I like to think that I inherited my interest in health and nutrition from my maternal grandfather who, according to my mother (his daughter), had a ‘mind of his own’ when it came to this subject. He was very particular about his eating and lifestyle habits, even if it meant being a little off mainstream – such as swimming in the sea first thing before going to work for the day!
Having your own mind when it comes to choosing a healthy diet and lifestyle applies even more today. Modern culture generally steers us into making inappropriate nutritional choices. For the most part, being healthy means knowing what foods to avoid and not being tricked by clever advertising!
Thankfully, at the other end of things, there is also a more openness these days to natural ways of living and eating. A rule of thumb I like is to eat foods that are ‘as close to alive as possible’. Our bodies recognise, utilise and thrive on naturaI food. It may require a little more effort to find, prepare and/ or cook, but it becomes second nature after a short time of adjustment.
Once the health benefits click in, then there is no going back! Nutritional therapy focuses on the benefits of natural, unprocessed food but also acknowledges the fact that ‘not one diet fits all’. ‘Biochemical individuality’ is the term used to express this phenomenon or “one man’s (persons!) food is another man’s poison”! We each have our own inherited ‘weaker link’ in our system that needs identifying and balancing with appropriate nutrition.
My aim is to impart the knowledge I have accumulated to you about how the body works, how it becomes unhealthy and what can bring it back to balance. In this way you are empowered to take charge of your own health by making your own informed choices every day. It may feel like you are going against the tide in the beginning but if you persist the benefits will return to you and you will inspire others.
Hilda has a food science degree (University College Cork) and diplomas nutritional therapy (College of Naturopathic Medicine), therapeutic massage (College of Holistic Medicine, Glasgow) and kinesiology (Kinesiology College of Ireland).
She is a member of NTOI (Nutritional Therapists of Ireland). She spent 4 years as an IAHS (Irish Association of Health Stores) health store assistant in an advisory capacity and was privileged to coordinate the then IAHS ‘Rude Health Show’ at the RDS, Dublin.
She also has many years of experience in therapeutic massage, starting off at Inchydonney Lodge and Spa, Clonakilty, Co. Cork and moving on to develop her own technique.