digestive health

 

What is Nutritional Therapy and Functional Medicine?

Nutritional therapy is a complementary medicine that uses nutrition science, the latest evidence, and good clinical practice to optimise your health. Nutritional therapy takes a functional medicine approach, which means we support all the systems of the body and root causes. I use food and nutrition, lifestyle changes, hypnosis, supplements, and functional tests* to support you in reaching your health goal.

Nutritional therapy is not a ‘quick fix’ or a ‘one size fits all’. It doesn’t use fad diets or strict meal plans. Instead, we find a way together to use food, nutrition, and lifestyle to support life-long good health and well-being. And we do this in an achievable, realistic, and sustainable way. I also offer hypnotherapy to further embed and support the changes you want to make to your diet and lifestyle.

Who is Nutritional Therapy for?

Nutritional therapy is for people who would like to take more personal control over their own health and well-being. I work with clients of all ages with anxiety, IBS, and digestive issues and those looking to gain more energy and generally feel their best. Nutritional therapy works alongside conventional medical practice to support the body and mind through nutrition. Clients are motivated and supported to make changes to their diets and lifestyle and sometimes carry out testing to address the issues that may lie beneath their on-going health complaints. Nutritional therapy involves some degree of perseverance and I aim to support and empower you so you can make lasting changes. Hypnotherapy can help you make sustainable changes and may help remove any overwhelm, so please feel free to ask about it.

How it works

Everyone is unique in their nutrition, diet, and lifestyle needs. Typically I see clients with numerous health issues that have developed over several years. When it comes to supporting you with nutrition, we don’t just look at food. We look at your health and well-being from birth to the current day. We discuss signs and symptoms, lifestyle, stress and emotion, exercise, and food intolerances. It can be a challenge to change the way we eat and so I provide as much support and coaching as you need to help you during this process. This is where it can be useful to add in hypnotherapy and coaching. Hypnotherapy is useful for supporting anxiety, overwhelm, confidence, and mindset and can help address unhelpful behaviours and habits, such as sugar addiction. I suggest we work together for at least 3 months, working on what you eat, how you eat, and lifestyle changes. In more complex cases we may work together for up to a year. However, the aim is that after I have supported you, you will have reached your health goal and be able to manage your health and well-being with nutrition independently. Nutritional therapy and hypnotherapy are about investing in yourself.

“I would definitely recommend Kate as a nutritionist, she is very understanding, non-judgemental and professional with what she does. She has a great knowledge and approach to helping towards your nutrition goals. I find Kate very motivational and she has helped me change my relationship with food whilst improving my symptoms.”

Kate

Below is a simple summary of how the Nutritional Therapy process may work in terms of stages:

 

Stage 1. Make your health goal

Prior to your appointment (ideally a minimum of 7 days), I ask you to complete a health questionnaire and 3-day food diary and I will spend time preparing your recommendations. In the first consultation, I refer to your questionnaire and current signs and symptoms. I will ask you about your typical diet, diet history, lifestyle, activity and stress levels. We also talk about any challenges you might face when making changes. I will discuss your dietary analysis which will inform your recommendations which we make collaboratively, which are for up to 4 weeks. Typically your next session will be 2-4 weeks later to see how you are getting on with your recommendations.

Stage 2. Support your nutrition plan

In the next session, we evaluate how you are getting on. We will go at your pace so you don’t feel too overwhelmed or if you are keen to make changes quickly. Some clients choose to have coaching support between sessions for accountability and motivation and this can be really effective. Some clients may choose to have hypnotherapy sessions to support in making changes and overcoming obstacles. I provide a variety of information and support: practical tips, recipes, information, help sheets, sign-posting to other professionals if required, supplement protocols if required, and functional tests if desired. Tests provide a measurable insight into your health and can help to inform your protocol more specifically. *Functional tests are private tests from acredited labs or providers that can help to provide insight into the root causes of your health concerns. Tests are organised by myself but conducted through reputable labs and carried out at home. Typical examples include stool tests or SIBO breath tests for IBS and digestive issues, finger prick blood tests for Vitamin D and thyroid, saliva tests for stress and fatigue, urine tests (DUTCH) for female/male hormones, and organic acid tests for a metabolic picture.

Stage 3.  Reviewing your progress

Everyone progresses at a different rate in terms of reaching his or her health goal or goals. This depends on many factors such as the complexity of the health issues and personal challenges that lie in the way –for example, a busy, stressful lifestyle. In further sessions (allow a minimum of 3 but typically it may take 4-5 sessions) , we review how you are feeling and how you are getting on. These sessions are unique to you but may include tweaking your plan so that you are heading in the right direction. These sessions can be good for problem-solving issues such as what to eat for lunch on the go or reviewing a supplement protocol.

Stage 4. Supporting yourself independently

After a period of education, support, coaching, therapy, and advice from me, and diet and lifestyle changes from you, you may have reached some or all of your health goals and be feeling ready to continue your new diet and lifestyle without support. Sometimes it can take a few months to feel the benefits of the changes made. You can choose to book a follow-up session at any time to evaluate how you are doing or talk on the phone for a ‘top-up’ of coaching or support if you feel the need. Again hypnotherapy or health coaching is ideal for staying on track.  It is important to me that you get good results so I like to take progress scores at the beginning and end of your therapy. I also appreciate any feedback. Follow-ups after a period of 12 months require a 60-minute consultation and symptom review.

 

Please note: nutritional therapy does not treat or cure and is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your GP first if you suspect you have any health condition and inform them of any new diet and exercise plan. If you’d like to know how a registered nutritional therapist or hypnotherapist can help, please get in touch for a free call.

“Kate offered me friendly, thorough and sensible advice with lots of common sense but also lots of expertise too. She offered me lots of choices within what might be useful to me, making me feel in control of what I was doing and keep it right for me. The most important thing is that her advice worked. I would definitely recommend and use Kate again.” 

Julie