Does your future lie in nutrition? With The Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
Thrive looks at reasons to study nutrition with The Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION). They have courses for everyone: for those with no previous experience, for registered nutritional therapists and for allied healthcare practitioners looking to add personalised nutrition to their practice.
Some reasons why nutritional therapy is a great career choice:
Benefit from flexible work and be in control of your hours
Significant life changes can often trigger a review of life choices. A need for flexibility, such as when starting a family or looking after loved ones, can inspire people to step into a career as a nutritional therapist. Control over the hours you work and the type of work you do becomes more important. This is available to you when you work as a nutritional therapist, with the flexibility to enjoy your life to the full.
Help others improve their health and wellbeing
A personal experience in overcoming health and wellbeing issues often leads people to study nutritional therapy. Many suffer with health concerns for a number of years before finally discovering the power of nutrition. Then, having experienced the beneficial impact of nutritional therapy for themselves, they want to learn more – often to help family and friends as well as their own clients.
Feed your passion for food and helping others
Many people start working in a job straight out of school or university, which pays the bills but does not feed their passion. Then, when they discover nutritional therapy, they find that they have found a career that feeds their passion for food and for helping others to maximise their health and wellbeing outcomes.They finally feel fulfilled through the work they do.
Enjoy a varied career
Once you qualify, there are so many things that you can do. Although people often just think of clinical practice, graduates go on to create the career that’s right for them, drawing on their personal strengths and previous experience. From running wellbeing retreats to developing products, from writing books and blogs to teaching and training, from working as an expert supporting organisations to creating health videos or appearing on TV, these are just some of the options that will be open to you.
A personal experience in overcoming health and wellbeing issues often leads people to study nutritional therapy.
Angelique Panagos found that resolving her own health challenges started her journey to a rewarding career
What drew you to nutritional therapy?
“It was for selfish reasons, which then ignited a love for helping others. In my twenties I ‘lost my way’. I ate a very unhealthy diet, developed eating disorders and was diagnosed with multiple hormonal conditions. Combine that with the exhausting hours of work, and my health suffered. Eventually, I found myself consulting with a nutritional therapist in London. This sparked that passion for a path I now know I was destined to follow. About three months later I started studying nutritional therapy at ION, which has brought me to where I am today. I haven’t looked back and love every minute of what I do.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“There are many! I love the interaction with people and seeing clients come back feeling better and healthier than ever. Being an absolute foodie and health enthusiast, I love the opportunity this affords me to help, inspire and coach people — either in clinic, via the
media, social media or through my book The Balance Plan — to use nutrient-rich foods every single day. I love empowering them with the knowledge to make the right choices for their own health when they walk out the door.”
Nicola Moore found nutritional therapy enabled her to practise a passion before picking the kids up from school
What drew you to nutritional therapy?
“I spent a large part of my teens and early twenties feeling unwell and experiencing tummy pain, and it seemed no one could help. When I started taking control of my health with the help of a nutritional therapist, it lit a spark in me and I was compelled to study nutrition and become a nutritional therapist myself. To me, the ethos of nutritional therapy, supporting the whole person, not separate parts of the body, and addressing the root cause rather than symptoms makes total sense. I feel fortunate to have found a career that I love and feel passionate about.”
What do you find most rewarding?
“Without doubt it’s feeling as though you have played a part in helping someone reclaim their health. With nutrition it’s the client who has to do the majority of the work. I’m there to guide and support my clients to get them from A to B, by helping them deal with the underlying cause of their illness or helping them have a better relationship with food.Studying nutritional therapy and becoming a practitioner is one of the best things I have done. I cannot imagine what my working life would be like if I’d not taken the plunge, but I’m certain I’d not have had the rich and fulfilling career that this field has provided.”
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The Institute for Optimum Nutrition has been providing nutrition training for over 35 years. For further information visit www.ion.ac.uk or call 020 8614 7800