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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a type of therapy which applies the science of nutrition to promote good health and care which means that any recommendations provided are always evidence-based. However, consideration is also given to each individual’s unique constitution, life history and food preference. We are all biologically and biochemically unique; we have our own individual genetic predispositions; we may be exposed to different toxins, emotions, environmental and lifestyle factors. Therefore what works for one person may not work for another, which is why a nutritional therapist may spend a lot of time taking a case history by gathering detailed information about each person.

There simply isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet. Healing must be personalised according to the individual and their needs. We use a very wide range of tools to look at the individual holistically to identify any imbalances and discover the root cause – this is based on the ‘functional medicine’ approach. Once the information has been evaluated, we would then create a personalised plan using the healing power of food alongside any lifestyle changes necessary to help the body and mind go back to its natural equilibrium or ‘homeostasis’.

Lydia Ghazali at LGL Nutrition is insured and registered to practice in such clinical setting and have been trained on an accredited course that includes the foundation study of biomedicine and biochemistry.

Lydia is registered with the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and the General Naturopathic Council (GNC) and therefore governed by these associations’ code of ethics and complaints procedure.

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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a type of therapy which applies the science of nutrition to promote good health and care which means that any recommendations provided are always evidence-based. However, consideration is also given to each individual’s unique constitution, life history and food preference. We are all biologically and biochemically unique; we have our own individual genetic predispositions; we may be exposed to different toxins, emotions, environmental and lifestyle factors. Therefore what works for one person may not work for another, which is why a nutritional therapist may spend a lot of time taking a case history by gathering detailed information about each person.

There simply isn’t a one-size-fits-all diet. Healing must be personalised according to the individual and their needs. We use a very wide range of tools to look at the individual holistically to identify any imbalances and discover the root cause – this is based on the ‘functional medicine’ approach. Once the information has been evaluated, we would then create a personalised plan using the healing power of food alongside any lifestyle changes necessary to help the body and mind go back to its natural equilibrium or ‘homeostasis’.

The approach is integrative and complementary which means nutritional therapists are not looking to replace medical advice. We always refer clients with ‘red flags’ to medical professionals, and often work alongside doctors where possible whilst maintaining lines of communication with any other healthcare professional that the client may be seeing. At Lydia’s Good Living Nutrition (LGL Nutrition), a good relationship with the client’s medical specialists will be maintained whilst implementing a nutrition and lifestyle plan to manage day-to-day wellbeing. For example, nutritional therapy can help minimise any side effects from medications, support the body in its recovery and reduce fatigue so that the client can regain energy and optimise overall health. It can help me to minimise the effects of stress and be able to have a full night’s sleep, which helps with overall recovery.

Whilst we are not able to legally diagnose, we are permitted to work in a clinical setting and prescribe specific diets, supplements and order tests. Our advice may also include the provision of recipes, ideas of where to shop or eat out and other practical suggestions on how to incorporate healthy eating into busy lifestyles.

Are Nutritionists, Dieticians and Health Coaches the same thing?

Nutritionists are trained on the scientific basis of food and nutrition. They work in a range of settings to provide evidence-based information and guidance – for example in research, education or policy development – therefore they typically work for public bodies. They can also work privately to advise and provide information on nutrition. Sometimes Nutritional Therapists call themselves ‘Nutritionists’ (to make it even more confusing!) but strictly speaking Nutritionists do not have clinical training and are unable to offer specific dietary advice to those with health conditions but can make recommendations about food and healthy eating in general which can help alleviate or prevent future problems.

Dieticians work principally in the NHS and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Dieticians are evidence-based and use the science of nutrition to create eating plans to help individuals with conditions or general health. Dieticians work within strict regulated rules and food guides, therefore commonly base their advice on Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNI) which are guidelines based on the amount of nutrients required in order to avoid any deficiencies. This approach may mean that your own individual and unique characteristics are not taken into account. For example, dietetic science does not consider the rapidly evolving sciences of molecular genetics or evolutionary biology which is an area that Nutritional Therapists are able to explore together with their clients.

Nutritional Therapists and Dieticians are similar in the sense that they work to promote good health by encouraging positive food choices and they are both trained in clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice. Both groups must also practice with full professional indemnity insurance. Health coaches, on the other hand, look to support clients with strategies that engage individuals in health behaviour change. This could include methods such as motivational interviewing, goal setting or positive psychology.

