Melissa Cohen

I have a Bsc (Hons) degree in Nutritional Therapy, regulated by the British Association of Nutritional Therapists BANT and registered with the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council CNHC. I am also a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner.

I am passionate about being the best you can be for you! This may sound simple, but it isn’t, as we are all unique. Understanding people’s family background, genetics, lifestyle, diet and beliefs enables me to provide a nutritional therapy plan that works. I practice using the functional model, which looks at the whole person, rather than just addressing symptoms.

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Our body communicates and functions through biochemical signaling, which derives from protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. If we do not consume these key nutrients through diet, then this may lead to an imbalanced disease state.

There are so many diet books published each year, yet the food chain remains the same. There are only so many animals to eat and so many plants that are growing, yet there are numerous strategies in loosing weight.

What hasn’t remained the same is our lifestyles, farming methods, food portion sizes, snacks, varieties of coffees, and processed foods. Obesity is increasing, Diabetes type II is no longer only an adult disease, as more children are diagnosed. Yet there has never been so much choice on fat free, low fat, sugar free options.

Most people eat too many carbohydrates in the form of fruits, bread, cereals and nut bars. Which, on there own all seem quite healthy choices. Though too many carbohydrates compared to protein, may lead to weight and fat gain. Insulin monitors the levels of blood sugar very tightly and when there is too much sugar in the blood stream, Insulin will store the sugar as fat.

This may leave us hypoglycemic and start craving more carbohydrates. Long term this may lead to a pre-diabetic state of feeling tired, even though your sourcing carbohydrate rich foods to fuel energy.

Eating nuts, seeds, fish, meat, lentils, chickpeas, beans, eggs, tofu and cheeses assist in slowing the release of blood sugar from carbohydrate foods. Therefore, mixing protein with carbohydrates is a perfect way to keep energy levels up, feel full and mange your weight effectively. Also choosing slow releasing carbohydrates which are usually more nutrient dense including brown rice, quinoa, oats, whole meal bread.

Though, food is one part of it. I believe we are all-unique as we all have different DNA, beliefs, identities and upbringing. Now the human genome has been discovered ,science can now look for single nucleotide polymorphism, which are variables in genes. These slight variables may indicate food sensitivities, weight management and detoxification markers. This is called Nutrigenetics , how understanding someone’s unique DNA and then using nutrition and lifestyle to change the way your genes are expressed.

Though without a full functional case history on a client, tests are not that meaningful. This is where I find out what the client’s goals are, their beliefs, energy levels, family background and a food diary.

Only when I have a full case history can I understand the person as unique and it’s a case of being a nutrition detective; to find out the missing link.

I believe that the mind and body are one. What we think will impact the body and how we feel impacts the mind. Therefore, if we look after both we are at homeostasis / balance. I think this is a lifetime of learning as life doesn’t remain constant or the same, so we constantly have to readjust. Exercise, mediation, reading, music, outdoors, daylight, sunlight are essential parts of feeling good as well as eating a diet rich in whole foods with an abundance of vegetables.

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