Ruth Pretty B.Ed(Hons), dip ION, mBANT, CNHC, AOR, ITEC
Ruth Pretty is a highly qualified Nutrition Therapist, with over 17 years of clinical practice. Ruth trained at the College for Optimum Nutrition in London 2000-2004 and is also a fully qualified Reflexologist and Aromatherapist with extensive experience. Ruth opened her first Holistic Clinic in 1992.
The aim of a Nutrition Therapist is to identify and tackle the underlying causes of your health concerns using diagnostic and functional medicine principles. If you are low in specific vitamins and minerals (macro and micro nutrients), have an imbalanced fat intake, are short of daily protein or eating unhelpful carbohydrates, making guided dietary changes may positively help your health balance.
Research proves that eating well, for our individual status, improves our digestion and energy, our ability to deal with stress, mood and mental health, sleep, hormones and weight balance. Food choices impact fully on all areas of health and/or dis-ease: when the body is showing signs and signals of imbalance.
Many health conditions are an indication of nutrient deficiencies and that the body is maladapting. Even when we think we are eating a typical ‘well-balanced diet’, it can leave us nutrient deficient, and feeling unwell.
Ruth’s clients often report, at their initial consultation with her, "I know something is wrong, but I don't know what?” Common lifestyle stressors such as illness, environmental toxins, denatured food, workplace or relationship pressures, coupled with individual genetic weaknesses, increases the body’s nutrient requirements. Ruth is passionate about food and the impact it has on how it makes us feel and, correspondingly, how it assists our bodies to work, and addresses this fully in her work with clients.
After your initial consultation with Ruth you receive a personalised programme tailored specifically to you and your health symptoms. The programme aims to support under-functioning systems, provide essential nutrients, aid healing and detoxification where necessary, to enable your body to achieve and maintain optimum health. Ruth may also recommend nutritional supplements and has extensive clinical experience with a large variety of laboratory functional tests, used to identify and understand presented symptoms of imbalance.
Ruth is also a Metabolic Balance Consultant, the award-winning programme for individualised weight control, based on over 25 years of research. An approved blood test is taken initially, after which a foods selection is reset, to your metabolism. Following the Metabolic Balance programme fully helps balance hormones to prompt and enable healthy weight regulation. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging programme and, without doubt, a most effective, natural approach to enduring weight regulation and vitality.
For further information, go to www.nutritionallywhole.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
Ruth (dip.ION) trained for 4 years with The Institute for Optimum Nutrition and was given a licence to practice in 2003. She has been practising ever since.
Ruth is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) a national body seeking nutritional excellence.
Ruth is a Practitioner with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
As part of Continued Professional Development, Ruth attends regular BANT approved lectures and seminars, thus keeping up to date with the latest nutrition science and research.
Ruth's background is in teaching, so she sees her role as a Nutrition Therapist as educator, teaching you about your body, how it works and what it needs food wise in order for you to take charge and keep unwelcome symptoms at bay. Her enthusiastic and positive approach help inspire you to make those changes.
She also writes recipes to motivate her clients, offering tasty healthy recipes that are easy to prepare.
Ruth also holds workshops on various health topics. A day would include delicious food, including a two course lunch, recipes and handouts on the specified nutrition subject. It offers you a chance to understand the importance of certain foods and the value they play in your health in a fun, relaxed and informal atmosphere.
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.
Ruth will email you a questionnaire (giving details of your health concerns, symptoms, medical history, medication and supplements) and a 3 day food diary, to complete and return before we meet. This forms the basis of the first consultation which takes about one and a quarter hours and costs £120.
A follow up consultation costs £50, lasts about 40 minutes and usually takes place 4 weeks after the first consultation. This allows for support and adjustments to be made to the programme as progress is made.
"I was looking for a nutritionist who could help me become thinner whilst making sure I have energy and strength too. What I found was someone who genuinely understood my despair, I want you to know how your help is significant, it is literally changing my life. Thank you Ruth". Raquel, Worcester.
"I feel 100% better and pleased to be feeling so different. Totally worthwhile." E. M. Worcester.
"This has really helped me restart my life - thank you." Debra, Worcester.
"I can't tell you how much you have helped me feel so much better, with your advice and explanations" Rachel, Kidderminster.
"I really enjoyed your informative workshop, I also enjoyed the food and the company, thank you for offering us this day" Betty, Worcester.
"The workshop was very informative, enlightening and helpful. It also gave me inspiration for change. the food was excellent - thank you". Susan, Worcester.