HAYLEY DOWN


Hi! I’m Hayley. I’m a certified nutritional therapist based in Milton Keynes and I’m incredibly passionate about eating good food. I provide Nutritional Therapy support in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. I aim to help people to feel their best through nutritional education and reassurance, empowering them to take control of their own health and achieve their dietary goals.


My interest in Nutrition began soon after my Mum was diagnosed with cancer. When I was just 10 years old, I was introduced to the harsh side effects of chemotherapy, watching my Mum suffer the gruelling and debilitating side effects. I would often see my Mum left exhausted, nauseous and lethargic after enduring sessions of her so-called ‘treatment’. After 6 months of intensive treatments, my Mum was given the infamous ‘all-clear’ by her doctors.


My Story

Nutritional Therapist

Two years later and the cancer was back; with a vengeance. During this time, she was given a couple of books on the ‘natural’ methods of managing chronic diseases, which led her to research complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Much to the surprise of her NHS consultant and UK medical team, she decided to reject the traditional and conventional treatment with the NHS and instead put her life in the hands of a brilliant medical team at a hospital based in Mexico. Here, they offered her a range of integrative and CAM therapies, including nutritional therapy, B17 Metabolic Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Coffee Enemas and Integrative medicine where she continued to undergo various types of alternative therapies for ten years on an annual basis. As part of her nutritional plan, her diet was drastically transformed into one full of nutrient-dense and organic plant-based foods. An abundance of fresh, raw juices also became a staple of her daily diet as she baffled health experts and professionals here in the UK as they continued to monitor her amazing progress.

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Qualifications & Memberships

- Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy (CNM)

- Bsc First Class Honours Degree in Sport Studies (University of Southampton)

- Full Member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)  www.bant.org.uk

- Registered with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)  www.cnhc.org.uk

I soon became fascinated and intrigued as to how the types of foods we eat affect our body but at the same time, increasingly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of conflicting information available. I felt that the only way of really getting to know my ‘stuff’ was to embark on a three year Nutritional Therapy diploma course at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. So, 4 years on and I can honestly say this is the best I’ve ever felt! I’ve been able to experience first-hand the healing power of food, and have finally been able to control my symptoms. My qualification has given me the knowledge, skills and tools I need to support others who aren’t satisfied with their current level of health to bring their bodies back into balance so they can reach their own health potential. Whether you are trying to resolve a health problem or simply want to introduce a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, I am able to provide support and guidance. Whatever your goals are, get in touch now if you would like to find out more about working with me.


So, although I was proud of myself for completing my degree after such a tough time, I still wasn’t entirely sure of the best way to take care of myself and what exactly I should be eating to maintain optimum health and wellbeing, and live the best life I could live. What I did know was that I wanted to do all that I could to prevent myself and those closest to me from suffering the same fate as my Mum. My poor diet and lifestyle left me plagued with horrendous PMS and period pain. I would often vomit and collapse due to the pain! This together with anaemia, IBS-related digestive problems and Candida was far from ideal for someone in their early twenties. The western medicine system wasn’t able to offer me much so I looked to alternative health models for answers. My journey of nutritional discovery had begun; changing my diet involved a lot of nutritional research and self-experimentation.

It wasn’t until I began studying at University some years later that her health started to deteriorate when she was diagnosed once again. Sadly this time she had been defeated and passed away in 2010. Losing my Mum at the brink of adulthood left my family and I devastated, angry and distraught. However, determined to complete my studies I gained a First-Class Honours degree in Sports Studies at the University of Southampton. Those three years however soon took a toll on my health. Anyone who has experienced the student lifestyle will not be unfamiliar with the regular drinking of wine and sugary alcopops, fast food and takeaways (my housemate and I even dedicated a whole day in the week to eating pizza, garlic bread, dough balls and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, which we proudly named ‘Italian Tuesdays!’)


ABOUT ME

Bsc (Hons), DipNT, mBANT, rCNHC.

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