In my understanding, health coaches can make general suggestions on nutrition but nothing specific to the person or their condition. There are many Nutritional Therapists, Nutritionists and Dieticians that may take up additional training in health coaching or a form of alternative therapy to help bring about behavioural changes such as NLP or hypnotherapy. This is especially so if the practitioner is specialising in areas such as eating disorders, food addictions or weight loss.

What to expect from a 1-1 consultation?

Prior to the initial consultation, we will send you a health questionnaire as well as a 7-day food diary to complete which needs to be returned at least 2 days before the initial consultation.

During the consultations, we always discuss your food preferences, your living circumstances, your current lifestyle and your current relationship with food. You, as an individual
and unique person, is the most important factor we will consider when formulating your plan. Our services will then include the following:

  • Analysis of your medical history in addition to the primary concerns
  • Analysis of your 7-day food diary
  • A personalised protocol provided after the consult which includes a suggested meal plan, sample recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, and recommended supplements if necessary.
    The protocol usually includes both nutrition and lifestyle suggestions
  • Access to any private laboratory testing – also called functional testing – if necessary
    (e.g. full blood testing, DNA, stool/gut microbiome, hormone panel). If a follow-up appointment is booked after testing, then the follow-up consult will include interpretation of results and post-testing advice
  • All advice are always done with the involvement of any conventional medical professionals already involved with the client. Before recommending any supplements, an
    interactions check will be carried out if you are taking any conventional medications or on treatment
When should you book the follow-up appointment?

Follow up consultations normally take place 4-6 weeks after the previous consult. Continuous email and phone support is additionally available if future follow-up appointments have been booked and paid up-front or if a tailored programme have been agreed (see below).

All payment is required by bank transfer or by paypal 24 hours prior to the consultation. If you have booked a tailored programme, then a payment plan can be agreed. There may be additional costs if supplements or laboratory tests are recommended, however these are optional and will be discussed during the consultation.

If you have a complicated medical history or health issues, for example involving chronic or autoimmune conditions, or would like to work on longer term goals, then we can agree a tailored programme with a package price. This will help ensure that you have access to continuous longer term support via regular check-ins and your plan can continue to evolve depending on your progress. Please contact me to discuss your options.

All appointments are subject to a 24hr cancellation policy.

If you would like to discuss your options for the next steps on your health journey, please book a free 20 minute Discovery Call below to discuss your options.

Our Prices

Different nutritional therapists may charge different rates according to the programmes or packages that they provide, as well as the time spent on each client. For example, the nutritional therapist may spend additional time outside of the consultation formulating the plan, conducting research, communicating with any medical professional involved, and arranging tests as well as interpreting results.

Prices:

  • Initial consultation (60 – 75 mins) £95
  • Follow up consultation (45-60 mins) £75

Follow up consultations normally take place 4-6 weeks after the previous consult. Continuous email and phone support is additionally available if future follow-up appointments have been booked and paid up-front or if a tailored programme have been agreed (see below).

All payment is required by bank transfer or by paypal 24 hours prior to the consultation. If you have booked a tailored programme, then a payment plan can be agreed. There may be additional costs if supplements or laboratory tests are recommended, however these are optional and will be discussed during the consultation.

If you have a complicated medical history or health issues, for example involving chronic or autoimmune conditions, or would like to work on longer term goals, then we can agree a tailored programme with a package price. This will help ensure that you have access to continuous longer term support via regular check-ins and your plan can continue to evolve depending on your progress. Please contact me to discuss your options.

All appointments are subject to a 24hr cancellation policy.

If you would like to discuss your options for the next steps on your health journey, please book a free 20 minute Discovery Call below to discuss your options.

Lydia's 1-1 nutritional consultations

 

If you would like more help with your health journey, Lydia offers 1-1 nutritional consultations which are all currently online therefore she can help you wherever you are based in the world. The consultations would start by looking at your overall medical history as well as your current situation, including your lifestyle, everyday routines and your preferences – all without judgment, and provide plans which are tailored to you.

You will be provided ideas on recipes and sample meal plans, as well as tips on how you can manage your time in the kitchen which is especially important if you have a busy lifestyle. Having worked in financial services in the city for over 10 years, Lydia fully understand the challenges of finding the time and right balance between health, work and play.