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Trauma-informed nutrition acknowledges the intricate relationship between an individual’s nutritional well-being and their experiences with traumatic events. Proper nutrition and supplements can help to alleviate the physical effects of psychological trauma and restore your access to your “gut brain”, the neurons located in your abdomen connected to intuition and affecting overall health and homeostasis.  This innovative perspective goes beyond conventional nutritional guidance by recognising the profound influence that trauma can have on dietary patterns, food preferences, and general health.   

The body’s responses to stress (including migraines, fatigue, skin disorders, histamine intolerance, hormonal imbalances, etc.) can be mediated by proper nutrition and supplements, and we can use a range of tools such as functional and conventional pathology to assess any chemical imbalances preventing you from feeling well and living your best life.

At mindful Synergi, our clinical nutritionist understands the impact trauma has on your overall health and works with each individual client to achieve optimal overall health. 

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How a trauma informed nutritionist can transform your health

At the core of trauma-informed nutrition is the understanding that traumatic experiences can alter one’s relationship with food, leading to challenges such as disordered eating, nutritional deficiencies, and an array of digestive issues. This approach emphasises safety, choice, collaboration, and trust, offering a supportive framework that integrates emotional and psychological healing into nutritional counselling and dietary planning.

Our clinical nutritionist educates our clients how trauma affects the body and mind, and the ways in which a nurturing approach to nutrition can aid in recovery and resilience. We have a personalised approach when it comes to our trauma focused clinical nutrition consultations and focus on the root causes of your symptoms and the link to your trauma. We offer comprehensive pathology testing as well as functional testing, our nutritionist also prescribes clinical strength supplements to assist with managing symptoms of stress and anxiety. 

Discover how trauma-informed nutrition can empower individuals to reclaim their health, providing tools for self-care and healing that honor the body’s connection to emotional and psychological experiences. 

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Implementing trauma-informed nutrition practices is not merely about dietary changes; it represents a shift towards understanding and addressing the root causes of unhealthy eating patterns and behaviors that stem from traumatic experiences. This approach goes beyond the surface to heal the body and mind in unison, providing a compassionate and holistic pathway to recovery and well-being.

Recognises the Impact of Trauma

Acknowledges how past trauma can influence current eating behaviors and food choices, providing a foundation for healing.

Promotes Safety

Creates a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their relationship with food, which is essential for building trust and openness


Supports Mental Health

Recognises the gut-brain connection and aims to improve mental health through targeted nutritional interventions.

Improves Sleep Quality

Offers nutritional strategies to enhance sleep quality, recognising the role of restorative sleep in healing from trauma


Boosts Energy Levels

 Focuses on balanced nutrition to improve energy levels and overall vitality, aiding in the recovery process

Reduces Chronic Inflammation

 Identifies and manages dietary factors that contribute to inflammation, which is often exacerbated by stress and trauma.

Supports Hormonal Balance

 Addresses hormonal imbalances through dietary strategies, which can be disrupted by stress and trauma

Improves Concentration and Cognitive Function

 Targets nutritional deficiencies that affect cognitive function, supporting better concentration and mental clarity

Trauma-informed nutrition is not just about feeding the body but nurturing the soul. It recognises that our relationship with food is deeply intertwined with our past experiences, and by healing from within, we can transform our nutrition into a path of recovery and resilience.

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Rarnie is a degree qualified clinical nutritionist who understands the impact trauma has on your overall quality of life and disease manifestation. She will work with you to create a personalised approach to healing with nutrition 


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What is trauma-informed nutrition?

Trauma-informed nutrition is a holistic approach that recognises the significant impact trauma has on an individual’s dietary habits, health outcomes, and overall relationship with food. This approach understands that trauma, whether individual, historical, or systemic, can lead to adverse food-related experiences and unhealthy eating patterns. Trauma-informed nutrition aims to support healing and foster a healthy relationship with food by acknowledging these impacts and focusing on resilience, rather than solely on diet and weight management.

Why is the gut/brain axis important in trauma-informed nutrition?

The gut/brain axis is a vital concept in trauma-informed nutrition because it highlights the direct communication pathway between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. This connection means that our gut health can significantly influence our mental and emotional well-being. Trauma can affect this axis, leading to digestive issues, changes in appetite, and mood disturbances. Trauma-informed nutrition addresses these issues by promoting a healthy gut microbiome through tailored dietary interventions. This not only supports physical health but also plays a crucial role in managing the emotional and psychological effects of trauma, contributing to overall healing and well-being.

How does trauma-informed nutrition differ from traditional nutrition counselling?

Trauma-informed nutrition goes beyond traditional nutrition counselling by incorporating an understanding of how trauma affects an individual’s eating habits, food choices, and overall health. It acknowledges the role of trauma in the development of disordered eating behaviors and chronic health conditions. Unlike traditional approaches that may focus primarily on diet plans and weight management, trauma-informed nutrition seeks to understand and address the root causes of a person’s relationship with food, considering the psychological and emotional aspects. It emphasises creating a safe, non-judgmental space for clients, recognizing triggers, and promoting resilience and healing.

What are the key principles of trauma-informed nutrition?

The key principles of trauma-informed nutrition include safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. It’s about creating a safe environment where clients feel comfortable discussing their experiences with food and trauma. Practitioners aim to build trust, offering a supportive and empathetic approach. They provide clients with choices and a sense of control over their nutrition plan. Collaboration involves working together to set achievable goals, respecting the client’s autonomy and preferences. Lastly, empowerment is central to trauma-informed nutrition, encouraging clients to recognize their strengths and capacities in the healing process. This approach fosters a holistic recovery, addressing both physical health and emotional well-being.

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