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You are what you eat, so the saying goes. The food you eat provides your body with fuel to power you through the day. But it also nurtures your mind and keeps you feeling empowered, energised, and full of life.
Nourishing body and mind, nutrition therapy uses science to boost your health, transform your diet and lifestyle, and leave you feeling better emotionally, physically and spiritually. Nutrition therapy is, in essence, the science of nourishment. It attends to the biochemistry of our bodies and the foods we eat, and how our body absorbs nutrients and prevents illness and disease.
Working closely with the individual, a nutritionist will address any signs of imbalance or illness in the body by addressing the food they eat. As with other forms of holistic therapies, nutritionists believe diseases in the body and mind are the result of an imbalance. Their role is to redress this balance by focusing on the food what you eat and the energy and vitality it gives you. Far more than a fad diet, nutrition therapy is a holistic therapy that has the power to transform your body, mind and soul.
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What Are the Benefits of Nutrition Therapy?
We’re bombarded each day with information about the importance of our diets. One minute we are told to drink a glass of wine a day — then the next to avoid alcohol altogether. We might believe a square of chocolate can help keep us young and then be warned this little indulgence could kill us. Separating fact from fiction can be exhausting and frustrating. The only thing the medical community appears to agree on is that what we eat is integral to our health.
That’s where nutrition therapy comes in. By taking into account every aspect of a person and approaching the individual holistically, nutrition therapy can help to improve a whole range of illnesses, ailments and personal struggles. Nutritional therapy can:
- Boost the immune system
- Increase energy levels
- Ease feelings of stress and anxiety
- Improve digestion and help to cure digestive issues
- Re-balance blood sugar and insulin levels
- Aid weight loss
- Increase the metabolism
- Enhance skin glow and reduce breakouts
These are just a few of the benefits. Perhaps the most significant advantage of nutrition therapy is that it empowers you to make positive choices about the food you eat and helps you to take control of your health and wellbeing.
What to Expect from a Nutrition Therapy Session?
Unlike other holistic therapies, your first encounter with your nutritionist will not be at the initial consultation. More often than not, your nutritionist will ask you to fill in a health and nutrition questionnaire before you even meet. The information provided here will structure your initial consultation.
The Initial Consultation
Your initial consultation is an invaluable opportunity for your nutritionist to get to know you, your lifestyle and your goals a little better. Lasting between 60 to 90 minutes, your nutritionist will ask you a series of detailed questions relating to:
- Your current health concerns
- Your medical history
- Your family’s medical history
- Your current diet
- Your current level of physical activity
- Your use of medication and supplements
- Your lifestyle choices
- Your current diet
You will also discuss the results of your questionnaire.
Your nutritionist will use their extensive knowledge and experience to deliver a safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme. The programme will include a list of foods to eat regularly and foods to avoid, as well as recipes, supplement, tips and tricks for sustaining your diet and health.
Follow up Sessions
Follow up sessions will often take place every four weeks. These 60-minute sessions are designed to monitor your progress and to make any necessary changes to your diet. In this time, your nutritionist will ask you about how you’ve felt during the past four weeks — particularly if you feel any different. Your nutritionist may also continue to take a series of tests to check the successes or failures of your new diet.
Throughout these follow-up sessions, your nutritionist will continually tweak your plan to ensure you have the right programme for you. Throughout the experience, you will gain tips and knowledge to support your optimum diet.
Once you’ve learnt all you need from your nutritionist, you may opt to end your relationship. At this point, it’s worthwhile requesting a programme to take you through the subsequent months.
Discover the power of nutrition and how to feed your body with health-enhancing, mood-boosting, energy-powering food with a nutritionist.