What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional therapy is a scientific approach to using food and nutrients to promote wellness. It involves a study and understanding of the role of nutrients in the physiological and biochemical processes of the body. Naturopathic nutritional therapy takes a holistic view of nutrition, so we look at the whole person, and not only at the food that you eat – this takes into consideration your unique personality, lifestyle and background, drawing on principles from naturopathy (see below), Traditional Chinese Medicine and East Indian Ayurvedic principles.
Naturopathy uses natural and traditional means for wellness. One of the key principles is that health is more than just the ‘absence of infirmity’, and should be abundant vitality! Prevention is better than cure however many things can cause ill-health such as diet, stress, physical trauma, pollution and so on. The naturopathic approach targets the cause(s) of any imbalance or dysfunction for you as an individual rather than just dealing with the symptoms.
Naturopathic nutrition therefore combines scientific evidence with traditional models. We look at your current symptoms (if any), take a full case history, look at your current diet and lifestyle, and apply our knowledge to work out your current nutritional and lifestyle needs to help to bring you back into balance. We use our knowledge of food and natural approaches to help you to get healthier.
How can nutritional therapy help me?
- Feel tired all the time?
- Have sugar or other food cravings?
- Get shaky or angry when you miss a meal?
- Get headaches or migraines?
- Find it hard to concentrate?
- Have digestive issues, such as bloating?
- Suspect a food intolerance?
- Find it hard to lose or keep the same weight?
- Get colds or ill a lot?
- Have a low mood or depression?
- Have trouble sleeping?
- Get PMS, irregular periods, fertility issues or other hormone-related issues?
- Want to support your heart health?
- Want healthy hair, nails and skin?
- Want a balanced diet?
- Want advice on going vegetarian or vegan?
Nutritional therapy can help with these and support you with particular health conditions. We aim to find the cause of your issues (using testing, where necessary) and work with you in agreeing a food and lifestyle plan that is achievable and realistic. We use food as a medicine, advising on particular foods to support your individual needs, as each person is unique.
Nutritional therapy is open for people of all ages and lifestyles.
We do not aim to replace any medical advice, and may advise you to seek medical advice if necessary. We can work with medical professionals involved in helping you.
What can I expect and what happens during an appointment?
We will have a brief chat (for free) before booking to discuss your needs and working together. When booking, we advise that you need to make a minimum of two appointments – an initial and follow-up. Depending on your needs, we can book in subsequent appointments.
Prior to coming, you will be asked to complete two health questionnaires in advance, together with a 3 day food diary to you to complete and bring to the consultation. During your initial consultation (lasting around 1 ½ hours), you will be asked questions about your symptoms, health conditions (if any), general health, family history, medical history, current diet, lifestyle and current medications and supplements. We will also look at your tongue and hands, which can be helpful in reviewing your full health picture. We will talk through your food diary and discuss your goals from the consultation. We will work together to put together a diet and lifestyle plan which is tailored for you, so that it is realistic and achievable, and in line with your goals.
You will leave the appointment with an idea of some changes and you will receive a food and lifestyle plan via email, within the next 5-7 working days. You will also get some recipes and if needed, some further background reading. The initial consultation includes a 15 minute chat after receiving the plan to discuss and give you the opportunity to clarify and ask any questions.
The follow-up appointment (40-60 minutes) will be 6-8 weeks later, where we will discuss your progress, any challenges that you have experienced and anything new that may have arisen. We will then adjust and review your plan accordingly.
You may need subsequent appointments, which we can discuss.
Further information on:
BANT, British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy, the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists
Meet the Therapist
“I came to Atiya as I was suffering from frequent headaches and eczema. The headaches were the worst as they would last for days and painkillers didn’t really help. Before seeing Atiya, I believed that I ate a fairly healthy diet, mainly because I made a lot of my food from scratch such as bread! Atiya made me realise that a lot of the food I ate contained gluten. What was really beneficial about the appointments, was that I didn’t just get sent away being told what not to eat, but was given lots of recipes, meal ideas, and also other websites and resources to use. Atiya also took the time to identify any food I didn’t like. I have to admit it took a while for me to stick to the guidelines as I kept reverting to old habits. But the good news is that I no longer have the headaches and my eczema has gone. I’m continuing with my healthier eating and trying to introduce healthier eating habits and not worrying too much if I don’t stick to the plan 100% of the time.