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 over 3,000 clients with a multitude of different 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 keep well.
Fiona regularly attends independent post-graduate courses recommended by the British Association of Nutritional Therapists and also independently carries out research for courses she is running independently.
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. She has also broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk and SGR as well has having been featured in several local papers.
In April 2014 Fiona also became a BANT accredited supervisor running supervision groups for Nutritional Therapists where they can reflect on their skills, explore dilemmas, problem solve and find a new perspective to moving forwards with the everyday challenges faced by nutritional therapists. This a very enjoyable addition to Fiona’s work.
In April 2016 Fiona completed Ben Lynch’s Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics course which has been stretching and fulfilling. Fiona got inspired by genetic testing after listening to a short lecture by Ben Lynch at a CAM conference where he explained that genetic differences could affect metabolic processes and thus lead to different requirements in nutrients.
Fiona has also been running her own independent 6 week courses in Framlingham for the last 3 years for people who would like to have a broader understanding of nutrition and how to apply it to themselves.
Fiona believes in a sensible approach to eating, trying as far as possible to incorporate current demanding lifestyles into dietary and long term lifestyle changes which she feels are best progressed gradually which generally means that changes are more likely to be positive.