Patricia Herbert, Registered Dietitian
Hello! I am a UK Registered Dietitian with over a decade of experience. Registered Dietitian are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
It was from a very young age that my interest in everything related to Nutrition started. Sadly, my relationship with food wasn't always good. In fact, as a teenager I became completely obsessed with losing weight and ended up developing an eating disorder myself. This involved going through periods of eating far too little, to other times when I would just eat far too much. I gradually became overweight and unhappy with my body image. I know that choosing to undertake a four-year university degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences was a complete life saver for me! I feel so lucky to have been able to dedicate so much of my time to learning the scientific fundamentals of good diet and nutrition, allowing me to discover a balanced, positive and sustainable approach to eating well.
In my private practice, I truly enjoy helping others break-free from dieting and confusing messages on Nutrition, by providing advice based on the most recent science-based evidence of what works. I am a strong advocate that eating should be a positive and pleasurable experience where all foods - including our absolute favourites - can and should be enjoyed!
I offer 1:1 online consultations to help improve the diets of adults or that of their children in the following areas:
- Child nutrition
- Pregnancy and pre-conception
- Vegan diets / Plant-based diets
- Weight management
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Digestive disorders
- High blood pressure
- Heart health
- Recipe analysis / Menu development (schools and hospitals)
- Food labelling
- Nutrition talks / workshops
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a four year University degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences and I am registered with the UK Health and Care Professional Council and the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
I am member of the 'Children and Young People Nutrition Network' and of several of the British Dietetic Association's specialist groups:
- 'Food Service Specialist Group'
- 'Food Allergy Specialist Group'
- 'Paediatric Specialist Group'
- 'Gastroenterology Specialist Group'
I have also been a member of the 'All Party Parliamentary Food and Health Forum', and the 'Lead Association for Catering in Education' in the past.
I have worked in a hospital setting in Portugal seeing patients with a large range of medical conditions, such as Diabetes (type I & II), Morbid Obesity (including gastric surgery patients), Obesity (weight management), Food allergies, Kidney diseases, and HIV.
I have also worked as a Catering Dietitian for 'The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability', London, where I helped to developed menus and special diets for patients with Dysphagia, Food Allergies, and other medical conditions, such as Parkinson's and Huntingdon's disease.
In more recent years, I was employed by Cambridgeshire Catering Services to help improve the quality of school meals across 200 schools. In this role, I tailored menus for 600 children with food allergies, making sure that their lunch was free from unwanted allergens and contributed significantly to their energy and nutritional needs.
I am a co-author of the 'Allergen Toolkit for Healthcare Catering', published in 2016 by BDA Food Services Specialist Group.
In 2018 I won the ' Allergy Healthcare Professional Hero Award' for going the extra mile to cater for children with food allergies across Cambridgeshire (read more: https://www.allergyuk.org/assets/000/001/799/Health_Professional_Award_Final_original.pdf?1525349206)
I am also a mother of three young children and spend a lot of my time discovering new fun ways of getting lots of nutritional goodness into their diets! I have an instagram account where I share my experiences: @patriciadietnutrition
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 14 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
I offer 1 hour online consultations costing £80.
Each appointment is tailored to your individual needs and requirements. A consultation will usually include:
- an assessment of your medical, lifestyle and dietary history
- exploring your health goals
- coming up with a plan to achieve these
- written advice and resources which will be provided to you via email following the appointment
30 minute follow up appointments (£40) may be recommended. These will allow me to monitor your progress, discuss challenges and review the advice provided in the initial appointment.
For weight management I recommend an initial one hour consultation followed by monthly follow up consultations over a period of 6-12 months. This is really important to avoid falling back into old unwanted habits.
November 2020 - Help with food habits
I contacted Patricia as I was concerned about my 2 year olds diet. Patricia provided great insight to what areas we needed to improve and how to structure meals. She was very knowledgable, friendly, caring and at no point did I feel judged. Which was always my worry about contacting anyone for help. The remote Zoom session was great and informative and the supportive materials afterwards really helped me to rejig meals to ensure that my girl's diet provides all nutrients needed.
I would recommend Patricia to anyone.
September 2020 - Fussy eating & low weight
Patricia was of crucial help to me in the food introduction phase of my daughter Lisa, now almost 1 and a half.
At the time, I was a little lost in the inflexibility of the Portuguese and Belgian ideas about children's food and, as my daughter did not eat well, I decided to ask for help.
With scientific knowledge, Patricia managed to guide me and take advantage of both cultures, so that Lisa could fit into both.
Today Lisa feeds a lot better, although she does not eat much ... but genetics are also there, right ?!
You can find out more about me and the services I offer at: www.patriciadietnutrition.com