Nutritionist for rheumatoid arthritis

As a nutritional therapist and Autoimmune Protocol Coach, I can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms by addressing the underlying root causes. Healing and improving the quality of life with rheumatoid arthritis is possible, and I can show you how to do that.

With my support, you’ll learn dietary and lifestyle approaches that will transform your health, resulting in a massive reduction in your symptoms. My autoimmune clients see, on average, a 74% reduction in their symptoms! And they achieve that with changes to the diet, and lifestyle, and minimal use of supplements.

So, why work with me? I have Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland, so I have an understanding of what you’re going through and the obstacles you face while trying to get better. Also, I’ve been supporting clients with autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis since 2017. With so much information out there, often conflicting, I’ll help you cut through the noise and focus on what has been proven to work.

So take the 1st step and book a free health review with me. I’ll explain in more detail what’s involved, I’ll answer any questions you may have and I’ll propose a package tailored for you.

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I hope to speak to you soon!

Anna Pinnock

Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and AIP Certified Coach

 

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Book a call with me and I’ll explain how I can help you address your symptoms and permanently transform your health.

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What my clients say

I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis when I was 17/18 and have been on various different prescribed medications ever since. I was turning 35 this year and wanted to start trying for a baby at the end of this year so wanted my body to be as healthy as possible before hand. One of my main goals was to sort out my IBS-D and try to reduce the pain and inflammation in my body to reduce the number of meds needed when I eventually get pregnant. […]
Anna put me on the AIP eating plan and I really thought it would be difficult and I wouldn’t stick to it, but once you get over the initial 6 days without any caffeine or sugar it is really easy. There is a lot more you can eat and it is all about mixing ingredients and making the most of your meals. […]
My pain is a lot less, it’s not completely gone, but I’ve not had a flare since starting and I can do a lot more exercise than I was able to before. I am sleeping so much better, I really struggled to get to sleep and then to wake in the mornings, now I fall asleep quickly and wake up with less fatigue. Fatigue is still there in general, but it is so much better and I rarely feel sluggish in the afternoons. I have lost just over 1 stone in weight and am managing to maintain that while I reintroduce different foods which is great. Prior to starting my bowel movements were so frequent (up to 6/7 times some days) and I was constantly bloated. I cannot believe how quickly that changed just from dietary changes! The body is fascinating!
 
Anna is such a lovely lady and really knows what she is doing and talking about. She instantly puts you at ease and explains everything so well, in a way for you to understand fully.
 
Highly recommend Anna to anyone looking to help reduce their autoimmune symptoms or just to work with a genuine and trustworthy person.

I cannot thank you enough Anna!

Before coming to see Anna, I was on a keto diet for my Multiple Sclerosis and not doing it quite right. Because I was just following internet advice and wasn’t doing the diet/protocol with a professional, I was left feeling funny, weak, short of breath and we found I was too far in ketosis!
Anna helped me rebalance my diet, so I get all the nutrients and variety needed to not only be healthy, but to ensure I stay on top of my MS!
She checked my bloods, gave me advice on supplementation and also checked my gut for any imbalances. We also discovered why I was loosing so much weight!
I am much happier and healthier now I have seen Anna. Anna helped me understand so many things that are crucial for good nutrition, diet and overall health. She is a great listener and person to work with and would be happy to work with her again.

client testimonial Luigi

After some odd finger pains, unusual blood test results and some suggestions that my symptoms could be related to an auto immune condition, I sought advice from Anna Pinnock to see if dietary changes could help improve the situation without starting on a course of medication. Anna has been so supportive, knowledgeable and helpful throughout. I am still under medical investigations, but Anna has helped me optimise my nutrition during this period of uncertainty and I have never felt better! I have more energy, my skin is clear, I feel alive and much more mentally alert. I hadn’t realised how sluggish and lethargic I was before until these symptoms cleared.

