One-size-fits-all does not work when it comes to diet and lifestyle change. We are all unique, not only in our physiology and biochemistry, but also in our relationships with food.
The one-to-one nutritional therapy process takes you as a whole into account. Emotions as well as physical imbalances are considered and the aim is to discover what the underlying causes are for loss of wellbeing. This is done by focussing on the different systems of the body that are influenced by nutritional status and lifestyle. This model for health care is called functional medicine and your story is central to the process.
The appointments I offer are one-to-one and usually take place online, but I do also have some availability for face-to-face appointments from my home clinic in Twickenham.
Ideally the process works best if you commit to a series of appointments, and I usually suggest starting with a block of three.
Initially this enables me to understand your goals and listen to your story. It is important for me to take a comprehensive case history in order that I can assess how best to support you. I can then explain what I feel the areas for us to explore together are, and our strategy for doing so.
At your first appointment I will potentially recommend getting some tests done, for example referring you to your GP for specific blood tests or suggesting more functional testing. For example, I commonly work with tests that look at the gut microbiome, organic acids, hormone levels and hormone pathways, genetic profiles, and food reactivity panels. I frequently run in-depth nutrition panels too which including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, proteins, liver enzymes and inflammatory markers. These tests are run by private laboratories, but there is no pressure for you to embark on private testing.
Your next appointment usually takes place fairly soon, I have found it is very helpful to start focussing on personalised dietary support early on in the process. This allows us to spend time talking about food and how food fits into your life. My job is to troubleshoot and problem solve with you in order that the recommendations we agree on together are going to be manageable – and enjoyable!
Any test results then feed into the picture and enable a deeper level of understanding about you, your biochemistry, and more targeted direction on nutrition intervention and support.
Nutritional supplements can work as a powerful element of my practitioner toolkit. These are recommended if it’s safe and appropriate to do so.
These initial first steps can be extremely helpful in getting your health back on track and allowing you to feel secure and empowered enough to then take things forward for a time on your own. However, further appointments are often requested by clients, and I am happy to support you for as long as is needed.
I always welcome the opportunity to speak to potential new clients briefly on the phone before any appointments are made. This allows us both the opportunity to find out more about each other and I appreciate you may have questions before committing to the process.
If you would like to take things further and either book in to have a quick chat, or arrange your first appointment, please do get in touch for information about my prices and availability. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968790115.