Nutritional Therapy is an evidence-based approach to maximising one’s health potential though individually formulated nutritional and lifestyle changes.
It promotes the benefits of good, wholesome, unprocessed foods for optimal well being, as well as the therapeutic effects of particular foods for specific health conditions.
Nutritional Therapy treats the body as a whole while seeking the root source of health concerns, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
It works on the basis that we are each individual in our make-up and therefore, ‘one size fits all’ models of eating (often based on outdated research) simply don’t work well for a lot of people.
What is a Nutritional Therapist?
A qualified Nutritional Therapist is someone who holds a 3 year diploma in Nutritional Therapy and is trained in basic biochemistry, physiology and pathology as well as supervised clinical practice. As such, a Nutritional Therapist is qualified to work in private practice and see clients on a one to one or group basis.
A Nutritional Therapist offers personalised diet & lifestyle advice which is tailored to your individual health needs and goals. This includes carefully chosen dietary recommendations, practical meal suggestions and recipes as well as tips on how to incorporate the changes into your lifestyle.
How can Nutritional Therapy benefit me?
Nutritional Therapy is suitable for everyone, young and old, for those who would like to alleviate specific symptoms, as well as those who would just like to improve their overall health and wellbeing. In a nutshell, Nutritional Therapy helps you to identify the foods that make you look and feel your best.
What health concerns will benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
• Digestive Problems (Constipation, Diarrhoea, bloating, IBS, Reflux, Food allergies/Intolerances, diverticulitis)
• Weight problems (Weight gain/inability to lose weight, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes)
• Cardio-Vascular Health (Raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, Metabolic Syndrome)
• Hormonal Imbalances/Women’s Health (infertility, PMS, PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause symptoms, Recurring Thrush, Cystitis.)
• Skin Conditions (Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea)
• Mental health & General Wellbeing (Low mood, Anxiety, Fatigue, Poor Concentration)
• Autoimmune conditions ( such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, that often do not respond to conventional medicine)
What kind of diet & lifestyle advice can I expect to receive from a Nutritional Therapist?
As part of the consultation process, a nutritional therapist will go through the client’s medical history and assess current health status. The clients personal health symptoms, needs and goals will be discussed and a personalised nutrition plan will be devised on this basis.
Nutritional Therapy focuses on natural unprocessed whole foods which heal the body and boost overall health. A Nutritional Therapist will work with the client to devise a meal plan that is nutritionally balanced, practical, enjoyable and sustainable. If any foods need to be reduced or eliminated for a period of time, viable alternatives will be suggested that will maintain nutritional needs.
Where necessary, a Nutritional Therapist may also prescribe natural supplements in safe doses e.g. probiotics, vitamins & minerals to help alleviate certain symptoms or optimise nutritional status. However, natural foods are always the first line of treatment.
Nutritional Therapy is not intended to replace conventional medicines but to complement them, and, where necessary, dietary changes can be made under the supervision of a Medical Doctor.
Nutritional Therapist & Natural Foods Chef
Dip. Nut. mNTOI
I am a Nutritional Therapist and Natural Foods Chef with a love of real food, grown and cooked simply.
I first trained as a Nutritional Therapist at The Irish Institute of Nutrition & Health, gaining an in depth knowledge of food and how it effects our health, and then trained as a chef at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co. Cork.
I am now working as an Eating Freely Nutritional Therapist with the 12 Week Eating Freely program https://www.eatingfreely.com/ which provides comprehensive one-on-one support for clients with Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia or clients who have been trapped in a diet/crash/binge/guilt/diet loop for years, with no results. Eating Freely program clients work with both an Eating Freely psychotherapist along with an Eating Freely Nutritional Therapist to successfully tackle the issues from both a food/weight AND feelings perspective.
During an initial consultation I will cover any current health concerns, client health history, family health history, lifestyle, digestion & dietary habits via a 3-day client food diary. I will then devise a nutrition & lifestyle plan to suit the clients unique needs, this will include dietary suggestions, along with suggested meal ideas and recipes. Extra support may be advised using specific nutrients, probiotics or herbs. Lifestyle is also hugely important and I will make suggestions to support the clients healing process using self-care techniques, exercise or spending time in nature. On occasion functional testing may be required for specific health concerns such as gut or hormone panels but every client is unique and these are not always necessary.
My goal is always to empower each individual client to become their own health advocate and to impart the knowledge and skills for this to happen. I do not subscribe to ‘diet culture’ or faddy diets, any changes I suggest are designed to be long-term & sustainable for the client, It’s important to me that clients will love the food they eat and we can work on finding new recipes or adding new ingredients for this to occur. I often will do a ‘hands on’ practical day of cooking and shopping with clients who have any issues with side of things.
To contact me and arrange an appointment please call: 086-8583537, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Eating Freely 12 Week Program for Binge Eating / Bulimia, please see www.eatingfreely.com, where you can book a no-obligation, free online consultation with the program’s Clinical Director – Emma Murphy MIACP.