Do you need some extra help with a problem that has been plaguing you for a while and just won't go away? Nutritional therapy is fantastic because it looks at the whole person and why they have their symptoms.
Why can't you have your cake and eat it? Well, actually you can. It is possible to break the cycle of gaining weight and most importantly in the LONG TERM. Yo yo diets encourage the body to use less calories so it becomes harder to lose weight. However, it's not just about the calories . I can advise you on ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise (with scrumptious desserts) and create an individualized plan to achieve your goals. Instead of calorie counting we can focus on ingredients and portion size which is much more productive . Focus is on the long term and maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life. So it will require some changes in diet and perhaps lifestyle. However, it will be extremely rewarding. Support is often key, especially in the early days and support is included in between and after appointments.
Nutritional Therapist Topsham and Exeter, Devon
Stress is a major part of most peoples lives. In fact so much so, that it often becomes the 'norm'. However, it is not a natural state for the body to be in continuously and can be very problematic. Leading to issues such as insomnia, difficulty in losing weight, cravings, high blood sugar, lowered immunity and impaired digestion . Massive changes can come from small adjustments and can really make a difference in our mood and motivation.
Sometimes we forget about keeping our mental health in peak condition and only think about it when something goes wrong. So looking after our mental health in a preventative way will impact our overall well being and physical health.
By looking at what is causing stress, I can support you by tackling it from a multi-pronged approach through diet and life style choices.
Detoxing for Health
Detoxing will clear out toxins from your body and give your digestive system a break to heal and restore naturally. Our immune system is said to start in our gut, therefore it's really important we look after our gut to promote good overall health and longevity. In many cultures fasting or time restricted eating is a part of their lifestyle. When toxins build in up he body, major signs and symptoms can manifest as; brain fog, lethargy, inflammation, cravings, allergies and more.
Also, our view of food can drastically alter how effective weight loss and detox will work. My goal is to set you up for success and with ongoing support, to help you to rebalance your relationship with your food.
Gut bacteria play an important role in human health, such as supplying essential nutrients, synthesizing vitamin K, aiding in the digestion of cellulose and promoting nerve function. If our gut bacteria is out of balance then potentially so is our health. Harmful bacteria can proliferate due to the change of their composition when the gut ecosystem undergoes abnormal changes from the use of antibiotics, illness, stress, aging, bad dietary habits, and lifestyle. Dysbiosis of the gut bacteria communities can cause many chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's Disease and has also been linked to obesity, cancer, autism and autoimmune diseases.
Nutritional therapy can help to tackle these imbalances, addressing long term or acute problems from the inside out.
Anxiety and depression
From a nutritional point of view anxiety can be tackled from many angles. Low levels of certain vitamins and minerals can be a factor as can food allergies and sensitivities which may affect the function of our gut. Blood sugar dysregulation and hormonal imbalances may also play a role, affecting how feel and our levels of drive. All these areas are assessed during your consultation, including lifestyle factors which can make a massive difference with even small changes. Anxiety is characterised by feelings of worry, fear or unease. While fear is a normal short-term response to stress, anxiety is a chronic state that may be characterised by a prolonged response to a situation, even when the original cause is removed. It can be mild or severe, affecting most of us at some time in our life. Anxiety disorders may also run in families but can also develop following a trauma, even years later. Long term anxiety can result in fatigue, pain, digestive issues and palpitations and can also be a symptom of depression.
Good food doesn't have to be boring.....
In fact, when we change our diets we become more experimental!
I recommend at least 2 appointments because it's helpful to see how the initial plan is working and if any more changes need to made.
The first appointment is around an hour and a half and we talk about various aspects of your health. The follow up appointment is usually around an hour and is booked around 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation.
To get things moving more quickly, I will ask for some information before the first consultation. Such as medical history, a 3 day diet- diary and any current prescribed medication.