Lucy Patterson DipION FdSc mBANT CNHC set up Southville Nutrition to help others to better manage their health conditions and achieve their health goals. Passionate about food and healthy eating, after being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in 2005 Lucy was inspired to study Nutrition after finding how improved nutrition and specific nutrients benefited her personally. She embarked on a personal journey to better manage her own health and now gives others the knowledge and guidance to do the same.
Having graduated from the world-renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition, science-based nutritional advice is one of the most important aspects in Lucy’s practice .A fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, Lucy is a full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Therapy (BANT) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and is also registered with the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the only register for Nutritional Therapy recognised by the Department of Health, and abides by their strict codes of ethics and practice.
Lucy regularly attends continual professional development (CPD) training, seminars and conferences on genetics and nutri-genomics, obesity, fertility, diabetes, digestive disorders, female health and weight loss to keep up to date with the latest science and research.
Lucy works as lead Nutrition Practitioner for Foresight Preconception 3 days per week supporting individuals on their path to conception. Please visit Foresight Preconception for more information.
Lucy has set up Community Interest Company Community Health and Wellbeing, which delivers training courses to third sector agencies on how to improve nutrition for their service users. Please visit Community Health and Wellbeing for more details.
Lucy has previously worked as Nutrition Consultant and Functional Food expert for international award winning retreat company Bodhimaya in 2013 and 2014 using her passion for creating healthy gourmet dishes that look and taste good, whilst fitting with specialist diets such as gluten free, dairy free, grain free and vegan options. Other nutrition work has included Children’s Charity Clover House, Corporate Wellness Company Work Life Body and Addiction Rehabilitation Services Bayberry Ltd. She has also worked in pharmacies as part of a new project called Face to Face Wellbeing Centres which see’s BANT registered Nutritional Therapists working out of high street pharmacies.
Lucy has featured in the Bristol Evening Post and in the Guardian newspapers discussing nutrition and functional foods.
Metabolic Balance Coach
GAPS Certified Practitioner
Institute for Functional Medicine Member
Linda trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and graduated as a Nutritional Therapist in 2015. She has been working as a therapist since that time and gained experience in different settings, including working at a health retreat and as an assistant supervisor at the CNM in Bristol. Linda also gives talks and presentations to groups on a wide range of health issues, including weight loss, digestive function and fatigue.
Linda is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC)
Linda has long had an interest in the connection between food and health, and it was whilst raising her son that she decided to turn this interest in diet and healthy lifestyle into a career.
Nutritional therapy recognises that we are all individuals, with unique histories, genetics and nutritional requirements. This means that the therapist provides personal, tailored plans which take all of these factors into account for each client. The plans are reviewed and adjusted regularly as an individual’s circumstances change over time, perhaps due to becoming a parent, or suffering an illness, or natural, age related issues such as reaching the menopause.
Linda says “Nutrition is about how food is more than just a tasty meal. It is the gateway to our health, energy and feelings of wellbeing. Nutritional therapy enables us to address the root causes, not just the symptoms, of ill health. It acknowledges that if one system of the body is not functioning well then this negatively affects the others, so the aim is to regain balance throughout the body”.
The three year training course which Linda undertook to qualify as a Nutritional Therapist provided sound experience of supporting many diverse areas of health and also covered recent developments in emerging areas of research including the role of an individual’s genetics, research in gut bacteria and changing guidance on the role of different nutrients in our diet. The course also included over 200 hours of clinic experience which provided a wide range of real life cases in which to use the knowledge gained from the course.
Linda’s areas of particular interest and experience include digestive health, fatigue, older person’s health, hypothyroidism and detoxification.
Linda says “I love helping people to make changes which improve their health, and which benefit how they can live their everyday lives. Those changes may be big or small and often make a tremendous difference to their general wellbeing. It is very rewarding to be part of the positive effects people gain when they are motivated to improve their health and I really appreciate the opportunity to use my skills to help them feel at their best.”