Examples of the services I offer, help people with weight management, hormonal, digestive & mental health problems. I can also help with your fertility and pregnancy journey. Most importantly I am here to help you with your individual needs.
Whether you have trouble losing or gaining weight Nutritional Therapy can help you achieve and sustain this. I will look at your relationship with food in the past and present. We will discuss your diet diary, lifestyle and commitments that may hinder you eating real food. The body systems are easily confused by fashionable weight loss diets and one can become malnourished. People often joke that I am all about eating avocados and broccoli. Sure! I love them both, but my personal diet and weight loss has never been about excluding foods. I am an advocate for inclusion of a much broader intake of wholefoods (minimally processed). I rarely turn down a piece of decent cake, but I always make sure my meals have plenty of colour and fibre, together with some protein & healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, seeds & nuts. I will help you prepare your favourite foods in a healthier way and explore your weight issues. Achieving a healthy weight and maintaining it must have a realistic approach of ensuring you like what you are eating and understanding how your body works best. I will work with you and support you to make small changes that lay the foundations for you to make healthier food choices etc for better lifelong health.
Our hormones are the chemical messengers flowing through the body regulating our metabolism, fertility and mood. Our food choices greatly influence these. If you are suffering from issues such as low energy levels, thyroid problems, fertility , PMS or menopausal issues Nutritional Therapy can often help greatly. Simple adjustments to the diet, increase in certain nutrients and sometimes inclusion of specific supplements help to balance hormones and improve health related problems. A wholefood diet of organic in season food preferably, avoids additives that dysregulate our sensitive hormone system. One of my ethos is to focus on reduction of chemical exposure as much as keeping track of calories.
“You are what you eat” is a common line we are all familiar with. As a Nutritional Therapist I believe it is also what we digest, absorb and assimilate. Modern Western diets and eating habits sadly lack fibre and eating is often rushed. Current research into The Microbiome of the small intestine is making the connection between Gut health and many chronic conditions. Again, this is not really new as’ Hippocrates also said all disease begins in the gut’. Looking after our digestive tract by avoiding highly processed foods I believe is a major component of good overall health. Too often people get used to uncomfortable feelings but because they can ‘keep going’ to work or minding their children etc forgetting what optimal health feels like. Digesting your food well by not rushing meals, proper chewing, enough stomach acid and digestive enzymes is crucial to help all the other systems in the body. I can work with you right from ground level by taking and assessing a very detailed health history and looking at your 5-day diet diary and lifestyle. Planning a diet tailored to your needs, taking little steps for lifelong changes are my goals in helping you back to you optimum wellbeing.
According to MIND UK 2018, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year and 1 in 6 will suffer anxiety or depression each week. Recent research into Nutritional Therapy and Intestinal health is showing benefits to mental health especially depression. Eating a wholefood diet rich in healthy fats, fruit and veg, good quality protein not only protects and supports our heart but also our emotions and brain. Inflammation is not just restricted to one area of the body and studies are emerging linking to Mental illness. Nutritional Psychiatry is getting more recognition. Our gut bacteria (Intestinal Microbiome) greatly influences the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, often called the happy hormone (approx. 95% produced in gut) which protect our gut lining from environmental toxins and harmful bacteria. So, it’s no wonder we feel emotions in our tummy! The Western diet is renowned for its lack of fibre which is crucial to feed gut bacteria. Working with me I will help you understand the foods that will benefit your mood, sleep and energy.