Anna is guiding me through an elimination diet, where you essentially eliminate foods that are prone to causing inflammation for a given period and then you reintroduce them one by one. The advice Anna has given me has really supported the medical investigations and I have started to notice some links between certain foods and symptoms experienced. By avoiding these foods, Anna has helped me customise a diet plan which works really well for me. I can’t thank Anna enough. I feel so much healthier and I feel I am set up for life!

AIP Protocol FAQs

It’s a science-based dietary and lifestyle approach that helps regulate the immune system by:

  • repairing the gut
  • addressing nutrient deficiencies
  • balancing hormones

The dietary part of the protocol is made of the elimination and reintroduction phases. The elimination phase removes foods that can drive inflammation and emphasises foods that are nutrient-dense. This phase typically lasts between 30-90 days depending on when you see a notable improvement in your symptoms. As its name suggests, the reintroduction phase reintroduces food removed in the elimination phase. The reintroductions are done one by one, which enables you to exactly identify which foods are problematic. This in turn allows us to create a specific, personalised diet, that’s both healing and anti-inflammatory.

The lifestyle part of the AIP includes support around areas that are massively important for the proper function of the immune system, namely:

  • sleep support
  • stress management
  • adequate movement
  • connection (both with other people and nature)

The AIP approach, which combines dietary and lifestyle changes, helps manage autoimmune disease in a way that’s possible for the person to reduce symptoms, regain their quality of life, and achieve lasting wellness.

FOODS TO INCLUDE IN THE ELIMINATION PHASE: FOODS TO REMOVE IN THE ELIMINATION PHASE:
meat, poultry, game and offal all grains
fish, seafood & seaweed all dairy
most vegetables vegetables from the nightshade family such as tomatoes, pepper, potatoes, aubergine, chili
fruit eggs
herbs & certain spices processed foods, sugar & vegetable oils
coconut all nuts & seeds
healthy fats & oils certain spices
mushrooms all beans & lentils

Despite there have been over 100 different autoimmune conditions identified, the mechanism behind autoimmunity is the same. The immune system goes rogue and starts attacking the body’s tissues and cells, instead of protecting them. Because all kinds of tissues and cells can be attacked, different symptoms ensue, allowing us to classify the conditions as endocrine (e.g. Hashimoto’s, Addison’s, Type I diabetes), neurological (e.g. MS), digestive (coeliac, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis) or rheumatic (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjogren’s).

Because there are over 100 autoimmune conditions, it’s not possible to have extensive research for every single one. However, the research that has been done for the most common autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s, eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease) is very positive. On top of that, there is a tonne of recovery stories, based on the experiences of people who have tried the AIP. All of my clients so far have had great improvements, even after years of being on medication.

Yes, AIP can, and often is applied alongside conventional medical treatment and support as the goal is to use all the tools available to achieve the best possible health.

For some people, AIP alongside their medications/operations/interventions can further improve their quality of life.

For those who haven’t embarked on the medication route yet, AIP can help them heal, resulting in no need for medications anymore.

And some other people may, with time, reduce the dose or stop some medications. But this always has to be discussed with and overseen by a doctor.

I’ve seen 70% improvement in symptoms in my clients who have followed AIP or a diet very similar to AIP. You can read about it in my article Effectiveness of AIP in my clinic.

So far, all of my autoimmune clients saw improvements on AIP.  Like with any other dietary approach, there will be people who will not react well to it. And this can be linked to their gut flora, dysbiosis, or enzyme deficiencies, which means these people may have to postpone the start of the AIP until gut issues are cleared. But that’s something to overcome if it happens. Most people will be able to stay on the AIP diet without any issues. Remember, AIP is not designed to be a forever diet, but it’s an elimination approach that helps you nourish your body, heal and identify which foods are really problematic to you.

I’ve also undertaken the AIP protocol twice myself, so I know first-hand the steps required to make it work! I can now fully support my clients in this approach to make sure they get the most out of it.

AIP is not suited for someone who doesn’t eat meat or fish. As there are no plant protein sources in the elimination phase, it makes it impossible to balance meals properly.