Sue Watkins Nutritional Therapist & Wellness Coach, based in Hertfordshire

Nutritional Therapy

07773 689441
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.  Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
We are what we eat or perhaps more accurately we are what we absorb.  Food is the very fuel that enables us to experience life to the full, feeding every cell in our body but sometimes this process can falter and we become aware of this by our body expressing various symptoms.

Typical examples of the body being out of balance include:
  • Digestive issues
  • Food intolerances
  • Fatigue
  • Weight Management
  • Hormonal issues
  • Living with a chronic condition

A Nutritional Therapist is not allowed to make a formal diagnosis.

Why Use Nutritional Therapy?

Some people simply want to check that they are on the right track with regard to healthy eating. Others may want to lose weight or get help with their symptoms.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, reproductive and integumentary [skin, hair, nails]). Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations include support to achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood sugar balance, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimum gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.
Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with 'red flag' signs or symptoms to their medical professional.  They will work alongside a medical professional or other healthcare specialist involved in the client's care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.

How does a consultation work?

My aim is to work with you to rebalance and restore effective health.  There are key stages in supporting you:
Learning about you:
Each person is unique and I want to hear about your experience and how best we can work together to support your health.  We therefore discuss your story either face to face or via Skype / Face Time.  An initial assessment of your symptoms is made taking account of your health history, approach to food and lifestyle factors which are captured in a questionnaire format.
This process will identify clear health goals from which we can agree the level of support you need that meets your budget.
Your Personal Plan:
Once your needs and objectives have been established specific recommendations will be made for you.  These suggestions will be based upon nutritional science and protocols as well as making dietary suggestions focussed on nourishing foods to support your health.
In some instances it may be beneficial to use supplements to support the early stages of your healing.  Supplement recommendations will be made based upon your specific needs.
Eating is the obvious way to feed our bodies, but true nourishment comes from being able to absorb the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the foods that we eat.  In some cases this process can break down.  Where relevant I may refer you for some tests either with your GP or with an Independent Laboratory to investigate any concerns.  These tests and any cost considerations will be agreed with you in advance.
Working with the Plan:
As a Wellness Coach I will work with you to help you to move forward with your plan, giving you the knowledge you need to understand how your body is working, working through any practical issues that you may be experiencing and providing information and education about the beneficial effects of food so that you can make informed choices about nourishing your body and working with your unique self.
There is no restriction on the level of support that you might choose to take.  You may decide to touch base for a health MOT or a maintenance review after the initial plan is completed.  This is your journey, your experience and your choice to decide what will work best for you.