I have had many roles in life - daughter, sister, mum, stepmother, wife, teacher, but you can call me Emma. Like most of us, I'm always moving forward striving for new goals. I'm currently studying my second degree, in Nutritional Therapy. I believe that what we put into our bodies has a profound effect and is not just run of the mill 'common sense'. Changing your philosophy about food can empower you to make healthier choices and can 'literally' change your life.
It is really difficult to break bad food habits, we have all been there! When my mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia I found myself asking why? when no-one else in our family had ever had this illness - surely there had to be a cause. I have always kept fit and eaten relatively well but a sudden realisation hit me. 'I don't want to get to the stage where I wish I had done more or even worse, require/become dependent on conventional meds, I just don't want to get 'broken' in the first place' - I knew I had to be pro-active. If I'm honest 'diets' have always filled me with fear. I LOVE food, why would I want to stop eating things I found delicious. The HONEST truth is you dont - you just have to retrain your brain gradually. The funny thing is, when I think back to foods I used to eat 'without thinking' it makes me wince.
I began to read about the medicinal properties of food and attended various workshops and retreats. As I began to learn about the affects certain substances can have on our bodies - I just knew I wanted to know more.It wasn’t until I researched nutrition that I saw its potential. So I cleaned up my diet and ate food, not products (organic as much as I could). The vast change that this brought about totally changed my outlook on food and lifestyles. It made me want to research this fascinating subject and help others. It didn't happen all at once, I just made small changes, one step at a time and then suddenly I realised that 90% of the time, I am mindfully choosing foods that taste delicious, look sumptuous and make me feel energised. (I would like to add here that I am STILL making changes and learning new things, and I love it!!)
Natural therapies receive a negative press, it can be mind boggling to hear about new scientific research that is constantly evolving at an alarming rate. Many find it easier to just ignore healthy advice because its 'easier'. The truth is this - it may be easier in the short term but it is my belief that eventually it will catch up with you.
There is no 'one size fits all' answer, nutritional therapy is a personalised approach for each individual. Being healthy isn't just about weight (many people are genetically predisposed to being slightly more curvy) it is about how foods make us feel. Losing weight is, more often than not, a pleasant by-product of small long-term changes. People need a 'road map' to help them make relevant and meaningful changes and thats where I come in....... whether it is to help with skin problems, fatigue, joint pain, obesity, hormone imbalances and many more (see my nutritional therapy tab to learn more). You may not even feel 'bad' now but it is a scientific fact that nutrition is a major modifiable determinent of chronic disease, so make those changes now BEFORE the problems begin and if symptoms 'have' started it is NEVER too late to turn things around.
An overview of what nutritional therapy is:
– Aims to help the body to function at its best through optimum nutrition.
– Can correct deficiencies and may reverse, halt or prevent disease.
– Provides a complete nutritional strategy for each individual patient and his/her specific needs.
– Can be used on its own or successfully as a support therapy.
– Aims to look at underlying causes of your symptoms and help you adapt your eating habits for a healthier life. A nutritional therapist will ask you to give detailed information about your diet and lifestyle.
– Can help the following: general fatigue, sleep disturbance, susceptibility to infections, weight management, stress related problems, PMS and the menopause, aches and pains, conditions of the nervous system e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Autism, heart disease, high/low cholesterol, digestive problems, irritable bowel, arthritis, osteoporosis, dairy/wheat/gluten sensitivity, hyperactivity, migraines and headaches, eating and feeding problems with children, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and diabetes.