Most of us live in an environment in which a perfect storm of daily stress, plentiful but nutritionally inadequate convenience foods, and ‘nutrient robbers’ such as poor diet, pollution and alcohol combine to produce both mental and physical stresses and strains. The way I see it, we have three options in responding to this. We can:
1). Hope our health problems disappear. Keep doing what we’re doing, so that’s continue to put up with sub-standard health and live in a body that we know isn’t 100% well.
2). Mask the symptoms. Take over-the-counter remedies which provide short-term relief by masking our symptoms and ignore the underlying issues.
3). Be proactive about redressing our health issues. Consult a Nutritional Therapist to suggest practical steps for you to take to help unravel the root causes of your health issues, setting you on the path to optimal physical and mental performance and freedom from ill health.
The more you understand why you're eating healthily, the better able you'll be to become your own mentor and advocate.
Through a thorough assessment of your symptoms, medical history and current dietary habits (supported, where appropriate, by laboratory test analysis), a nutritional therapist is able to use these markers to identify your individual nutritional requirements. A tailor-made programme can then be calibrated accordingly to meet your personal nutritional needs, counteract the root causes of your symptoms and restore wellness.
My way of thinking:
‘Pre-canned’ nutrition plans don’t work: everyone is biologically unique and responds differently to nutrients and ratios of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats). As a result we all have different nutritional needs, which pre-made nutrition plans are not able to cater for. For example…
Joanne, aged 42, works as a lawyer in the City and spends the majority of her 14-hour working day between the computer and her phone, with short trips throughout the day to her local coffee fuelling station. She travels to and from work by tube and spends what’s left of her evenings collapsed on the sofa, wine glass in hand, trying to unwind from her long, stressful day by talking to her husband. She spends her weekends juggling her work deadlines with some much-needed family time with her two young kids and husband. Her free time is precious, she has to cook for all the family but she is fortunate in that between her and her husband’s income streams she has a fair amount of disposable income to spend on organic, fresh food and high quality supplements.
Joanne has very different nutritional needs from 27 year-old Simon, a travel blogger who recently turned vegan. He leads a very active life, surfing and skiing on the slopes and seas around the world. He is on a low income but has very few outgoings. He is as stress free as they come, but has recently experienced some unexplained digestive discomfort after eating certain foods, and regularly experiences bloating.
Joanne and Simon might come to see me with the same goal of ‘improving their overall health’, but I certainly wouldn’t set out the same plan to help both of them reach that goal. They have widely differing lifestyle demands, budget restraints, eating preferences, food access, nutritional needs and genetic predispositions. Although there might be some overlap in my recommendations to them both, I’d need to pay careful attention to all of these factors in putting together practical and bespoke eating plans and individualized nutritional recommendations for each of them.
Because not everyone is the same, my nutrition plans and solutions are always specific to YOUR goals, YOUR lifestyle and YOUR body. My approach centres on teaching people how to eat intelligently whilst recognizing and accommodating the practical realities of their everyday lives. I achieve this by focusing on foods that are nutritious and useful to the body, and by inspiring people to create productive, health-giving, and sustainable new habits.