Nutritional Therapy is the process of assessing a person’s food intake, current state of health, lifestyle and emotions and then using that information to achieve the client’s health and wellness goals. Our health is influenced by many factors, most of which we can’t completely control, for example, our environment and our exposure to toxic chemicals (exhaust fumes, make up, cigarette smoke, shower gels/shampoos etc). However, the vast majority of us can control what we eat and we can make adjustments to enable our bodies to be able to function to the very best of their ability. Our bodies are the most complex, sophisticated piece of machinery we will ever encounter. There are so many highly complex chemical processes and reactions that are happening every second and for these all to be functioning in the world we live in today is nothing short of astounding. All the body needs to support these amazing processes is the right fuel and that all comes down to simply the right food. Food which provides vitamins and minerals, fats and proteins.
Your Nutritional Therapy appointment will involve you completing, and returning, an extensive health and lifestyle questionnaire prior to our meeting. I will go through this with you during our first appointment, which will last an hour and a half. We will establish what goals you wish to set/how I can support your health and I will then write a plan and send it to you, usually within 48 hours. I do, sometimes, suggest the use of supplements where there is a deficiency that needs supporting. It is also possible that I may suggest testing which, in some cases, can be carried out by your GP or by a private laboratory. Your GP will usually carry out tests for cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels (for diabetes), liver function, kidney function etc. Private laboratories offer a whole range of tests, some of which are specific, eg. hormone levels or vitamin D levels and some more general but include a significantly greater range. If I feel this will be beneficial to you, we will discuss this during our first meeting. We can then set a date for a follow up appointment to review any progress or any further issues which have arisen. The follow up will usually be approximately 4-6 weeks after the initial appointment to allow time for the changes to be effective. My aim is to support, educate and encourage people towards the best health
they can achieve.
I started my career in Investment Banking but left, after 15 years, to retrain as a Chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine. I qualified in June 2000 and spent the next few years travelling to the Caribbean, Russia and Europe, cooking on yachts, in fishing camps and various holiday homes/shooting lodges. In November 2012, I appeared as a contestant on MasterChef, The Professionals and cooked for Michel Roux Jnr. Following on from this, I undertook to study nutrition. I began a 3 year Diploma course with the College of Naturopathic Nutrition in Birmingham, Bristol and London. The course includes extensive study of physiology and anatomy, how the body uses food and how it deals with harmful elements. It also requires the completion of 200 hours of practical clinics. I now offer private nutritional therapy consultations and continue to cook, offering practical advice to help you achieve optimum health. I also have a Facebook page, Nutritiously Nicky, and am building up a growing Instagram following.