What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.
Each individual is unique and nutritional therapy takes an approach of providing a personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Nutritional therapy looks at the body as a whole taking into account genetics, environment and lifestyle factors and how they may contribute to symptoms. Through discussion, observation, physical signs, laboratory testing and nutritional and lifestyle analysis, a nutritional therapist is then able to determine a nutrition and lifestyle programme that best suits the individual.
Nutritional therapy is a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic health conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Prior to the consultation
Once you have decided nutritional therapy is for you and a consultation is booked, I will ask you to complete a Health Questionnaire which includes a 3-day food diary.
Also, the BANT Terms of Engagement will be emailed to you which I would ask you to sign if you are happy to go ahead with the consultation. I ask that these are returned at least 48 hours prior to the consultation so that I may get an understanding of your health before you arrive and do any necessary research if appropriate.
During the consultation
At the initial consultation (allow up to 90 minutes), a detailed assessment of your life story will be taken. This will include your health history, your family history, current and previous medications, psychological and emotional factors, exercise, stress levels, dietary habits and any symptoms of ill-health.
You will then be given personalised:
- Explanation of dietary and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your symptoms
- Recommendation of appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes’
- Nutrition plan
- Meal/menu ideas and recipes
- Nutritional information sheets including foods to include/focus on in your diet and foods that you should avoid/reduce.
- Recommendation of dietary supplements tailored to your specific needs if appropriate.
- If appropriate, laboratory tests may be recommended which will enable a more targeted and individualised nutrition programme and can also help to monitor progress as the programme progresses. I may recommend tests that are available through the NHS or for functional testing, I use an accredited private laboratory which I will discuss with you at the consultation.
- Review of your progress
- Review and analysis of any test results if applicable
- Review of your symptoms
- Addressing any new symptoms
- Updated nutrition plan
- Updated supplement and lifestyle recommendations
- Further hand-outs if applicable
Follow up consultations provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have and allows time to discuss any changes that you are experiencing. Follow-up sessions also help to keep you motivated and on track.
Get in touch
Call now for a free 15-minute phone consultation to find out how nutritional therapy could help you. No obligations!