Sara Kirkham BSc.(Hons) Nutritional Medicine, MBANT, CNHC
I am a qualified, registered nutritionist with over 25 years experience in helping people to change their diet and improve their health and lifestyle. I work with a wide range of health conditions and have particular interest in weight management, gut health, food intolerance, thyroid health, and aiding blood glucose and cholesterol regulation. I have a background in health and fitness, so I also offer sports nutrition consultations and help with lean weight gain. I offer a wide range of tests such as food intolerance tests, stool tests, breath tests (SIBO), and salivary, urine and blood tests.
With a first class honours degree in Nutritional Medicine, my dietary advice is based upon evidence-based research. You can rest assured that there are no false claims or fad diets, and only safe, therapeutic healthy eating and supplement advice, hence my company strapline 'feeding you the right information'.
I am a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). You are assured of professional, caring and confidential practice at all times.
Where I practice nutritional therapy
I work from practices in Wadebridge and in Newquay. Free parking is available at all locations. I also offer telephone and online consultations.
Other things I do
In between nutritional therapy appointments I lecture in nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and human chemistry at Cornwall college. I also write books, mostly on nutrition and diet, and have 13 published books to date, including new second editions of Weight Loss - The Essential Guide, Food for Health - The Essential Guide and Cholesterol - The Essential Guide. I have been a resident nutritionist for online Weight Loss Resources (www.weightlossresources.co.uk), and am an assessor for the Institute of Optimum Nutrition.
In addition to writing nutrition, anatomy and physiology units for colleges and universities, I work as a nutrition consultant, providing nutrition information for various websites, collaborating on creating healthier menus, and doing nutrition talks for companies and groups.
I aim to practice what I preach, and enjoy following a healthy diet myself, which helps to create some of the support tools I provide clients with when making diet or lifestyle changes. All clients are provided with a therapeutic eating plan, but also the psychological support and lifestyle tips to enable changes to take place. You aren't just given a diet plan and expected to get on with it!
How can nutritional therapy benefit you?
Nutritional therapy involves adapting your diet to provide the best possible nutrition for you as an individual, taking into account your goals and current health conditions. It is the practice of using foods and nutrients to enable your body to create optimal health. Nutritional therapy can be helpful for a wide range of health conditions.
I also provide advice on time restricted eating and intermittent fasting, rotation and exclusion diets, sports nutrition and advice regarding supplements.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a First Class Honours Degree in Nutritional Medicine and also studied naturopathic nutrition with the British College of Nutritional Medicine for 4 years.
With many years working in the health and fitness industry prior to nutritional therapy, I have a wealth of experience in helping people to lose weight and in the psychological lifestyle support required to enable people to make changes. I have written, developed and run successful weight loss programmes for a number of companies. In addition to my background in weight loss, healthy eating and sports nutrition, I have over 25 years experience as a nutritional therapist.
BSc.(Hons) Nutritional Medicine (Thames Valley University)
Diploma in Dietary Therapeutics (British College of Nutritional Medicine)
Diploma in Nutrition (British College of Nutritional Medicine)
TQFE (Post graduate Teaching Qualification in Further Education)
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.
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.
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.
Nutritional therapy appointments
I offer appointments throughout the week across north Cornwall and online. Appointments may be in the evenings or at the weekend if required. Frequency of appointments will depend upon your requirements and preferences.
Nutritional therapy consultation First appointment (60-90 minutes) £60 - £85
This includes taking a detailed health history plus information on current symptoms and diet. You will receive a specific eating plan based upon your health and lifestyle goals and food preferences, and advice on supplements and/or tests if appropriate.
Follow up nutritional therapy consultations (60 minutes) £45
If required, follow up appointments are arranged to suit each individual client.
Prescribed diets for a range of conditions £50 per hour
Specific eating plans for a range of health conditions are offered, including exclusion diets for food sensitivities/food intolerance/food allergies.
Weight loss consultations £40 per hour / £30 for half an hour
Optional weigh in and measurements, healthy eating plan provided in conjunction with realistic, achievable weight loss goals.
Sports nutrition consultations £45 per hour / £30 for half hour
Sports nutrition eating plans are available to help you maximize performance and achieve your sporting goals. I regularly help runners and those wanting to build lean muscle tissue. With a background in fitness and several books published in the fitness/exercise genre, I have an excellent understanding of the energy systems and fuels used during sport and exercise, and can adjust your diet for maximum results.
Additional support via email or telephone is available between appointments at no extra charge.
Appointments are available in Wadebridge most days, including Saturday mornings at the Bodhi Practice, Hawksfield, Newquay on Fridays, although appointments on other days can be arranged.
I have the benefit of having both naturopathic and evidence-based training in diet and nutrition. My diploma in dietary therapeutics enables me to consider the whole body on a naturopathic level, but my Honours degree ensures that I provide only credible, reliable information, and that effective evidence-based diets are prescribed.
I am a qualified lecturer teaching nutrition and physiology up to Degree level; this enables me to have an excellent understanding of how the human body works, with a better understanding of health conditions and the likely effects of dietary adjustment. I am also a published author, and in addition to developing several education modules on nutrition, human chemistry and physiology for a number of colleges and universities, I am the author of several published books:
- Eating for Health
- Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Get Healthy
- Weight Loss - The Essential Guide
- Food for Health - The Essential Guide
- 10 Rules for Guaranteed Weight Loss
- Cholesterol - The Essential Guide
- Get into Running
- 10 Minute Yoga
All books are available at www.amazon.co.uk or in good bookshops.