Louise Lewis Nutrition

Registered Nutritional Therapist

FAQ

  • What is nutritional therapy?

    Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.

    Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine. It is relevant both for individuals looking to enhance their health and wellbeing and for those with chronic conditions wishing to work with or ‘consult’ a nutritional therapist in collaboration with other suitably qualified healthcare professionals. Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

    Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.

    For more information, see:

    BANT: http://bant.org.uk/about-nutritional-therapy/

    Nutritional Therapy Education Commission: http://www.nteducationcommission.org.uk/ntinfo.html

  • How can nutritional therapy help?

    Examples of where nutritional therapy could be helpful are digestive problems, sleep issues, stress and fatigue, immune-related problems, hormonal imbalances. Or you may be looking for some tips on how to maintain a healthy diet or for recipe ideas.

    Nutritional therapy can support those suffering with chronic conditions – it is no replacement for medical advice but can often sit alongside other healthcare.

  • What happens at a consultation?

    Before we meet, there is a three-day food diary to complete along with a general health questionnaire.

    An initial consultation will last approximately one hour. We will go over your health questionnaire and food diary in detail, as well as your family and medical history. It will include questions about all body systems and a look at your lifestyle. We will discuss your personal health goals and how we can support them through nutrition.

    A week after your initial consultation, you will receive a personalised action plan. The plan will cover nutrition and lifestyle recommendations in line with your goals and may also offer suggestions of supplements and any testing that may be useful. I work with my clients to find the best approach for them and their goals.

    A follow-up appointment should be booked for 4-6 weeks after the initial. This is a shorter appointment (usually 30-45 mins) and we will look at how you have been progressing with your plan. I will support any challenges you’ve had and may tweak the plan accordingly. Depending on your package option, there may also be more frequent catch-ups to help you reach your goals.

  • How long do we see each other for?

    To get the most out of the nutritional therapy process, I recommend we work together for a minimum of 4 weeks.

    I offer different levels of programme packages, depending on the client needs. For example, we can work together for 4-6 weeks or for 3 months.

    The biggest benefit comes when we are able to collaborate on your plan and work to create something that is sustainable, impactful, and hopefully enjoyable! Often that means refining the plan and making adjustments based on success and challenges as you go through the process. This means that I work with clients on a minimum of two consultations. This is all built into my programmes, along with support and check-ins alongside the main consultations.

  • What is the difference between a nutritional therapist, a nutritionist and a dietitian?

    A nutritional therapist will usually work with private clients to support and promote health through nutrition and lifestyle. A Registered Nutritional Therapist has undertaken a specific course of study and clinical training that means they can be registered on the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council register (the CNHC), which is recognised by the government, and be a member of a professional body, such as the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT). Registered Nutritional Therapists who are registered with BANT and CNHC are insured to practice one-to-one consultations.

    A nutritionist will usually hold a qualification in nutritional science but isn’t necessarily trained in clinical practice. They may work giving advice and guidance on nutrition or they may work in research.

    A dietitian usually works in a medical setting seeing patients with medical conditions. The profession is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the title ‘Dietitian’ is protected by law.

    For more information, see:

    http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/content/dietitians-nutritionists-and-nutritional-therapists.html

    http://bant.org.uk/about-nutritional-therapy/nutrition-titles/

With a heavy work load and busy life, I saw Louise to help with energy levels. Louise was friendly and approachable and very thorough in the consultations, covering all aspects of my life and diet. My recommended plan was realistic and totally doable. It was personalised to me and fitted around my work and hobbies which really showed Louise’s attention to detail. The plan suggested food swaps and supplements which I really enjoyed exploring. I saw the benefits almost immediately and it was fascinating to learn about how nutrition can really make a difference.

Rachael

I did a short programme with Louise and I can honestly say it set me on a slightly different but incredibly beneficial path! The consultations were incredibly professional but Louise put me at ease, I ask a lot of questions and Louise was patient and provided a lot of additional information to help me navigate my food choices. She has obviously learned a lot through her own personal experiences as well as her professional training, and that personal touch made the whole experience feel very natural, rather than clinical! She helped me discover some alternatives to foods I was eating at the time to introduce small tweaks into my life, rather than it feeling like a difficult challenge to get through, I found her approach made the changes felt gently challenging, rather than a wrench, but they were also very effective.

Annabel