Specialist in Autoimmune Thyroiditis
DipNT, mBANT, CNHC
Registered Nutritional Therapist
Specialist in Autoimmune Thyroiditis - Hashimoto's and Graves Disease
I grew up in Poland and remember suffering from a lot of colds, chest and ear infections as a child. On many occasions I received antibiotics including injections. Later as a teenager, I had terrible acne and again was given antibiotics. If I could turn back time and knew back then what I know now, I’m sure I could have healed myself pretty quickly with nutrition and the elimination of foods that I now know I was intolerant to.
Interested in nutrition from my early twenties, I experimented with different diets and started cooking and growing my own vegetables. It was fortunate that I enjoyed vegetables and fermented Polish foods such as sauerkraut and gherkins, as unknowingly, I was able to help heal my gut. Unfortunately, my digestive issues reappeared when I moved to the UK in 2007, with bloating and weight gain troubling me the most. Brain fog and severe knee pain began a few years after that. It was then that I began researching and reading all about nutrition and experimented with changing my diet. I eliminated sugar and gluten and was surprised to notice that the extra weight around the middle melted off, my knee pain disappeared and my brain was sharp again. My energy levels increased too! I couldn’t stop reading, but I found the available information very contradictory and confusing. I needed more! Knowing I needed reliable information and that I wanted to help other people, after much consideration, while working full time as an Intensive Care nurse, I enrolled on the 3-year Nutritional Therapy course at The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London, and it changed my life!
Now, I combine over 20 years experience as an Intensive Care nurse with nutrition and lifestyle medicine to help my clients regain their health. I have a particular interest in thyroid conditions, after my partner was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. I witnessed first hand how effective nutrition and lifestyle changes can be to help improve symptoms, improve lab markers and to reduce antibodies that this completely changed the trajectory of my Nutritional Therapy career. My focus now is working with clients who have Hashimoto's disease, Graves disease, hyper and hypothyroidism, by using food, supplements (when needed) and lifestyle changes to improve their overall health.
”I had non-alcoholic liver disease and colitis. My hormones were all over the place as sleepless nights were an ongoing battle leading to anxiety and depression. Menopause, doctor explained, giving me HRT patches and antidepressants. My weight climbing more and more, the dietician wracking her brain trying to help me to no avail. After 12 weeks of following Monika’s advice, I feel completely different. My hospital consultant has finally discharged me from his list after 3 years. He was rather surprised when he announced my liver enzymes have all returned to normal, asking me what I had done and what I was taking. It just goes to show the foods we eat are either medicine or poison.”
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I am registered with the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP). I am also a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). As a CNHC member, I meet the National Occupational Standards in the practice of nutritional therapy and I am obliged to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics. I am also fully insured by Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers.
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