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What is Nutritional Therapy?

 

Nutritional Therapy is a holistic but science-based approach to illness and health that recognises each person as an individual with unique requirements. Nutritional Therapy applies the science of nutrition to help you achieve your optimum health and peak performance. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. 

 

Who can benefit from seeing a Nutritional Therapist?

 

Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing. Nutritional Therapy is suitable for all ages with or without health issues.

Changing your diet and lifestyle can have a big impact on your health. You can benefit from seeing a nutritionist if you simply just want to improve your diet or suffer from any of the following health conditions. 

 

    ✓    Allergies and asthma 

    ✓    Arthritis ( osteo and rheumatoid)

    ✓    Cancer (support prior, during and post treatment)

    ✓    Depression, stress, anxiety, sleep problems 

    ✓    Diabetes (type 2)

    ✓    Digestive issues (IBS, reflux, bloating etc)

    ✓    Eczema and other skin problems

    ✓    Fatigue

    ✓    Fertility problems

    ✓    Frequent infections 

    ✓    Food intolerances/sensitivities

    ✓    Heart and circulatory problems

    ✓    Hormonal disorders ( i.e.PCOS)

    ✓    Hypertension

    ✓    Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis)

    ✓    Migraines and headaches

    ✓    Obesity and weight problems

    ✓    Osteoporosis 

    ✓    Prostate problems

 

 

If you suffer from a condition or symptoms that are not listed above do not hesitate to contact me for advice.

 

About Me

I have always been passionate about good food and science. I have decided to combine these two passions. I now hold a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. My studying has only deepened my interests and reinforced my belief in the power of good nutrition. 
I am a mother of two children and understand the challenges of teaching children healthy eating habits. When I am not reading yet another book on nutrition I love cooking and creating healthy recipes, walking my dog, listening to music and playing tennis.

 

Experience


Running my own Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy practice since qualifying. I have over 3 year of clinical experience.
Currently I lecture Nutrition at The College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol. 

 

Qualification


A diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol.

Find out more at

http://www.naturopathy-uk.com

 

Choosing a Nutritional Therapist


It is important to choose a qualified Nutritional Therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of nutritional therapy.

 

Voluntary regulation


By choosing Nutritional Therapists registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC) you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.


http://www.cnhc.org.uk

 

Professional association


By choosing a Nutritional Therapist who is a member of British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) you can be confident that they follow the strict BANT Code of Professional Practice, have professional indemnity insurance for clinical practice and also meets the membership entry criteria.
One of the criteria for the membership of BANT is continual education in the field of nutritional science. 


http://bant.org.uk
 

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Practising at Stoke Gifford, Bristol, South Gloucestershire.


Telephone: 07786 322276


Email: lsnutrition@mysims.co.uk

 

Skype: Lindasimsnutrition

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Consultations & Fees

Consultation 

What can you expect from a consultation with me?


The initial consultation will typically last 90 minutes (children 60 minutes), follow up 30 minutes (or longer if required)

 

During the initial consultation:

 

  • We will discuss your symptoms, health concerns and general health questions that will help me assess and identify any potential nutritional imbalances that may contribute to you symptoms and health concerns. 
  • We will discuss in detail your medical history and all body systems. 
  • I will also evaluate your current food intake and access your nutritional needs. 
  • Together we will create a personalised, achievable Nutritional and Lifestyle Plan that will  suit your individual needs and support your body towards maintaining health. 
  • If and when needed I will suggest nutritional supplements. 
  • I will provide you with recipes and hand outs to help you on your journey
  • You will also benefit from free telephone and email support (within reason)

 

Consultation Fees


Initial Consultation  Adult (90 minutes)     £70
Initial Consultation Child (60 minutes)      £55*
Follow up (45-60 minutes)                        £40

*Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Testimonials

Linda is very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. She was advising about the most suitable diet and supplements for a specific condition and spent time explaining which would be best and the reasoning behind the recommended supplements."
 
Sue Cox
pp. Jean Grimes

 

''I have been suffering with gastritis for around 5 years following a very stressful period of my life. Although my life is now a lot less stressful, once I had the problem with my stomach I found that I was stuck with it.
I did a lot of reading online and tried many diets, supplements, and over the counter medications along with those prescribed by my GP, but nothing seemed to solve my stomach complaint and I was left with acid and pain.
My wife found Linda Sim’s details online and encouraged me to contact her to arrange a session.
Linda was really helpful, she asked me to keep a food diary, analysed things that I was eating and came up with a dietary plan which was tailored to my personal needs. Linda also gave me a list of supplements I should take to help with the vitamin deficiencies that I had developed due my condition.
I noticed a great difference and reduction of symptoms within two weeks of starting the diet, and am now slowly weaning myself off the medication prescribed by the GP, as this has not helped me and has long term side effects.
Linda has been in touch a couple of times to check in on my progress and to offer helpful advice re: slowly reintroducing food to my diet as my stomach continues to recover.
I would strongly recommend Linda Sim’s sessions to anyone who suffers with gastric problems.''


