Dominique Ludwig is an accomplished Nutritionist MSc and Nutritional Therapist who is also BANT, CNHC and AFMCP accredited. Dominique works in personalised nutrition with many health conditions globally. She specialises in her Renew Reset Recharge® programme, female and digestive health and has been voted one of the top 15 nutritionists in the country.
She is also the founder and CEO of the Nutrition and Lifestyle Programme Renew Reset Recharge® which is available as a guided ONLINE 28 day programme and also offers a limited number of completely personalised 1:1 consultations where she takes you by the hand and leads you through the programme.
Dominique is the secret weapon of many high profile clients and A-list celebrities, known and respected for her discretion and trustworthiness.
At Meyer Clinic in Chichester, she heads up the Nutrition Department. This is an integrated medical clinic in the heart of the South Downs. This clinic offers a space where patients can work together with their practitoners to experience the best possible healthcare and personalised support.
Dominique has helped hundreds of clients, globally, to live healthier lives. Working virtually via Zoom or in person, she can work with you wherever you live in the world.
Dominique works closely with the media and is regularly seen in The Times, The Sunday Times and Times 2 as well as being featured on radio, podcasts and numerous magazines articles.
“I want you to feel healthy, energised and balanced. I use real food that is bursting with nutrients to help you feel your best. I can take a complicated topic and break it down in easy to follow, simple and practical advice and because I cook too; I not only tell you what to do, I show you how to do it!
I like food to be simple, delicious and inspiring. Food is one of life’s pure pleasures and I will show you how many foods you can still enjoy so that you never feel deprived. I like my recipes to be easy to follow and fast to prepare so it fits into your everyday life.
I demystify much of the confusion in the media surrounding food and health, giving clear cut advice that is easy to understand. You will be able to make sustainable and long-term changes to your diet and lifestyle with surprisingly gentle but effective modifications.
Whether you are flexitarian, vegetarian, plant-based or pegan, I have the perfect food plan for YOU!”
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I was questioned recently by Nutritionist and well-being expert Nicola Moore. It gives you an insight into how I work and how a nutrition approach can help people lead healthier, happier lives.
Q. Where do you practice?
I mostly work online or virtually as this offers the most flexibility to my clients and allows me to work with people from all over the UK, as well as globally. I also work in person and virtually with Meyer Clinic, a private medical practice in Chichester.
I am the founder of the Nutrition and Lifestyle Programme Renew Reset Recharge®. This is a culmination of 16 years of clinical practice know-how, dovetailed together with the latest nutritional science. It is available as a tailored 1:1 programme with 7 appointments, or as a guided online programme. This programme is available to anyone who would like to make changes to their nutrition. It is unique and is tailored to you and your body. It also offers online weekly coaching, as a group or privately. Renew Reset Recharge® is now being offered to companies to support the health of their employees.
Q. Where did you train & what are your qualifications?
I completed my MSc in Nutrition at London University, Kings College in 1991. I worked in the food industry for several years with a company specialising in gluten-free foods. I followed this by training further to be a Nutritional Therapist in 2004, which led me to starting up my own nutrition business and clinic. I have completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate training programmes, including functional medicine modules AFMCP 2018 and Cardiometabolic and Immune/ Autoimmune in 2020 with the Institute of Functional Medicine. I am also specialised in DNA Nutrigenetics, which allows me to further personalise my nutrition and lifestyle advice to my clients’ unique DNA, if required.
Q. What inspired you to work in nutrition?
My first degree was food science based, as I wanted to become a food scientist. It became apparent quite early on that my passion was actually for nutritional science and the effects of food on health and disease. In hindsight this was a helpful as not only do I understand what it is I am asking my clients to do, but being confident with food means that I can supply plenty of recipes and tips to help people on their journey.
As soon as I started working in clinic I was hooked. I was immediately blown away with how I was able to support people with various health conditions and help them take back control of their body, symptoms and often their lives. Making a real and genuine difference to peoples’ health and lives is incredibly rewarding, especially those who have had symptoms for a long time.
Q. What do you specialise in?
This is a tricky question as I love it all! But, if I had to choose, there are a few areas where I feel I can make the biggest impact and where I have deeper knowledge. I like to work with digestive and gut health, weight loss, hormone balance and auto-immune conditions. Interestingly, people don’t usually come and see me with just one problem as everything is interlinked. I often say that it is my job to think laterally about someone’s health and work out how all the conditions are related to each other. If possible, I try to get to the root cause my clients’ health issues, rather than just working with the symptoms. For example, someone may come to me for weight loss, but first we may need to address another issue such as blood sugar control, which has been hampering their earlier attempts to lose weight. Another example may be when a client comes to see me with an auto-immune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis and we discover they have food allergies or gut issues that are triggering flare-ups. I look for the reason why someone has irritable bowel symptoms, which usually means my nutritional approach is more successful rather than just giving blanket advice.
I work with personalised nutrition where my client is at the centre of all my advice. There is no one-size-fits-all. If I need to get stuck in and offer specialised laboratory testing to help me work it out, I can!
I also love working with people who are just fed-up and confused with all the nutrition information around! In short, most people would like to have more energy, a healthy weight, balanced hormones, and better digestion. I help people navigate their way towards a healthy way of eating that is long-term, sustainable, and offers huge benefits both for now and for the future. This is important as we don’t live in a perfect world and nor should we. It’s not about striving for perfection, but just getting our food right 80% of the time can have a huge impact on how we feel. I love bringing the structure back into my clients eating habits and forming new (and often simpler) habits for the future.
