Food is one of the most mind-altering drugs you can take.
I passionately believe that what we eat is at the root of good health, and that it can positively (and negatively) affect our state of mind. The challenge is that we are all unique and individual and so there is no 'one-size fits all' approach.
The food we eat and the function of our digestive system plays a vital role in our mental health, also known as ‘nutrition psychiatry’.
The digestive system is lined with millions of nerve cells and makes important neurotransmitters (brain chemicals), and so does way more than just digest food. It partly determines our state of mind, which is why it is often referred to as the ‘second brain’. It is also home to our gut microbiome: trillions of microorganisms that live in our intestines and which are critical to our health and wellbeing, including mental health.
A diet that is high in sugar, processed foods and caffeine, for example, is naturally going to be lacking the important nutrients the brain (and the body) needs to allow us to perform at its best but also to feel well mentally and emotionally.
That is why I offer a functional medicine approach to all my clients. I want to know what is going on for you specifically. What systems in the body may be under pressure or what events in your life may be contributing to how you act and feel now. Often some of the physical symptoms we experience can cause us stress in their own right, for example: IBS, acne, eczema, menopause or more chronic conditions including fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Alongside the food you eat, I also take into account your lifestyle, any exercise or movement, stress, relationships, sleep, self-care, as well as a full health history.
As part of this food journey, we’ll also explore your emotional relationship with food, how it plays a part in your life now but also any habits or beliefs you may have or held since childhood. Food is emotive for everyone, and all too often our eating behaviour is wound up in our emotions and experiences rather than the issue being the food itself.
I also understand how hard it can be to eat well when you’re busy, stressed, don’t have time to cook, and perhaps even find cooking stressful. So all my advice is tailored to you, with positive yet practical, everyday advice that allows you to make changes that are suitable and realistic but also life-lasting. No quick wins, no diet plans, no calorie-counting!
So start your journey with me now, and let’s get you back to feeling like you again.