What is Nutritional Therapy?
Essentially, nutritional therapy uses nutrition and lifestyle changes to assist the individual to optimise his or her physiological, emotive, cognitive and physical function.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of ALL the major systems of the body. Nutritional therapy recognises that our body systems are interrelated and aims to bring them into balance, thereby restoring the whole body to good health.
Do I need to see a Nutritional Therapist?
Probably! You may have been diagnosed with a specific health condition or maybe you would like to have a better understanding of your body, how it works and which foods can help (or hinder) you to stay healthy. You may want to lose or gain weight, run a marathon or improve your personal performance. Whatever the reason, Nutritional Therapy is about educating, empowering and helping you to achieve your health goals.
Many of us suffer from health conditions that range from a few mild symptoms to more severe and multiple symptoms which can be acute (occasional flare-ups) to chronic (long term). Nutritional Therapy may help you achieve and maintain good health and peak performance, as well as disease prevention and control.
What happens in a Nutritional Therapy consultation?
Before your nutritional therapy consultation you will be required to complete a questionnaire and 3-day food and lifestyle diary. The questionnaire is quite detailed but the information enables me to assess your current state of health so needs to be completed with as much detail as possible which saves time in the consultation.
In a typical nutritional therapy consultation I will assess your general health, family history, dietary habits, digestive function and lifestyle. In order to give the best advice possible, it may be necessary to undertake specific functional tests. I will then recommend a dietary and lifestyle plan suitable for you. This may include dietary adjustments, suggestion for dietary support, lifestyle changes and food or botanical supplements if necessary.
What’s the difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a dietician?
Link to BANTs briefing note on understanding the differences between dieticians, nutritionists and NTs.
What conditions can Nutritional Therapy help with?
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body. Call or email about a specific health concern and I’ll let you know if I can help.
Nutritional therapy is not a substitute for medical advice. However, it works very well alongside conventional medical care and may help to reduce and improve your symptoms in addition to discovering other underlying and possibly contributing factors that are often overlooked, thereby supporting your medical professional’s protocol more effectively.
Will I have to stop eating everything I love?
Obviously if a certain food is causing you problems you may need to stop eating it for a while. As your Nutritional Therapist I will guide you towards healthful foods and away from those that are less healthy, promoting balance in your food intake. Eating for both health and pleasure is, for some, not achievable at the same time. Striking a balance is sometimes very difficult and possibly confused by marketing messages from food manufacturers. I will guide, encourage and support you through your journey towards optimal health and peak condition.
I don’t like the word diet. It conjures up images of food restriction and being hungry. Going on a diet implies you’ll come off one. My role as your Nutritional Therapist is to educate and empower you to change the way you eat for life and thereby achieve your personal health goals, whatever they are.