Sarah Dodd, BANT Registered Nutritional Therapist
I was going to call this page, ‘There’s more to eating than cereal, sandwiches and pasta’ …
but it seemed a bit wordy… however it does reflect my views on the state of our diets today. Put bluntly, many people are stuck in a rubbish food rut!
What we put in our mouths can affect everything from digestion, to mood, weight, blood pressure, hormones, etc… and many of those in turn affect other body systems. Nutritional therapy isn’t a quick fix – although it can have speedy results for some – it’s more a way of improving our health through better access to and absorption of the right nutrients, at the right time. It may surprise you to know that this often requires just simple steps.
A long-standing interest in nutrition and health led me to set aside my marketing career to pursue the study and benefits of nutritional therapy. During this time, I became increasingly aware of how our modern lives including high stress levels, confusing diet messages, poor food labelling, as well as lack of time, impacts our ability to make appropriate food choices and often, we’re actually making ourselves tired and ill.
But there is a better way! I’ve seen for myself how much better we can look and feel if we treat ourselves to a wholefoods diet that suits our own particular nutritional needs and lifestyle. I believe that it’s important to consider what we eat regardless of the health goal – and that there are certain foods that are naturally able to help us achieve these goals. Scientific data on the health benefits of certain foods grows every day; for example, how Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish and flax seeds can reduce the chance of a hip fracture and how by eating more fruit and vegetables you may reduce your risk of a stroke.
After 3 years of study of the human body and nutrition, at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London, I qualified to be a Nutritional Therapist. Seeing a variety of clients inspires me to keep learning, and I regularly attend tutorials to keep my knowledge up to date, as part of my Continuous Professional Development. I am also a member of BANT, (The British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy). BANT is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists, whose function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice.
Anything and everything clients tell me is completely confidential. I don’t judge and I don’t embarrass easily.
In addition to being a nutritional therapist, I am a parent of food allergic children, and understand the pressures of working in a stressful, corporate environment which gives me a certain amount of insight. So if you’d like to see me about a specific health problem, or you’d just like a nutrition MOT, please book an appointment to see me at The Harmony Clinic in Hitchin or Studio 180 in Letchworth.