The old adage ‘we are what we eat’ has never been more important. With a wealth of contradictory information published about the latest ‘superfoods’, or what not to eat, how do you navigate a path to find what is best for you?
I use scientific evidence to inform a personalised nutrition plan for yourself and your family to help you reach your health goals. My practical advice is tailored to the individual, and follows scientific evidence rather than the latest faddy diet. I love food and I am a great believer that food should be enjoyable and not overly restrictive, while benefiting your health.
After over a decade as a medical doctor, ultimately specialising in treating children with cancer, I decided to focus on the aim of prevention of disease through healthy eating. Completing a PhD in genetics inspired my interest in how genes are turned on and off (epigenetics) and understanding the microbiome (the trillions of microbes which live in our digestive systems), which ultimately fuelled my interest in nutrition. There is still much research to be done, but with the scientific information already available, there are healthy choices that you could be making now which mean a rich array of tasty nutritious food, that may improve the quality of your life and reduce your future risk of disease.
I studied medicine at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and University College London. I have completed a PhD in cancer genetics from UCL and hold a postgraduate Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. I have an accreditation for Applied Human Nutrition from The University of Cambridge. I no longer practice as a doctor, but instead provide nutritional consultancy, and lecture on culinary science and nutrition.
Dr Harriet Holme MA Cantab MBBS Lond MRCPCH PhD
My advice is based on the latest science, and my aim is to provide an evidence based, practical approach to enjoying tasty real food for life with additional health benefits. Since everyone has a unique makeup shaped by their genes, lifestyle, gut microbes and medical history, I provide a personalised nutritional service which is tailored to you as an individual and your needs.
I can assist with specific health concerns such as fertility, food allergies, breast feeding, post-operative rehabilitation, exclusion diets and cancer. I am able to support people of all ages, including children, and can assist with weaning.
I provide consultations either by Skype or face to face if location allows. As with improving physical fitness with a personal trainer, I recommend repeated consultations to continue to review and improve your food choices. A minimum of three sessions are advisable, which are available as packages.
Life is busy, and with news headlines bombarding us on an almost daily basis about the latest health fad, or ‘superfood’ it can be hard to know how to improve your health choices. Instead of following restrictive diets, detox drinks, and lots of supplements, I am able to provide you with with personalised evidence informed information about healthy eating which is practical to follow and tasty.
Together with my experience as a paediatrician, and personal experience as a mother with two children, I am able to provide support with weaning, and guidance for helping to achieve healthy eating in older children. I have personal and professional experience of children with complex allergies, exclusion diets for weaning babies, children needing extra calorie and breastfeeding mothers. I am able to provide family packages tailored to your needs as individuals, but sustainable and practical for busy family life.
What are your fees
Initial consultation (60 minutes) and personalised healthy eating program with details of foods to include and avoid in your diet, personalised supplement suggestions, and a selection of recipes £250
Initial consultation (60 minutes), personalised healthy eating program (as above) and 2 follow-up sessions (45 minutes) £550
Weaning initial consultation (60 minutes) and personalised healthy eating program with details of foods to include and avoid in your child’s diet, and a selection of recipes £200
Further bespoke packages are available on request including for families.
Nutrigenetic analysis and reports are £400.
Blood investigations are charged on an individual basis depending on which investigations required.
Do you see children?
Yes I consult all ages and can assist with weaning.
How can I book an appointment?
Please use the contact page to get in touch, so I can discuss your requirements further.
Your initial consultation
Please have to hand a list of your medications, and the results of any medical tests or recent clinic letters. The initial consultation will revolve around taking a history of your regular food choices. After review at the initial consultation, I will provide you with written personalised healthy eating program.
Where do you consult?
I am able to provide a personalised service and visit you at your home within central London or exceptionally via Skype if location does not permit.
What is your cancellation policy?
I operate a strict cancellation policy, and payment is required in full if the appointment is cancelled within 48 hours.
Every one of us has about 24,000 genes in our genome which affect everything about us. How our body responds to daily life and the environment is all encoded in these genes. Small variations in code alter how each gene functions, and using these ‘small nucleotide polymorphisms’ we can now understand more about your risk of future disease and wellness.
With a PhD in genetics from University College London, I provide a cutting edge nutrigentics service and analysis of the results. This service analyses this variation across your genome, enabling you to understand more about your body. Included in the analysis is a report which details the following areas:
how your genes can influence your risk for certain health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and some cancers
how you process vitamins and whether you might need a higher intake through supplementation
wellness including sleep, weight predisposition, and lactose intolerance
if you are a carrier for certain health conditions such as cystic fibrosis
how you are more likely to respond to exercise and types of training
your genetic ancestry
and even your traits such as if you prefer sweet or salty