I help clients with a wide range of health problems. Some might be obviously associated with the food that people eat, like digestive disorders, in other cases, the links are not so clear. Nutritional therapy aims to help people feel better – have more energy, lose some weight, improve skin conditions, get rid of bloating. It was because I frequently see ‘unexplained’ digestive issues that I began to investigate further the role of gluten in our diets. I now work frequently with people with coeliac disease and with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
When might a Nutritional Therapy consultation be useful?
For people with coeliac disease and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, it can be really worthwhile if you are really careful about avoiding gluten, but still don’t feel fully well. Nutritional therapy can help identify other food triggers, rebalance the gut microbiome and improve nutrient intake so that you can regain optimal health and energy. Any chronic health issues such as autoimmune conditions respond well to nutritional interventions
How long does a consultation take and is it really expensive?
Nutritional Therapy consultations are usually held face to face and take at least an hour. Thanks to new technology, consultations can now take place using Skype or Facetime as well as in my clinics in Knaresborough and Skipton. There is a questionnaire to fill in first to provide some background information. The initial consultation costs £60, and follow-up consultations (half an hour) cost £30. Email and phone support between appointments is free. While 2 or 3 appointments really help make a difference, consultations can be as often or infrequent as needed, depending on how complex your requirements are.
Will I have to take lots of supplements?
I became a nutritional therapist because I am passionate about food – my approach is to make good food the foundation of our health. This is not a hair shirt approach – everything we eat should be delicious and good for us. Supplements can sometimes be useful, but they are not a substitute for good food. I am still constantly amazed at the difference that eating well can make to your health. I can offer menu plans and recipes to help get you started.
I believe in changing the way you eat for life, not just a ‘diet’ for a short time. I see my role as a ‘coach’ to help you make positive changes that are going to make a difference to how you feel.
How do I arrange to see you?
I met Deborah nearly two years ago when I was at a very low state having been diagnosed with osteoporosis following a fall downstairs and fracturing two vertebrae in my spine. My immune system seemed to be shot at as well resulting in body rashes and other “niggling” symptoms.
Deborah spent a long time listening to all my problems and suggested that I start with my diet coupled with probiotics. I met Deborah at regular intervals and we tried various alternative probiotics until we felt I had reached the best balance. Combined with exercise in the form of walking, Pilates and swimming, I started to improve to the point where I saw Deborah less frequently and at my last bone scan my bone density had improved. I really feel that Deborah helped me to achieve this. She is an extremely knowledgeable lady, who made me feel at ease from the beginning and I have, and would recommend her to anyone seeking nutritional and lifestyle support. P. R.