Nutrition & Dietetics
Zoe qualified with a Bsc Honours Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010. She is a Registered Dietitian with CORU (Health and Social Care Professionals Council) in Ireland and the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) in the UK. Zoe is also a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the BDA Mental Health Specialist Group. Zoe has worked as a Dietitian within both inpatient and outpatient, NHS and private settings since this time. This breath of experience has provided Zoe with a very broad range of knowledge and skills. She has worked in a variety of Dietetic specialities, such as Eating Disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder, Gastroenterology, Overweight and Obesity, Nutritional support, Neurology, Oncology, Learning Difficulties, Home Enteral Feeding, Stroke and Critical Care.
Zoe has a specialism within Mental Health and has been working within this field since 2014. Since 2016, she has been practising as a Specialist Dietitian within Eating Disorders and Mental Health Services in the UK. Zoe has experience working within both Adult and Children and Adolescent Services. Zoe is very passionate about this area of Dietetics and believes that nutrition has a central role in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Furthermore, in the prevention and treatment of other Mental Illness. The NICE guidelines 2017 recommend Nutrition intervention as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Nutrition has a central role in the treatment of Eating Disorders and in the prevention and treatment of other Mental Illnesses.
Nurition has a central role in the treatment of Eating Disorders and in the prevention and treatment of other Mental Illness.
Zoe is not only a qualified Sattva Yoga teacher, but also a Meditation teacher. She has spent the earlier part of this year studying and practicing abroad in India. Zoe trained at the Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, India. Sattva Yoga is a holistic yoga practice which using Pranayama, Himalayan Kriyas, Meditation, Mantra and Asana techniques.
Yoga is the spiritual path of self realisation and means unity in Sanskrit. It is a holistic health system which can improve the way we live. Through the various yogic practices mentioned above, we can modify and improve our intellect. We can become more aware of our thoughts and actions. Many of these can be reactive and destructive causing an array of mental and physical illness in the world today. When we can transcend our minds, we can ultimately live a more peaceful happy life in tune with nature and our true self. Living a yogic life is not only about a physical practice it also focuses on how we live morally as individuals, what food we eat, what environment we live in. It is a guide on how to live life fully.
Yoga is a holistic health system which can improve the way we live.
Pranayama is a yogic technique which works with the breath. Prana means life fore and Yama means tuning, so using our breath we can tune the subtle energy in our body. It is a very powerful technique and has many benefits such as calming, grounding and reducing anxiety.
“This practice can also increase the energy in ones body leaving you feeling invigorated . ”
Kriya means action which creates expansion. Kriya’s are movements which work with the energy in the body creating powerful shifts. Kriya’s have the capacity to reach the cellular level of the body. The Kriya’s from the Sattva Yoga tradition originate from the Himalayas. They include Meditative Kriyas which both stabilise and increase energy within the body, Laya movements which are devotional heart movements, Mantras which create sound vibrations and Chi movements which access the prana energy. All of these different forms of Kriya’s have different benefits to the body and mind. They can calm, ground and stabilise or increase energy generating will power, determination, strength and the ability to transcend our ego.
Meditation is one of the main practices of yoga. The importance of meditative practices lies with its ability to allow one to start witnessing and observing the mind without judgement. There are many different meditation techniques some which focus on the breath and others which use mantra to refine the mind and focus. Sattva Yoga and guided meditation incorporates both practices.
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Zoe is a qualified Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner from the Ayurveda Pura Academy in London.
Ayurveda is the science of life (veda – life, ayur – science). It is an ancient indian holistic health system approximately 5000 years old.
Ayurveda represents a balance between the physical and mental states and nature. It is believed when these are out of balance illness presents. It is deeply connected with yoga. Yoga being the spiritual dimension of Ayurveda .
It is believed in Ayurveda that everything within us and around us is made up of five different elements, space, air, fire, water and earth.
Some of these elements combine to form our body constitutions or make up.
At conception our Prakriti body constitution began to be formed and continued to be manifested until the day of birth. Some influencing factors on how this was formed include:
- Our parents constitutions at the time of conception,
- Their physical and mental state at the time of conception,
- The mothers physical and mental state during the pregnancy
- Other environmental factors such as the time of year, season and weather.
For some individuals, over time, particular influences such as people, the environment and our way of life can cause an invisible “layer of dust” to cover this Prakrirt. This, in turn, forms an individuals Vikriti. An imbalance of vikriti can lead to difficulties with both physical and mental health. It can additionally lead to illness and disease.
The aim of Ayurvedic practitioners is to help their clients to maintain optimum health, to remove this layer of dust if present and restore ourselves to our natural prakritis to achieve ultimate harmony. To correct an imbalance we use the five approaches of Ayurveda: food, herbs, massage, yoga and lifestyle.