Nutritional therapy

What is the difference between a nutritional therapist, a nutritionist & a dietician?

Nutritional therapist

A nutritional therapist, which is what I am, creates individual programmes to increases people’s health and wellbeing; they do this through assessment and dietary recommendations, with supplements if and when necessary; lifestyle, health, weight goals and more are also taken into consideration.

There is no one size fits all! Treatments and recommendations from a nutritional therapist are based on you, an individual like no other.

Nutritionist

A Nutritionist usually works in the food industry or in acadaemia, often finding new ways to make new foods. They may sometimes offer dietary information to the public but may not be qualified to provide therapeutic diets.

Dietician

A Dietician works primarily in the NHS, and mostly with patients with chronic or acute medical conditions. They can work in specialised health areas or with specific groups (such as people who have diabetes) in the community. Dieticians are regulated by the British Dietetic Association.

What are your qualifications?

I have a number of appropriate qualifications:

  • Diplomas in:

– Nutrition: The Scientific Approach (BSY)
– Vegetarian & Vegan Nutrition (BSY)
– Holistic Sports Nutrition (BSY)
– Nutritional Therapy (Health Sciences Academy)
– Personal Nutrition (Shaw Academy)
– Thought Field Therapy (TFTdx) (Callahan)

  • Certificate in Child Nutrition (Shaw Academy)
  • 2.1 honours degree in science
  • PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) in science
  • Over 20 years’ teaching science, primarily biology, human biology and chemistry
  • Ongoing study and training

Over twenty years of teaching and tutoring children and adults (schools, colleges, Open University seminars and workshops) has given me the ability to question, listen, research and help.

About the sessions

What happens in a session?

This depends on whether I am seeing you for the first or a subsequent time, and where we meet.

In general, we will talk about your progress, identify any sticking points (if necessary), set new goals, alter what you are doing (only if necessary) and answer any quesions you have.

Where are sessions held?

 

I have a clinic room in the new Colomberie Clinic – click here for contact details and a map.

Workshops/seminars will usually be based in St Helier or Parish Halls.

Outdoor sessions (eg, for a one-to-one or group walk & talk) generally start somewhere along the Esplanade/Victoria Avenue.

If you wish, we can conduct our sessions over Skype or the phone, or by email. It’s better we meet, but I understand there are some circumstances in which that is difficult.

What do you charge?

Initial consultation – please click here for updated list

Follow-up consultations – please click here for updated list

* Session charges include personalised research

* Discounts available for children and those on benefits or a pension.

Workshops for groups or businesses – please contact us so we can give you a full quote.

Do you speak français / Deutsche / português / polski / etc?

English

English is my only language as far as nutritional therapy goes, as the subject is quite complex. I have some French, very limited German, but no others and no sign language. However, you are welcome to bring someone with you to translate for you.

Français

L’anglais est ma seule langue aussi loin que la thérapie nutritionnelle va, que le sujet est assez complexe. Je dois un peu de français. Cependant, vous êtes invités à apporter quelqu’un avec vous pour traduire pour vous.

Deutsche

Englisch ist meine einzige Sprache, die so weit wie Ernährungstherapie geht, wie das Thema ist sehr komplex. Ich habe sehr begrenzt Deutsch. Sie sind jedoch herzlich eingeladen, jemanden mitbringen, um für Sie zu übersetzen.

Português

Inglês é a minha única linguagem, tanto quanto a terapia nutricional vai, como o assunto é bastante complexo. No entanto, você está convidado a trazer alguém com você para traduzir para você.

Polski

English to mój jedyny język, o ile leczenie żywieniowe idzie, jak obiekt jest dość skomplikowane. Jednakże, zapraszamy do przyprowadzić kogoś ze sobą przetłumaczyć dla Ciebie.

Weight Issues

How do I tell if I am overweight?

People used to be able to tell just by looking, but the appearance of being overweight has been so normalised that some people don’t realise they are overweight. Some ways of telling are:

  • Check with your GP
  • Work out your BMI (a blunt tool, but a good guide – see my post on this)
  • Jump up and down: if any part of you (other than breasts or testes) seriously jiggles, then you probably have excess fat
  • Measure your waist: if it’s larger than about 40″ (94cm) for men and 35″ (80cm) for women, then you are most probably overweight
  • Measure the distance from your back to belly and then lie on your back and measure the distance again: if the distance does not decrease you probably have visceral fat, which is harmful
  • Check your neck – if your short necklace or buttoned up shirt is tight and/or you have a double chin, then you are probably overweight

Special Diets

I suffer from Crohn's/IBS/coeliac disease/etc. Can you help?

Yes, I can help you change your diet to alleviate symptoms and start healing your gut. Other issues such as weight problems often soft out along the way.

I only eat meat. Can you help?

Yes. There are plenty of people in the world who not only survive on all-meat and animal-product diets, but thrive on them too. The chances are you are quite healthy already, but I can help you tweak your diet to make it more effective for you.

I'm a vegetarian. Can you help?

Yes. There are plenty of people in the world who do well on vegetarian diets, but thrive on them too.  Success will be determined partly by how strict you are or not (for example, if you have eggs and/or cheese in your diet, or are a pescetarian.)

I'm a vegan. Can you help?

The short answer is, ‘to an extent’ and ‘it depends what your goals are’.

I do not ever recommend to someone they follow a vegan diet, especially if they are still growing, pregnant or recovering from a major illness or operation.

That said, I have trained in vegan nutrition and respect your right to follow a path you believe in, and will plan with you accordingly.

Of course, a balanced, healthy vegan diet is much better for one than a vegetarian or omnivorous diet that’s high in processed foods and sugar!

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