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Wellbeing expert celebrates a decade of helping others in Old Town

By Daniel Angelini  Swindon Advertiser

Wellbeing expert celebrates a decade of helping others in Old Town

Swindon Naturopath Caroline Peyton of Peyton Principles

Wellbeing expert celebrates a decade of helping others in Old Town

A WELLBEING expert is celebrating a decade of helping others in Old Town.

Naturopath Caroline Peyton qualified in 2009 before setting up shop as owner of the Peyton Principles clinic within Wood Street Wellbeing.

She now runs two other clinics in Cirencester and Kempsford and plans to celebrate a decade in clinical practice with an anniversary event with clients and friends once the lockdown is over.

The 54-year-old said: “Covid-19 or not, I do intend to virtually celebrate my 10th anniversary in business.

“It’s been a fantastic decade -long journey…”

“It’s been a fantastic decade-long journey of learning and development and I’ve seen during that time a much wider recognition of the benefits of working with a naturopath like myself.

“People are beginning to understand that it’s important to take a truly holistic approach to their health and seek natural ways to support the body’s return to health rather than find a quick fix to treat symptoms.”

“At junior school, I was referred to as ‘fattie’ on more than one occasion but as I grew older, I was always interested in sport and keeping fit and in food, cooking and eating well.”

Taking the plunge

Ms Peyton had worked as a procurement manager for BT in Swindon for 17 years but she’s always had a lifelong interest in nutrition.

She added: “When the opportunity came to take voluntary redundancy in 2008, I knew I wanted to work in the area of nutrition and I devoted myself to completing my training over the next year. I’d been studying part-time up to that point and that was the moment I was able to take the plunge.”

When Caroline qualified, she became a founding member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association which is one of the professional associations for nutritional therapists. She specialises in nutritional therapy, gut and digestive issues and she’s an advocate of wellbeing in the workplace.

She added: “I’m fortunate to have spent 10 years helping people with all sorts of complaints from Irritable Bowel Syndrome through to the more serious IBD conditions like Crohn’s Disease. Whereas the medical profession is skilled at identifying these issues, they are often limited by what they can do other than deal with the distressing symptoms or, in extreme cases, carry out surgery. I seek to find the root cause and look at natural ways to dampen down the problems.

“In recent years there are more companies that are seeing the value of promoting wellbeing in their teams – from helping them to eat more healthily through to facilitating them to deal with very specific and individual difficulties. To date, I’ve worked with teams in Nationwide, Sodra Wood and TT Electronics.”

To see more of what Caroline offers visit www.peytonprinciples.com. You can contact Caroline directly on 07730 513303 or email caroline@peytonprinciples.com.

 

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Caroline

Caroline Peyton

A little more about me…

Providing expert, personalised, health advice utilising 10 years of nutritional therapy and naturopathy experience with a strong emphasis on digestion and gut health. Zoom or face to face Consultations.

Develop and deliver wellbeing in the workplace workshops.

Helping people live happier, healthier more active lives.

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Snack your way to feeling fantastic

Article By Marion Sauvebois, Swindon Advertiser with Caroline Peyton

Snack your way to feeling fantastic

Credit: Pic by Dave, Swindon Advertiser 21472011

 

MENU: Snack your way to feeling fantastic

“IF you are hungry then have a snack.”

I was expecting to be duly reprimanded for so much as considering scoffing a cereal bar at 4 pm – much too late to be passed off as a sneaky post-lunch dessert and creeping too close to dinner time threatening to spoil my appetite.

And yet nutritional therapist Caroline Peyton was inviting me to indulge (within reason) in a guilt-free afternoon nibble.

The do’s and don’ts drilled into my mind from the cradle had been pure balderdash.

Growing up, if I wasn’t told off for sneaking bread, sweets, biscuits or anything within my limited reach (I had to stack dictionaries on a kitchen chair to reach the snacks shelf – my mother was truly evil) into my room at least once a day, something was wrong.

I may have made short shrift of my stick-thin mother’s advice for years but it does not mean I didn’t believe her. I’ve just never had any self-control and as acts of rebellion go it still did the trick.

