Deborah Lacey, DipION, BANT, CNHC
Registered Nutritional Therapist and founder of Fresh Horizons Nutrition
My mission is to motivate people to improve their health through good food, leading to renewed vitality and love of life.
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist, having qualified from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, I am a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (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 many years ago when I worked as a Beauty Therapist. We often gave basic dietary advice to support skin health and general fitness etc., but at that time nutrition wasn’t recognised as a topic in its own right as it is today. 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. 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 gave 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.
My particular interest is in healthy ageing which is something for all of us to bear in mind. When we are young everything works well, all the cogs are smooth, shiny and well-oiled and nutrients are used to their best advantage. Over the years the smooth-running of our body’s systems diminishes, leading to gradual decline in many aspects of health. But we don’t need to accept poor health as inevitable or normal; there is so much we can do to support our bodies in maintaining good health well into old age.
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.