When Julie Pichler set up her business as a response to her own physical and mental health battles in her earlier life, she followed her passion for brain health and wellness.
Here, she tells us about her business, her philosophy and how she now helps her clients form healthy habits and regain optimum health.
Hi Julie, tell us about your business
Hi, my name is Julie Pichler and my business is Vagus Wellbeing. I’m based in North Shields and I’m a registered nutritional therapist. Looking after my clients is really important to me so I’m member of two professional bodies relating to my industry: The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine.
My big passion is brain health, which is why my business is called Vagus Wellbeing; the vagus is a nerve that runs from the brain through to our vital organs including the gut, heart, lungs and liver. The whole ethos of my business is to help my clients exist in their rest and digest nervous system rather than their fight or flight nervous system. I’m all about balance and trying to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy ageing and improving our mood.
Most of my consultations are online because my clients like the convenience of that, but I do have access to a clinic in Tynemouth if face to face is what my clients choose.
What’s your process when you’re with a client?
When I start working with a client I ask them to fill in a questionnaire and a food diary. That gives me a great insight into people’s lifestyles, their symptoms and their goals. That helps to speed up the process of the initial consultation so that we can use the time we spend together most effectively.
What sort of things do you recommend?
A really common theme I hear about these days is blood sugar balance. Many of my clients struggle to avoid blood sugar spikes which can lead to fatigue and irritability. I always encourage them to eat wholegrains rather than refined versions of carbohydrates. Swap white rice for brown, wholemeal bread for white and wholemeal pasta instead of the white sort.
Small tweaks to diets can make a big difference overall.
How can people get in touch with you?
The best place to go for initial information is my website, which is www.vaguswellbeing.co.uk – on that site there is the option to book a free 30-minute consultation for a no-obligation chat. My website links to my calendar so it’s easy to check my availability.
I’m on Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, LinkedIn or you can email me at [email protected]