It all started when...

My family tell me I've always been a bit over-interested (their words) in what goes in and what comes out. Fortunately, as a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach it's now my job to be interested in that kind of stuff.

I've been a journalist for, well, forever. Through my 20s, I did all those cliched journo things – I partied, drank too much, smoked too much, and ate junk, oblivious to what it was doing to my  health. I thought I was invincible. 

Slightly miraculously as it turned out, I had a baby and everything changed – as most women find it does – but not for the right reasons. I was no longer super-human. My body had given up. Although I was overjoyed to be a mum, I  was constantly exhausted, my joints ached, and I couldn't seem to shift the weight I'd gained however many hours I spent at the gym and whatever diet I tried. I thought, that's what happens when you have children, right? Turns out I was suffering from a hormone imbalance (or two). It seems the hormonal storm  of  having a baby had pushed me over the edge. That's when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an auto-immune thyroid disease. Since then, I've struggled to get pregnant, lost a child, been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, and suffered more than my fair share of ups and downs. Believe me, I know how it feels to be literally dragging yourself through the day.

In the midst of it all, I had a few REALLY bad days, which turned out not to be such a dreadful thing because they delivered the wake up call that encouraged me to make a lifestyle upgrade. I decided to make some pretty big changes to my diet, too. I wanted to feel better and live life like I meant it. My journey back to wellness led me to retrain as a nutritional therapist and health coach at the highly-regarded Institute for Optimal Nutrition, where I graduated with distinction. What I learned there changed my life forever, and now it can transform yours. 

What makes me the right person to help you?

I specialise in nutrition and coaching programmes for women with hormone imbalances, who want to lose weight and anyone wanting to get pregnant, either naturally or through IVF or other assisted cycles. I also help a variety of women who can’t put their finger on what’s wrong; they just know they should feel more vibrant or energised than they do. I'm also a mum of three, so I know how hard it is to eat well while trying to juggle a busy life.

What sets me apart from other practitioners in the area is that I combine nutritional therapy (that's the science of what to eat) with health coaching to help you put that knowledge in to practice in a meaningful way – and keep you motivated to continue the good work. 

I’m a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), registered with the Complementary & Healthcare Council (CNHC), and am  one of a very select number of  Foresight practitioners,  working with couples to enhance their fertility naturally. I am additionally a zest4life health coach and mentor, trained in offering motivational coaching and group programmes.  

All my clients have one thing in common: they are looking for a nutritional programme to support the treatment they might already be receiving from their GP. And they are prepared to make a few changes and explore how they, too, can use food to help them feel fabulous.

By following my method based on real food and practical solutions for a healthy lifestyle, my clients are well on their way back to optimum health. If this scenario sounds familiar, why not call me on 01245 331331 or 07970771223 or email me to see how I can help you reach your own health goals.

Ailsa Hichens Registered Nutritional Therapist
Booking a free phone consultation will help you figure out whether what I offer is what you really need to turn your life around and get back to your best