Allison Sheppard, Naturopath
The current wealth of information around health, nutrition and self-care can be difficult to navigate. As more and more people are adopting healthy behaviours more and more people seem to have an opinion.
Well-meaning, but often misinformation, can result in overwhelm and confusion around which foods to eat and what to avoid, whether you need to bother with superfoods or supplements, or be concerned about the seemingly constant need to detox.
Very often what you accept as healthful advice may be better suited to someone else’s needs or a worse passing fad
Right now you’re probably craving more energy or to understand that health complaint you’ve been carrying around that’s making you feel rubbish. You’re not alone in this. Most of us want to feel energised and healthy and age in the best way possible.
As a naturopathic practitioner I’m trained in a range of techniques aimed at restoring your health and wellness. The first piece of the puzzle is usually diet. I focus on personalised nutrition, not dietary labels, and work with nutrient dense wholefoods without the need for calorie counting. I take a whole systems approach by identifying barriers to health such as lifestyle, poor digestion, dysfunctional breathing or how you react to the stress in your life. Sometimes it’s helpful to run clinical tests to explore the root cause of your complaint and ensure you’re on the best programme.
Its only when you understand the complete picture that you can truly nourish the body with what it needs to be well
My relationship with natural medicine started a very long time ago. I was that listless, pale child who often missed school due headaches, tummy aches or eczema, which at times was so debilitating it resembled horrific burns. My family explored the usual channels – including doctors and specialists – I still remember sitting in front of one as he spoke over me, recommending I should face the fact I would be this way for the rest of my life.
But, thankfully things have been different
I was the daughter of a determined and tenacious mum, who refused to accept conventional wisdom, and from that point onwards I became familiar with the concept of food as medicine and how natural therapies can support and improve your health.
It is of little surprise then that I ended up a Naturopath. I’m not saying there aren’t aspects of that 7 year old still present in me today but I’ve learnt to listen to my body and respect its whispers and the need to slow down.
Although I hated being different, and was embarrassed I couldn’t eat the same food as my friends at parties and hid my vitamins and funny treat alternatives (this was the 80’s so far from conventional), I’m immensely grateful for those experiences as they’ve led me to where I am today.
I graduated from the University of Westminster with first-class honours but first completed a BSc in Psychology. I’ve always been fascinated by human behaviour, the mind body connection is an integral part of how I practice, as I believe that all dis-ease includes emotional aspects to how it shows up.
I love guiding people though lifestyle changes and have a special interest in the prevention and reversal of chronic health conditions; digestive and thyroid health; anxiety and stress management; and anti-aging through the use of nutrigenomics.
Life has a habit of delivering unexpected happenings that challenge both our emotional and physical health. If you’re ready to take back control then please get in touch for a chat about how we can work together.