"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

How can a Nutritionist or Nutritional Therapist Help Me?

Lisa Cutforth - Tuesday, December 02, 2008

How would you like to wake up without your alarm clock, feeling rested.  You jump out of bed as the sun comes up, you feel like getting some exercise straight away and then instead of going for a walk around the block you skip around the block?  Nothing is too much of a challenge, you breeze through the day, with a clear head, you’re organized, alert, energized, effective and feeling powerful.  You are excited about the day ahead, you get results, you excel.  You come home after work, you are able to switch off and relax without needing a glass of wine or a stiffer drink, you enjoy helping to prepare the evening meal and you settle in to enjoy a nice dinner with your family, good conversation and an easy enjoyable evening, the cleaning up is done effortlessly, you are at peace with the world, in control and in love with life.  You get into bed and fall straight to sleep and wake up completely refreshed for the new day! 

Any of that sound appealing?  Is that you now? Or…

Do you wake up in a haze with the alarm clock or the sound of your kids? You hit the snooze button or pull the covers over your head.  Eventually you drag yourself out of bed, you still feel tired.  You head for the kitchen and your caffeine hit.  Time starts to register, and you rush around like a maniac trying to get ready and going.  You arrive at your destination, already exhausted, stressed and irritable.  More coffee.  The hunger begins to hit, but you are busy, busy, busy, too busy to eat.  You push through.    You chase your tail, your day is unstructured and stressful.  You grab some food, something quick and easy and high energy and high fat.  You get home late, tired and cranky.  You don’t feel like cooking, you need a stiff drink, you don’t want to talk to anyone or have to be nice.  You make it through the evening, you hit the sack, but you don’t sleep well.  Your mind is racing, you are trying to figure out how you are going to do today’s unfinished tasks on top of the ever increasing work load.  The alarm clock sounds…

What does your nutrition status affect?

Mood, motivation, energy levels, weight, power, strength, mental and physical ability, disease risk

Do you suffer with any of the following?

Cramps, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, sinusitis, acne, arthirtis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, gout, weight gain, weight loss, diabetes, headaches, irregular menstruation, low libido, food addiction, allergies, food intolerances, eczema, psoriasis, frequent colds and flu, more immune system, Poor memory, fatigue, aches and pains…

Many people seem unclear about what it is a nutritionist or nutritional therapist does, or why they might want to see one. 

Basically nutritionists help you to get more out of your life.  They do this by identifying underlying causes of disease or health concerns.  While nutritionists are prevention focused, this often translates into restoring health, PROMOTING LIFE and preventing pre-mature death.  If you have a health concern, it is good to start with the basics, the root or core of the problem.  Every cell in your body requires nutrients to function, that means every process, everything you do, requires nutrition.  If your nutrition status is sub-optimal, this is going to spill over into every other area of your life.  Your performance will be sub-optimal, you will feel and be below your game, your mind cannot operate clearly… and life becomes a drag… something you get through day to day… rather than something you LOVE, ENJOY and CELEBRATE!

“Nutritionists work with each client to produce a tailor-made programme to address specific issues and help you reach your health goalsThis could be clearer skin, more energy, improved digestion or weight loss. Nutritional therapy can also help more complex issues such as overcoming infertility, alleviating migraines or supporting a particular medical condition.” 


The results are you feel more in control of your life, you have more energy, you are more productive, you feel more alive, you have better relationships with your self and others,  and experience an overall better quality of life. 

Why isn’t this enough of an incentive?

You can know what to eat, and hear all the healthy messages out there in the world and still not implement it or change or even WANT to change.  We all have a relationship with food.  Food services much more for us than just nutrients.  We use it to reward or punish, to celebrate, to commiserate… Much more important than the type of food you eat, is the way you are thinking about the food you eat.  The internal processing, what are you telling yourself about the food you eat, the guilt, the shame, the peace, the praise, the associations… all the sub conscious stuff. 


Nutritional Therapists are aware of the multvariate factors that prevent individuals from implementing appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and will work with them at their own pace to adapt to new circumstances. 


I like to take it one step further, working with you to understand the triggers, the motives, the underlying stuff and then look at practical ways of moving forward, empowering you, supporting you to implement lifechanging, sustainable strategies, to heal yourself and take back control of your life!

For more information of nutrition or nutritional therapy, these are two of my favourite sites!




Recent Posts


have fun in the kitchen mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo new year's resolutions healthy shopping list Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah memory focus weight prostate cancer libido support your body muscle wasting Nutritional Therapist breast cancer prevention lunch health one step at a time salad hunger and stress love food best exercise healthy cooking party healthy fast food, healthy take away natural toothpaste relationship with food music delicious low cholesterol the tummy beast reducing coffee how to love exercise how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results anxiety happiness workshop are grains healthy obesity fresh start is sugar bad control pop-eye and spinach taking responsibility recipes for allergies do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources great second hand books energy Lisa's Diary organic vegetables sugar and add cholesterol lowering diet Add new tag happiness course keep focused breakfast assertiveness life overindulge ability to respond empty your mind alzheimers sexy salad nutritious allergies getting fit cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia seasonal quick and tasty recipes diet diary of a nutritionist comfort pig healthy shopping brain health Alan Pease drugfree alternatives simple 7 day detox plan celebrate life addicted to chocolate avoiding a choice health with 10 % effort make stress work for you stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress heart disease increasing energy motivation nutrition high cholesterol how to check your breasts healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options calorie controlled diet Egg allergy relax benefits of sleeping skipping meals feels good healthy cooking demonstration life choices wrong type of exercise, exercise and results is chocolate bad for me which is better for you butter or margarine I don't get hungry nutritionist diet diary what is a good breakfast taking a break sugar and adhd fresh 7 steps to detox low calorie meal plan image weight loss quizz 10 % principle I've Got Life low calorie diet breast cancer awareness blood pressure dancing homocysteine are frozen veggies any good herbal toothpaste benefits of strength training, why you should strength train trans fats ways to improve prostate health time management and healthy living comfort foods Nina Simone Laughter and stress muffins fatigue benefits to keeping a diet diary making time to relax maintain a healthy weight, underweight how to be happy skip meals food sensitivities health pioneers soft drink and behavior problems four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication natural alternatives to drugs cooking class in brisbane weightloss comfort eating healthy cooking parties nutritionist in brisbane corporate wellness detox the power to choose gift quick eating solutions fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys fruit and vegetable shortage recipe how to get more of exercise how to say no Lactose intolerance health for busy people fussy eaters christmas soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity heart foundation tick explained ask my doctor leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut nutritionists diet diary have more energy cooking with allergies childrens lunch boxes quick recipes what is movember immune system what is healthy food improve your memory Cancer food intolerances performance recipies reasons to eat foods in season gluten intolerance how to avoid injury during exercise indigestion real food life lessons soft drink and behaviour problems go for 2 and 5 strength 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart fruit fun mood food allergies success and you nutritious cooking should I eat organic veggies dangers of multitasking while you eat foods in season, seasonal recipes dance Happiness sensitivity to milk to know and not do is not yet to know health sexy salads immune boosting tips sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas love, loneliness Sensational