What is Nutritional Therapy?

You have seen your GP who has run all of the appropriate tests and informed you that the results are normal and that there is nothing to worry about, but your symptoms have not improved and you still feel below par. If you are low in specific vitamins or minerals, have an imbalanced fat intake, are short of protein or eating unhelpful carbohydrates, making changes to your diet could help. Identifying and changing these on your own is difficult, but this is where Jody is trained to help.

Nutritional therapy is a complementary therapy, not an alternative medicine. It works well alongside conventional medicine. It is most relevant for individuals with long term sub-optimal health, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing. Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Jody’s mission is to find the right way for each of us as individuals to eat—using food to maximise the potential for health and reverse dysfunction or disease. There is no single “right diet” that applies to all of us. We have different genetic backgrounds, different preferences, and different lives. We all want to be healthy, but most of us haven’t figured out just how to make food and dietary patterns serve that goal. Nutritional Therapy offers the concepts, strategies, and tools to make that happen!

Emerging science is very clear that food is a powerful influence on health. Food offers not only the calories that fuel our body’s metabolism (engine), but it also contains many diverse components that play important roles in all our bodily functions. Poor-quality food can actually create disease, and high-quality food—in the right proportions and amounts—can reverse disease and sustain health. In a very real sense, food is medicine!

How Food affects our Health 

There are three basic elements in our diets:

macronutrients – the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that are the building blocks of all food
micronutrients – vitamins and minerals
phytonutrients – plant-derived substances that have a positive effect on health

Processed foods involve alterations in the food supply that interfere with the best use of those basic elements. Practices such as hydrogenating oils, adding sugar and sweeteners, processing the life out of grains, applying toxic agricultural chemicals, or using trans-fats may make the food have a longer shelf-life or look prettier or appeal to our sweet tooth, but, as a steady diet, they make us ill.

Food is actually information, not just energy (calories). Food actually tells our bodies how to function by signalling exactly when and how each different type of cell should behave in every situation. So, we want the very best information to reach our cells in order to achieve optimal functioning.

Food also represents connection – families preparing and eating food together, affirming cultural bonds, enjoying celebrations and ceremonies.

The loss of the shared family meal with food prepared from scratch has been part of the transformation that is feeding the chronic disease cycle.

How does Nutritional Therapy work? 

Nutritional Therapy emphasises healthful eating personalised to YOUR genetics, lifestyle, environment, and health concerns. It offers effective strategies and tools to improve your health, including weekly food and shopping lists, healthy recipes, and recommendations about cooking and food storage methods, as well as steps to achieve mindful eating. When you work with a Nutrition practitioner such as Jody you will have access to a wealth of additional information to educate and support you in adopting a new approach to food and nutrition. Jody will also determine whether other interventions are needed. Changing eating behaviours isn’t easy, even after you are well informed about what to do. There will be ups and downs. But, unlike a diet, these changes are not harsh, short-term restrictions on your eating and they do not involve counting calories or depriving yourself of delicious, satisfying food. They are scientifically sound approaches that can benefit you for a lifetime! In fact, if you begin with a few basic concepts, you will already be on your path: eat fresh, eat colour, eat texture, and eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.

Welcome to Nutritional Therapy — the most effective way to harness the energy, information, and connections of food to create health and reverse disease!

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My governing body, BANT, has made a wonderful short video summing up how a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist can help you. Have a look here:

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Food is not just calories, it is information. It talks to your DNA and tells it what to do. The most powerful tool to change your health, environment and entire world is your fork.

Dr Mark Hyman

The Institute for Functional Medicine

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