I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist and trained for three years with the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) to achieve a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition. I am a member of BANT, the main governing body for Nutritional Therapists, and am also CNHC registered.
I am passionate about the importance of optimising our health and chose to study Naturopathic Nutrition because of its practical and scientific based approach to healthy eating and the impact this has on how our body works (or doesn’t work!).
Since qualifying I have worked with a wide range of private clients to achieve successful outcomes for their many different health issues. Past experience also includes working at a luxury detox and health retreat to help people “reset” their diets and start making long term changes for the better. I also help supervise students currently training at CNM and enjoy writing regular articles for a local magazine.
But how did I get to this career choice?
To be honest, for many years I did not have the healthiest diet or lifestyle but I easily bounced back from poor choices or overindulgence and took it for granted that thanks to my body’s innate desire to heal, this would always be the case.
However, my luck eventually ran out and a combination of things left me suffering from exhaustion, dizziness, rubbish sleep patterns and on an emotional roller-coaster whilst I binged on junk food because I was too tired to cook…yuk!
The time had come to get proactive in looking after myself. There was plenty of advice out there but not all of it suited me or my circumstances. I wanted healthy meals which included my favourite foods and (very importantly) had to be quick to prepare as I am not a fan of spending hours in the kitchen. Learning to be patient and kind to be myself when I made poor choices were also an important part of this experience.
By trial and error, and by making a series of small changes over quite a long time I gradually moved in the right direction and eventually got back to my old self. But, better than that, an upgraded version of myself – calmer, less anxious, happier, more energy and more in control.
Woo hoo. What’s not to love? The improved energy levels allowed me to embrace regular exercise for the first time in my life and to take up challenges such as cycling, running and travelling whilst continuing as mum to No1 son.
It was these positive changes which motivated me to re-train as a Registered Nutritional Therapist so I could understand HOW nutrition works to support our health and to enable me to help other people.
In addition to being a Registered Nutritional Therapist, I also have a strong interest psychology and have a BSc(Hons) from the Open University which I completed in 2011. I have also trained as a clinical hypnotherapist.
These qualifications and skills are an important part of what I offer when supporting nutrition clients. The emotional shift needed when adopting new eating patterns is often as challenging as the practical aspects of making changes. Helping clients to make the necessary mental changes as well as practical ones is all part of what I do as our relationship with food is one of the most important parts of nutrition.
If you would like to benefit from my experience, skills and qualifications, please contact me for an informal chat about how Nutritional Therapy can help you meet your personal health issues and goals.
Linda Thomas Nutrition
T: 07768 803198
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