Meet your Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitoner
Pauline Atchison FNTP
I was morbidly obese
After decades of yo-yo dieting, disordered eating and eventually dieting myself into morbid obesity, I changed the way I think about food and the types of food I consume.
In 2015, ever the optimist, I commenced another diet. After weeks of hard slog dieting (starvation) I felt I had lost enough weight to jump on the scales and see the results of my hard work.
I wasn’t prepared to see 118.3kg / 261lbs. My highest known number, I dread to think what my highest weight would have been before that.
Mainstream diets failed
Although I hadn’t been diagnosed with any physical diseases (yet), I was full of joint pain and starting to have mobility issues. I wasn’t even 50 years of age, but was terrified at what 60 would look like, even wondering if I would make it to 60. All the years of traditional low fat and low calorie diets, countless Weight Watchers memberships and meetings, diet shakes, and manic exercising led me to this moment. None of these diets were sustainable, none of them worked long term, so it was time to try something different. By changing to a low carbohydrate diet and mostly through trial and error (educating myself on the right macro nutrient balance and eventually ignoring the fat bomb or bullet proof coffee enticements), I went on to successfully lose 60kg. I’m happy to say the cravings and binges are a thing of the past and I no longer equate food with emotions.
Eat real food and heal
After healing myself through proper nutrition I gained a certificate in nutrition at Well College Global/Cadence Health and in the quest to learn more about real food and science I continued my education with the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) and trained to become a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) and graduated in 2019 and returned in 2020 to serve as a Group Leader.
The NTA is a nutrition school providing a foundational and holistic approach for accessing nutritional deficiencies in the body. The curriculum is evidence-based and backed by science, with a mission to harness the power of real food and reconnecting each person to the unique needs and innate wisdom of their bodies to support lasting wellness. I am a paraprofessional trained to evaluate a client’s nutritional needs, support normal function and identify nutritional deficiencies.
Functional Nutritonal Therapy
A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner centres on a person’s bio-individuality and supports dietary, life habits and behavioural changes, with a focus on the foundations of nutritional therapy: diet, digestion, blood sugar regulation, fatty acid balance, hydration, and mineral balance.
Our health and wellness begins with good food and nutrition. We are more than just what we eat, we are what we absorb. Our body speaks to us in many ways and more often, we’re not listening, and we treat the symptoms rather than the root cause.
Dysfunctions from nutritional deficiencies, along with environmental and external factors, presents in many ways: unwanted weight gain, allergies and sensitivities, digestive disorders, IBS, bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhoea, GERD, cravings, sleep disturbances, hormonal issues, tiredness, irritability, anxiety and more. When we address the foundational imbalances, the body has the ability to heal, and good things naturally follow. Working with a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner means individualised attention and 100% focus on you and your health goals.
If you are letting your weight get in the way of living the life you deserve, and wanting to lose weight and despairing that it might never happen for you, if you are sick of the yo-yo dieting or just confused about what a well formulated low carbohydrate diet should look like, let me help you. Let me help you break free from the pain and agony of living a life consumed with dieting and losing weight. You will find your happy.