Michelle Boehm DipION mBANT CNHC BComm Health Coach
When was the last time you felt well and bursting with energy?
Are you a busy office worker commuting to the city every day, feeling exhausted, frustrated at not being able to eat healthy or not knowing what to eat and using coffee to keep you going?
I offer personalised nutrition and lifestyle plans for busy people, to help you change your life, manage health concerns and achieve your goals.
Whether you want to improve general well-being, look and feel younger, lose weight, build muscle, increase your energy and elevate your mood, or you have a specific health problem – my experienced advice and support can guide you to achieve your goals.
Small, step-by-step, sustainable changes to diet and lifestyle can already make a big difference. My philosophy is that restrictive, complicated diets don't work long-term, food should be delicious, simple and nutritious.
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is a complementary nutrition and lifestyle medicine that is appropriate for individuals who would like to bring their health back in balance and support their well-being. The therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and the practitioner will always refer a client to a medical practitioner where appropriate. Practitioners do not diagnose or treat illnesses but rather use nutrients and lifestyle modifications to optimise the functioning of bodily systems, address imbalances and encourage the body’s natural ability to return to optimal health.
A BANT registered nutritionist aims to determine how an individual’s intricate network of systems in the body can be thrown off balance by stress, unhealthy diet and lifestyle choices. The practitioner will use various tools to identify how these imbalances may be linked to an individual’s symptoms and develop a unique, personalised nutrition and lifestyle programme to help bring the individual back on track.
Nutritional therapists function on the premise that each person is unique and they do not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach as the manifestation of a person’s imbalances may depend on their individual genetics, diet, lifestyle and environment. A BANT registered nutritionist is trained in clinic to provide one-to-one health advice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked in the finance industry for over 10 years, during which I often saw over-worked colleagues suffering from stress, low energy and eventually burnout trying to keep up with their punishing schedules. I too had a very stressful life, managing a large team and working long hours to achieve deadlines. I suffered from PMS, which affected my life and relationships.
This led me on my own journey to find a way to feel better and happier. I visited several practitioners looking for a 'quick fix'. Frustrated by the lack of results, I began taking responsibility for my own health, primarily through diet and lifestyle changes. I started noticing huge differences in my life, having more energy, feeling happier and generally healthier. I started giving colleagues around me informal advice. One colleague said that I should pursue nutrition as a career, this is how my curiosity erupted. I learnt first hand that to achieve long term, optimum health, each person needs to be seen as unique, factoring in their personal lifestyle, diet and environment. I set up Live Better Health to help people on their journey to improved health.
I trained at the London Institute for Optimum Nutrition and qualified as a Nutritional Therapist. Nutritional Therapy focuses on the principles of Functional Medicine, this appealed to me as its' focus is on understanding the root cause of the disease and then by addressing the underlying cause, it can restore balance and health.
I am an active member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), the professional body for practitioners, promoting high standards of practice and integrity in the profession. I am also regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and a certified health coach by the Health Coaches Academy. I continuously keep up to date with current research in an ever changing nutrition world by regularly attending seminars, reading and watching webinars.
I am fully insured with Balens, specialist insurance for wellbeing professionals
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.
Corporate Wellness - This typically includes a one hour talk on stress, sleep or the link between gut health and mental health. I provide one-on-one consultations with employees providing them with unique advice to help them get back on track with their health. I also provide employee resilience training and management training on how to deal with employee mental health. Contact me for more info.
Initial Discussion - FREE
Consultations - 1 hour A comprehensive case history is taken to discuss in detail your main goals, symptoms, diet and lifestyle. I may also use tools such as testing to help ascertain any suspected underlying conditions (this is an additional cost) and supplementation (if required at a discounted cost).
You may also be referred to your GP (with your permission) for further investigations or tests. Nutritional Therapy is a complementary therapy, which means it can work alongside conventional medicine.
We will agree a suitable action plan that is most feasible for you and you will receive a personalised written analysis.
Follow-up sessions - 45-minutes Here we review your progress and set new goals to continue moving forward to optimal health. The initial plan can be tweaked as necessary and we can tackle any challenges you may have met.
Most people gain more benefit from having three or four sessions. 8-week packages - £280. This includes a one hour initial consultation and two 45-minute follow-up consultations.
The consultations are supportive, informative and confidential.
Email support is available between appointments if required.
Programmes: ranging from £15 to £29: 5-week digestion boost challenge; 10 days to look great in your party dress; detox programme.
There are certain general diet and lifestyle changes that can help support everyone's health. Try these programmes if you would like a general plan to help you improve your health.