25 Jun Who am I and What is Nutritional Therapy?
Hello and welcome to Equipoise Holistic Health! :o)
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So, why Equipoise Holistic Health? Well why not? :o) The word ‘Equipoise’ means to balance two opposing sides of something and also ‘the balancing of’ – I think it couldn’t be any more perfect to describe what I do.
I am a Naturopathic Nutritionist but also a healer. My aim for each and every client that I see is to work with them in order to balance their mind, body and soul so that they can live their lives optimally and hopefully pain-free.
How do I work?
I am just one month away from completing a three year course in Naturopathic Nutrition and I can quite honestly say that it has totally changed my life! I have learnt so much, not only about the miracle that is the human body but also the vehicle behind it all; the mind.
I feel that it is so important to work with each person as a whole so that not only are we mindful of what goes into our body but also the ways in which we can control our mind, thoughts and behavioural patterns.
I have been lucky enough to see first hand how good nutrition can literally turn peoples health around
I decided to study nutrition because I have been lucky enough to see first hand how good nutrition can literally turn peoples health around. I have been privy to the balancing of ones body and health even though just months before making serious dietary and lifestyle changes, they felt as though they were at deaths door. Food can certainly be our medicine and I believe that we truly are what we eat.
Having battled with my own weight and health problems over the years, I feel so honoured and privileged to now be ‘in the know’ so to speak and I cannot wait to start seeing my own clients this summer!
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Many people have been commenting on my instagram posts and direct messaging on all of my social media pages asking me the exact same thing. So, I will try my best to give you as simple an answer as possible.
Whenever you have something wrong with you, you make a doctors appointment right? Yet you are usually only allowed to discuss one or two symptoms, right? And have 10-15 minutes of their time IF you are lucky. Sound familiar? Well although I certainly believe that conventional medicine has its place in this world, I also believe that more and more people are seeking out the help and advice from nutritional therapists. We work in a completely different way.
We work on a holistic basis and work with your body in order to stimulate the natural healing pathways
Rather than trying to overload your body with toxins and synthetic drugs and medications, we work on a holistic basis and work with your body in order to stimulate the natural healing pathways. Medications often deal only with the symptom rather than looking at the root cause. For example, if someone has acid reflux, they will often be prescribed Omeprazole and/or over the counter medications such as Gaviscon. Although these medications will usually provide some relief, they blanket the problem and can decrease stomach acid which is there to protect us against bacteria and other infections that can enter into the stomach. The root cause could be something as simple as a food intolerance, having a leaky gut, a relaxed sphincter causing stomach acid to escape into the oesophagus etc etc. The list goes on!
The point is, with positive dietary and lifestyle changes, you could potentially alleviate the acid reflux altogether without the use of anything that can interfere with your bodies natural functions and processes. This is of course NOT a one size fits all and will depend wholly upon each individual.
What happens during a Nutritional Therapy Consultation?
During a naturopathic nutritional appointment, a full case history is taken so that your practitioner can get a overall picture of your health taking family history and childhood disease into consideration. This can take between 1-2 hours so that your suggested plan can be personalised and tailored to your exact requirements. Once a full case history is taken, your practitioner can then go through all of the info with a fine tooth comb before creating a personalised dietary and lifestyle plan that is just for you.
We are NOT here to diagnose or ‘treat’ clients and we are NOT doctors
The whole consultation is much more in-depth and personalised than the unfortunate 10-15 minutes we tend to get with our GP and we do not have a ‘one size fits all’ approach. That being said, we are NOT here to diagnose or ‘treat’ clients and we are not doctors. If you ever have any worries about your health and need professional advice, always see your doctor first. We are here to support and guide you through whatever treatment you are already undergoing with your qualified health practitioner.
I hope that all makes sense and I would love to hear from you with ANY feedback so that I can continue to make these blog posts informative and interesting :o)
Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog post where I will be sharing one of my all time favourites; a banana and coconut pancake recipe which is dairy and gluten free!
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Love & light,
NB. The above is based on my own research, studies and opinion. Feel free to take from it what you will but it is your responsibility to look after your own health.