Registered Nutritional Therapist & Functional Medicine Practitioner
Specialist in supporting perimenopause and midlife hormonal changes.
It is very difficult to have any concept of perimenopause and 'the change' until it slaps you right in the face, whether your hormones are starting to behave badly, or they’ve gone well and truly feral on you!
I help women in London, Surrey and Sussex navigate their way through the different stages of perimenopause and midlife hormonal changes, for instance with personalised nutrition plans, tests and support.
'The change' and its preceding years are often burdened by the physical, mental and emotional strain of the body winding down its reproductive machinery.
It’s a big deal, to say the least.
In other words, this psychological and physical burden can leave us feeling bewildered, confused, overwhelmed, embarrassed and totally miserable!
You’re not over the hill or even past it, furthermore there still a stigma associated with this life stage. It’s a sign of getting older, and not only can it be very visible in its manifestation, but you can also definitely feel it happening.
But the good thing is that we are starting to talk about these changes and their impact. It doesn’t need to be hidden any more, and there is something you can do about it.
My name is Charlotte Hunter, and I help women going through perimenopause and midlife hormonal changes.
We are unique in every way and our hormones are no different. Our hormones are extremely sensitive and can be disrupted by the slightest physical or psychological influence.
However, your choices for your diet and your lifestyle can absolutely support you through this up and downtime.
What you eat will most definitely affect your symptoms.
By choosing to work with me you will get personalised and expert advice on your diet, which will make all the difference to whether you make it through perimenopause and 'the change' relatively unscathed or not.
Training, qualifications & experience
I became a nutritional therapist back in 2010 when I gained my BSc in Nutritional Medicine from the University of West London.
Since then, I have spent the last 10 years helping men, women and children eat well and be healthy. My firm belief is that food can be healthy and delicious and can support a number of medical conditions and issues.
As women, we know our bodies can be ruled by our hormones – our monthly cycle demonstrates this only too well! But what is less known, is that food can help balance out our hormones and keep us on an even keel, making our conditions and challenges less impactful and more manageable.
I have been a registered and qualified Nutritional Therapist for 10 years, and have spent that time helping my client, use nutrition to support and manage a whole range of challenges and conditions. My focus is now helping women navigate perimenopause.
- Original career in heritage retail operations for national museums.
- Qualified as a Personal Coach in 2005.
- Started my business Charlotte Hunter Nutrition in 2010 focusing on primarily women and children’s nutrition and health.
- Founded The Nourish & Flourish Club and The Yummy Tummy Club.
- Was a Nutrition Consultant for A2 Milk (2017-2019) and now Clinical Support Specialist for Regenerus Laboratories.
- I am an expert in functional testing helping practitioners choose the right test for their patients and helping them interpret the results.
- Recently worked with Kaliyoga as the expert nutritional therapist on their Midlife Hormone Retreat in Southern Spain.
- BA in History and MSc in Heritage Studies
- Personal Performance Coach – The Coaching Academy (2005)
- BSc in Nutritional Medicine – University of West London (2010)
- Metabolic Balance Practitioner (2011)
- Functional Medicine Practitioner – Completed Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner Programme. (2016-Present)
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Information about health conditions (*)
Nutritional therapy can help enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting nutritional therapy or making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Initial Consultation: £220 (90 mins)*
Follow Up Session: £145 (60 mins)*
Metabolic Balance Package: £1400*
Email Support: £115
(Optional extra with Follow-Up Sessions only. Up to 1 hour’s support across 1 calendar month. Non-refundable.)
* Please contact me for London prices
“The most challenging thing about being a woman is trying to do it all… family, career, social life, children! And then… the change comes along and literally knocks the crap out of you!”
In my case, it was (almost) overnight…After what seemed a lifetime of hormonal conditions and problems conceiving, my womb decided to give me a break. I had my two lovely boys…The cease-fire with my body was short-lived, however, and after ongoing adenomyosis and problems with my cervix, last December I had a total hysterectomy at the age of 44. And I was thrown into full-on midlife change literally overnight.
Due to my nutritional knowledge and background, I have been able to navigate the hormonal storm. However, I am painfully aware, most women go through this transition without support or guidance, and this can be incredibly confusing and lonely.
Navigating the minefield of such a dramatic hormone shift is hard enough WITH the right support. Imagine what it feels like without? So, I help women figure out their hormones.
Fun Facts About Me
- I love nice champagne and well let’s face it if you’re going to drink make it count!
- To chill out I do arty stuff. I love painting and make weird little needle felt animals.
- I’m a history geek; I previously worked for The British Museum, National Army Museum and Imperial War Museum. Regularly have my nose in BBC History magazine and random books on early modern England.
- I look like I should be a yoga goddess, however, it’s a case of all the gear and no idea. I am without doubt the worst in the class.
- I love Grey’s Anatomy.
- I have a fascination with capybaras.
- My girl crush is Lagertha from Vikings.
- I love my dachshund Roxy and my tortoise Dash.
Most of all I LOVE my two children (both of whom are gluten sensitive) and I am grateful every day that my misguided womb gave in for the two times I needed it to – so I could have them!