What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is about you as an individual, with unique symptoms requiring tailor-made solutions rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.
As a nutritional therapist, I use a wide range of tools, including laboratory testing where necessary, to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances that may be contributing to your symptoms and health concerns.
Who can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
We are what we eat, so knowing which foods can give you the optimum energy levels and keep you healthy is something many would like to learn more about. Nutritional therapy can help with many specific health conditions, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), bloating, constipation, migraines, PMS, asthma, eczema, and many more. Children particularly can also benefit from nutritional therapy. As a mum to two young children, I’m passionate about helping children achieve their full potential by giving them the nutrients they need to grow into healthy, happy adults.
Who Is Sanna?
I'm a qualified Nutritional Therapist, a nutrition lecturer and a certified Metabolic Balance® coach practicing in Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset. I trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London and graduated in 2006. I first had a clinic in Harley Street in London and since relocating I now run a busy practice in Lower Parkstone in Poole. I also lecture regularly to nutrition students on topics such as digestive health, stress management and children’s health.
I started my working life in the financial industry in the City of London, so I know all about busy schedules, client lunches, hotel breakfasts and 'I'm too tired to cook' evenings. My advice is always realistic, and suited to my clients’ lifestyles.
Healthy weight loss is one of the areas of nutrition I'm passionate about. I've never felt very comfortable with many of the quick fix diets available, so I was very excited to discover the Metabolic Balance programme in 2009. Finally I've found a programme that is tailored to each individual, uses everyday foods and helps create life-long healthy eating habits while making weight loss easy!
I'm passionate about keeping my knowledge up to date, and regularly attend lectures and workshops on the latest developments in the field of nutrition and health. I’m a full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the professional body and seal of excellence for clinical nutrition practitioners. As a member I follow their high standards of practice and ethics. I am also a full member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK's regulator of complementary healthcare practitioners ensuring the highest of standards in complementary medicine.
What to expect from your consultation
Before attending your consultation you will be sent a detailed questionnaire covering questions relating to your medical history, your diet and your lifestyle. This will usually take about 20 minutes to complete. You can e-mail the completed questionnaire back to me, or take it with you to the consultation.
Your first consultation will last approximately one hour. During the consultation I will first discuss your completed questionnaire in more detail to assess your current nutritional status and health history. We will then decide what your health priorities are. If a certain area needs further investigation, appropriate biochemical testing may be recommended.
I will then be explain the steps you can take to support your health. A personalised dietary and lifestyle programme will be constructed and you will be given relevant handouts and recipe ideas to support these suggestions. A programme of nutritional supplements may also be recommended in order to correct any biochemical imbalances and nutrient deficiencies. I will always bear in mind your individual circumstances to ensure that the programme is practical and achievable.
After your consultation, I will be available to assist and guide you if you need further support with your programme. You can send me an e-mail at any time and I will endeavour to answer it within 48 hours.
I usually recommend at least one follow up consultation about 4-6 weeks after the initial meeting. This is to assess the progress of your plan, to discuss any test results where appropriate and to update or change any recommendations made.
I've always loved good food so this is something I also bring into my nutrition clinic. So many of my clients come in fearing that a healthier diet will be difficult and boring. My recommendations always take into account their budget, life style and cooking skills, so that whatever I recommend, it is not only healthy, but also tasty and easy to prepare.
- Assess current status
- Personalised programme
- Handouts & recipes
Follow up consultation
- Assess progress
- Discuss any test results
- Update recommendations