Until I met Caroline, I truly perceived snacking of any kind to be a crime against wholesomeness.

All this time I had been healthy without realising it?

Her suggestion of celery and hummus, my snack of choice, left me frankly baffled.

All this time I had been healthy without realising it.

This small victory was short-lived as Caroline proceeded to dissect my diet and get to the bottom of my ever plummeting energy levels.

Ready to conquer the world at 8.30am, I was a sluggish wreck by 11am, craving an early lunch and only able to survive till noon thanks to strategically timed caffeine fixes (around seven daily) and one of my beloved raw fruit and nut bars – for which I had developed a worrisome addiction.

By 2pm, after a lunch of vegetable soup and bread or a ham sandwich, I was taking a ravenous bite of yet another fruit nugget until I crashed again at 4pm. By dinner time I was famished, my brain had turned to mush, and despite the gallons of tea coursing through my body left strangely dehydrated.

I was running ragged and had to resign myself to the fact that I must know nothing about nutrition if an apparently healthy if a tad carbohydrate-heavy diet was reducing me to a zombie-like state.

I needed professional help.

Nutritional therapy takes a natural approach using diet, lifestyle and where required, nutritional supplements, to help the body to achieve and maintain optimum health. It looks beyond the symptoms, to establish the root cause of ailments like poor digestion, toxicity and food and nutrient imbalances and deficiencies.

As daunting as it may sound, it’s all about making simple changes to our diets. And in my case, I had been seeking energy boosts in all the wrong places, although as Caroline kindly pointed she was not in the habit of assigning blame or barking orders. Not once during our consultation did she tut, shake her head or urge me to ‘stop eating this or that’. She simply handed out tips and suggestions, which have all proven to be spot-on since our appointment earlier this year.

First of all, she did a little digging…

First of all, she did a little digging and gathered some interesting (and somewhat crushing facts) about the fruit bars I had been gobbling up.

They were packed with carbs and sugars – natural sugars but sugars nonetheless. Add to this a protein-deficient diet and the perfect storm of caffeine, which incidentally causes dehydration, and you had a recipe for disaster.

“It’s very much about balance,” explained Caroline. “Our bodies try to keep our blood sugar levels within a certain range. What we aim for is a steady release of glucose from our foods throughout the day to help stay on an even keel. But if you choose foods that are carbohydrate-rich and predominantly those high in simple sugars, blood sugar levels may jump too high. Insulin’s role is to assist moving the glucose into cells where it is used for energy but if there is too much glucose in the blood it often tries to store it as fat. And as a consequence blood sugar levels may then start dropping. We might feel tired and lack concentration. You might start craving tea, coffee and stimulants or sugary foods. They will all raise blood sugar levels again so you get this yoyo effect. It can leave you feeling drained of energy.”

Again, I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. The problems were not where I had expected to find them. Even my poor homemade vegetable soup (again more carbohydrates and no proteins in sight) was not helping matters. I was trapped in a sugar-coated vicious circle.

Leaving me to ponder her advice she proceeded to offer practical alternatives. Why not give cashew butter on oatcakes a taste? This may not be everyone’s cup of tea but as a huge fan of peanut butter and oat cakes, it ticked all the right boxes and has become my go-to breakfast.

Pulses and lentils are also now firm diet staples. The yoyo has been wound back for good.

Nutritional therapy does not merely look at the content of our plates but the way in which we physically eat as well as our pace.

For my part, I had suffered from bloating for years. This was swiftly explained by my unladylike tendency to take enormous bites, swallow them at record speed, omitting that all-important step: chewing.

“Your stomach doesn’t have teeth.”

Indeed as Caroline pointed out ‘Your stomach doesn’t have teeth.” Smaller, chewed bites, certainly have remedied this long-term problem. Drinking a glass of water cut with a teaspoon of lemon juice to help increase the acidity in the stomach and create the right digestive environment also fostered a smoother post-meal response.

It may be a cliché but you can eat and even snack yourself healthy.

Needless to say, I cut down my tea intake by more than half and replaced many of my daily soot-black brews with the herbal equivalent. I have the occasional relapse but overall the (parched) dog days are over.

Caroline is a nutritional therapist and naturopath based at Wood Street Wellbeing in Old Town.

