Good nutrition is vital to a healthy functioning body. Clinical nutrition aims to identify and treat nutritional deficiencies, improve food assimilation, eliminate allergens and detoxify the body. Nutritional therapists undergo a period of clinical practice when trained, thus enabling them to hold one to one consultations with clients. They are thoroughly trained to assess your health and any symptoms so that they can prescribe a tailored health programme. Through a healthy balanced diet adjusted to your needs and health conditions, and sometimes supplemented with herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements you can improve your body’s health and functioning.In healthy eating, the ultimate goal is to promote long-term good health & fend off increased risk of disease while maintaining the balance,so that food is still enjoyable. Making our own decisions is the best way to learn. The nutritional therapy we offer is aiming to find a way that will bring our clients results they want, but also it gives them the knowledge they need to feel more empowered to look after themselves and make their own decisions. However, nutritional behaviour that is reinforced tends to be repeated and strengthened. Behaviour which is not reinforced tends to be weakened and die out or be extinguished. We will give you the support and motivation to reinforce your healthy behaviour.
I am an experienced Dietitian, having qualified in 2008 from Bath Spa University with a Honours BSc degree in Diet and Health. I am in a possession of a Masters degree in Dietetics and a certificate in Paediatric Nutrition from the University of Nottingham. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and I am a member of the British Dietetic Association, including paediatric and allergy specialist groups. I strive for the delivery of excellent patient care through education, and the empowerment of patients, their families and carers.
I have 10 years’ experience in dietary and nutritional counseling working in both private and public health sectors covering many different areas of nutrition and dietetics. I have also worked on a voluntary basis with Sirona Healthcare and Off the Records Centre helping parents, children and whole families to improve their nutrition and lifestyle. I found this work extremely rewarding and inspirational. It is important to me as an individual to be able to care for others.
My particular interest lays in Paediatrics and Gastroenterology Dietetics. My paediatric dietetic services include allergy(e.g. cow’s milk protein allergy), intolerance (e.g. lactose intolerance), feeding problems, faltering growth, gastrointestinal problems, fussy eating, weight management and general nutrition for children. I work with pregnant and lactating women helping them to feed their babies a healthy diet from the very earliest. I enjoy working with families and children providing practical, evidence based advice on a healthy diet, cooking for health, labelling and making the right choices. Taking a relaxed and empathetic approach, I engage with the families, sometimes guiding small changes yielding significant results.
I am very interested in helping patients with gastrointestinal problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome by using the low FODMAP diet, and food hypersensitivities by using elimination diets. I also work with people to improve their gut health, weight management, diabetes, mental wellbeing and performance. I lecture on nutrition, based on the most recent evidenced based information.
I acknowledge that people are individuals and that dietetic interventions and support need to be tailored to suit the person and their own situation. Therefore, I completed a three-day Psychology of Eating course which gave me a good foundation in understanding people’s choices and appropriate behaviour change.
BSc IN NUTRITION WITH HONOURS
MSc IN DIETETICS
Association for Nutrition
Health and Care Professions Council
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Stamena is a qualified Yoga teacher (YTT) who has been teaching and offering Yoga therapy full time for over 13 years. She has attended number of YTT training courses, Yoga Anatomy and Physiology, Philosophy and Mindfulness practices in RSA and India with some world renown teachers, few to mention – Kerry Weaving (RSA), Andreas Bothner (RSA), Michael Gannon (USA), Matthew Sweeney (AUS), Shri, Ramesh (Mysore, India), Sri Badri (Mysore, India), Swami Yogasagar (Satyananda lineage).
She spent many years researching, studying and applying the benefits of Yoga, Yoga poses sequencing for therapy and Yogic Nutrition in helping with various health issues. Yoga as a therapy is a powerful catalyst that works in support of many current medical treatments and can provide natural way of letting the body come back to balance.
Over the years Stamena has built knowledge and experience in assisting with various physical, mental and emotions well-being aspects:
- Low back issues and back problems
- Digestive wellness
- Sports injuries rehabilitation and prevention
- Stress, anxiety
- Control of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes (along with diet assessment and alignment)
- Control of menopause symptoms – hot flushes, forgetfulness, disturbed night sleep
- Mindfulness – improved concentration, focus and mental wellness
- Yoga therapy before and during pregnancy
- Sleeping problems
- Weight control and weight loss
- And other
Furthering her nutritional studies, In 2017, Stamena completed an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management through Future Fit School of Nutrition, UK which has added to her portfolio further offering like:
Nutrition and weight management
Behaviour of change
Child’s nutrition and obesity prevention
Pre and Post natal Nutrition
YTT 200,Haum of Yoga (Yoga Alliance accredited), RSA
YTT 200 Mysore Ashtanga Yoga, India
dip(Nut) FFSN, UK
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