September 8, 2015

Top 10 reasons why you should use a Nutritional Therapist

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Top 10 reasons why you should use a Nutritional Therapist

Have you ever considered working with a Nutritional Therapist?

In the frenetic lives we lead it’s so easy to work too many hours, eat and drink the wrong things and generally neglect yourself when it comes to your own health. You may not have considered it before but if you take stock of your situation and see how your lifestyle is affecting you, do you think that you need to change things?

Many of us go through phases of wanting to change our lives to be more healthy so we go to the gym, start the latest fad diet and maybe detox for a few days but usually, in a matter of weeks, we’ve reverted back to type and started drifting into old habits and finding a list of excuses why we can’t make it to the gym. This is where working with a Nutritional Therapist may be the solution you’re looking for.

Changing your lifestyle to become more healthy doesn’t have to be drastic. In fact, if you make drastic changes then you’re unlikely to stick to them. Through nutritional therapy you can take control of your own health, the food you eat and the way you live your life. It’s a more gradual process where you make changes to your life and, through knowledge of how nutrition works; you can start to make a positive change that will make you feel healthier and good about yourself.

If you’re a bit sceptical and unsure if nutritional therapy is for you, here are 10 reasons why you might just want to give it a try:

  1. A Nutritional Therapist will tailor a nutrition programme that is specific to you. There is nothing ‘off the shelf’ that works for everybody. We are all different and a nutrition programme will be aimed at your specific needs.
  2. You will get ongoing support. Many of us fail to make positive changes to our health because there’s nobody in our corner spurring us on. A Nutritional Therapist will guide and motivate you to reach your goals.
  3. A nutrition programme will look at your current needs and then plan for gradual and long lasting improvement. There will be no immediate drastic change to your life. Everything is done at a pace that suits the individual.
  4. Recipes and meal plans will be designed for your specific requirements. This will take into account your likes, dislikes and any allergies that you may have.
  5. You will learn how diet and nutrition can prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious health conditions. This knowledge will help you to make the right choices.
  6. You will learn how to make gradual changes in your lifestyle so that you can enjoy a healthy future.
  7. You will learn how digestion is at the centre of having a balanced and healthy body. What happens in your gut is at the root of so many health problems so if you are able to treat your gut better, the healthier you will be.
  8. Making positive changes to your health and lifestyle will make you feel better about yourself and lift your mood. This is scientific fact. Around 90% of Serotonin, the feel good brain chemical, actually comes from the digestive tract. Better digestion = better mood.
  9. If you are currently taking medication, then a nutrition programme will make your medication work more effectively or, in many cases, may negate the need for the medication.
  10. What we eat and drink is at the centre of so many aspects of our health and wellbeing. Get this right and you will be healthier, happier, and more motivated to do those things that you’ve always wanted to do.

Nutrition is not a miracle cure. It’s a change in your lifestyle that can have a profoundly positive effect on how you feel and view the world. If we’ve whetted your appetite and you would like to find out more, please contact Debi-Ann Wrigglesworth on 07540 840451 to arrange a consultation.

August 14, 2015

The importance of nutrition education in the workplace.

Filed under: Aug-15 — admin @ 11:42 am

The workplace is an ideal location to change awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards healthy eating and nutrition. All employers have an obligation for the health and safety of their employees but when it comes to their general well being and healthiness this as often been overlooked. However, forward-thinking companies are now realising the benefits of nutrition education in the workplace and the positive effects it can have.

So why should you be concerned about nutrition education in the workplace?

Quite simply, it’s good for you and your employees. As an employer you will benefit from:

-       Improved productivities

-       Reduced sickness and absenteeism

-       Less risk of injury/illness

-       Improved job satisfaction and employee morale

-       Less employee turnover

-       Enhanced corporate image and seen as a caring employer

And your employees will benefit from:

-       Reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses

-       Reduced stress and anxiety

-       Increased energy levels and improvement in mind-set

-       Improvement in self-esteem

-       More opportunities to spend quality time with friends and family

So how do you start to implement this?

A good starting point is to assess the level of interest from your employees in understanding more about healthy eating and nutrition. With the best will in the world, nutrition education is not something you can impose on your employees. You will find them far more receptive if they volunteer to be part of a programme so it’s worthwhile surveying your employees to identify what they’re looking for. In general you want to find out about their level of interest in healthy eating, what barriers stop them from making healthy food choices both at home or work, what specific areas of nutrition are they interested in, how many of them are parents or single, how often would they like nutritional education – seasonal or all year-round?

Once you have assessed the response to your survey you can tailor the nutrition programme accordingly.

Bringing your teams together

Another key benefit of implementing a healthy eating and nutrition programme is that it brings people together to talk openly about improving their health both at home and in the workplace. With effective follow-up after the programme, pro-active employers will be in a position to create work policies that promote healthy eating, address eating habits in the workplace, ensure that healthy eating/drinking options are available in canteens, cafeterias and vending machines, and also encourage staff to attend further healthy eating and nutrition programmes.

Typical subjects that can be covered in a healthy eating and nutrition programme include:

-       Understanding the basics

-       Stress management

-       Fats and Cholesterol

-       Reducing salt and sugar in diets

-       Body image

-       Weight management

-       Understanding what a balanced diet is

-       Why fad diets don’t work

-       Understanding food labels

-       How to address specific health issues

The above list is not exhaustive and can be tailored to the requirements of your workforce. If you are interested in implementing a healthy eating and nutrition programme in your workplace and are not sure where to start then please contact Debi-Ann Wrigglesworth from Nutrition Mission on Debi.Ann@NutritionMission.co.uk to discuss your requirements. At Nutrition Mission we have significant experience in creating healthy eating and nutrition programmes for the workplace and helping organisations to shape policies, which promote healthy choices. We look forward to hearing from you.

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