Leo Morshead


''I heard rave reviews about Linda on a FB page so decided to go and see her for a check-in on what I eat, and to look at immunity and energy boosting tips. She was great: supportive, kind, knowledgable and debunked the myths often heard on needing non-plant based food sources. Linda was able to offer encouragement and a wealth of advice on tweaking my current eating, and introduced some supplements to complement this. I feel much more confident and assured that I am on track and would (as others did) highly recommended her. Thanks Linda''


Kathryn Smith 

 

Linda changed my life. With my borderline thyroid, my husband's severe Crohn's and four small children with multiple allergies, finding healthy meals to suit everybody's needs was a massive struggle. We battled conventional practitioners and medicines for 4 years and finally stumbled upon Linda, who has been an absolute saviour. It was a complete revelation! Our diets now are so varied, colourful, healthy and healing. Linda's knowledge and dedication is second to none. I would - and do - recommend her to everyone.

 

Vikki Jennison 

 

This lady is awesome! She has changed me from Shouty Grumpy Mummy and Wife back to my usual calm self. After being diagnosed as Peri Menopausal and Pre Pre Diabetic(!) I wanted to find alternatives to the anti-depressants the Dr wanted to prescribe me. I found Linda who discussed all my symptoms, eating habits (they were pretty bad) and lots of other things about me. All of this meant that she treated everything and not just my symptoms. With her help I have made small dietary changes and changed the supplements which I had been taken to others that would absorb in my system more efficiently. The difference has been amazing my symptoms are resolving themselves and I am so much calmer and more relaxed. I can tell then difference when I have a "blip" so I know it is the changes that I have made with Linda's expertise. You are a star, Linda.

 

Sian Husson Smith

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Shapes and sizes  

 

Part 1

 

4th Sept 2017


The internet is a wonderful thing indeed, it gives us all a platform to express our opinions fairly freely. On the negative side this freedom gives a platform to a lot of misinformation. I am a big fan of facts, in my role as a nutrition lecturer I aim to present my students with facts about health and nutrition. In the field of nutrition science one never stops learning, new studies are published daily and new exciting or shocking facts seemed to emerge on weekly basis. As a professional I need to wade through the headlines and evaluate the actual research rather than an uneducated opinion of a journalist. 
What lead me to the above paragraph? Recently I have commented on a Facebook post and got dragged into a heated discussion about whether you can be fat and fit and even the existence of the obesity crisis.  In the end of it all I got (without being directly named) accused of getting my information from newspaper headlines. Therefore this post is my way of setting things straight.


Shapes and sizes


We all come in different shapes and sizes. As a mum in todays society I know the pressure kids face to look like their favourite celebrity or a teen model. I speak to both of my kids, but especially my daughter (who feels the pressure more acutely) about body shapes and the importance to embrace our differences. It is important for our kids (and ourselves) to know they are beautiful as they are. 


However it is also very important to be the healthiest you can be whatever shape you are. Healthy weight is a big part of the equation. When is comes to measurements however things can be a bit complicated when evaluating person’s rick of disease. BMI, waist to height ratio, waist to hip ratio are valuable tools we use in nutritional practice. These calculations can help us identify an individual’s increased risk of chronic disease. The trick is to know how to use these numbers. For example the  BMI is less relevant if you are a professional rugby player. Your waist to hip ratio number also has to take into account your ethnicity, for example if you are from Asia for example your  heart disease risk arises at a lower number than that of somebody’s of European origin. One size doesn’t fit all.

 

Obesity crisis


In my above mentioned discussion I was presented with a video of Dr Traci Mann who claims that there is no obesity crisis - in contrary to the overwhelming opinion of the majority of health professionals. There are many points I agree on with Dr Mann; such as the well-known (hardly revolutionary) fact that fad diets do not work or that there is more to being obese/overweight than just eating, psychological factors need to be taken into consideration as well as many other issues. 


However Dr Mann wrote a book about healthy weight loss, a tell tale sign that she still sees excess weight as a problem.


