Julie Hitchings - DipION, BANT, CNHC
My goal is to raise awareness of the importance of nutrients in foods we eat and the impact on overall health and well-being. I want to share my knowledge and empower others to make effective changes to their diet and lifestyle that supports and transforms their health for life.
What I can help with
Imbalances or deficiencies in nutrients required by your body may result in sub-optimal health; in some cases, the effect can be long-term. I work with people who want to improve their overall health, whether you are struggling to cope with mental or emotional well-being or trying to gain back control of your life for any number of reasons, some of which are outlined below.
Who am I?
I have always been keenly interested in health and initially I trained and qualified as a nurse. Eventually I took a different path, serving as a police officer in London. A pattern of working long and anti-social hours developed and this culminated in erratic meal-times and making unhealthy food choices. I began to suffer with regular coughs and colds, inadequate sleep and reduced energy; all a direct consequence of my diet and lifestyle. Around this time my 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. These factors were instrumental in my early exploration of nutrition.
I began to make sensible and healthier food choices and over time I was amazed when my coughs and colds were eradicated, I began to sleep better and feel energized. I was astounded when my daughter’s ability to concentrate improved exponentially. I became passionate about eating real, wholesome and fresh foods. As my interest and knowledge in nutrition evolved I became further excited to discover the powerful therapeutic effects that different nutrients can have on a host of health concerns and on your general sense of well-being.
I grew up in the beautiful sea-side village of St Mawes, a short boat journey across the water from Falmouth. Having lived away for many years, I have returned to Cornwall to share my passion and knowledge with you. I understand that making changes isn’t always easy especially when you are trying to balance a busy home/work life. However, I do know that making the right food choices to improve your health is achievable and this doesn’t mean eating boring or expensive foods. I want to help you along the pathway to optimal health by inspiring you to make effective dietary and lifestyle changes that are achievable by you and personalised to your unique need.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified registered Nutritional Therapist, gaining my diploma after completing 4 years of study at the internationally acclaimed ‘Institute for Optimum Nutrition’ in London.
I am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
I believe in the importance of continued development and actively participate with Continued Professional Development (CPD). Recent events have included: Clinical Trinity 2 (Michael Ash & Anthony Haynes), Toxicity and Detoxification (Dr Joseph Pizzorno & Lara Pizzorno) and Why Nutrition is the Key to Alzheimer's (Professor Dale Bresenden & Dr Rangan Chatterjee).
In November 2015 I joined the newly opened clinic (inspiring health) in Falmouth.
Previously, I was based in London/North Kent
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.
Areas of nutrition deal with
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Initial consultation (about 1 hr 15 min) £60
Follow up consultation (about 45 min) £45
Initial + 1 follow up £95
initial + 2 follow up £135
Weight Loss Programme (6 sessions - I hour each) £280