Helen West: BDA-Registered Freelance Dietitian, Cambridgeshire, UK


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My Passion

I love food and my passion for great ingredients led to cooking, started as a very small child helping my grandmother make cakes.  Throughout my life, I’ve always been aware of the positive, medicinal benefits that a healthy relationship with food can bring and after years of experience and fine tuning I’ve found the balance that works for me.

My primary focus from our very first meeting is to guide and support you towards YOUR optimum health and I employ my twenty years of practical and academic experience to help you reach your goals. Although there are general targets most people want to achieve, there is never a typical solution, so we may work together using the Metabolic Balance programme, or in conjunction with a psychologists to address disordered eating, or you may need help with clinically diagnosed gut related conditions. In every case, my aim is to empower to celebrate lifestyle change and appreciate a new, life-long connection with food.

My Journey

I knew when I left school that I wanted to be involved with food in some way so I qualified as a caterer aged 17 and after 8 years of working in the industry I decided to move away from every day cooking. After working 6 years in London, collecting multiple skills and experiences along the way, I knew it was time to reignite my passion for food but not necessarily through cooking. So in 1991, I returned to education and trained as a dietician at the University of North London. I qualified in 1996 with an honours degree in human nutrition and dietetics and have worked for the NHS and privately for the last 20 years as a Clinical Dietician. In 1999 I qualified as an accredited Sports and Nutrition dietician allowing me to give advice to sports devotees both serious athletes and the recreational enthusiast. To optimise training the balance between exercise and diet is key for the body to run at its maximum efficiency. In 2001 I trained as an Advanced Hypnotherapist to complement the additional training around behaviour change I had acquired over the years. Hypnotherapy can be particularly effective for stopping smoking, weight related problems and stress & anxiety.

During 2004-2006 to build-on and expand my professional skills I gained an MSc in the psychological approaches to health and management.

My particular areas of professional interest and expertise are  n all aspects and branches of disorded eating.  In London, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Over the years both via the NHS and privately, I have seen thousands of clients and with each unique case, I add another nugget of expertise to my skills mix.

It is this rich tapestry together with continued professional training that makes me the Dietitian I am today. As my learning curve continues in 2017 I am very much looking forward to a qualification in Functional Medicine.

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Details of Dietetic Services Provided

Industry Services

  • Cooking demo´s
  • Corporate Health
  • FOOD
  • Recipe & Menu analysis
  • Recipe development
  • Workplace Cooking demo´s
  • Workplace Education Sessions

Clinical Expertise

  • COPD
  • Coeliac disease
  • Eating Disorders
  • Healthy Eating / Lifestyle / Behaviour / Wellness
  • IBS
  • PCOS
  • blenderised / texture-modified diets
  • cardiovascular disease
  • complementary/alternative
  • diabetes
  • diets
  • fatty liver
  • food composition
  • food sensitivities
  • food/recipes
  • gut health
  • heart health
  • liver
  • macrobiotic diet
  • malnutrition in the elderly
  • medical nutrition
  • medical nutrition support
  • medical supplements
  • metabolic health
  • metabolic syndrome
  • nutrigenomics/nutrigenetics
  • nutritional supplements for elderly
  • recipe development
  • respiratory health
  • vegan diet
  • vegetarian diet
  • women's health

Geographical Areas Covered

  • East Anglia
  • Greater London
  • South West
  • UK

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