The wonderful world of nutrition
It can be a real minefield trying to wade through the varying and often contradicting advice and information out there on nutrition. We all know we should eat well in order to feel and be well. We know that healthy eating is important and can protect us from diseases like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. But what exactly does healthy eating look like?
The current Government Eatwell Guidelines are unfortunately outdated and not based on the latest nutrition evidence. If you are looking for general guidelines on how to structure your diet, the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, BANT, have come up with a comprehensive Wellness Solution - an alternative and much improved Eatwell plate. It's a great visual tool to help you get a good overview of what a healthy diet should consist of. You can find the BANT Wellness Solution here.
Following the recommendations from the BANT Wellness Solution is a good starting point to get you on track. If you have a specific aim or goal you want to achieve through nutrition - such as managing a chronic condition, losing weight or achieving optimum nutrition on a particular diet like a vegetarian or vegan diet - then you might want to consider getting some personal help or advice.
personalised nutritional therapy
Working with a nutritional therapist can help you get on track to meet your goals. If you’re struggling with any of the following conditions, nutritional therapy can help set you on the right path to improve your symptoms:
Prediabetes or type 2 diabates
There’s no one-size fits all solution when it comes to nutrition. We are all different, and it can be a minefield trying to figure out what works for you. This programme is put together to provide you with the guidance, help and support required for you to really understand what your body needs and implement practical plans so you can make it work for you.
Four 1:1 consultations, consisting of:
Initial Consultation - lasting around 1.5 - 2 hours
Plan Feedback - usually around half an hour to an hour (1 week after the initial consultation)
First follow up - lasting around an hour (6 weeks after plan feedback)
Second follow up (if needed)
I’ll take a thorough and detailed case history which will cover the symptoms or issues you want to address, as well as getting a full holistic picture of your health and wellbeing. From this, I’ll assess the areas of the body that need support and do a detailed analysis of your diet diary, looking for any nutrient insufficiencies. I’ll put together a detailed plan for you to follow for around 6 weeks and feed this back to you in the second session, explaining each recommendation in detail.
The first follow up will asses how well you’ve followed the plan, celebrate your successes and discuss any difficulties you had. We’ll look at how your symptoms have changed and identify any areas that still need work. From this I’ll send you a revised plan.
It’s entirely possible that after the second follow up, you feel like you’re on the right track, things are improving and you don’t feel the need to come back and see me. That’s fine. If you still feel a bit unsure or if we both feel there’s still work to be done, we’ll schedule a second follow up to discuss progress and make any further tweaks or changes.
Throughout this process, you’ll be able to contact me to ask questions or just look to me for moral support and guidance. You’ll receive handouts with relevant information, recipe ideas and tips for where to go for further reading and researching.
Cost of Personalised Nutritional Therapy: £250.
It can often take time for symptoms to improve, or for you to feel you’re fully on top of managing a health condition. Some people will have more work to do than others on healing the gut, balancing hormones or blood sugar levels, or it may just take some time to really get to the root cause of what’s going on. If this is the case, we may need to have more regular ongoing contact.
Additional follow up sessions are charged at £70. They will last around an hour, and I will be working in between sessions, assessing and researching, to ensure we’re working towards a successful outcome.
It may become apparent that you’d benefit from functional testing, to help in getting to the root cause of your situation. This could include gastrointestinal investigations, hormone testing or blood tests for certain nutrients. Where possible, I will write to your GP asking for testing to be done. Sometimes an even more detailed picture will be helpful and so I may recommend private testing. This will never be compulsory, but could really help in getting to the bottom of your symptoms. We would of course discuss this within our consultations before making any decisions.