Why use Nutritional Therapy?
Maybe you want to know if you’re on the right track with regard to healthy eating – there’s so much conflicting advice out there it can sometimes be hard to tell. Or perhaps you want to lose weight or get help with particular symptoms. Whatever your reason, Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements, so we take the time to define personalised nutrition plans that work for you, rather than advocate a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body. Typical priorities in Nutritional Therapy consultations include support to increase energy levels, achieve healthy blood sugar balance for weight loss and hormone balance, optimise gastrointestinal health as well as addressing emotional and psychological well-being. Research is now showing that factors such as diet, lifestyle and stress influence the way your genes are expressed and therefore looking at these areas can have a huge impact on current and future health.
Just to let you know I had my annual check up with my cardiologist yesterday and was very happy with results. Stress test etc all fine but most excitedly the blood results are tremendous! LDL 1.42, HDL 1.39, HDL ratio 2.76! Can the suggestions/ changes we agreed really have made such an impact in such a short time?!
52 year old male with heart health issues
Nutritional Therapy can help with a range of conditions and symptoms:
Digestive problems such as Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease, weight loss, low energy, high cholesterol, diabetes, eczema, food intolerances and hormonal imbalances, for example PMT, PMS and the menopause
I am doing very well. I have had scan of gall bladder, kidneys, spleen, liver etc and all is looking very good. Tummy was a little unhappy for a while over Christmas, put it down to the rich food and wine etc. So back on track now with healthier options and feeling great.
56 year old female with diverticular disease and a family history of heart problems, diabetes and cancer
Nutritional Therapy in action | success stories
IBS and migraine success – food intolerances identified and no further issues with IBS or migraines. Read more >>
Cholesterol and weight reduction – 2 stone lost and cholesterol levels down to normal. Read more >>
No more constantly upset stomach – a changed diet resulted in almost overnight success! Read more >>
Diverticular disease pain – pain has disappeared, weight reduced and now full of energy. Read more >>
Improved heart health and reduced cholesterol – client’s cardiologist really happy with results. Read more >>
Contact Nicola Russell:
Cowdray Therapy Rooms, Easebourne, West Sussex, GU29 0AW
Telephone 07789 881622
The Way To Eat Midhurst
From Midhurst, take the A272 towards Petworth. At the Easebourne village shop turn left (onto Easebourne Street), pass the pub on your left then turn first right into Parkway. Turn right again and you’re at Cowdray Hall – the therapy rooms are adjacent.
From Petworth, take the A272 towards Midhurst. Turn right just before the Easebourne village shop (onto Easebourne Street), pass the pub on your left then turn first right into Parkway. Turn right again and you’re at Cowdray Hall – the therapy rooms are adjacent.
Hi Nicola. Hope you are well. Just a quick update on me and all I can say is top banana. Still eating healthy and staying on the regime. I’m extremely conscious of what I’m eating and when I eat. Smoothies in the morning and salads for lunch, healthy tea and I have found that eating earlier is helping. I am still taking my esomeprazole and I’m going to try without them soon will keep you posted. All in all I am so grateful to you, I feel so much better.
39 year old male with a lifetime of constant upset stomach, hernia, Barrat’s Syndrome and esophagitis
Nutritional Therapy and me
Nicola Russell, BSc, mBANT, CNHC
Registered Nutritional Therapist
Why Nutritional Therapy? Well, since the age of 21 I’d had to ‘just live with’ IBS-like symptoms (bloating, wind and cramping and a stomach that looked like I was eight months pregnant – not ideal but after anything more serious had been ruled out, that was my reality). My journey through various alternative therapies led me to realise that my lifestyle and what I was eating were major contributing factors (along with the various courses of antibiotics I had taken when I was younger).
Using Nutritional Therapy to address this resolved my symptoms and led me to study for a degree in Nutritional Therapy at the University of West London. I then set up my practice in Midhurst, West Sussex when I moved here with my family in 2014.
My practice is now based at the Cowdray Therapy Rooms in Easebourne. See map.
My approach is client-centred – addressing the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. It’s about spending time with my clients, listening to their histories and considering how their health may be affected by genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, as well as what they eat. I am a realist though and understand how hard it can be to change habits of a lifetime so my approach is to make small changes and give lots of support along the way.
