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Lisa Rowlands BSc (Hons), PGDip

Clinical & Sports Dietetics

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I have 18 years of clinical NHS experience working in variety of clinical specialities. My passion is to provide reliable, practical and tailored nutritional advice to help each and every client make sustainable long-term changes to improve their health.

I am an empathetic, friendly and caring dietitian who can offer personalised nutrition. I offer flexible one-to-one appointments, as well as video / virtual consultations at a time to suit your busy lifestyle. 

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Qualifications & Memberships

2.1 BSc Honours degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics

Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Sports nutrition passed with Distinction

Trained on the use of a low FODMAP diet for IBS by Monash University

Identification & management of disordered eating in gastrointestinal disorders

Specialist  training in Fertility issues

Diplomas in Gut-brain connection & Mindful Nutrition

Full member of British Dietetic Association (mBDA)

Registered with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) - DT07577, and

BDA Gastroenterology & Sports Nutrition & Freelance Dietitians Specialist Groups

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Why choose a Registered Dietitian?

The title 'Dietitian' is legally protected, the only nutrition profession that is regulated by law and governed by a code of conduct and ethics working to highest standards - experts in the field of food and nutrition. Dietitians provide reputable dietary advice promoting sustainable healthy eating habits that are based on current scientific research.

All UK based dietitians are regulated by the BDA, and must have a specific qualification at degree level before they are allowed to register with HCPC.

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More About Lisa Rowlands Clinical & Sports Dietetics

I aim to empower and educate clients on the relationship between nutrition and health to give you the confidence to make informed dietary choices that suit your individual needs. I aim to provide you with expert, high quality, evidence-based dietary advice in a caring and supportive professional manner.

Advice from an experienced dietitian that translates the science of nutrition into easy to understand, practical and tailored advice to empower and enable you to make informed food and lifestyle choices for the long term management of your condition or symptoms.

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Nutrition plays an important role in training, competition, rehabilitation and recovery. For those athletes requiring nutritional guidance for their sport, competition requirements or on improving or maintaining general health and body composition, I can provide baseline advice or specific periodised nutrition plans based on the most up to date science. I translate the science of nutrition into easy to understand information to help you achieve your sporting goals.

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During my Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Sports Nutrition, my final study was a complex area of sports nutrition - 'Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S)', which applies to low energy availability (LEA) in both male and female athletes. RED-S can occur at any age or level, a situation where exercisers have insufficient energy intake compared to the amount of training that is being undertaken. Energy from everything you eat is partitioned by your body to cover both training, daily activity, growth and for normal functioning of the body.

My passion is to ensure those who are training for a particular sporting discipline are not under-fueled, which can lead to a range of negative effects, from poor performance, recurrent injuries, illnesses and hormonal imbalances that over time affects overall health and athletic performance.  A state of LEA can occur unintentionally  (mismatch between energy intake and energy demand) or intentionally (distorted body image or behaviour around food). The exact energy availability (EA) to maintain health will vary between individuals depending on body composition, age, training load or volume and intensity.

If you suffer with recurrent injuries, illnesses, fatigue, low mood, disrupted sleeping patterns, reduction in the effectiveness of training and athletic performance, you may not be giving enough attention to nutrition during high training loads or not flexing your nutrition throughout the training calendar year to allow for training adaptations and recovery to optimise health and athletic performance.


As a dietitian who specialises in Sports Nutrition, I am passionate about working with my athletes to provide individualised dietary advice based on up to date scientific research.

The role of nutrition in sports performance is very important. Proper nutrition and fluid strategies are paramount to meet your nutritional needs both before, during and after training or competition to fulfil your sporting potential, whilst optimising training adaptations, promoting muscle rebuilding / maintenance. This ensures the body has the vital nutrients to recover afterwards.

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I offer flexible one-to-one appointments, as well as video / virtual consultations to suit your lifestyle. My main areas of interest include:

  • Kidney disease (Renal)

  • Gastroenterology (Irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, coeliac disease*, chronic constipation or diarrhoea, diverticular disease)

  • Women's health (peri-menopause, menopause, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Fertility (individually or couples) 

  • Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto's thyroiditis

  • Hyperthyroidism & Graves' Disease

* It is important to consume gluten containing foods in at least one meal for at least 6 weeks prior to coeliac serology to prevent false negative results. A blood test detects gluten-related antibodies - tissue transglutaminase (tTG) or / and endomysial antibodies (EMA). A genetic test (HLA DQ2 / DQ8) may be useful to rule out coeliac disease in those who have already excluded gluten in the diet or are unable to consume gluten due to adverse symptoms associated.

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I am trained in the dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), both first line advice and low FODMAP diet which has been shown to help people with IBS and digestive issues to gain relief from your symptoms. I have completed the BDA course on 'Evidence-based first line dietary management and Low FODMAP diet for IBS.

'Trained on the use of a Low FODMAP diet for IBS by Monash University'. 

There are no tests to diagnose IBS, based on tests to exclude other diseases such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, large bowel cancer, pancreatic exocrine insufficiency.  

A low FODMAP diet or modification of fibre may also help alleviate symptoms associated with exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome due to heavy training or strenuous exercise or prior to competition. 

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Please see the 'Prices & client testimonials' page regarding consulting fees.

Little Gables, Foundry Lane
Copford, Colchester, CO6 1BH

07870 673887

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