About Shirley Briars Nutrition

Shirley Briars


My credentials

I studied for four years at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, London’s leading college of nutrition, graduating with distinction in 2011. I am fully qualified to practise Nutritional Therapy and am registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) practitioner registers.

I am also a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and have completed Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice training.

As well as running my nutrition practice, until recently, I worked for 9 years as part of the academic team at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and still lecture and assess students on their BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy degree programme offered in partnership with the University of Portsmouth

I am a certified Metabolic Balance Practitioner and have found this award winning programme to be a game changer in the field of weight management and hormone balance. 

I have developed expertise in food sensitivities and intolerances working as a Nutrition Consultant for YorkTest Laboratories. YorkTest are trusted leaders in the field of food intolerance and allergy testing. 

About Shirley Briars Nutrition

Shirley Briars Nutrition is a small business based in Essex, but I work with clients throughout the UK. Since Covid, I have worked exclusively using Zoom or the telephone and found this works very well and is convenient for the vast majority of clients. I will see how I can adapt my services where clients have special needs or disabilities to enable everyone to access my services. I aim to give my clients my absolute best and I will only take you on as a client after a chat to ensure that I can help you and that we can work well together. Do send me an email via my contact form to set this up, free of charge. 

My mission is to work with your goals and guide and inspire you on your health journey, to help you take control of your nutrition and to eat in a way that will help resolve symptoms, nourish your body and keep you well. Life can be especially tough when you feel unwell, and my job is about helping you to identify what needs to change, to help you feel better. It’s not about being perfect but I can empower you to make better choices and simple additions that can make a positive difference to your health and how you feel.  I will help you to develop a positive relationship with food.  Nutritional Therapy is powerful and helps you to take control to support your health now and for the future.

Shirley Briars

“If you change nothing, nothing will change”

Tony Robbins

Much of the healthcare system is focused on the management of chronic conditions.  I am focused on how food and lifestyle can help you to achieve better health, reduce symptoms and provide a preventative approach for your health

My personal testimonial

I love food now, but I wasn’t naturally very interested and for many years my diet wasn’t particularly healthy or nutritious. I had a busy job and a busy life and food wasn’t a priority. I neglected to prioritise healthy meals as I hadn’t yet made the connection that healthy food makes a healthy body.  I was unaware that I had food sensitivities causing a range of issues for me including bloating, skin rashes, poor sleep, achey joints, and I also generally felt stressed, run down and tired all the time. I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t pin down what I was doing wrong and had no idea that the food I was eating were causing the symptoms. I needed some help. 

 With a growing family and feeling a bit out of my depth at mealtimes, I started reading about nutrition and slowly started to connect the dots that my eating habits were contributing to the way I was feeling and that I could change things for the better. I had the opportunity to see a Nutritional Therapist myself and was hooked.  A strong desire to learn more led me to change my career and study nutrition. I now understand just how closely linked food choices and diet are with all aspects of health and can make a big difference to how you think and feel. I have been on my own personal health journey ever since, with ups and downs and new discoveries about my health along the way, but I have never looked back. 

I also learnt through genetic nutrition testing that my genes predispose me to inflammatory conditions. With a family history of cardiovascular disease, which is now largely accepted to be an inflammatory condition, this knowledge has enabled me to tailor my own diet to include foods which help to moderate inflammation in the body. I have also been able to work out my food sensitivities and tailor my diet accordingly. I am working on my lifestyle, prioritising time for exercise (which was also neglected), trying to keep stress levels low and getting more sleep, which all help to reduce inflammation. It’s great to feel empowered with this knowledge and know that I can target my health risks. This is the power of Nutritional Therapy and why I am passionate about nutrition. 

Positive Food Relationship


 I am all about helping you to have a positive relationship with healthy food so that you enjoy it and reap the benefits. I help clients make peace with food and their bodies, and break the cycle of negative association and shame that sometimes surrounds food. Whatever your starting point, I will help you to make informed choices which will improve your wellness, reduce your symptoms and give you a preventative approach for your future health. Helping someone to eat better inspires me in my job and my biggest hope is that by working with me, you will gain a meaningful insight into the power of nutrition for your health too. 

Yours in nourished health

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