Healthy eating can be confusing: complex carbs, glycaemic index, polyunsaturated fats – it can be quite confusing. Many people know the difference between their quinoa and their buckwheat. But Nutritional therapist bring a whole new definition to the meaning of the phrase‘food nerd’. We are trained to help you eat better, we study the body processes associated with what we eat, and love reading evidence based scientific papers on how food affects our health. This helps us offer tailored made advice about how you can improve your diet and be the best version of yourself improving your health conditions along the way.
Do you worry that you are not eating properly, or feel you don’t havetime to eat the right things? Do some foods make you feel bad after eating them but you’re not sure why? We live in a world of increasing dietary anxiety, especially with Doctor Google at our fingertips. Good foods, bad foods, the right kind of diet, the wrong sort of exercise – it’s information overload, and frankly, it’s just confusing.
Some people come to a nutritional therapist after years of frustration with Western Medicine, not being able to understand what is causing their health issues. Years of simply putting up with digestive issues such as bloating, gas, cramps and constipation; yo-yo dieting; weight issues or ongoing chronic symptoms such as pain, skin reactions, migraines, headaches, energy slumps, fatigue, poor sleep, the list is endless.You end up believing it’s something you have to simply live with. But many of these symptoms are side-effects from medicines or unhealthy lifestyles that can aggravate, or even cause, more pain. Our medical services are fantastic at providing specialist treatment in acute cases. But a nutritional therapist provides a service for those who wish to prevent or address the root cause of symptoms, imbalances and chronic illness.
- Digestive issues such as IBS, bloating and constipation
- Energy slumps, low mood, anxiety and fatigue
- Weight management
- Skin complaints such as eczema, asthma, psoriasis, acne
- Migraines and Headaches
- Female hormone imbalances leading to PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, fertility issues, menopausal symptoms
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Improving your general wellbeing and assessing/improving your diet
Nutritional therapists can take time to explore your full story and ensure you feel heard. We gather the information from all aspects of your life, consider the side effects from medications that may increase, or even cause, some factors of your symptoms. We have extensive knowledge of biomedicine, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry and functional medicine which means we understand how your body works inside out.
We’ll work with you to identify the cause of your symptoms, and then create a plan that helps you make the right choices to take action.
Good nutrition is about choice. We’ll help you understand your choices – and give you back control over your health
The aim – to make small changes that lead to a healthier, happier life. A 20% change can have an 80% impact on your wellbeing.
We start by asking you to fill in an extensive health questionnaire and food journal that will help us understand you and your body.During your initial consultation we will discuss in depth:
- Medical History
- Family History
- Current physical activity levels
- Lifestyle and work life
- Sleeping habits
- Food choices
We then discuss your priorities and aims, both short and long term.
From this initial consultation we will identify nutritional, diet and lifestyle factors that are contributing to and/or underlying the symptoms and health conditions you are experiencing.
The key word here is ‘agree’. We agree your plan with you, so it’s realistic, and you are enthusiastic, committed but not overwhelmed. The plan and / or programme will be evidence based and tailored towards your very individual requirements.
Where necessary and with your agreement we may recommend functional testing. These can be either be blood, saliva, urine or stool testing which will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Private testing is more detailed than that performed by a GP, as we look for a wide range of markers. This provides us with a snapshot of your immediate health and be a more accurate and cost effective in the long run. However, where possible we will work with GP testing.
We may recommend supplements that we feel could be beneficial. These will be the best qualityand not necessarily ones you can buy at your local supermarket or Amazon.
We may also refer to other specialists such as a physiotherapist, soft tissue therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or even herbalist if we feel this is appropriate for your continuous health and wellbeing.
A follow-up consultation is essential to assess how you are doing with your plan, this will take place 4 weeks later. However, many clients choose to go onone of our 6/12 week plans which include more hand holding, personalised portal with all of your notes, protocols, food/exercise journals,weekly phone calls, unlimited email support, food coaching, recipes and meal plans.These are really great value for those clients who need additional support over a longer period of time to reach their health goals.
If you relate to any of the symptoms above,and would like some personalised nutritional support or advice.
Please get in touch or book a 15 minute free chat!