What is a nutritional therapist?

A Nutritional Therapist uses an evidence-based and root cause approach to maximise health, using personally tailored nutritional and lifestyle changes. Nutritional Therapy promotes the benefits of wholesome, unprocessed foods for optimal wellbeing as well as the therapeutic effects of certain foods for specific health conditions.

I use the functional medicine model, a holistic approach to get to the root cause of health issues rather than merely managing symptoms. This takes a ‘systems’ view of the body as all are inseparably linked, an imbalance in one can affect another causing ‘dis-ease’. This embraces the complexity of the body one condition may have many different causes and one cause may result in many different conditions!

This means I treat each person as a unique individual, your genetics, metabolism and environment (pollution, activity and stress) all affect our make-up. A “one size fits all” model of eating just doesn’t work. So clients with the same symptoms or condition don’t necessarily use the same strategies, each program is uniquely tailored to you.

What happens at a Nutritional Therapist consultation?

Prior to your first appointment I will ask you to complete a health questionnaire and food diary so that we can get the most out of our session together.

The initial session is more in depth as I find out more about your menopause concerns and symptoms along side your health and medical history. I will already have mapped out the information you provided putting the clues of your case together, I enjoy the detective work. I’ll do specific scientific research for your case. I also then explain the main mediators of your symptoms and the plan to restore you to health.

Then together we develop a personalised Programme which includes nutritional and lifestyle changes and supplement recommendations (if appropriate). I provide practical and coaching support to assist you in incorporating dietary and lifestyle changes.

Testing may be necessary to provide more clues for some people. These are an optional added cost that will be made clear.

Follow-ups are up to an hour here we review progress, make any changes regarding both what’s worked and what hasn’t and move the programme on to the next stage. I provide ‘supportive accountability’ research and have found this increases motivation, helping you stick to the programme. I also provide other tools to help you on your journey, including information leaflets, to explain your imbalance and how we address it, recipes and shopping lists. I can also recommend food brands, exercise classes, apps and other support networks.

Nutritional therapy is not a replacement for medical advice, however Nutritional Therapists frequently work alongside the medical profession or other healthcare professionals involved in their client’s care.

Holistic Therapies

My experience and qualifications in skin conditions also allows me to offer a range of professional facial treatments including skin peels that gently restore the skin using vitamins and scientifically researched ingredients. These remedial skin treatments are non- invasive using carefully selected skincare, technology and the latest developments in aesthetic skincare to bring about lasting changes in the skin. View my skin treatment services.

Additionally we can combine nutritional therapy packages Click here to view packages and Environ Treatment courses. Please contact me for more details or a complementary skin consultation.

Is a Nutritional Therapist the Same as a Nutritionist?

The difference between Nutritionist, Dietitian, Personal trainer and Nutritional Therapy practitioner.

‘Nutritionist’ is not a protected title and therefore anybody can claim to be an expert in the field of nutrition and call themselves a nutritionist. They may not have qualifications or belong to a governing body; they may be linked to certain brands and products making advice biassed.

Registered Nutritionists normally have BSc and work in industry providing evidence-based information and guidance normally in research, education and in policy development. They are not trained in 1 to 1 consultation or governed by such a body.

A dietitian is somebody who has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Dieticians work with the NHS, specially trained to help patients who require special diets or feeding. Some will work directly with the public; however, they are more mainstream looking at symptoms, counting calories, using government guidelines.

A qualified Nutritional Therapist is someone who holds a BANT and CNHC registered degree or diploma. As such, a Nutritional Therapist is qualified to work in private practice and see clients on an individual or group basis.

Nutritional therapists usually work in private practice offering bespoke health plans, using nutrition and lifestyle interventions to help support the body towards maintaining health.

When taking advice from a nutritional therapist, always check they have appropriately qualified, are registered and belong to a regulated governing body as it is not a protected title.

As a registered nutritional therapist, in my clinic I specialise in menopausal issues e.g. weight management, hormonal health, stress and digestion. I also work as a BANT Registered Nutritionist providing comment for the media, giving talks, running corporate workshops and a wide range of other activities. BANT, my governing body has more to say about nutrition titles.

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      I’m Marjorie, a fully qualified Nutritional Therapy practitioner registered with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and British Association of nutrition and lifestyle medicine (BANT). My passion is to help women in their mid years live a healthier life, filled with energy, reducing painful and embarrassing symptoms both prior and post menopause.

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