I'm so excited to be partnering up with Charlotte Griffin from Something on a Plate who over the next year will be sharing some of her nutritional insights to help you be the best version of you. Here we get to know Charlotte a little better ...

Let's kick things off by saying that Charlotte does not follow a Paleo diet, rather a more real foods lifestyle. It's important with Healthy Perspective to keep exactly that, perspective, about what we eat. Charlotte embodies what you'd want from a nutritionist - real food advice with a big dollop of pragmatism for good measure.

So, without further ado, here's a few questions fired at Charlotte to get the ball rolling ...

1.       Hi Charlotte, introduce yourself and your business

Hi Jan, thank you for giving me the opportunity to get involved with Healthy Perspective, I'm looking forward to contributing to the website! I'm Charlotte, aka Something on a plate - I'm a qualified Nutritional Therapist providing 1-2-1 consultations and corporate and group workshops.  I also bring my nutritional credentials to Muddy Cwtch, fuelling guests who take on guided mountain bike rides to the South Shropshire Hills with my husband Craig.

2.       Tell us something about yourself that not many people know

I hate to cook...people have this misconception as a Nutritional Therapist that you're an expert chef and spend the day cooking up quinoa and chia delights and the evening delicately arranging them for the next Instagram shot. I don't.

3.       What drove you to become a nutritional therapist?

Actually because of the misconception in Question.2. I was living in London at the time (though Shropshire born and bred) and my primary motivation was frustration with how education and awareness of food and it's impact on our mind and body was limited to the privileged few.

I wanted to make good nutrition more accessible and educate and empower people to make good decisions so they then share this information with their family and friends. This is why I often put on free community workshops and why I'm also due to start delivering public health programmes for Shropshire Council.  

4.       Can you explain a little bit about BANT?

It's fantastic that there's so much awareness around health and wellbeing now and interest in increasing our knowledge of nutrition. However hand in hand with this comes the responsibility to be able to measure and assess how much knowledge we have, and the quality of that knowledge. There are so many 1 day nutrition courses out there - great for increasing general knowledge, but these do not qualify you to provide nutritional guidance to others.

I studied for 3 years to become a Nutritional Therapist, and as a result I'm qualified and accredited by BANT - which is the membership body for Nutritional Therapists. I'm also a member of CHNC, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council which is The UK voluntary regulator for complementary therapists.  If you are considering seeing a Nutritional Therapist always check they have BANT and CNHC registration.

5.       Do you just advise clients about food?

Absolutely not. I take a functional medicine approach when seeing clients which essentially means taking a patient centered approach and gathering the complete life story of an individual. I don't address the symptoms - I dig deep to understanding what the root causes are, what are the drivers that are responsible for the symptoms continuing and what might be getting in the way or stopping the client from recovering.

This means taking a full case history, starting from how they came into this life, their family history, going through all the body systems, lifestyle choices, activity levels, work and family implications - we cover a lot off in an hour and a half! It's amazing how much people just appreciate having an hour and a half to talk about themselves.  

6.       If you could tell people to avoid one food, what would it be and why?

Refined sugars. Sorry I know it's a bit of a hot topic. But refined sugar is an addictive substance, it's responsible or contributes to so many physical and mental disorders. If it was one food product - I'd say fizzy drinks - whether it contains sugar or ‘natural' sweetener alternatives.

I came back from the US recently, thankfully we don't have their obsession for all things large but if I was President for the day there I'd place a maximum size limitation on cups for fizzy drinks, they're absolutely ridiculous! 
7.       What are your top 3 tips for leading a healthy, happy life?

Turn off your phone by 9pm (and always on holiday!), sleep more and for 80% of the time try to eat unprocessed food that's as close to it's natural state as possible.  

8.       Where we can we find out more about your business?

Nutritional side of things - ​www.somethingonaplate.com​ and if you fancy a spot of mountain biking….www.muddycwtch.com 

The topics Charlotte will be covering aren't set in stone so if you have any specific questions or areas you'd like her to cover, now is your chance, just get in touch and let us know :-)