Hi my name is Anita. My interest in using food as medicine was sparked whilst working with children in the UK and India on environmental food projects. I began to notice the connections between food consumption, behaviour and overall health. It was a light bulb moment. At the same time I was dealing with my own health issues and the dots just kept on joining.
It didn’t take long for me to realise I needed to learn the science behind food and health. I studied for 3 years with the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol specialising in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy. The course trained us in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, nutritional science, functional medicine and clinical skills. The course included 2 years of supervised clinical practice where I saw clients with an array of health issues. The whole experience was life changing.
Alongside my own clinic I now work as an Assistant Supervisor at CNM supporting students through their final year clinical practice. Food has the power to help heal and re-balance the mind and body and I am passionate about applying my knowledge to help people live brighter, happier lives.
Nutritional Therapy can support most health issues but I have a particular interest in skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema), digestive issues, fertility, female hormones, children’s health (emotional, physical and educational) and autoimmune conditions.
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and wellbeing. It involves using a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional or physiological imbalances, to understand how they may be contributing to your symptoms.
Nutritional therapy uses food and natural supplements to help support innate healing abilities and for each person their journey will be entirely unique. Every aspect of my approach to nutritional therapy is bespoke and personalised and can address a wide range of concerns including; digestive symptoms, hormonal imbalance, skin issues (psoriasis, eczema) weight loss, anxiety, fatigue, fertility, autoimmune conditions and much more. All of our bodily functions and processes require a fairly precise array of nutrients and if the diet is not providing these then symptoms can manifest. Equally, ‘one person’s medicine is another’s poison’ and some foods could be aggravating and driving symptoms.
I use a functional medicine approach which represents a shift away from a disease centred approach to health and instead focusses on the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. I spend time with my clients, listening to their stories and looking at the interactions between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.
I am registered with the following professional bodies:
BANT is a registering body for nutrition professionals. Its aim is to assist members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect client’s interests and the reputation of nutritional therapy as a profession.
The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners, which was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of therapists. CNHC’s register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
The ANP is a professional Association representing Naturopathic Therapists to assist its members in maintaining the highest standard of competence.