Lorraine Witt - Nourish Nutrition - NT (Dip. CNM) mBANT, CNHC, Cert. Ed.
I have always been aware that diet and lifestyle factors can impact on health for better or for worse, but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with a serious health condition in 2010 that I had it proved to me in no uncertain terms.
For five years leading up to my diagnosis, I was juggling heavy workloads with a young family and my stress levels were increasing year on year. I had no time or energy to exercise and found myself living on quick, processed meals because this was all I had time for. Looking back, I realize my body did amazingly well to last as long as it did with such scant attention from me.
Needless to say, the diagnosis blindsided me and I did what most people do and feverishly searched the internet which only served to increase my sense of panic. The way I saw it was I had two choices: carry on as before and possibly face a similar (or worse) situation later on down the line or I could take better responsibility for my health and make some significant changes.
Needless to say, I chose the latter. I gave up my job which immediately reduced my stress levels and I began eating foods that would nourish and support my body. I also read everything I could about preventing illness and my interest in Nutrition as a therapy had begun.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained a diploma in nutrition awarded by the College of Naturopathic Medicine and I am also a full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and am registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC).
I see clients of all ages and all walks of life and support them in their journey to optimal health by designing a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan that fits around their busy lives.
I believe that nutritional therapy is a process, not an event. It is a gentle, life-changing approach that brings about long-lasting change over time. There are no quick fixes or magic supplements but to have some really listen to you and support you on your own journey to better health makes the journey seem a whole lot shorter.
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.
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.
Each client will receive a plan that is tailored to them. It is never a "one size fits all" process and as such I give a great deal of thought to coming up with an individualised plan that takes into account my client's work/life commitments and time constraints.
Prior to the first consultation, the client receives a diet diary and pre-consultation questionnaire which they need to complete and bring with them to the first consultation.
The first consultation lasts around two hours and is used to gather a full case history from the client including childhood illnesses and accidents, medication used past and present and details of any medical procedures. I also gather information about the health of other close family members. I then ask questions about symptoms experienced in each of the body systems and we discuss other lifestyle factors that might be impacting on health.
A plan will be created usually within a few days of the first consultation and will either be emailed, posted or you can collect in person. I prefer to deliver the plan face to face (there is no additional charge for this) as it allows the client the chance to ask as many questions as they need to and nothing is lost in translation.
The fee for the initial consultation is £85.00.
Follow up consultations last around one hour and cost £40.00.