Healthy eating is confusing……Complex carbs, glycemic index, polyunsaturated fats – when did it all get so complicated?
Nutritional therapists are trained to help you eat well chosen foods, best suited to your personal needs. There are lots of people who know their quinoa from their freekah, but nutritionists are a whole other breed – they study the body processes associated with what we eat, spend their days pouring over the latest research on how food affects our health, and are the best placed to offer tailored advice and expertise about how you can improve your diet for your individual benefit. There are many common misconceptions with regard to diet – for example, it is widely thought that dairy products are the best source of your daily quota of calcium. However, there’s more calcium in a portion of kale than in a glass of milk. The truth is that we can get plenty of the mineral calcium from plant-based foods too. Kale is also better absorbed by the body than dairy. Spinach, collard greens, pak choy, beans and sesame seeds are all other fantastic sources of calcium.
Louise Cunliffe is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist. This means that not only will she give you Nutritional advice but naturopathic advice on certain herbs, supplements, natural remedies and lifestyle advice that can help your situation too.
Prior to a nutritional consultation with Louise, you will be asked to fill out a detailed health questionnaire and a 3-day food diary, so she can get a really good overall picture of your current health status, diet and lifestyle.
The initial consultation will usually last between 60-75 minutes, where Louise will try to gather more information from you. You will most likely need to expand on certain parts of your questionnaire as well. From this she will aim to identify nutritional, diet and lifestyle factors that could be contributing to the underlying the symptoms and health conditions that you are experiencing.
You’ll leave the consultation with a personalised and safe nutrition and lifestyle plan that is evidence based, and tailored towards your own individual requirements. You may also be recommended supplements and/or functional tests if she feels these could be beneficial, perhaps to assess if you’re deficient in any vitamins and minerals.
A follow up consultation is generally recommended for 3-4 weeks later and further follow-ups may be required depending on your individual situation.
Our practitioner: Louise Cunliffe ITEC LCHom NatNut – Nutritional Therapist & Homeopath