Nutritional therapy uses a holistic approach to health. It identifies underlying causes of symptoms in the body, and aim to correct the imbalance through diet and lifestyle changes. The process uses whole food nutrition, herbs, and other alternative therapies to assist in your body’s natural healing process.
More often than not, symptoms are the last thing to appear, which means whatever your concern is, it has been building for most likely, years. Nutritional therapy is about finding the root cause of the symptoms and restoring balance in the body to create long-term health.
Nutritional therapy can help any situation because our bodies were designed to be healed with food! When you give the proper building materials to your body, it will start to heal on its own.
I can not treat conditions, however, I do provide support to people who have conditions. I support your body’s nutritional needs, offering it a chance to effectively care for itself.
What does the process look like?
Prior to our initial consultation, you will fill out a health history form, nutritional questionnaire, and a 5 day food journal (including a weekend). This allows me to gain an insight into your current food type and lifestyle, as these are what we work on together.
At our first session we will discuss in detail, your health concerns. It is all about You, I listen to your concerns and then , once I feel I have enough information I will devise a dietary plan to help you rebalance your health that will work towards your overall goals and aims that you would have mentioned in your consultation.
As your gut is an area that often triggers many health conditions, your focus will begin with some sort of gut reconditioning program, or digestive support. It is impossible for you to work on all your conditions in one go, so I work with you through addressing stages, gut, immune system, hormones etc.
It is important for you to understand that nutritional therapy is a process, not a quick fix solution, you should expect to be working consistently, and diligently for at least 6 months (depending on your goals, complexity of issues and how long your body has been out of balance).
Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix. The process takes time and effort, but the rewards are tremendous.
Why do I need a food journal?
Your food journal is an extremely important piece in the healing process. This helps you and I to identify unhealthy foods, foods that could be an issue for you, unhealthy eating patterns, and many other important factors regarding your health.
I know maintaining a journal is time consuming and can be difficult when you have the foods written down, as there is no escape from the reality of ‘junk’ food intake.
We are what we eat and digest – to understand how that affects the body we need a window into that area through a food journal.
Why do I have to start with the gut if I am not experiencing symptoms in that area?
All health and disease begins in the gut!
For nutritional therapy to be most effective, we need to first make sure that you can absorb all your nutrients. I have not worked with one person yet that did not have some level of digestive issues, whether they were aware of it or not.
When your body is not able to digest and absorb nutrients, this causes a whole list of other issues! Undigested food particles, whether it was a healthy food to begin with or not, will be toxic substances to the body. This can lead to intestinal permeability, food allergies, dysbiosis (overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, viruses, and parasites), and autoimmune conditions.
To best restore balanced health in the body, gut health is absolutely the number one priority.
How are the supplements you recommend different from what I take now or can buy in the supermarket?
I get this question a lot! The short answer is, there is a huge difference in quality!
Most supplements you buy from the shop (and even health food stores) contain synthetics. They are derived from coal tar, which is a known carcinogen, and contains over 10,000 chemicals! Sounds healing right? Creating synthetic vitamins are much more cost effective for these companies. They are able to produce mass amounts, for much less expense, resulting in big money for them.
Your body does not recognize any of these supplements as nourishing or healing. it doesn’t know what to do with them, and it only creates more work and toxins for your body.
So the only supplements I recommend are whole food. Whole food supplements are a complex formula that include plant and animal extracts. Using concentrated forms of foods like Brussels sprouts, kale, and alfalfa have an extremely therapeutic effect on the body. By providing the body with proper nutrition, you are allowing the body an opportunity to health on its own.
Why do I even need supplements?
The sad truth is, it is simply impossible to get all our nutritional needs from food anymore. The soil is so severely depleted, to get the iron that was available in one cup of spinach in 1945, you would have to consume 65 cups today!
Unfortunately, unless we actively participate in correcting our nutritional deficiencies, we would all suffer from malnutrition.
What do I have to do to get better?
Each person, and their healing journey is unique. No two people will be exactly the same. However, there are some factors that are the same for everyone.
Learning what a truly healthy diet looks like is a must, as well as identifying and eliminating food sensitivities. Ensuring you are properly digesting, managing blood sugar fluctuations, supporting endocrine function and adrenal health, maintaining proper mineral and fatty acid balance, as well as ridding your body of toxins are all vital for good health.
In addition to the physical aspects; addressing stress, sleep hygiene, emotional concerns and spiritual needs are all an extremely important part of your healing journey.
How long will it take?
You should be prepared to commit to at least 3-6 months of intense healing, though it can take years to rebuild the body. So when someone asks me, “How long do I need to see you?”, My answer is, “until we’ve established health that feels good moving forward without me.”
How often will I connect with you?
This varies based on your specific needs. My goal is to get you at a maintenance level where you would be connecting with me every 3 -6 months then possibly only once a year. You wont need to connect with me every week but I do recommend at least once a month or until you have reached more of a maintenance level in your process.
How do you evaluate my progress?
That is all through you telling me how you feel. Only you know when you are making progress and that will be through you experiencing less symptoms of the conditions you originally presented with.
When will I feel better?
Most clients report feeling better within a matter of days. The important thing to remember is that even though you are feeling better, it doesn’t mean you can stop your plan! Healing takes time. It takes months (sometimes years) to restore balance to certain areas in the body.
The harder you work at home, the faster your healing will be.
The better your diet, the more effective nutritional therapy will be. The happier you are, the more joy and gratitude you show, the faster your body will heal. Reducing, or preferably eliminating all toxic exposures as much as possible will also significantly decrease your recovery time.
As you can see, all of the suggestions are up to you. How much work are you willing to put into it?
Ultimately your health is your responsibility. I am here to support and guide you, but the real work comes from you.
How much will it cost?
When seeking out natural healing, you must look at it as an investment in your future. We invest in our cars, and our homes, why not our bodies? After all, we live inside our body for our entire life! Not only that, but the better care we take of ourselves, the greater impact we have on the health of our children and grandchildren.
My fixed rate is £60 per hour consultation.
Creation of menu plans start from £30
Please keep in mind, every person is different, with their own unique set of goals and challenges. My intention is to give you the best possible care and most effective plan, for the least amount of expense to you.
You are rebuilding your body from the inside out. You are addressing your health concerns from a cellular level.