What does the L stand for in your name?

The L stands for Louise.  It’s my middle name and I used it to distinguish myself online as there are plenty of others who blog with the name Shore/ Shaw, not to mention that Newcastle based programme from which lots of Shore related puns have originated.  See here.

Where do you live?

I currently live in Bedfordshire but spilt my time between there and London, where I work full time.

What do you do for a living?

I am a qualified barrister who currently works in the Criminal Justice Sector.  I’ve done this for the past nine years and I’m now working full time alongside studying part time.

What course are you studying and where?

I am currently undertaking a Science Access Course which will lead me nicely on to a Nutritional Therapy Diploma (NTDC) with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION).   NTDC was one of the first courses to obtain accreditation by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC)

For more information about ION click here.

What is a Nutritional Therapist?

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapists (BANT) describes the profession much better than I could:

“Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.”

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation and credibility is very important to me.  Undertaking a course that was fully accredited through NTEC was very important to me.  I wanted to ensure that if I am intending to take on clients and advise people about their diet and lifestyle, it was essential to me that whatever course I chose was of the highest academic standards, credible and rooted in science.

BANT is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists that have completed NTEC accredited courses, or have demonstrated having met the NTEC Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards set by Skills for Health for nutritional therapy. ION students, once they have successfully completed their Diplomas must register with BANT if they wish to practice as a Nutritional Therapist.  Students are also required to register as student members of BANT whilst they are studying.  Practitioner members of BANT are required to register with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council.

BANT provides protection for both clients and the Registered Nutritional Therapist.  I would highly recommend that if you are thinking of seeing a Nutritional Therapist you chose one registered with BANT and CNHC.

The CNHC is the voluntary regulator for complementary therapists including Nutritional Therapists. Once Nutritional Therapy students have completed their Diplomas they can chose to register with the CNHC.

The CNHC was created by the Government as a safeguard to protect the public. The council set the standards that practitioners need to meet to get on to and stay on the register. All practitioners need to agree to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and have registered voluntarily and must be professionally trained and fully insured to practise.

Practically, the council also investigate complaints about alleged breaches of their Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance. They also have the power to impose disciplinary sanctions mirror those of the statutory healthcare regulators.

All being well, when I pass my diploma, I shall be registered with BANT and intend to register with CNHC.

What diet to do you follow?

I don’t follow a strict diet of any persuasion or label.  My diet is mainly plant based with some organic (or at least grass fed/ free range) animal protein thrown in.  I try to eat loads of veg, fruit, whole grains and pulses whilst limiting meat and sugar consumption – because I’d rather eat better quality but less volume of them.  I try to stick to the 80/20 rule and allow myself chocolate, cakes and crisps.  For me and my lifestyle I am not a fan of restricting myself and like (almost) everything in moderation.

Do you have a food intolerance?

Not that I am currently aware of, although I’m keen to get some testing done to satisfy my curiosity around this as I’ve always wondered if I have any underlying sensitivities I’ve not noticed.  I’m planning on visiting the clinic at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (where I’m studying) to have a review of my diet at some point this year.  Will keep you updated.

Are you gluten free?

Not intentionally, although a lot of the food I eat tends to be gluten free because I tend to cook most things from scratch and eat a dishes that don’t contain gluten e.g. shepherd’s pie, steak and sweet potato wedges, stews and salads.

Do you have a particular view on eating organic food?

Yes.  You can read about my food choices here (LINK)