My name is Nicky. I am The Fat Nutritional Therapist.
This is not a fact that I can deny. I am very fat. I literally have a disease which causes me to gain and retain excess fat cells. (Please click on the link to lipoedema at the top of the page to find out more)
I am also highly qualified as a Nutritional Therapist. I have a BSc Degree from the University of West London, where I studied for five years.
I am registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
I am in the rare position of having extensive knowledge of nutrition and also a lifetime of inhabiting a bigger body. I truly understand the complexities of living with excess weight - both physiologically and psychologically.
I get it.
I really do.
I passionately believe that every single person has a right to their time and space on this planet to be as happy as possible.
However, all too often, this is not the case because of health issues. Some of these issues are small niggles and some are chronic, debilitating conditions.
We are all capable of improving our health status through our nutrition - yes, it is that powerful!
I want to help you access this power and learn how to enhance your own health status.
I am particularly interested in working with individuals that live in bigger bodies. I think people with excess weight often incur barriers to
I am devoted to providing a confidential, non-judgemental service where your weight is in no way a statement of your health status or your worth as a human.
Food for thought....
Food is essential. It keeps us alive.
It can influence our health in both good and bad ways.
In the world in which we live, there seems to be a new, miracle diet almost every day. Some foods are condemned and some are raised up as wonder foods. However, individual foods are not inherently either good or bad. They simply exert different influences over the body when consumed.
Diets usually require us to ditch all the 'bad' foods and only consume the 'good' ones - often in certain portion sizes, at certain times and in certain orders. They tend to be very rigid in their requirements - suggesting that, if you follow the diet all of the time, you will succeed but, if you don't, you will fail.
In fact, following a strict diet (even if you are told that it isn't a diet - it's a healthy eating plan or a way of life - it's still a diet!) is not sustainable or realistic.
In order for nutritional intervention to be successful, it must include some flex because life is messy and complicated and full of hurdles. This flex can be the difference in whether or not you can acheive your heath goals.
Healthy eating needs to be healthy for the body and also for the mind. All too often, we forget about the mind and punish ourselves with eating regimes that are, quite frankly, torture!
I believe in moderate, gentle changes, implemented at a pace that both your body and mind are happy with, which will create sustainable, healthier habits for life and nurture a healthy, flexible and informed relationship with food.