Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy in Letchworth & Hitchin

At some level, we all know that we are what we eat, as the old saying goes. But few of us eat as well as we could do, and scientific data – as well as my own experience in seeing clients – shows that we’re missing out on some superb health benefits! As a qualified nutritional therapist I review a client’s health in detail before devising a comprehensive nutrition plan. Everyone’s nutrition plan is completely tailored to the individual. I take into account –

  • your general health – any health niggles and / or long-term issues, as well as family health history any medication and / or supplements
  • your lifestyle and life stage – are you pregnant, menopausal, trying for a baby, a vegetarian, vegan, teenager, a parent, commuter, elderly, stressed, etc
  • your reactions to food including intolerances and allergies, and any suspected food sensitivities (testing is available)
  • your budget, time constraints as well as your cooking ability

A professional diet review can reveal missing nutrients, as well as foods that may be causing you issues, and most importantly the foods you should eat more of and the steps you can take to improve your health.

Consultations take place in a confidential and quiet setting in Hitchin or Letchworth. As a nutritional therapist, I work with each client to introduce new and maybe not so new healthy, wholefoods and natural products to re-balance the diet to improve health, alongside appropriate lifestyle suggestions, to help each client reach their health or weight loss goals.

I am particularly interested in the use of nutritional therapy to:

Achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss I offer personalised weight management programmes including tailored diet plans and lots of ongoing support to help you reduce and manage your weight taking into account your current weight, lifestyle and health goals.

Optimise energy levels Make sure you get the right vitamins and minerals to ensure you have plenty of energy to meet the demands of your lifestyle and circumstances. And that goes whether you’re an omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan. 

Support a positive outlook and boost brain function Are you feeling happy and healthy? When you’re eating rubbish you tend to feel that way, too. Food has an often overlooked role in improving how you feel. Did you know that a low Glycaemic Load (GL) diet marries protein and fibre together with carbs to help smooth the negative effects of fluctuating blood sugar levels which include irritability? My weight loss clients following a low GL plan almost always report improved energy and mood.

Support healthy sleep Calcium helps the brain use tryptophan to manufacture melatonin, why is why foods that contain both tryptophan and calcium, like dairy, are some of the best sleep-inducing foods. There are several natural ways of improving sleep – how are YOU sleeping?

Weaning, toddler’s and children’s diets One of the first crucial jobs you’ll do when you’re pregnant is to help nourish your growing baby. A baby’s healthy development is dependent on the nutrition provided by you, which is why healthy habits during pregnancy and beyond are so crucial. If you want to improve your chances of falling pregnant, nutrition can help you to balance your hormones naturally. Did you know that there is a 70 fold increase in sensitivity in the ovary to nutrient deficiency occurs between 11.30am and 7pm on the day before ovulation, for example? I often see the male part of the couple too, and not just to tell him that too many prawn crackers can inhibit sperm production. (But they can).

Weaning  If you are looking for clarity on whether baby-led weaning or mush is the way to go, and precisely when your little darling should take his first sweet potato or piece of steak, I can help you with a simple weaning plan that helps optimise your baby’s growth and development. Clearing up the mess afterwards is down to you!

Toddlers and beyond The eating habits your children develop now will affect their health and food choices throughout their lives. Let me give you some healthy and balanced meal ideas that kids will enjoy no matter what their stage. Nutrition for fussy and not so fussy eaters…

Women’s nutrition What has nutritional therapy and eating healthily got to do with women’s health? Here are just some examples: – There is data to suggest the potential anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects of calcium and vitamin D on breast cancer development. – Women may be able to lower their risk of endometriosis by eating less red meat. – Supporting normal oestrogen levels may relieve menopausal symptoms, and maintain cardiovascular, bone and breast health.