.

 

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Our genetic approach

After more than a decade since the human genome was sequenced, genetic science has come on leaps and bounds with regards to the degree in which we understand human individuality of dietary preferences and health traits. For example, some individuals fare extremely well on a low-carb, high-fat banting-style diet, whereas other experience low levels of energy, weight gain, cholesterol problems and general ill health. Others may fare well on a vegan diet, which is generally a very low-fat approach. However, the number of individuals who actually thrive on either of these two extreme approaches (high-fat or vegan) are few and far between. The majority of us perform better on a more moderate approach, but the question is which shade of grey to follow....?

Weight managment

Genetic tests such as DNA Diet can provide information that pertains to nutrition choices and weight management. For example; are there any issues with fat absorption or metabolism, insulin resistance, taste perception or even food addiction. Ian uses this genetic information to cut out a lot of the trial and error often involved in individualised nutrition recommendations.

Health

Genetic tests such as DNA Health can provide a huge amount of information about an individual’s susceptibility towards certain health imbalances and diseases. Rather than thinking of genes as being hardwired (as in the past), we now know that our genes interact fluently with our dietary, lifestyle and exercise patterns. Understanding our genetic blueprint means that we can make the best choices to maintain the best possible long-term health via intensional genetic expression.

Examples of health information that Ian will interpret from a DNA Health test include: cardiovascular risk, blood lipids (eg cholesterol), methylation (B-vitamin needs), bone health, detoxification, insulin resistance, caffeine sensitivity and lactose intolerance.

Sport

Based on available genetic information, Ian consulted with DNAlysis Biotechnology laboratory in Johannesburg to design an applied report that represented an individual’s exercise capacities in various regards.

DNA Sport is designed to assess an individual’s endurance and strength/power potentials, along with information about their likely rate of recovery and soft tissue injury susceptibility. Additionally, a ‘functional’ practitioner is able to extract a lot of physiological information from the report, which means that the ‘athlete’ can now understand more about nutritional and lifestyle needs that may enhance their exercise experience.

The test and report are not designed to be predictive of performance since we think that genetic science is still many years away from this capability. What the test has been very useful for is to help an individual to choose the types of training that is most likely to give them the ‘best bang for their buck’. It applies to elite athletes looking for an edge, as well as recreational exercisers wanting to get the most from their limited three hours of exercise per week.