About Nutritional Therapy
The most common route into nutritional therapy is sadly after a long journey of frustration. Many people visit a nutritional therapist after years of suffering with niggling health issues, chronic illness or yo-yo dieting, and finally want to get to the bottom of what’s happening.
Nutritional therapy uses an evidence-based and integrated approach to help identify the root cause of imbalance(s) considering genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. It focuses on creating a tailored nutrition and lifestyle programme, addressing the body as a whole and you as an individual, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Put simply, nutritional therapy considers you as an individual and connects the dots to help you feel well again.
The most common reasons why people book a consultation:
First and foremost, I ADORE food. Even before I understood the incredible impact it has on our health. I just loved food in a different way. I loved a sugary treat as a reward for getting through my day or how it could comfort me when I needed it most. When I started my journey into understanding the effect food has on our bodies both mentally and physically, I was afraid my love of food would be taken away, and I would begrudgingly become a member of the rabbit food diet club. What I didn’t know, was that I could love food in a new and more empowering way.
As a child, I was brought up with a fairly balanced lifestyle and was taught the importance of eating my greens. However, this all went a little astray after slightly too much indulgence living the student lifestyle. After returning home, I was left overweight, exhausted, brain fogged (or so I thought) with chronic nausea, headaches and a multitude of digestive symptoms. The GP unfortunately didn’t have any answers, so I decided to take action. After a little bit of googling, my diet started on Monday (familiar to anyone?) and I took up a gruelling gym regime, that I realise now was never going to be sustainable. Over the next few years, I yo-yoed between the latest ‘health-kick’ and moped about feeling like a failure that I still hadn’t ‘fixed’ myself.
On the lead up to my wedding, I decided enough was enough, and sought professional advice from a Nutritional Therapist who identified several digestive and hormonal imbalances in my body. Together with their advice and a lot of personal research, I slowly started to change my diet and lifestyle, and re-educate myself on what would nourish and ‘feed’ my body. As my nutritional knowledge grew, so did my health and confidence. I started experimenting in the kitchen creating healthier versions of my favourite comfort foods. My love of food returned and a love for preparing healthy and delicious meals blossomed.
Many people come to work in the field of nutrition because of their own personal struggles with health. And I did have my own personal struggles with health but it was actually about a year after qualifying that my own health really bottomed out. Within the space of 3 months I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition that causes low thyroid function), adrenal fatigue and depression. I have never experienced brain fog like it. I couldn’t hold a thought process or string a sentence together and it was really quite a scary place to be. I was sleeping every chance I got and I have never felt so low. On top of all of this, I felt like a fraud. I was not the shiny newly qualified Nutritional Therapist, ambassador for all things health and happiness that I expected to be.
On the positive side, I was perfectly placed to help myself and the experience has definitely shaped me as a therapist and has allowed me to deepen my empathy for what a dark and depressing place ill health can be.
I’m most definitely an all or nothing kind of person, and over-working and under caring for myself was likely one of the big triggers in my recent health issues. Finding a happy balance between work and self-care, vegetables and cake, drive and reflection is something I am continually working on. I’m not perfect and I don’t claim to be, but I try my best to live the healthiest life I can.
I am passionate about helping others who are feeling lost, frustrated and disheartened by their own health and want to feel well again.
The right diet and lifestyle can change your life for the better – and that’s what I’m passionate about doing.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah for all her advice and support. Not only is she passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition, she is friendly and approachable and really took the time to tailor an achievable plan best suited to me” - Natalie