How Nutritional Therapy works
During your consultation we’ll spend a lot of time talking; exploring your personal and family history, the circumstances around your first symptoms and the experiences you may have had with other health care providers.
Considering these areas helps us see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just in terms of your physical symptoms. In some cases, you may be asked to consider some laboratory tests which can help to determine the causes of your symptoms but this would be on a case by case basis.
Your initial consultation with me will include:
- A complete review of your health history
- Analysis of your current and past symptoms and how they have changed or evolved
- A review of your diet and lifestyle
- An assessment of your nutritional status
- Functional testing where relevant
After that, we’ll work on the development of a unique, personalised plan of achievable dietary and lifestyle changes to support you on your journey to better health. This approach acknowledges individuality and unique requirements and ensures your plan works for you – the more workable it is, the easier it is to follow.
Nutritional Therapy works well alongside conventional medicine, particularly for people with long term health issues. Nutritional Therapy is also effective for those looking for help with weight loss or support to enhance their health and well-being.
It is now seen as part of Integrative Healthcare which blends conventional and evidence-based natural and complementary therapies, with lifestyle interventions to deliver holistic, patient-centred care.
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If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.
Hippocrates (the father of medicine)
Pre-consultation | 20 minutes | free of charge
To see if I can help you and run through your case briefly. This is a good opportunity to see if we can work together and if I can actually help you (and if not, I will aim to point you in the direction of a suitable healthcare professional). Please fill in the form below and I will contact you for a convenient time and date.
Initial Nutritional Therapy Consultation | 90 minutes | £125
During your consultation you will be asked about your goals, health concerns, medical history, symptoms, food habits, lifestyle and any medications you are taking. Afterwards, you will be sent a personal nutrition programme specific to your particular needs. You will also receive handouts, a report and recipes to help you with your programme. If appropriate, you may be offered a supplement programme. A follow up appointment is recommended 4-6 weeks later.
Follow up appointments | 30-45 minutes | £70
This is a chance to assess your progress and make amendments to your diet and supplement programme.
Diet Review | £50
If you have no underlying health problems or concerns but are keen to improve your diet, then this service is for you. I’ll send you a 7-day food diary to complete and send back to me. Based on what you tell me, I will make suggestions on where I think improvements can be made. I will provide my feedback in a 30-minute consultation which can be carried out by phone or alternatively I can email back my suggestions.
Email support for weight loss | £10 per week
Following the initial consultation and after following your personalised programme for a couple of weeks, you can email me weekly and I will go through your diaries and tweak where necessary to ensure lasting weight loss and health.
Shopping and Kitchen Cupboard | price on application
If you live in Midhurst or the surrounding area, I can visit you at home to go through your food cupboards/fridge/freezer with you and make recommendations about food choices. We can also go on a food shopping trip to your local supermarket and I will point out what you need to be looking out for on food labels. Please contact me to discuss prices as this will be dependent on location.
Consultation package | Initial consultation, follow up appointment and email support | £199
It can take time to implement lifestyle changes and transform your eating habits and your health therefore I recommend that you choose the consultation package so we can work together over a longer period at a discounted rate. My clients who choose this option see the best and most lasting results. This includes email support which I have found especially useful to my weight loss clients who email their diaries weekly.
Balance the stress package | includes home test kit, result interpretation and follow up consultation | £180
This package is normally recommended to clients after the initial consultation if I feel that stress is impacting on their health. It is the most cost effective way to see how cortisol is behaving in your body and the results are a good, easy visual aid for a client to consider how stress could be contributing to their condition.
Digestive Health Package | includes home test kit, result interpretation and follow up consultation | £450
This package is normally recommended to clients after the initial consultation if they present with gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation. The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is an advanced stool test that provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health. Utilising cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, this test offers valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.
DUTCH Test | The ‘Gold Standard’ of hormone testing | £430
This test, tests your reproductive and adrenal hormones as well as melatonin, oxidative stress and some organic acids to give us a good picture of where you are with hormone balance. Hormonal imbalances can cause weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, obesity and reduced sense of well-being. A prolonged imbalance can impact the immune system, trigger premature aging and set the stage for chronic illness so it is vital that these hormones get back in balance for future good health