Bella Dorey is a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist, registered with FNTP.
I have always had a huge interest in food since I was a small child, however it wasn’t until I experienced many of my own health issues, that I started realising how much of an impact food really has and that many of today’s illnesses can be brought on by food, meaning that they have the potential to be reversed with food.
I finished school at 18 and moved to London where I trained for a business and secretarial diploma. Once I graduated and got a job, I was waking up every morning to a job I hated. I became self-destructive, with bad food choices, unhealthy lifestyle habits and high levels of stress. I carried on this work for as long as I could, but soon became unable to continue, as I was miserable every single day and it was starting to have a bad effect on my wellbeing. I quit my job and decided to move back home with my parents to Dorset. I was suffering with depression, anxiety and battling a drug and alcohol addiction, which landed me in a rehabilitation centre in South Africa in 2016.
Whilst I was in recovery, it frustrated me that the food we were fed was not all that nutritious. I couldn’t stop thinking that this food was benefiting no-one- there was no way we were consuming the correct balance of nutrients. I’m a strong believer that the body should be seen as a whole, not as separate organs- they all work together therefore must be supported together. The more I looked into it the more I found out how much of an effect food has on the whole body. As I researched this topic, I only became more and more interested in it.
I have had a number of health issues over the years that plagued me- leaky gut, IBS, anaemia, unbalanced hormones, acne, depression, anxiety, addiction, unexplained weight loss, reactive hypoglycaemia, insomnia, anorexia and acid reflux. When I went to the GP for these ailments, I was only ever given medication to treat the symptoms, never to find out what was actually causing them.
With so many rumours circulating, claiming to have the key to eating yourself healthy, it can be hard to discern fact from fiction. I’ve spent years searching for answers only to be let down by a healthcare system un-equipped to deal with nutritional needs. I hope to share my journey of discovery with you as I look at the root causes, symptoms and solutions to these dietary dilemmas.
I’m so grateful to be able to share this and that I am able to do my work within a community that shares my passion and beliefs. I hope that I am able to help people who were in a similar situation to mine.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” - Hippocrates