I'm a fully qualified Functional Nutritionist and Iridologist offering support to help improve health and symptoms through dietary and lifestyle changes. My experience and training allows me to work successfully with a wide range of areas with special interest in gut disorders, autoimmune and neurological conditions, healthy ageing and hormonal imbalances.
Our bodies are so complex it's little wonder people struggle to figure out what’s happening when symptoms persist. During your 90 minute consultation we’ll discuss possible root causes to symptoms and ways to improve your physical and mental well-being."
Health can always be improved by a more nutrient dense diet, as well as by changing certain routines and habits that may be holding you back. Functional Nutrition looks at the whole picture not just your own unique health story but the nutrients you might be lacking and your familial history. My aim is to peel back the layers and see all the factors that could becontributing to that imbalance in your health.
NHS tests through your doctor or functional testing (lab tests such as stool, urine, breath and serum) might be part of my recommendations since they can give a lot of useful additional information.
It's down to my own health struggles when I was young that made me so interested in studying naturopathic nutrition. Then later in life, facing the scare of an auto immune disease led me on my functional medicine journey of studies and to my particular interest in autoimmunity.
My practice has certainly been shaped by my own health experiences, wanting to understand how health can go so wrong and learning to unravel health histories to find out what's driving symptoms.
I love what I do and know that I need to keep up with new research and developments so I regularly attend practitioner seminars and conferences. During Covid times these all shifted to virtual webinars which turned out to work brilliantly, making continued learning easier than ever.
I'm so grateful to be part of a working group that embraces food as medicine, as well as a member of the ever-growing global community that understands we are indeed what we eat, do, say and think.
I connect with like-minded, and share my knowledge - and recipes! - via facebook and instagram (monicasappleaday) as well as through my website's blog/recipe updates.
Your appointments can be 1:1, skype, FaceTime, Zoom or by phone.
Currently, due to Covid-19, I'm only working virtually.
Before your 90 minute appointment, I ask you to complete an easy, comprehensive questionnaire as well as a minimum 5-day food diary that you can post or email back to me prior to your appointment.
These give me a thorough overview of your health story and result in better use of your consultation time and money. During the apppointment we go through your concerns and symptoms and discuss the best way forward, looking at possible meal plans, deciding which NHS tests or other functional tests might give you more answers and put a plan together.
I send you a bullet point action plan by email or post which summarises the relevant points we discussed and can include recipes and eating plans if required.
The Next Step:
Free email support, that is relevant to your consultation is available between your initial appointment and booked follow-up.
A 45 minute follow-up appointment is usually recommended 4-8 weeks later.
This can be in person on online or by phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Graduated as a naturopathic nutritionist, College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), London.
- Postgraduate year in iridology (iris analysis), CNM, London
- belong to the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), the Complementary and Natural Healthcare council (CNHC, which is supported by the Dept. of Health), and the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTCC) and The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)
- Parkinson's private course with Lucille Leader (London Pain Relief Clinic; author of books on Parkinson's), focusing on the management of Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
- Trained in ‘Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ (AFMCP)Continued Education courses longer than 2 days:
- Demystifying SIBO, Dr Hawrelak, 2015
- Menopausal Meltdown, 2018
- Fermentation workshop, Naomi Devlin 2018
- The Female Ecology Master Course, Invivo, M Bradfield, 2019
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.
Free initial telephone session
During these Covid times I'm happy to offer discounts and payment by installment so do call me to find out more.
Home clinic for 1:1 consultations:
Horton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7EP
Online appointments via Skype, zoom, Facetime, what's app or landline
Home visits for housebound clients (within a 20 km radius; travel cost is additional)
Due to Covid-19, all appointments are currently online via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or phone.
Weekdays except Friday.
Monday and Wednesday evenings, plus Saturday morning
In my 1:1 consultations, I use iris analysis as a cross-check to the information you've shared; it is one of many different diagnostic 'tools' in my practice.
Iridology is the analysis of the iris, the coloured section of the eye. Certain signs and markings can indicate inherited health traits and possible system, or organ, challenges you may be experiencing.
Looking at your iris with an iriscope is non-invasive, pain free and a useful diagnostic tool in complementary medicine as it can highlight strengths and susceptibilities in your health.
As I need to see you 1:1 I'm currently not using iridology in my consultations
I run Healthy Cooking workshops which are for anyone interested in learning about healthier foods and how to create tasty dishes.
These have also become an alternative or add-on to clients' follow up appointments. Over the years, clients struggling with new foods and cooking have said they get huge benefits from watching and joining in with a hands-on cooking session.
Currently, due to social distancing, I am unable to run these workshops.
Please contact me for rates as this is dependant on how size of the group and the length of the w'shop requested.