To find out more about nutritional therapy or to seek advice visit peytonprinciples.com, call 07730 513303 or email caroline@peytonprinciples.com.

 

Thanks for reading.  Keep your eye out for more articles and Peyton Principles in the media.

 

Caroline

Caroline Peyton

A little more about me…

Providing expert, personalised, health advice utilising 10 years of nutritional therapy and naturopathy experience with a strong emphasis on digestion and gut health. Zoom or face to face Consultations.

Develop and deliver wellbeing in the workplace workshops.

Helping people live happier, healthier more active lives.

🔴 Get in touch here ⤵️

Contact https://www.peytonprinciples.com/contact/

🔴 Please make sure you Subscribe ⤵️ to my YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc5U…

🔴 Join my Facebook group ⤵️ IBS RELIEF: Take Back Your Life with Good Gut Health

https://www.facebook.com/groups/68248…

Follow me on Social Media for the latest in Natural Health…

Facebook   ➡️ https://www.facebook.com/peytonprinci…

Instagram ➡️ https://www.instagram.com/peytonprinc…

Twitter      ➡️ https://twitter.com/carolinepy

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Getting To Know: Caroline Peyton, founder, Peyton Principles

Getting To Know You: Caroline Peyton, founder, Peyton Principles

Article for Business Matters

Caroline Peyton

Caroline Peyton, founder, Peyton Principles tells us what advice she would give to someone starting out.

What do you currently do at Peyton Principles

I am an experienced naturopath and nutritional therapist at Peyton Principles with clinics in Swindon, Cirencester and offer consultations online globally. I specialise in nutritional therapy, gut and digestive issues as well as wellbeing and building resilience in the workplace.

What was the inspiration behind your business?

I spent many years in a pressurised job in the corporate sector experiencing increasing levels of stress. It became more and more unrewarding and I knew I did not want to spend the rest of my working life in such an unhealthy environment. My twin daughters were just five when I turned to a personal passion of mine – nutrition, studied for four years (initially) and left the corporate world to set up my practice. Gaining the skills to support the health of my family as well as others is highly rewarding.

Who do you admire?

There are many women who inspire me for standing up for their beliefs, pushing through boundaries and succeeding. But I particularly admire my mother who has been an inspiration to me from childhood. At one time she was the most senior woman in a corporate FTSE with children. Back in the sixties women left work to have children and did not generally return to the workplace. She encouraged me to work hard and achieve my goals. She has drive, determination and a positive outlook on life. As I write this it is her 86th birthday and her energy and enthusiasm still inspires me today.

Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?

I wish I had followed my gut instincts at a younger age. I wish I had chosen different A levels and university degree that were more in tune with my values and beliefs. I was most interested in human biology, food and nutrition at school. As I started work I was always reading books and articles about health. It took me twenty years to follow my passion but I don’t regret that time. I have made many friends, learnt valuable skills and met my husband!

What defines your way of doing business?

From a business perspective being persistent and consistent and never giving up. So many graduates of nutritional therapy never succeed in business yet have so much knowledge to offer.

I have chosen to specialize in two niche areas where I feel I have the most to offer. These are gut health (digestive health, IBS and IBD); and workplace wellbeing as stress and sick leave are rapidly increasing and affecting employee performance.

I believe it is essential to be completely authentic in business. People buy from people, especially in my line of work. And showing empathy and compassion. At the end of the day as well as the knowledge I can offer people, I offer a listening ear. Clients truly get time to voice their thoughts and feelings and have their message heard. So many clients have told me that it’s the first time they have been able to speak out and some have been told whatever they are feeling or experiencing, it is “all in their heads”.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

Recognise your worth and value and charge accordingly. Create balance and time for you and build it into your diary. It is important not to allow clients to impinge on your own time. In the therapy industry there is a tendency to give too much of yourself so set boundaries.

Define a plan for the next 1/3/5 years but be prepared to adapt this plan. If it doesn’t work, reflect and move on. Never see it as a failure but as a great learning experience.

Thanks for reading…

Caroline Peyton

Caroline Peyton

If you need any help or advice please don’t hesitate to contact me