About Fiona Mealing
Fiona Mealing was born into a vegetarian family in 1962 where health was a regular topic. As a teenager Fiona read the Wright Diet by Celia Wright who later went onto own and run Higher Nature. This book got her quite motivated about food and she started trying out different ways of eating. At this time Nutritional Therapy hadn’t really started so it never occurred to Fiona that this could be a career.
Fiona then went and worked in a variety of positions that have stood her in good stead including secretarial work, telephone sales for the guardian and banking. Then when pregnant with her first child she read a book called the Better Pregnancy Diet by Patrick Holford and followed a regime by suggested by him for pregnancy and rekindled her love of nutrition, however didn’t really think any more about it until she had an ankle injury which she thought was due to a food she was eating (in fact it turned out to be a repetitive strain injury due to the clutch position in her car) and discovered the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and applied for their Nutritional Therapy Course and hasn’t looked back.
Since qualifying in 1999 with a credit from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Fiona has seen several thousand clients with a multitude of health conditions. Fiona feels as passionate about nutrition today as she did when she qualified (if not more so) and loves that fact that this is a therapy that empowers people to help themselves to get better and keep well. Fiona would say that the occupation she trained for has changed considerably in the last 20 years as the profession has matured and become more evidence based incorporating a 'functional medicine' approach.
Fiona regularly attends independent post-graduate courses recommended by the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and other organisations as well as independently carrying out research for courses she facilitates.
Since qualifying Fiona has been a Member of the Academic Board for the UK College of Nutrition, lectured at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and prepared and lectured on the Dietary Advisors Course for Morley College as well as being a BANT accredited clinical supervisor. She has also broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk and SGR as well has having been featured in several local papers.
In April 2016 Fiona completed Ben Lynch’s Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics course which has been stretching and fulfilling. Fiona became inspired by genetic testing after listening to a short lecture by Ben Lynch at a CAM conference where he explained that genetic variations could affect metabolic processes and thus lead to different nutrient requirements.
As well as offering one to one consultations Fiona runs a Brain Health Course each year created by Cytoplan which has been based on the work of Professor Dale Bredesen who had been seeing significant improvements in people with cognitive decline.
Fiona believes in a sensible approach to eating, trying as far as possible to incorporate current demanding lifestyles into realistic and manageable changes that can be progressed gradually toward a positive outcome.
Qualifications And Training
Fiona qualified as a Nutritional Therapist in 1999 having completed three years training at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition founded by Patrick Holford author of the “Optimum Nutrition Bible” and many other books. Having completed Training Fiona was able to join the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
Since qualifying Fiona has completed additional training and is now accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).