In her BBC video Dr Mann states that whilst excess weight is associated with chronic disease, those who are obese are more likely to survive it than those who don’t. This may be truth for heart attacks but surely not getting the heart attack in the first place is far more desirable than risking lasting health complication and often death (being obese doesn’t ensure that you will survive). 


A recent study has shown that the previously believed opinion that a bit of extra weight in older age is better for longevity doesn’t stand up to closer scrutiny. After adjusting for facts such as whether those who were thin were thin due to an illness, the study showed that healthy weight lead to better health outcomes overall. 


Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, the author of the - “Fat but Fit” still at higher risk of heart disease -  study has called for the removal of the term “metabolically healthy obesity”. He has also said:


“Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals. The priority of health professionals should be to promote and facilitate weight loss among obese persons, regardless of the presence or absence of metabolic abnormalities.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Excess weight and health implications


To claim that there is no obesity crisis is outright dangerous. We have slowly normalised the excess weight. Some clothing companies have even made their sizes more generous to make us, the consumers, feel better. Obesity comes with great consequences, and not only to our health. The strain on our NHS is growing, the latest cost estimates of annual obesity cost to NHS is £6.1billion. There are further costs to our economy but my professional concern is health, so I will focus on some of the health implications.

 

It is shocking that we now see children as young as five being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes - previously known as adult onset diabetes (in my country it was known as old age diabetes). A very recent study has shown that obese babies and toddlers present with heart damage by the age of five, which predisposes them to heart disease.  Obese/overweight children are at risk of having lower lifespans than their parents as the damage caused by obesity starts much sooner hence can take its toll at a younger age. We can all agree that no parent wants to outlive their child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We see an increase of obese pregnancies, leading to an increased risk to both mother and baby. Obese mothers require numerous staff in the delivery room to accommodate for these risks. Overweight mums are more likely to have under or overweight babies, and this can have negative implications for their child’s health.
Heart disease is still the number one killer in the Western world, closely followed by cancer. It is clear that carrying excess weight makes your heart work harder. It can start to damage your heart even before any symptoms show up.


Being overweight increases the risk of 13 different cancers (including some of the most common ones such as breast and colon). Increased body mass by just 5 kg/m2 increases cancer mortality by 10%! Studies consistently show that healthy weight individuals have better survival odds post diagnosis and treatment. We have all accepted that smoking causes cancer, it is about time we have the same understanding of excess weight an its role in an individual’s cancer risk. 

Adipose tissues (the stored fat) acts as an endocrine gland - producing various hormones and inflammatory cytokines. Inflammation is a huge contributor to a number of chronic conditions including cancer, arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease  and even depression. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have all met somebody who is obese and has lived to a ripe old age, but certainly not in full health. The weight will eventually cause chronic issues, pain and discomfort. The numbers are stacked against the claims that it is possible to be “fat and fit”, according to the NHS obesity is now a  leading cause of death (second only to smoking), especially amongst men.


I will leave you with the words of Dr Garth Davis, bariatric surgeon who uses healthy eating and lifestyle as a first line treatment with his clients:


“When we get comfortable with being fat, we get comfortable with being sick.”


Look out for part 2 of this blog that will focus on healthy and lasting weight loss.

 

Further reading and references:


http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2017/05/'Healthy-obesity'-is-a-myth-study-suggests.aspx
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2017-05-18-fat-but-fit-still-at-higher-risk-of-heart-disease/
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/obesity-healthy-not-possible-fat-fit-study-coronary-heart-disease-stroke-birmingham-university-a7739891.html
https://www.nhs.uk/news/obesity/obesity-now-a-leading-cause-of-death-especially-in-men/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/30/obese-toddlers-begin-showing-signs-heart-failure-age-one-study/
http://food.cieh.org/an_update_on_adult_obesity_levels_in_the_uk.html?RequestId=9b1dd35e
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3648822/
https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/89/6/2548/2870285/Adipose-Tissue-as-an-Endocrine-Organ
 

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Events & Publications

 

Events

 

Food for Health Course​

I am really excited to be presenting Food for Health Course for the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol.

Date: 21st and 22nd of January 2017.

Click on the link to find out more about the course. I would love to see you there.


http://shop.naturopathy-uk.com/Food-for-Health.html
 

Publications


Recent Article in the College of Naturopathic Medicine Newsletter
Optimal Nutrition as a Vegan

http://www.naturopathy-uk.com/news/blog/2016/08/15/achieving-optimal-nutrition-vegan-diet/

 

Events & Publications