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My path to becoming a nutritional therapist is a personal one

Low histamine evening meal

Fast forward a few years and things went downhill for me during a difficult divorce. I became ill from stress. My hair and eyelashes fell out. I had eczema head to foot and scales all over my face. I developed digestive issues, diarrhoea, sickness and severe bloating. I suffered from depression and had no energy. Showers caused me extreme discomfort.  My social life was non-existent as I did not know what to eat and  I had lost all my confidence.  I had no choice other than to give up my business. 

Helen Goodall Nutritional therapist in her kitchen

I've always been fascinated by the human body, especially by how all our systems connect, which is why I completed a BSc degree in Biology and Biochemistry at Bristol. After graduating and working in various roles, I trained as a reflexologist and massage therapist and launched my own holistic business.

The day came when I decided I needed to see a nutritional therapist: I took my seat on a train and overheard two girls talking about me. ‘What’s going on with her face?’ one said. ‘She looks burnt.’ I was devastated, but the condition of my skin had deteriorated so much it was too painful to cry.

The Power of Nutritional Therapy

Life got brighter for me from there, and nutritional therapy was a turning point. Not only did my nutritional therapist show me how to heal and support my exhausted, wrung-out body, but she also found that I was gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, and had severe dysbiosis, brought on by the extreme stress in my life at the time. She uncovered health needs that I may never have realised without a nutritional therapist.

I learnt that the body can only carry stress for so long before it cracks and starts to show. And that stress can manifest physically in many ways. I was amazed by the profound impact that food and lifestyle could have on how I felt and looked, intrigued by how the body’s systems are so closely interlinked, and fascinated by the connection between our physical and mental health.

So, I found out where my nutritional therapist studied and signed up.

Taking control of our health

Nutritional Therapist holding blueberries

Over the next 4 years, I studied for my Diploma in Nutritional Therapy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.  Seeing so many people not having their needs met made me want to make a difference to others even more.  I knew that by becoming a nutritional therapist I could support and empower those who want to take control of their health.

Having qualified as a nutritional therapist, I also gained accreditations with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  

Now, finally running my own nutritional therapy business, I get the biggest buzz out of helping my clients improve their well-being with bite-sized guidance and empowering them with essential knowledge and insights.

Need a helping hand to get your health back on track? 

Book a complimentary call below to find out how I could help you. 

Graduation photo from College of Naturopathic Medicine
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