Welcome to The Health Gardener, my name is Melissa Smith, I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist. I suppose it may seem to be a rather strange name for a business specialising in the use of nutritional therapy, but I like to think of what I do as getting to the root of people’s health issues and then weeding out the bad stuff so that each person can breath and grow and become healthy, just like a gardener does in an overgrown garden to allow the flowers to bloom.

My Story

I always like to know a little about someone I am considering consulting before I make contact so here is a bit about me.  However, bear in mind that The Health Gardener is not about me, but how I can help YOU start your journey to improved health.

How passionate about food and it’s impact on our health can one person be?  VERY as it turns out.  As I continue my journey in Nutritional Therapy I become more and more enthusiastic about nutritional therapy and how it can support good health.  This is a passion that I would like to share with you to help you feel the best you can on your way to improved health.

As a child a lot of the food that makes up most people’s daily diet made me feel sick, I was constantly tired, found it difficult to focus and just generally didn’t feel quite right.  What is interesting about this though, is the fact that foods I actively remember disagreeing with me as a child are exactly the foods I avoid now.  Over the years I changed my diet to one that made me feel better on numerous occasions, but each time I got ‘better’ I slipped back to my old way of eating, following a so called ‘healthy’ diet until I felt worse and worse.  The last straw was when I forgot it was my husband’s birthday (not good!).  I knew that I had to take action and that was to start reading everything I could related to Nutrition and specialist diets.  From there I began to study and I am now a qualified Registered Nutritional Therapist with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition, giving me the best scientifically supported knowledge and experience to help you improve your wellbeing.

As I continue my journey I now know which foods I can tolerate and which I can’t, how to adjust my lifestyle to support good health and at least I can now remember my husband’s birthday!