Functional Nutrition is the science of applying nutrition to optimise health, vitality and performance.
The key focus in Functional Nutrition is to keep the body in balance. Diet and lifestyle are among the factors that most profoundly influence this balance. As a Functional, Metabolic and Anti-ageing Medicine Consultant, I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to dietary needs. Instead, every client is as individual as their nutritional needs, and this individuality is based on one’s genetics, physical health, lifestyle and environment.
Potential imbalance arising from diet and lifestyle factors and how these factors could be contributory to ill-health can be identified by Lifestyle and Functional Medicine. This approach allows the Functional Medicine Consultant to work with individuals at varying levels by addressing deficiencies and supporting the body towards achieving and maintaining optimum health through dietary and lifestyle modifications.
People consult a Functional Medicine Practitioner for varying reasons. Some simply want to check if they are on track with their lifestyle, others need support with weight management, whilst others may need support with specific health issue. As a Functional Medicine Consultant, with multi-disciplinary qualifications, Florence supports clients with a wide range of health issues at her clinics in London.
What To Expect From Your Consultation
Florence will make an assessment of general health, family history, current dietary patterns, and lifestyle before an personalised dietary and lifestyle plan is devised. Supplements may be recommended where there is a need. Typically, the consultation process is broken down into three stages.
Stage One: Before The Initial Consultation
After a consultation appointment has been booked, a questionnaire will be sent out to you, which will require you to complete your medical history and 3-day food diary. After completion, the questionnaire will need to be sent back to me at least two days before your appointment. This will give the practitioner an opportunity to build a picture of your health history and consider the best possible ways to help you achieve your health goals. This also facilitates more time for a thorough consultation since some of the information is analysed in advance. It is however essential to fully and accurately complete the questionnaire.
Stage Two: The Initial Consultation
The first consultation can last one hour. During the consultation, your health concerns and goals will be discussed, and a personalised programmed will be agreed upon, in line with budget, lifestyle and dietary preferences. The agreed programme will either be posted or email to you within two days.
The programme will include the following:
- Detailed explanation on dietary and lifestyle habits that could be contributory to ill-health.
- A personalised nutritional programme.
- Hand-outs relevant to your health concerns, recipes, shopping lists and sample menu plan (if necessary).
- A supplement programme (if necessary).
Stage Three: Follow-up Consultations
Follow-up consultation is usually recommended within four to six weeks after the initial consultation. This is aimed at reviewing progress and anything new that may have cropped up. Also, where necessary, the programme could be adapted. The follow-up consultation usually last approximately 45 minutes. Depending on how you progress, further consultations may be required. Most clients require two and three follow-ups over a three months period.
If you would like further information or need to discuss whether nutritional therapy could be suitable for your needs, please feel free to contact us.
Eat Well, Manage Stress, Moderate Exercise and Positive Socialisation!!!!
These four simple principles of lifestyle changes have been shown to be critical in the prevention and management of risks associated with chronic diseases, influencing the rate of ageing and reducing the burden of costs associated with healthcare. That is why lifestyle medicine is a well orchestrated idea.
Basic Dietary Recommendations Include:
- Eat mostly plant based foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and soy products in their natural form
- What you include in your diet is as important as what you exclude.
- Eat as close as possible to its natural form, which includes the fibre
- Reduce the intake of hydrogenated fats, saturated fats, and trans-fats. In a recent study, saturated fats have been found to shorten telomeres and increase the rate of ageing.
- Reduce intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates.
- Consume 4 grams of fish oil or equivalent per day.
- Try to eat organic – Not only does it taste better, but it also does not have the endocrine disruptors.