In a typical Nutritional Therapy consultation, the therapist will assess the individual’s general health, family history, dietary habits, digestive function and lifestyle. The therapist will then devise a dietary and lifestyle plan suitable for the individual’s circumstances. This may include dietary adjustments, suggestions for dietary support, lifestyle changes and food or botanical supplement recommendations.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive and integumentary [skin, hair, nails]). Typical priorities in Nutritional Therapy consultations are support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.
Our need for food is primal, but our relationship with it is complex and ever-changing. For many in the UK and elsewhere in the developed world, eating has become a leisure pursuit, and cooking a hobby. But our bodies are still hard-wired for a tougher world where food means survival. Our sense of taste, for example, evolved to be a front-line defence against toxins and a sensor to help detect the most energy-rich fare. However, our innate craving for sweets and fats, and their ubiquitous availability, now seems to be leading us down a path of bodily destruction.
Because food is packed full of complex, biologically active molecules, the fact it has an impact on our health is no surprise. Yet, teasing apart the effects of each component on the body is a difficult task, and one that will continue for many years to come. Some people predict an age of diets customised to individual energy needs and disease susceptibility. But no matter how good the science, or how well we are able to exploit food as an agent of healthfulness, we will still be eating with mainly pleasure in mind for some time yet.
Eating for both health and pleasure is, for some, not achievable at the same time. Striking a balance is sometimes very difficult, fraught with complications, and possibly confused by marketing messages from food manufacturers. As an experienced nutritional therapist, I will guide, encourage and support you through your journey towards optimal health and peak condition.