Nutritional Therapy is a science based complementary therapy that uses a functional medicine approach that aims to empower the client to make dietary and lifestyle changes in order to help alleviate or prevent ailments and promote optimal health and vitality.
Far from being a punishment, it can be an exciting opportunity to rediscover the pleasure of food in order to look after the most precious thing we have – our bodies and our health.
In order for our bodies to work efficiently, we need to obtain the right balance of nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, water, vitamins and minerals. In this country we are very lucky to have an abundance of food, however not so fortunately much of this food is lacking in nutrients.
Because we are all individuals with different requirements we can also sometimes be eating what we think is a healthy diet, however it’s not the right one for us or we may be using up nutrients more rapidly than we are taking them in due to factors such as how much we work, sleep, where we live i.e. pollution, our age, metabolism, health issues, what we eat and drink etc.,
With over 20 years experience as a Nutritional Therapist , Fiona has worked with several thousand clients during this time helping them to feel better, improve their health and reach their full potential.
Fiona often calls herself a “nutritional therapist for the moderate” because she feels that a more gradual approach to dietary change often reaps longer term benefits, so instead of removing many foods from the diet or putting you on a “detox” and running the risk of failure, she will emphasise the foods to eat and work at changing your diet gradually so that several months later your diet is completely different and you will hopefully feel this has been achieved painlessly! If a person is very unwell then it may be necessary to implement a “stricter” regimen, however this will not be forever.
There are a wide range of biochemical tests available including food intolerances, stool, saliva, hair and blood testing which can be used to investigate underlying reasons for symptoms that you may be experiencing. Please see her page on Biochemical Testing.
Progression not perfection can be a useful mantra!
PLease go to www.thenutritiondetective.co.uk for further information regarding what Fiona cn do for you.
Recommendations may also include laboratory testing.
Supplements are often recommended to help correct nutritional deficiencies and to support the body whilst it is adapting to dietary changes. Supplements will be altered as the programme progresses with the eventual aim of discontinuing.
The Consultation Includes:-
- A 90 minute session where we assess your diet and lifestyle in depth
- A detailed report with personalised recommendations
- A supplement programme
- Recipes to inspire you
- Drug nutrient interaction check if required
These consultations usually last for 1 hour although for some people as time goes on they may only require a 30 minute appointment. Fiona will discuss your progress so far and go through test results if applicable. As with the initial consultation Fiona will write to you after the appointment with additional recommendations, handouts and revise the supplement programme where appropriate.
Most people will require 3-4 visits over 3-6 months and some people then like to have an annual MOT to help motivate them to keep on trying.
Food Intolerance Testing
Food Detective Food Intolerance Testing identifies foods causing food specific IgG antibody production which may be involved in variety of conditions affecting skin, digestion, musculo-skeletal health to name but a few.
The reaction tray is spotted with food protein extracts. A small blood sample is taken from a finger-prick and is then diluted and added to the tray.
In subsequent steps the use of detector and developer solutions identifies the presence of food antibodies through the appearance of one or more blue spots on the tray. Reference to the food layout plan allows the foods causing antibody production to be identified. Once identified, the trigger foods may be eliminated from your diet.
Food Intolerance Testing appointments last one hour so that Fiona can take a verbal case history from the client and make additional recommendations about dietary and lifestyle factors that could help to optimise their client’s health. Many client’s find this really useful especially if the test result is negative.
Test results, recommendations and handouts are then provided for the client to take away with them
Training, qualifications & experience
“Fiona Mealing was born into a vegetarian family in 1962 where health was a regular topic. As a teenager Fiona read the Wright Diet by Celia Wright who later went onto own and run Higher Nature. This book got her quite motivated about food and she started trying out different ways of eating. At this time Nutritional Therapy hadn’t really started so it never occurred to Fiona that this could be a career.
Since qualifying in 1999 from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Fiona has worked full time and seen several thousand clients with a multitude of different conditions. Fiona feels as passionate about nutrition today as she did when she qualified and loves that fact that this is a therapy that empowers people to help themselves to keep well.
Fiona has considerable experience facilitating groups in the form of lecturing and tutoring at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Writing anddelivering Dietary Advisors Course for Morley College for a number of years and also run several 12 week Health and Wellbeing courses for staff at the University Campus of Suffolk. Fiona currently runs her own independent courses throughout the year and has also broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk on a number of occasions.” Fiona has also recently trained to be a BANT supervisor.
Fiona has completed training courses in many areas, including the following:-
Advanced Nutrition in Cancer Management
Arthrosis and Osteoporosis
Blood Chemistry and Haematology
The Endocrine System
Immuno Inflammatory Interventions
Naturopathic Options for Integrated Cancer Care
Parkinsons Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Thyroid and the use of Iodine
Weight Loss and Management
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.
Please visit www.thenutritiondetective.co.uk for more information on the types of consultations Fiona offers.
Monday to Friday 9 - 5. Early evening appointments available.