Archway House were proud to see our new nutritional therapist Sheila Storer featured in the Leicester Mercury’s More Health section this weekend, discussing food, health and becoming a ‘diet detective’.

Sheila Storer Leicester MercuryHere’s what the article, written by Gemma Collins said:

We all know, deep down, “we are what we eat” and that getting our five-a-day is important. But when it comes to our fast-paced lifestyles and the need for a quick, easy food fix, eating healthily can fall by the wayside.

Any expert will tell you nutrition is the key to good health, as it has an impact upon a whole range of issues.

Nutritional therapist Sheila Storer first started thinking about food and how it affected her health about 15 years ago.

“Like most people I thought what I was eating was healthy,” she said. “I became interested in nutrition because I had a racehorse and wanted it to eat the best it could, but I ended up thinking I’d rather be doing this for children, not an animal.”

Sheila, who lives in Belton-in-Rutland, had taken a break from her day job in banking and finance to bring up her four children. She wanted to swap her stressful career for something more rewarding and nutrition seemed the ideal choice.

It was then she came across the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, in Richmond, London, founded by therapist and author Patrick Holford. There, Sheila took a three-year course, gaining a foundation degree in nutritional therapy before going on to complete a degree in nutritional science.

“A lot of people think nutritional therapy is all about losing weight, but it’s not – though it can be a positive side effect,” she said.

“It’s about taking control of your own health. If you’re feeling chronically unwell or suffering from a particular complaint, analysing nutrition and general health is usually a good starting point.”

Nutritional therapy involves identifying the causes of ill health and imbalances in the body, then implementing new regimes and eating habits to remove those causes.

“I see myself as a sort of detective. Finding out what’s causing a problem can be about a multitude of things which lead to the breakdown in health,” says Sheila.

“For example, high blood pressure can be caused by a range of issues, including adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalance, excess weight, chronic inflammation or food intolerances.

“By looking at health in this way, it is possible to avoid taking medications that often cause imbalances in other areas.”

In Sheila’s opinion, too much sugar in our diets is the biggest cause of health decline today.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is foods they consider healthy actually turn to sugar very quickly – foods such as wholemeal bread, pasta and potatoes,” she says.

“Most people are aware of biscuits, cakes,chocolate and sweets, but fruit juice and dried fruit is also very high in sugar. You can’t be eating and drinking them all day.”

With a recent report by the World Health Organisation predicting three-quarters of British men will be obese by 2030, the issue of nutrition is a highly relevant one.

“It’s about ease and availability of the wrong kind of foods,” says Sheila, a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists.

“It’s far too easy to have something like chips or bread. We seem to have got into a pattern of grabbing something convenient, rather than preparing and spending time over a healthy meal.”

Sheila recommends eating your biggest meal in the morning, having a smaller lunch and a light meal in the evening – with a 12-hour break before you start again, if possible.

“A good thing to do is plan ahead, with recipes that are quick, easy, healthy and enjoyable,”she says.

While Sheila is not a medical doctor, she is trained in disease and physiology. She works at Archway House, a natural health centre in Market Harborough. She believes we should all be keeping a record of our own health and how different foods affect us.

“When you see a GP or specialist, ask questions and take a real interest – become a detective yourself,” she says.

“If you feel tired after eating something, that’s a strong a indication something is not agreeing with you.”

Food intolerance comes from poor digestion and stress can cause havoc with digestion, she says.

“A lot of people live in high-stress situations and it is always best to look for an alternative to prescribed medications.

“Sometimes holistic therapies can be a way of managing stress better.”


To find out more about nutritional therapy with Sheila Storer, click here.