I'm Helen and I help professional menopausal women to stop career and life disrupting symptoms and start feeling normal again.
When menopause struck me 6 years ago, I recognised the hot flushes, but not the associated brain fog, acute anxiety and disrupted sleep, which overnight left me feeling unable to perform in my senior marketing career and ultimately contributed to me losing that job.
It did however give me the opportunity to retrain in nutrition and now I understand what we can do naturally with diet and lifestyle to get our lives back on track, I'm passionate about sharing that knowledge with you.
I provide personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes and advice on a one-to-one basis.
Helen Ritchie, Registered Nutritional Therapist, BA (Hons), DipION, mBANT, CNHC
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is relevant for anyone committed to improving their health and wellbeing through nutrition and lifestyle changes.
I specialise in helping professional women looking for relief from menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, brain fog, weight gain, disrupted sleep, anxiety, depression and lack of energy.
I have also worked with men and women diagnosed with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease and IBS-type digestive complaints.
My nutrition and lifestyle programmes are designed to empower you to improve your health and well-being naturally so that you can take back control of your life.
My advice is completely personalised to you, based on your unique health history and individual set of symptoms. We work together to create a tailor-made plan of realistic food and lifestyle changes designed to address your specific health goals, progressing at a pace to suit you. Although I favour a food-first approach, I sometimes recommend supplements and private functional tests.
Nutritional Therapy is not a replacement for medical advice and I frequently work alongside medical professionals to support an individual's wellbeing.
If you don't have any specific symptoms or underlying health conditions and would like a dietary review to ensure you're eating as healthily as possible, I offer a one-off 1-hour nutrition review and analysis based on 3-day food diary. My recommendations will be emailed to you after the session.
Book your free 30-minute intro call today!
Taking supplements with prescription medication can be harmful without checking for any potential interactions and many of us waste money on buying dietary supplements we hope will magically fix our menopause symptoms. Whilst there is no substitute for good nutrition, this one-off, 1-hour review will take the guesswork out of your supplements and ensure they're safe to take.
Book your free 30-minute intro call today!
If you have one major symptom that is bothering you and would like to come up with a strategy for dealing with it naturally through tweaks to your nutrition and lifestyle, then this one-off 75 minute intensive session is for you. Your personalised action plan will be emailed to you after the session. Fee: £250
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A personalised 12-week 1:1 programme for corporate menopausal women who are ready to start getting back to normal and feeling like their old selves again. Working with me in private nutrition coaching sessions allows us to uncover the underlying causes of your symptoms and sufficient time for the programme changes to make a noticeable difference.
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Many organisations are now investing in employee wellness programmes. I can design and deliver bespoke workshops and talks aimed at educating, empowering and inspiring you and your colleagues to live healthier lives.
To discuss your requirements for a talk or workshop, please get in touch.
Work with Me
Working with me within a programme of personalised private nutrition coaching sessions allows us to uncover the underlying causes of your symptoms and sufficient time for the changes to make a noticeable difference to how you feel. Small changes that fit with your lifestyle all add up to make a big difference in getting you back to feeling good again.
All programmes include:
RitchNutrition holds some information about you. This document outlines how that information is used, who I may share that information with and how I keep it secure. This notice does not provide exhaustive detail. However, I am happy to provide any additional information or explanation needed. Any requests for this should be sent to email@example.com. I keep this Privacy Notice under regular review. This Privacy Notice was last reviewed in August 2021.
What I Do
RitchNutrition provides nutritional therapy services to clients to improve their health through diet and lifestyle interventions. I focus on preventative healthcare, the optimisation of physical and mental health and chronic health conditions. Through nutritional therapy consultations, dietary and lifestyle analysis and biochemical testing, I aim to understand the underlying causes of your health issues which we will seek to address through personalised dietary therapy, nutraceutical prescription (supplements) and lifestyle advice. RitchNutrition also provides corporate well-being talks and workshops.
How I Obtain Your Personal Data
Information provided by you
You provide me with personal data in the following ways:
* By completing a nutritional therapy questionnaire
* By signing a terms of engagement agreement form
* During a nutritional therapy consultation
* Through email, over the telephone or by post
* By taking credit card and online payment
This may include the following information:
* basic details such as name, address, contact details and next of kin
* details of contact I have had with you such as referrals and appointment requests
* health information including your previous medical history, dietary, lifestyle, supplement and medicine details, biochemical test results, clinic notes and health improvement plans
* GP contact information
* Bank details
I use this information in order to provide you with direct healthcare. This means that the legal basis of my holding your personal data is for legitimate interest.
Following completion of your healthcare we retain your personal data for the period defined by our professional association BANT and registrant body, CHNC. This enables us to process any complaint you may make. In this case the legal basis of our holding your personal data is for contract administration.
