Deborah Lacey, DipION, BANT, CNHC
Registered Nutritional Therapist and founder of Fresh Horizons Nutrition
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist, having qualified from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, I am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) as well as being registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
My interest in how what we eat affects how we feel began very many years ago but at that time nutrition wasn’t recognised as a topic in its own right as it is today. I worked as a Beauty Therapist in the 1980s and in those days we often gave basic dietary advice to support skin health and general fitness etc. My interest developed further when my children were young, trying to provide food that was fun and interesting as well as healthy for their development. During that period we spent some time in children’s hospitals and I remember being surprised by the lack of nutritional content in the foods offered to sick children who needed sustenance to aid recovery (I don’t know what they are like today – they may have improved in subsequent years along with Jamie Oliver’s campaign to improve school dinners!) Subsequently I worked as an Occupational Health Administrator and was shocked to discover the numerous cases of 21st century chronic diseases that people suffer from, such as stress-related disorders leading to fatigue and depression, as well as various gut related disorders that can have such a negative impact on people’s lives. This led me into investigating how these conditions may be alleviated through diet.
My passion for using nutrition to support good health and to manage or improve chronic health problems really took off after my dear aunt, Beryl, developed Alzheimer’s Disease. By chance somebody leant me a book called the Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan by Patrick Holford, and it was that book that sent my career in a new direction. At last I realised that nutrition was a subject in its own right and my passion and enthusiasm for discovering the benefits that may be gained by finding the right diet for each individual has been increasing ever since. I trained at the acclaimed Institute for Optimum Nutrition for four years and loved every minute of it.
The world of nutrition is constantly evolving and I find this stimulating and exciting and keeping abreast of scientific research and developments continues to be challenging and fascinating. For example, being able to understand new findings and translate these into dietary recommendations that may be the key in helping someone to manage their symptoms from health concerns that have been impacting so negatively on their life for years only increases my enthusiasm.