What happens during a consultation?The initial consultation usually lasts 90 minutes. We will go through your personal and family medical history, diet and lifestyle. I will be looking for nutritional clues in the detail of illnesses or ailments and periods of stress as to what has happened in your body over your lifetime. There is no physical examination but I would like to look at your finger nails, tongue, hair and eyes. I will give you my initial thoughts on what you need and we will discuss together the kind of dietary and lifestyle changes achievable for you.
Will the diet be difficult to follow?The diet and supplements are designed to support cell function and provide a plentiful supply of the nutrients needed. Amounts of some common foods are often reduced because they may slow cell function, worsen digestive conditions or interfere with the effectiveness of the immune system. Other basic foods are increased to support healthy energy generation and production of essential cell molecules. The suggestions I suppy for tasty snacks and meals are essential to the success of the eating plan.
How do I work on your case?After the consultation I make a detailed analysis of all the information you have given me. This usually involves an additional 2 to 3 hours work depending on the complexity of your history. I tease out the family or inherited factors in your case and map the changing ability of your body to handle environmental stressors and fight infection. Other factors that I explore are most affected body systems such as digestion, vitamin and mineral intake and the way your body responds to fats, sugar, salt (sodium) and calcium.
While the symptoms which you bring to the consultation are thoroughly considered in putting together a prescription the aim is to support the processes underlying good health.
What help will you get with the programme?At the consultation you will get an information pack and a few days later my supplement recommendations. The detailed dietary plan goes through all the food groups explaining what you should eat and drink and why. I provide a ‘Nine Point Plan’ to help you tackle the program one step at a time, hints and suggestions for getting started on the prescription, snack and meal ideas, recipes, stockist information and recipe book recommendations.
The first consultation includes a 15 minute support phone call to help you follow the program. I also offer guided shopping trips to food stores close to clinic locations to help you locate foods and work out how to adapt what is available to you to your diet.
Why do you recommend particular supplements?I only recommend supplements designed for use in individual nutritional therapy programs.
Multi-vitamin and mineral combinations in particular are carefully formulated and can be scaled up or down with all ingredients in the correct proportion to allow for tailoring of the dose to the age and requirements of the individual. A typical starter prescription may work out at about £2 per day - about the cost of a supermarket sandwich. I am always happy to prioritise supplements if necessary and in many cases progress can be made following dietary recommendations alone although achieving change will take longer.
How many consultations would I expect to have?Many people would expect to see a difference by their first follow up consultation after 6 to 8 weeks. Some may see changes in 2 or 3 weeks. The number of consultations required may be as few as an initial consultation and two follow up appointments over 4 to 6 months. The program is usually adjusted at each consultation according to the feedback which you give me at follow up appointments to meet your objectives.
Some individuals may need a longer nutritional therapy program or more frequent appointments. Please contact me so that I can provide guidance.