Information I get from other sources
I may obtain sensitive medical information in the form of test results from biochemical testing companies. I use this information in order to provide you with direct healthcare. This means that the legal basis of my holding your personal data is for legitimate interest.
I may obtain sensitive information from other healthcare providers. The provision of this information is subject to you giving me your express consent. If I do not receive this consent from you, I will not be able to coordinate your healthcare with that provided by other providers which means the healthcare provided by me may be less effective.
How I use your personal data
I act as a data controller for use of your personal data to provide direct healthcare. I also act as a controller and processor in regard to the processing of your data from third parties such as testing companies and other healthcare providers. I act as a data controller and processor in regard to the processing of credit card and online payments.
I undertake at all times to protect your personal data, including any health and contact details, in a manner which is consistent with my duty of professional confidence and the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) concerning data protection. I will also take reasonable security measures to protect your personal data storage.
I may use your personal data where there is an overriding public interest in using the information e.g. in order to safeguard an individual, or to prevent a serious crime. Also where there is a legal requirement such as a formal court order. I may use your data for marketing purposes such as newsletters but this would be subject to you giving me your express consent.
Do you share my information with other organisations?
I will keep information about you confidential. I will only disclose your information with other third parties with your express consent with the exception of the following categories of third parties:
* My registrant body, CNHC and my professional association, BANT, for the processing of a complaint made by you
* Any contractors and advisors that provide a service to me or act as my agents on the understanding that they keep the information confidential
* Anyone to whom I may transfer my rights and duties under any agreement I have with you
* Any legal or crime prevention agencies and/or to satisfy any regulatory request (eg, CNHC) if we have a duty to do so or if the law allows us to do so
I may share your information with supplement companies and biochemical testing companies as part of providing you with direct healthcare. I will not include any sensitive information
I will seek your express consent before sharing your information with your GP or other healthcare providers. However if I believe that your life is in danger then I may pass your information onto an appropriate authority (such as the police, social services in the case of a child or vulnerable adult, or GP in case of self-harm) using the legal basis of vital interests.
I may share your case history in an anonymised form with my peers for the purpose of professional development. This may be at clinical supervision meetings, conferences, online forums, and through publishing in medical journals, trade magazines or online professional sites. I will seek your explicit consent before processing your data in this way.
What are your rights?
Every individual has the right to see, amend, delete or have a copy, of data held that can identify you, with some exceptions. You do not need to give a reason to see your data.
If you want to access your data you must make a subject access request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Under special circumstances, some information may be withheld. I shall respond within 20 working days from the point of receiving the request and all necessary information from you. My response will include the details of the personal data I hold on you including:
* Sources from which I acquired the information
* The purposes of processing the information
* Persons or entities with whom I am sharing the information You have the right, subject to exemptions, to ask to:
* Have your information deleted
* Have your information corrected or updated where it is no longer accurate
* Ask me to stop processing information about you where I am not required to do so by law or in accordance with the BANT and CNHC guidelines.
* Receive a copy of your personal data, which you have provided to me, in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format and have the right to transmit that data to another controller, without hindrance from me.
* Object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you
I do not carry out any automated processing, which may lead to automated decisions based on your personal data.
If you would like to invoke any of the above rights then please write to the Data Controller at 57 Albert Street, Windsor, SL4 5BT or email email@example.com
What safeguards are in place to ensure data that identifies me is secure?
I only use information that may identify you in accordance with GDPR. This requires me to process personal data only if there is a legitimate basis for doing so and that any processing must be fair and lawful.
Within the health sector, I also have to follow the common law duty of confidence, which means that where identifiable information about you has been given in confidence, it should be treated as confidential and only shared for the purpose of providing direct healthcare. I will protect your information, inform you of how your information will be used, and allow you to decide if and how your information can be shared.
I also ensure the information I hold is kept in secure locations, restrict access to information to authorised personnel only, protect personal and confidential information held on equipment such as laptops with encryption (which masks data so that unauthorised users cannot see or make sense of it). I ensure external data processors that support me are legally and contractually bound to operate and prove security arrangements are in place where data that could or does identify a person are processed.
RitchNutrition is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a data controller and collects data for a variety of purposes. A copy of the registration is available through the ICO website (search by business name).
How long do you hold confidential information for?
All records held by RitchNutrition will be kept for the duration specified by guidance from our professional association BANT.
If you have a complaint regarding the use of your personal data then please contact me by writing to the Data Controller at 57 Albert Street, Windsor, SL4 5BT or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to help you.
If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction and you wish to make a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), you can contact them on 01625 545745 or 0303 1231113.
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