Registered Nutritionist

Registered Nutritional Therapist

Hi, I’m Joanna, a Registered Nutritionist and Nutritional Therapist.
What’s the difference? Well, nothing really. We simply refer to ourselves as Nutritional Therapists when supporting clients in a 1:1 consultation or Nutritionist if providing information at a more general, public level (e.g. via workshops, social media).

I studied for 3.5 years to qualify for my Diploma (DipION) with the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION). I am fully insured and registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) as well as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) all of which require that I be fully compliant with their respective Codes of Conduct, including the requirements for Continual Professional Development (CPD) so I am always learning and keeping up to date with the latest research.

My main passion is working with parents-to-be and new parents who would like to focus on their health and that of their baby for the duration of and post-pregnancy.  I aim to provide practical and easy to follow nutritional advice while also providing ongoing support and guidance.  The objective is to give you the confidence that you are offering your child the best nutritional start in life while also ensuring that your health and nutritional choices are supporting you and helping you to feel at your best during this potentially challenging time.  Let’s face it, being pregnant or a new parent is exhausting!

As a new mum myself, and being around many other pregnant and new parents, I understand how important nutrition is in helping you to feel more energised and in tune with your body.  Issues around pregnancy sickness and breastfeeding, for example, can be debilitating but advice and support that I, and other networks, can provide will prove to be invaluable both for your mental and physiological health.

The pregnant and postnatal body is fascinating in its ability to change and adapt (although not necessarily fun to experience!) and it is different for everybody. My interest in this area grows all the time and I love learning from research as well as my experience and that of others. One can see that nutrition evidence and research is moving at a very fast pace and it is therefore my priority and responsibility to provide you with the most up to date and relevant advice tailored to your individual needs.

About Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy is about more than just food

So, what is Nutritional Therapy and what does a Nutritional Therapist do?  Well, I work with clients using the functional medicine model which means that I consider your wellbeing from a holistic (whole-being) point of view.  For example, if you are experiencing insomnia, we will look at how internal and external factors (e.g. diet and lifestyle choices) may be impacting your ability to fall, and remain, asleep.

As a Nutritional Therapist, I work with you to uncover all aspects of your health and get to the root cause of any troubling issues you may be experiencing.  You might find it odd at first that I ask questions around your personal history but, in my experience, all questions are relevant (whether it is to allow for consideration or to rule things out) and all information you provide is kept completely confidential in line with my responsibilities as a therapist.

It might be that you do not have any particular concerns, but are interested in ensuring that you and your baby are getting key nutrients, at the right stages, to give them the best start possible and help you feel the best you can be.  I’m here for that too.

As illustrated in this BANT infographic, all aspects of your life – from external environment to internal gut function – can impact on your wellbeing and it is these areas that we seek to optimise in Nutritional Therapy.