Garden of Nutrition
Rachel Robertson, Nutritional Therapist Dip CNM
Root-cause, preventative and personalised health support.
Have you reached an impasse with conventional medicine?
Are you confused about where to start with nutritional protocols and supplements and need personalised and expert help?
Nutritional therapy has been shown to help with:
Acne, anaemia, anxiety, arthritis, behavioural problems in children, bloating, cancer, children’s health, chronic fatigue syndrome, coeliac disease, constipation, Crohn's disease, diabetes, diarrhoea, digestive problems, depression, dermatitis, eating disorders, eczema, endometriosis, fertility, fibroids, fibromyalgia, food allergy, food intolerance, healthy aging, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, IBS, indigestion, iron deficiency, low energy, menopause discomfort, mental health issues, migraines, multiple sclerosis, obesity, osteoporosis, PCOS, PMT, psoriasis, reflux, rosacea, SIBO, stress, tiredness, weight management.
What to expect at a consultation
Nutritional therapy involves gathering information from the client through questionnaires, asking questions face-to-face, laboratory testing and observation to create a detailed picture of symptoms, health of all body systems, medical history, diet, genetic tendencies, exposure to toxins, emotional health and lifestyle factors such as quantity and quality of sleep, exercise, quality of relationships and stress levels.
The therapist analyses this information to discern the underlying mechanisms that might be malfunctioning and what the triggers and drivers might be. She then draws up a dietary and lifestyle plan to address this, with the aim of enabling the body to regain equilibrium.
The plan may involve inclusion of certain foods/herbs/supplements and exclusion of certain foods. It may also include recommendations for lifestyle changes that are negatively affecting health. Specific therapies such as taking saunas, massage, fasting, and calorie restriction may be recommended. As changes to diet and lifestyle generally take time to implement, the plan may be carried out in phases.
About me and my approach
Keen to overcome my family’s health problems, I have been actively interested in the role nutrition plays in health for over ten years. I have done this by growing my own vegetables, following traditional ways of preparing food such as fermenting vegetables and grains, and eating nutrient-dense foods. Recognising that to find the answers I needed to study nutritional science and its application to health in more depth, I studied for and acquired a diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy.
My approach is influenced by the work of Dr Weston A. Price, who connected the 20th century-onwards rise in degenerative disease to the switch from traditional diets (which had certain elements in common) to the modern Standard American Diet. Further, he contended that the mistake of modernity is to emphasize the accumulation of knowledge at the expense of wisdom. As such, when evaluating modern scientific research, I consider whether the proposed dietary intervention/supplement/lifestyle change makes sense in the context of a traditional diet.
Understanding and applying how nutrients and other genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors play a role in the body’s biochemistry has been life-changing for me personally, and my aim is to help as many people as possible to similarly regain their health.
2018 was a difficult year health wise. I am a keen cyclist and the various issues I had in 2018 brought my racing season to an end before it had started.
During the year I was diagnosed with DVT twice inside 12 weeks, my hay fever was particularly bad and this brought on my asthma that had been controlled properly for about 25 years. In relation to the DVT I had sought some long term advice from my GP and the hospital department looking after me but both were only concerned with ensuring that I had short term treatment to thin my blood and prevent further occurrences of the DVT in the short term.
Originally I was very sceptical because it seemed like another fad but following the implementation of Rachel’s diet regime I have had no reoccurrence of the DVT, my asthma is now under control and the use of an inhaler is unnecessary.
Rachel brought a solution to a problem for which traditional methods of medicine had no answers. The diet regime provided by Rachel was easy to follow and meant that addressing the issue did not require me to change my life style to a significant degree. In summary, despite initial reservations I am now a convert and would strongly recommend that if you have chronic health issues it could potentially be caused by your diet.
For the past year I had been feeling sleepy during the day and especially after meals. Also my anxiety levels were getting high.
Rachel listened calmly to my problems and made me feel relaxed as she questioned me carefully about my eating habits and lifestyle.
I have noticed a big difference in my energy levels and I’m not dropping off to sleep now as soon as I sit down!
Rachel was helpful and sympathetic in her approach but knowledgeable too. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Susan, East Sussex
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