Nutritional therapy looks at the whole person and the whole picture to assess and analyse what could be the potential underlying imbalances mediating the person's ill feeling. We look at diet and lifestyle factors, stress factors, environmental factors and everything that is mentally and physically consumed potentially causing adversity in the mind and body. We look at possible vitamin and mineral deficiencies and if there is a need for supplementation and functional tests.
Nutritional therapy is not a 'one size fits all' diet plan. We focus on the individual rather than the symptoms and the support and advice is completely personalised to you and your needs. It also requires time and effort and therefore not a 'quick fix'. We use a staged manageable approach to helping you reach your health goals.
Registered nutritional therapy practitioners are trained to use the functional medicine model and a functional medicine approach to analyse all systems in the body, its interactions, external factors and potential predispositions. We are trained to assess for underlying biochemical and nutritional imbalances and apply nutritional science research and up to date evidence based information.
Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and practitioners will often liaise with the client's GP and other healthcare practitioners, to ensure safe practice at all times and act in the best interest of the client.
How does it work?
Firstly I would like you to tell me about yourself, which will enable me to do a thorough assessment of your health status, analysis of your food diary and lifestyle habits, and I can get to know your health goals. This means I will ask you to complete a Health Questionnaire, which covers your health history, family history, medications and supplements, symptoms, lifestyle habits and a detailed 3 day food diary.
Then we have our 1:1 consultations. The initial consultation will last longer, up to 90 minutes as we explore your health concerns and symptoms and the potential underlying imbalances. We will explore and address the possible root mediators which I will explain to you and we may investigate with functional laboratory tests and discuss supplementation if appropriate*. We then collaboratively devise an actionable personalised Wellness Plan, which includes diet and lifestyle modfifications that is workable for you. Our follow up consultations will review how the Wellness Plan is going, explore further the mediators to your symptoms and update the Wellness Plan. You will get full support and coaching to help you achieve your health goals and focussed attention to you and your wellbeing throughout our journey together, to help you reach your optimal wellbeing.
How many consultations will I need?
The amount of sessions needed depends on your specific case and you as an individual. If you have quite a complex case that requires exploration of many areas and time to make the changes, this may need a longer time period over a number of months. On the other hand, you may just be looking for a diet and lifestyle MOT whereby you want to ensure your optimal wellbeing, then this would take a lot less time. All of the Wellness Journeys allow for consultations approximately every 3 weeks, as well as support calls in between, so you are fully supported along the way and do not feel left alone. We can discuss what is best and right for you and your individual situation to help meet your health goals.