Dawn Sharp

Your Frequently

asked questions

Welcome to my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section tailored specifically for commercial pilots and cabin crew/flight attendants. Here, I aim to provide you with answers to a few common questions related to nutritional therapy and its benefits for your unique lifestyle. If you have any further queries, feel free to contact me for a free confidential chat

What is nutritional therapy?

So many crew are living with health conditions such as IBS, anxiety, depression, weight issues, autoimmune diseases and many chronic conditions that sadly they have not got to the root cause of with conventional medicine. Trying to find a health practitioner to listen, explain what is happening and look at solutions for long term health can be difficult as symptom suppression with medication and temporary fixes are all too often prescribed instead of identifying the triggers and drivers for symptoms.

A nutritional therapist works by firstly looking at your whole health history, taking their time to understand all areas of your life to pin-point which systems of your body are being affected and what the root cause may be. A nutritional therapist is educated in anatomy, physiology & pathology, pharmacology, biomedicine, functional medicine, biochemistry nutrition and naturopathy which means we understand how your body works inside and out. I identify the triggers and drivers of your symptoms and create a plan which will help you to get your health back on track. Good nutrition is not difficult to achieve. I educate you in making the right choices in how to use food as medicine so that you can to take back control of your health and feel great again.

Is nutritional therapy for me?

Deciding whether nutritional therapy is right for you depends on your individual needs, goals, and willingness to make changes to your diet and lifestyle. Here are a few points to consider:

  1. Health Concerns: If you have specific health concerns, such as digestive issues, weight management, hormonal imbalances, or chronic conditions, nutritional therapy can provide valuable support in addressing these issues through personalized dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
  2. Desire for Optimal Health: Even if you don’t have any specific health concerns, nutritional therapy can help you optimize your overall health and well-being. It can provide guidance on maintaining a balanced diet, enhancing energy levels, supporting immune function, and improving overall vitality.
  3. Commitment to Change: Nutritional therapy requires your commitment to making changes in your diet and lifestyle. This may involve adjusting your eating habits, incorporating new foods, or adopting healthier practices. If you’re ready and motivated to make these changes, nutritional therapy can be a valuable resource.
  4. Individualized Approach: Nutritional therapy takes into account your unique needs, preferences, and lifestyle. The recommendations provided are tailored to your specific circumstances, making them realistic and achievable for you.
  5. Collaborative Partnership: Nutritional therapy involves a collaborative partnership between you and the therapist. The therapist will educate and guide you, but the responsibility for implementing the recommendations lies with you. It’s important to have an open mindset and be willing to actively participate in the process.

Ultimately, the decision to pursue nutritional therapy rests with you. If you are open to making positive changes in your diet and lifestyle and are seeking support and guidance to improve your health and well-being, nutritional therapy may be a beneficial option for you.

How can nutritional therapy benefit pilots and cabin crew?

Nutritional therapy can be highly beneficial for commercial pilots and cabin crew who often face unique challenges due to irregular schedules, long flights, and exposure to environmental stressors. It can help improve energy levels, support immune function, enhance mental clarity and focus, promote healthy digestion, manage stress, and provide personalized strategies to maintain optimal health while on the go.

How can I manage healthy eating while travelling or during long flights?

Managing healthy eating during travel or long flights can be challenging but not impossible. I can help you plan ahead by suggesting nutritious snacks, meal options, and hydration strategies that are easy to pack and consume on the go. I can also guide you on making healthier choices when dining out or during layovers.

Are there any specific nutritional concerns I should be aware of as a pilot or cabin crew?

Yes, there are certain considerations unique to your profession. For example, prolonged exposure to dry cabin air may lead to dehydration, so adequate hydration is crucial. Additionally, high altitudes can affect digestion and nutrient absorption, so I can guide you on optimal nutrient intake and digestive support strategies.

I often experience jet lag. Can nutritional therapy help with this?

Yes, nutritional therapy can play a role in managing jet lag. I can provide you with specific recommendations to support your body’s circadian rhythm, such as timing your meals, adjusting caffeine intake, and suggesting supplements or foods that promote restful sleep and help alleviate jet lag symptoms.

I struggle with maintaining a healthy weight due to my job requirements. Can nutritional therapy assist with weight management?

Absolutely! Nutritional therapy can help you develop a personalised plan to manage your weight effectively. I will consider your unique needs, lifestyle, and job demands to create a sustainable eating plan that supports your weight management goals without compromising your energy levels or performance.

How can nutritional therapy support my immune system while travelling?

Travelling often exposes us to new environments and increased risk of exposure to germs. Nutritional therapy can help boost your immune system through dietary and lifestyle strategies. I can recommend immune-boosting foods, supplements, and lifestyle practices that support a strong immune response and minimise the risk of illness.

Remember, these FAQs provide general information, and personalised guidance from a qualified nutritional therapist is essential for addressing your specific needs. If you are struggling with your health and would like a chat to discuss your health concerns click the link for a free confidential chat