Taking On New Clients

I’ve been working with clients for a decade now. Over the last five years, the majority of the time, I’m at capacity and my practice is closed to new clients. But twice a year this changes and I open my doors again.

There are a handful of reasons that clients come to work with me and this short list makes up the bulk of what I do. There is typically an overlap, with many clients falling into multiple categories:

Helping clients quit dieting

Dieting has become many people’s most practiced hobby. Since their teenage years or early 20s they’ve been on a succession of regimes. But at some point there’s a realisation that “this isn’t working”.

They feel deprived, they still have a host of symptoms and they haven’t been delivered the body they thought they would. In fact, if they had the opportunity, they’d love to go back to the body they had before they started dieting (despite feeling unsatisfied with what they saw in the mirror at the time).

With these clients I help them navigate the process of quitting dieting and understanding that if they don’t have some list of rules or “good” and “bad” foods, that they still know how to feed themselves.

Fertility Issues

This is a big one and makes up a large percentage of clients I work with. For many, it’s because their period has gone MIA. Often this isn’t something new; for years or even over a decade, they haven’t been getting their period.

While for some people the thought of not having a period could sound like a blessing, it isn’t. A woman’s period isn’t only about reproduction, as a monthly cycle fosters health benefits for nearly every system in the body.

I also help with conception and many times a year I experience the joy of receiving an email from a client saying, “I’m pregnant!”

With these fertility clients, we look at what are the potential blocks (dietary, stress, exercise, sleep, etc) that are preventing the body from prioritising reproduction or pregnancy and make the necessary changes.

Recovery from disordered eating and body image issues

Many people’s dieting history starts out innocently enough but then takes a sinister turn. No longer is food just food, it’s something to be feared and battled against.

The same thing with how someone thinks about their body. It’s human nature to recognise flaws and to have parts of ourselves we’d change if we had a magic wand. But often these thoughts turn from something fleeting or momentary to taking up a huge amount of head space, and can make someone constantly feel uncomfortable in their skin.

Exercise is often accompanied with this. But rather than fostering improved health, exercise is driving people further into the ground despite being a compulsion they can’t quit.

This category is similar in many ways to helping someone quit dieting, but it runs much deeper. There’s work that we need to do on identity and self worth and people’s belief system.

Thyroid issues/low metabolism

Many people come to me already having been diagnosed with a thyroid issue.

Or if they haven’t had an official diagnosis, they are ticking the boxes for many of the usual symptoms: low energy, low mood, difficulty concentrating, anxiety/overwhelm, always feeling cold (especially hands and feet), digestive issues (heartburn, constipation, loose stools), poor sleep, recurrent infections, hair falling out, dry skin, and feeling puffy or experiencing water retention.  

There’s a lot of confusion about the term “low metabolism”. Most people’s focus is about their inability to lose weight. They feel like they don’t eat much food and yet they are weight steady (or are even putting on weight).

But metabolism is much broader and more important than weight. Calories are energy. If you are taking in low amounts of calories (or have an inability to use the calories you are consuming), this is means you have fewer resources for your body to do everything it needs to do. So the above symptoms arise as a result of your various body systems being unable to keep up with the demand.

While most people try to get by on the least amount of food to maintain some specific weight goal, this is a mistake. Instead, you should be working out how you can take in the maximum amount of food so your body can use this energy to run your various systems. And this is what I do with these clients (and really all clients).

All of these areas take time to address. This isn’t about someone following a simple meal plan or being told to avoid these certain foods. It’s looking at why you think what you think and do what you do and examining if this is helping or hindering you and your health.

It’s learning to pay attention to how your body is functioning and what is and isn’t supporting it (and this is very person specific).

Working With Me

I said at the start of this that I open my practice twice a year. Well, now is one of those times.

I have a limited number of spots available and some of those are already gone (I have a waiting list and those on it got early notification).  

If you are interested in working together, click this link and fill out your details. We can then arrange a time for us to have a free initial chat to work out if we are a good fit for one another.

If you want to find out more about how I work with clients, this link will give you further details.

 



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Chris Sandel is the founder of www.seven-health.com. He is a nutritionist, working with clients on a one-on-one basis, as well as creating online trainings and products about health and nutrition. He is the author of The Health Trap: Why "Healthy" Eating Isn't Always Healthy which is available on Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

Chris has three free emails series. One is on how to quit dieting. One is on simple tests you can do at home. And the other is his take on the world's healthiest foods.

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