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About Heidi at Alternative Living
Alternative Living was established by Heidi to empower individuals to take their health in their own hands.
Heidi has gone through her own journey bringing herself back to good health, which drives her passion for nutrition and it's achievable results.
At the age of 21 she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, the prospect of a lifetime of steroids and medication being prescribed did not seem very appealing. Later that year she also discovery she had Endometriosis and was given the advice from the orthodox world to have a hysterectomy. Even if this was the only way to live her life pain free, such drastic action was not an option!
Facing the prospect that she may not be able to start a family, she embarked on a successful career working in senior management for a blue chip company. At 29 she caught Glandular Fever which then combined with the stress of her career brought on the onset of M.E also known Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which ultimately led her to being unable to work full time. The doctors had told her there was nothing they could do and she may get worse, she felt constantly tired, struggled to walk and suffered from headaches and aches and pains all over her body.
It was at this point she had a life changing experience after visiting a retreat in Thailand and went on an intense detoxification programme; she started to notice she felt better. Upon her return she became determined to beat this terrible illness and became interested in nutrition and associated supplements.
Heidi is now symptom free from chronic fatigue, has been incident free with her Crohn's for 7 years, she takes no medication and has no signs of Endometriosis, all of which she attributes to nutrition.
This led her to change her pathway in life embarking on a 3 year diploma course in nutrition at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Being taught by teacher with the highest standards of nutrition from Australia, who have worked with companies such as Menergenic, one of the premier supplement companies in the world.
Upon graduation, she decided to go down the functional medicine approach, which is trained by Dr Weatherby and Dr Grisati. Direct from the USA, this technique has given her a deeper understanding of how to identify the route of illness, on an each individual basis.
She has a full membership of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT), she also works closely with many personal trainers and provides a voice for Patrick Holford (renowed UK nutritonist who has published over 20 books about nutrition) to spread the word about healthy and nutriton through Zest4life weight loss and vitality programmes which is run at Femme Fitness Gym in Watford and runs various health seminiers throughpout the year. She has also published articles for an Essex Magazine called 'In' and 'West Essex Life' for their health and nutrition section.
Heidi has a particular interest in digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, and female health including hormonal disorders such as thyroid problems. She provides full reports, diagnostic testing and is recognised for being enthusiastic and inspiring to her patients. Please contact us for more information
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