Tell us a little bit about yourself….
In a nutshell what’s nutritional healing?
Essentially, it is looking to all aspects of nature in order to heal our bodies. Mother Nature created everything in perfect balance, but our modern lives now create imbalances within us and we need to rectify that.
What were you doing before you set up Tara Nutritional Healing?
I have an unusual career history! I started in the fashion industry, then moved to food and travel, specialising in Italy, where I also qualified as a Sommelier. Before becoming a mum and nutritional healer, however, I was working in the world of pensions!
When and why did you set up your business?
I set up my business nearly 2 years ago, upon qualifying from the College of Nutritional Healing. I feel like I am truly able to combine my two passions: food and vitality. Attending a detox retreat in Somerset gave me insight into the world of Naturopathy and Healing, providing me with an opportunity to use my existing knowledge as well as heal myself of chronic neck pain. By working for myself, I am able to (attempt to) fit working around being a mum – which is still my primary job!
What’s the process you go through with a new client and how much does it cost?
Clients come to me with all sorts of ailments. I fully believe that you can’t heal in a single appointment, so I ask my clients to commit to 5 sessions initially, so that I can hold their hands as they begin their journey of healing. My approach is to drip-feed changes weekly into my client’s lifestyles so that they can implement them slowly, without feeling overwhelmed and adding to the stress their body is already under. 5 sessions cost £320.
Why would someone come to see you?
Quite simply – why not? Why spend the rest of your life on medication or feeling low or suffering in pain, when your body has an innate ability to heal itself?
What small simple changes can people make to increase their vitality or begin the healing process?
The top answer has to be WATER. But it’s not that straightforward. Yes drinking 2-3litres a day is necessary because our bodies are 70-80% water, so if we don’t get enough water intake, many systems stop functioning properly. But then take into account the amount of water we lose on a daily basis through breathing, exercising, talking, stress, taking in stimulants such as caffeine or fizzy drinks, and you can see why many of us are de-hydrated. Remember to drink water AWAY from meals – 30mins before or 1hr after. If you drink with food, your stomach acid becomes diluted and you don’t digest properly, potentially causing issues for your gut – another important area for the health of your body!
What do you suggest for someone that doesn’t like plain water?!
Do you have any daily rituals?
I haven’t really thought about it but I guess I probably do! My morning ritual is a cup of mushroom tea with lemon, ginger and 1/2tsp coconut oil. You can get little sachets of ready mixed mushroom tea so just add hot water. Medicinal mushrooms are amazing for restoring hormonal balance and helping your body deal with stress without it actually getting stressed! Coconut oil on an empty tummy is a great energy booster and the slices of lemon and ginger are brilliant to prepare the tummy for the day ahead!
What does a typical week look like for you?
Recently its mostly been homeschooling! However, in general, a lot of time is spent cooking and preparing food. I try get out in nature too as it is so good for our bodies, so walking the puppy is useful there! I also love gardening, which really helps me reset and has been such a tonic this last year. I exercise 4 times a week, do some yoga, experiment with essential oils, love a movie. And I’m always thinking about new workshops I can create to bring some of this awesome information to others.
And just for fun….
Favourite places locally:
TO WALK: Walking in nature is so important for the soul. I enjoy the woods from the top of Sandelswood End in Beaconsfield, down to Marrods Bottom, past the sheep field and up to see the alpacas and goats in Coleshill.
GET TAKEOUT: Prema’s Kitchen is a Sri Lankan takeaway in Cookham – home cooked, authentic dishes, full of flavour, delicate spice and quality ingredients.