About Diana – Personal Profile:
I believe everyone can benefit from nutritional therapy in order to alleviate nutritional and lifestyle imbalances that may be causing chronic, long term health problems and debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, bowel and/or stomach problems, or disordered eating that may be affecting weight, health & wellbeing. Understandably, these can affect a person’s enjoyment and quality of life.
The premise of my practice is mentoring and enabling my clients to ‘help themselves to health’' and 'eat themselves to wellness'. I do this by providing them with sensible, evidenced-based nutritional knowledge, personalised programmes that accommodate personal lifestyle and health goals. You may want advice on how to re-educate your eating habits to improve your overall health and wellbeing or to manage your weight or gut health. Where appropriate, I also practice Emotional Freedom Technique, which enables me to take an holistic approach to help my clients to overcome emotional aspects that frequently underpin and prolong their symptoms.
I assess your current diet and lifestyle as well and take into account your medical history. I specialise in managing blood sugar levels and dietary retraining for weight loss and conquering yo-yo dieting. My expertise also includes women's health & hormone related conditions, and of great importance in managing overall health and immune function...Gut Health.
As an educator and wellness coach, I empower and motivate my clients to make better food choices, both at home and at work. Very small changes in diet and lifestyle can have enormously positive and dynamic effects, which can be noticeable within days. The net result is improved energy, improved performance and productivity and overall feeling more positive, healthy and happy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an BSc (Hons) Degree in Health Science:Nutritional Therapy, and have been practising for over 19 years. I have worked with clients who frequently present with stress related symptoms, as a result of fast paced and demanding contemporary lifestyles. This frequently results in chronic health issues, such as digestive & bowel issues, inflammatory conditions and poor diets with associated disordered eating, and weight gain.
I also hold a Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eat. Dis. (National Centre for Eat. Dis.), to help individuals to recover from Eat. Dis.and disordered and emotional eating problems. Over the years, I have come to realise that frequently, emotional issues get medicalised, and it is so important to one's healing journey to understand and manage a person holistically, taking all these aspects into account.
In 2019 I qualified as a Certified Emotional Freedom Technique therapist, Accredited with EFTi. Tapping is an acupressure technique, working on the energy pathways in the body, known as meridians, where emotional trauma and disruptions, including stress and anxiety are stored. EFT is a technique to release emotional issues that may be preventing an individual from overcoming their health issues and prevent longterm recovery.
In 2011 I further qualified as an Associate Lecturer in Further Education (DTLLS), and taught Health & Social Care for five years, including lecturing in nutrition, psychology and sociology of health, psychological perspectives of health and health research.
In 2014 I became involved in community work with an NHS outreach programme, as a weight management facilitator with Anglian Community Enterprise on the My Weight Matters programme.
I am passionate about food and qualified as a Cordon Bleu Cook in 1981 and prior to training as a Nutritionist, I taught cookery, catered and gave cookery demonstrations for 22 years. As a working mother, I have always been aware of the challenges of getting a meal on the table in the evening after a long day at work, but my experience as a cook, together with my nutritional knowledge enables me to provide practical information and recipes on how to feed individuals and families in the most nutritious, economical and enjoyable ways. In 2014 I resurrected my cookery demonstrations, to show clients how to create delicious recipes, with the emphasis on fresh, nutritous ingredients. I believe it is about learning how to eat more, not less, with nutrients being the most important currency.
During my career, I have frequently presented in schools and colleges where I have given interactive workshops to children and young people to raise awareness about the health damaging effects of the culture of fast food and processed foods; I provide practical information to encourage them to make informed dietary choices, in order to prevent chronic illness in the future.
I am fully insured and as a member of BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists) and CNHC (Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council), NTC (Nutritional Therapy Council), NCFED (Nat. Centre for Eat. Dis.) & EFTi (Emotional Freedom Techniques Int.). My training has met National Occupational Standards and I am bound and regulated by a strict Code of Ethics and Practice. I am trained and certified to use scientific and nutritional knowledge in a therapeutically curative and healing way. To compliment my knowledge and comply with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, I attend seminars and lectures to learn about future developments in nutrition, health research & psychological health, supported by the latest scientific, evidence-based research.
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.
From £65.00 to £120.00
Initial consultation : £90
Follow up consultation : £55
All clients receive a personal report and programme, plus recipe pack and general nutritional information fact sheets.
Daytime and evening appointments: Zoom or FaceTime. If you require a face to face consultation, please contact me for further details.