It is a preconceived idea that nutritionists are reserved for professional athletes, actors and models looking after every single piece of food they eat.

Forget about that!

There are many reasons to seek the help of a nutritionist throughout your life. Following a balanced and varied diet seem to be the key to a happy and healthy lifestyle according to the World Health Organisation. 

A healthy diet is also vital to maintain an efficient working immune system, vitamins and minerals being the cornerstone of good health. In today's crazy fast pace daily grind, it might be hard to keep on track with eating healthy and exercising correctly. That is when nutritionists came into the game.

Want to get back on track with a healthier lifestyle? Book a session with one of the many nutritionists around Leeds.

First of all, you should know that there is two kind of nutritionists in the UK: the ones working in the public sector, i.e. the NHS and the ones working in the private sector. 

Public healthcare nutritionist work in schools, hospitals or nursing homes. They are usually busy working out balanced dietary plans for kids, patients or residents and advising them on how to live a healthier life. Patients suffering from obesity, diabetes, hypertension or cancer are particularly fragile, and nutritionist are there to make sure that they get all the nutrients and vitamins they need.

Public healthcare nutritionist also works in public clinics and health centre offering counselling sessions for everyone looking to get the right food in their plates.

On the other, private sector nutritionist will work in private clinics and practices, usually making considerably more money than their public counterparts. They offer their expertise and counsels people from all walks of life in improving their diet to resolve health problems such as hormonal imbalance, skin rashes, digestion issues or excessive fatigue.

So let's look at your options in Leeds. Get a nutritionist near me here.

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"Nutrition doesn't have to be complicated. It goes back to the lessons you learned as a kid. Start with a real breakfast; don't ever skip that. If you're waking up early for a run, make sure you drink at least a glass of water and put something healthy into your stomach before you go out the door."

- Summer Sanders, American former competition swimmer and Olympic champion

Dr. Lisa Gatenby, Registered Dietitian

Dr Gatenby is a Registered Nutritionist, with a PhD in Nutrition, a Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition and a BSc (hons) degree in Food. No need to say that she is very qualified.

She believes that healthy eating habits can really improve your life. She offers general healthy eating and weight management advice or can help you with more specific health issues.

Dr Getnby has been an approved as a Registered Nutritionist by the Association for Nutrition (the controlling body for Nutritionists). She also worked in the hospitality industry for more than eight years before studying her Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition and completed a PhD at Hull University on children’s nutritional intakes.

For the last ten years, she has been working on a consultancy basis, offering food and nutritional advice to companies and individuals. She delivers training and corporate wellbeing sessions as well as the RSPH qualifications in Food and Nutrition. She also undertakes specialist work on complex medical cases, providing a person-centred approach to support the adoption of a healthy balanced diet, controlling weight and promoting healthy development through proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits.

Dr Gatenby offers one to one advice for individuals, nutrition training courses and consultancy to schools, government and companies.

As a qualified chef, she fully understands that everyone wants to eat great tasting food and that it is the key is to ensure you take the right steps to ensure that your food is healthy and satisfying.

You can find her at the Healthwise Clinic in Guiseley, Leeds

Here is where to find a nutritionist near me.

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Leeds Intelligent Nutrition

This private practice based in Leeds is directed by Nutritionist Peter Clark,

Clark's first degree was in Biochemistry, and he went on to gain his Master’s in Human Nutrition with distinction from the University of Sheffield. His research at the Northern General Hospital of Sheffield on an aspect of bone mineral metabolism was published in The Lancet.

Clark's is a Registered Nutritionist with the British Association for Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine, Nutritional Therapy Council and a Registered Nutritional Therapist with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

Clark's has almost 30 years of expertise advising on nutrition. He has experience as a Consultant Nutritionist with a range of clients from individuals to Premiership rugby and football clubs. Peter has written a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post and has made guest appearances on television.

Intelligent Nutrition has more than 25 years of expertise and offers advice on Individual health and weight management, Sports seminar, workshops and programs, and Corporate Health Diet & Nutrition consultancy.

The practice also offers a full range of laboratory tests including Serum Ferritin, Thyroid Tests, Food Intolerance Tests and Food Allergy Test.

All the professional practitioners at Intelligent Nutrition will give you all the help you need to sort any diet issues you may have and get you on the tracks to a healthier lifestyle.

Vanessa: The Yorkshire Dietetician

Vanessa is a qualified Dietitian. She studied at The University of Surrey where she gained her BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a member of the British Dietetic Association; Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated and have an ethical code that ensures the highest work standards. She can translate the science behind the research to give practical information to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

During her career, Vanessa has set up two NHS weight management services, ‘Weight Wise Barnsley’ and ‘Reshape Rotherham’. Both focused on educating and supporting people in their weight loss. She works for the Rotherham Institute of Obesity and manages a caseload of patients with complex needs, seeing both adults and children with weight management issues.

She has also worked in Public Relations, delivers nutrition training and sees private patients.

Vanessa can help individuals with a wide range of health and nutritional issues.

Whether you want to achieve weight loss goals, need help to manage your diabetes, get your cholesterol under control or if you only wish to eat well for you and your family, Vanessa’s years of experience is just a phone call away, or you can arrange a private one-to-one consultation.  Alternatively, if you have Skype, just her know your Skype name, and she will arrange an appointment with you.

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Find A Nutritionist Near You

If you would like to explore your options further, the Nutritionist Resource website lists all the professional dietician in the UK. The website also offers an extensive list of online resources if you have problems with Anaemia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Coeliac disease, Diabetes, Digestive issues or Eating disorders.

Don't google for a nutritionist near me; count on your Superprof to steer you right!

3 Tips For A Healthy Diet (According to the NHS)

Eat more starchy carbohydrates

Most people make the misconception that potatoes, bread, rice pasta or cereals are bad for you. This misconception has been fed by decades of diets frenzies and endless new "miracle" diets being promoted in fashion magazines.

According to the NHS, everyone should include at least one starchy food with each of your three daily meals. You should favour wholegrain varieties which contain more fibre and will make you feel satiated longer.

The danger of cooking starchy food is to prepare them with too much fat. Oil, butter and creamy sauce are what you should be looking to avoid. Those fat contain twice as many than carbohydrates gram for gram.

Eat as many fruits and veggies as you want

We all know the NHS promotion of the five fruits and vegs a day program. It is not as hard as it sounds. Add a banana to your breakfast cereals or swap your usual morning cake snack with of tasty fruit salad. 100% unsweetened fruit or vegetable juice are also recommended and go towards your five a day.

Reduce your saturated fat and sugar intake

Fat is not the enemy, too much fat is. You can split fat into two types: unsaturated and saturated. The former has actually some benefits for your health but the latter needs to be watched carefully. Too much-saturated fat is the number one cause for elevated cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.

30 grams of saturated fat a day is all you will ever need (20 for women). 

Much of people's favourite food contains saturated fat (hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard, pies) and instead of those trying to use unsaturated fat ingredients such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados.

The same thing goes for sugar in your diet: too much is bad. High sugar contents food and drinks such as sodas, sweetened breakfast cereals, cakes, sweets and pastries increase your risk of obesity and teeth cavities if eaten in excess.

So make sure to read food labels properly to be sure to keep on track with a healthy diet. The key is balance. You can eat everything as long as you don't eat too much of anything.

"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have the safest way to health."

- Hippocrates, Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, considered to be The Father of Western Medicine

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