About Helen, the face behind Nutritionist London.
My journey into Nutritional Therapy wasn’t one of straight out of school and knowing this is what I wanted to do. I followed a very traditional route of leaving school, going to university and then joining the corporate world. I have had a very successful career working for big companies like Argos and Boots and spent the best part of 20 years sat at a desk from 9 to 5 and often longer. The sedentary lifestyle alongside the stress of the work started to take a toll on my own health. I used to be very fit and healthy in my youth but the pressures of work meant I exercised less, moved less throughout the day and ate fast convenience food, often ready meals in an evening and something with chips from the work canteen at lunchtime which I would eat at my desk.
This all meant that I kept putting on weight, had less energy and drive to do any exercise, stress and anxiety was getting to me more and I was getting an increasing number of health concerns including heart palpitations and recurrent infections like tonsilitis. I could also see the same thing happening to those around me that I worked with too. We’ve all been there where we go into the office and compare how tired we all are.
I finally decided I needed to something about this and took a look at myself and made some changes to my diet and lifestyle. It was a gradual a change and I had setbacks along the way, I am human after all, but once I started to feel the difference it motivated me to keep going and I’m so pleased I did. I lost weight, my stress and anxiety improved as did my health conditions. I suddenly realised that this is what healthy and ‘normal’ should feel like, not the previous me that I had convinced myself was ‘normal’.
Once I had seen how powerful making these changes could be on both my own mental and physical wellbeing, I knew I wanted to learn more and understand how and why it works and be able to help others with this knowledge too. So I decided to study to become a Nutritional Therapist.
I studied at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) for 3 years to become a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist. This qualification also enables me to be registered with Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) who both have requirements that ensure their members deliver to the highest standards that every client deserves.
Though my studies I learned how to look at every client as an individual and really get to the root cause of the issues people have and not just treat the symptoms. To do this my studies covered biochemistry and learning the intricate details of how all our body systems work and how they all interlink, as well then discovering the best plans for people backed by science and research to support them to achieve their best health and wellbeing.
My approach to Nutritional Therapy is that everyone is an individual and you have to treat people that way. I don’t take a one size fits all approach and tailor all plans specifically to you.
I will listen to you to understand everything that is going on and could be playing a role in how you feel and then provide you with a tailored plan that empowers you to make the changes you need to achieve your goals. I am not about deprivation and prefer to add or swap to your diet and routines rather than take away.
I am not here to replace your doctor and will always work alongside them and your current treatment plans.
We all want to enjoy the life we have and live it to the fullest and that’s what I aim to help you do.
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