It’s very simple. I work with individuals on a one-to-one basis to improve their wellbeing through the use of a personalised and tailored nutritional plan.
Understanding your aims
It all starts by getting to know you and what you would like to achieve. This is done in two phases. Firstly, I’ll ask you to complete an in-depth questionnaire before your first visit to provide me with all of the necessary background information. Secondly, we’ll meet face-to-face to chat through the conditions that you would like to address.
Nutritional therapy does not use a one-size fits all approach. The plans I put together are based on your individual circumstances and what you are hoping to achieve.
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There are many factors that can influence the body’s response to certain conditions, from the food we put in it to external environmental influences to genetic pre-disposition.
Nutritional therapy looks at each of these factors and assesses the impact they have on your levels of wellbeing. I’ll take the time to explain – in great detail if you wish – the role of different organs and organisms within the body and how nutrition can help them function more efficiently.
I’ll help you to understand how you can listen to what your body is telling you.
Making wholesale changes to diet and lifestyle can be difficult, which is why my nutritional plans look to introduce incremental changes. The changes will address the most pressing issues and then, over time, we can introduce further changes to improve other areas of the body’s function.
This approach results in the body going through less stress and is an easier process for most people to stick to. However, if you do want to make sweeping changes from the start, then your nutritional and lifestyle plan can be written to reflect that.
Working alongside you
With so much information out there, it can sometimes be a challenge to know what is and isn’t good for you. Every day, there appears to be a new story about what we should and shouldn’t be eating. This can be extremely off-putting and confusing if you don’t have the right advice and support.
I’ll work with you to cut out this ‘noise’ so that you can focus on what’s important to you. Your nutritional plan will be written specifically and only for use by you and that’s a really important thing to remember. Once you have been following the plan for a number of weeks we can have a follow-up appointment to see how things are going and whether we need to make any alterations to the plan.
I have tried out various diets, for example, SCD and gluten free diets, and while they do help in some cases, I think it’s important to draw a distinction between the diets you read about in the papers and diet in the general sense.
Some of the ‘fad’ diets that celebrities forever seem to be embracing do work for some people but it’s worth highlighting that there is not one diet that will work for everyone. This is because your body is different to everyone else’s so it operates in its own way.
Now, when I talk about diet, I’m talking about it in a general sense rather than being specific to one weight-loss regime. And I think that’s a very important thing to remember because the thought of cutting right down on what you eat can be discouraging to many people, but that’s not what nutritional therapy is all about.
I think that BANT summarises this best with their Nutritional Therapy Process Infographic.