Gillian McConnell

BSc (Hons) Dietetics, MINDI, PgCert Applied Sports Nutrition, CORU Registered

Gillian graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 2001 with an honours degree in Dietetics. She is now working as a self-employed dietitian and has set up private dietetic clinics based in the South Dublin and Co. Wicklow.  Gillian also has extensive experience working in large teaching hospitals, Tallaght University Hospital and Coventry University Hospital.  Gut nutrition has become as specialty based on Gillian’s knowledge over the years.  Gillian has gone on to develop her own product line to help people make longterm changes to their health.  Gillian offers appointments in the clinic setting but also runs online consultations where you can communicate with Gillian from the comfort of your own home!

Gillian is a State Registered Dietitian under CORU and is a member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) which is the professional organisation for Dietitian’s in Ireland.  All professionally registered Dietitians are members of the INDI and carry the initials MINDI after their name.  These initials are the only nutrition health professionals approved by health insurers.  Gillian is also a member of a working group of entrepreneurial freelance Dietitians in Ireland, Self Employed Dietitians Ireland (SEDI).

Gillian has worked in HSE and NHS teaching hospitals, where she was responsible for providing dietetic advice to patients with varying nutritional needs including; weight management, diabetes, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease, poor appetite, disease related weight loss and swallowing problems. Gillian previously specialised in providing dietary advice to those who have has gut surgery, including gastrectomies and bowel surgery. Gillian also has a specialist interest in the dietary management of IBS and is fully trained and competent in advising clients on following the Low FODMAPs Diet.  Gillian has also entered into the corporate world where she sets up motivational workshops for clients from the health industry all the way through to the tech industry. Gillian realised that there was a need to provide a unique, bespoke nutrition service to help improve staff well-being.  

Gillian has a keen interest in sports nutrition and is a qualified sports dietitian from St. Mary’s University in Twickenham.  Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, competing on a team or aiming for your personal best, Gillian can give you professional guidance on optimizing your sports performance.   

Hours outside of dietetics, Gillian is a member of the Wicklow Triathlon Club, enjoys pilates and has competed at national level in horse riding events.  This keen interest in sport has filtered through to providing nutritional advice to many triathletes, runners and school sports teams.  Gillian is currently working with the Wicklow Women’s GAA Team and has a passion for optimising nutrition as part of the plan to help improve performance.

E-mail: gillian@insideoutnutrition.ie
Phone: (085) 770-8940

What is a Dietitian?

A Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert with a recognised qualification, who translates the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. A Registered Dietitian is appropriately trained to deal with the nutritional management of specific clinical conditions. A Dietitian will often work as part of a multidisciplinary team such as a consultant physician, physiotherapist and psychologist. As well as giving individual consultations, education can also be provided to groups, schools and businesses. It can be confusing as to whether to choose a Dietitian or nutritionist to work with.  When looking for a nutrition expert to work with or as part of your business, ensure they have credentials to back up their name.  Sadly, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist and may have only completed a one or two year course or less! Gillian offers a professional and friendly service and her approach is client-centred so the dietary advice is tailor-made to each individual or group.