Q. What are the key problems that clients come to see you with?
I see a lot of clients who have been finding it hard to lose weight and feel very confused about the healthiest way to go about it. It feels like I am giving people the magic key to their metabolism, which they can use now and for the rest of their lives. It’s so easy once you understand how our bodies function best, which foods we can properly process, and that calorie counting is a waste of time. This is a large part of my Renew Reset Recharge® programme. It taps into the way we are designed to eat as human beings and pushes the RESET button on our health. I often bring in the principles of Renew Reset Recharge® when I start to work with my clients, as not only do people lose weight effortlessly, but many other niggling health conditions, such as digestive issues, hormone related health problems (PMS, Menopause, PCOS etc) as well as skin problems often clear up once we have established a healthy way of eating. I also see many clients with insulin sensitivity and type 2 diabetes which often affects our ability to lose weight.
It is always surprising how many people have digestive and gut problems such as bloating, pain, gas, constipation, or diarrhoea, loosely classed as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), but of course it is more complicated than this and we need to look for the reason why. I honestly have had people in clinic who could barely leave the house because of sudden bouts of diarrhoea, who after just a couple of weeks are off leading a normal life again! It’s like peeling back layers of an onion; if you ask the right questions and understand what your clients are telling you, it’s often possible to make a difference and understand the root cause of the problem.
I see many clients with auto-immune conditions such as coeliac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis. Together we work through potential triggers to help empower people with their health. I have seen people with rheumatoid arthritis reduce their pain significantly and those with coeliac disease, who were not responding to diet, regain control of their gut health.
I also specialise in working with many of my clients for up to 3 months. Seeing my clients more regularly means that it is less overwhelming and makes it easier for them to make the changes over a longer period. This way we work through issues together and we have more chance of success as longer term changes can be made to both diet and lifestyle.
Q. What has been your most memorable client success story?
Another tricky question as there really have been so many. I have worked with around 1000 clients during my career, so it is hard to choose one!
I recently saw a 48-year-old lady, who had suffered with bloating, irregular bowel movements and episodes of chronic diarrhoea and pain as well as brain fog, back pain and fatigue. Her diet was vegetarian and generally healthy; however, she was becoming frustrated that nothing she tried could improve her situation.
I worked with diet initially to remove trigger foods and added in some functional testing, in this case a comprehensive stool test, that looks at everything from inflammation, digestion, complete analysis of gut bacteria as well as looking for pathogens and parasites. We also carried out a breath test to identify potential bacteria in the small intestine. We identified that an overgrowth of bacteria was responsible for her IBS, bloating and cramping which was leaving her feeling exhausted. Many of the foods on her healthy vegetarian diet were actually contributing to her symptoms, such as fruit, onions and garlic as well as dairy and pulses! We used botanical antimicrobials to help reduce overall bacterial numbers and added in supplements to rebalance her gut microbes and encourage healing of the gut wall. We also tested for nutrient deficiencies and found that she had anaemia and a folate deficiency, which we corrected through diet and supplementation. This resulted in a complete resolution of symptoms and her being able to slowly bring back many of the foods she had avoided as her gut resilience improved.
One of the benefits of seeing a qualified Nutritional Therapist is that we have access to private laboratory testing, most of which is state of the art. In particular, I often use Cyrex food intolerance testing, 3 day stool tests, DNA pin-prick tests, breath tests and dried urine hormone testing. I don’t use these with everyone, but we can often discuss whether they might be helpful. If we can identify what is going on, we are more likely to help our clients have a more successful outcome and reach their goals faster.
A 12-year-old girl came to see me for tummy aches, fatigue and warts. She had over 60 warts on her hands which was affecting her confidence at school. It was clear the immune system was compromised, and her tummy aches were a daily occurrence, which she thought was normal. After a detailed medical history, I suspected that dairy and wheat / gluten might be behind the tummy aches, so we started with an exclusion diet to see if this affected her symptoms. Within 3 weeks, the tummy aches had disappeared as had most of the warts. In 6 weeks, she had just one wart on her thumb with a complete resolution to all the others. This is an example of thinking out of the box and looking at the bigger picture. We managed to re-introduce dairy again successfully, but she had a severe reaction every time she ate gluten. We used supplements to help redress nutritional deficiencies and herbs and nutrients to support her immune system. In short, her immune system had been under fire and had not been performing appropriately. A weakened immune system can mean that we are not able to fight off common infections, such as warts or mouth ulcers. These can sometimes be a side effect of conditions such as coeliac disease, food allergy and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.
Q. What would you say are the three biggest challenges faced by clients in your area of specialty?
From a nutritional science perspective, I am still surprised how out of date some nutrition advice is and how cemented it is in our minds! So many clients are still reluctant to eat healthy fats or even eat eggs or prawns over concerns about cholesterol. Unfortunately, processed, snack and convenience foods have become so normal in our Western society, so asking people to prepare foods from scratch can be challenging for some of my clients. The good news is that most of my recipes are super-quick to prepare and simple to make, which can be really helpful!
There is also a lot of confusion and conflicting information, especially on social media. My job is to make sure that the advice I give is evidence based, but that also means that I need to stay up to date too. I suppose people are also looking for a quick fix. My approach is almost always a long-term solution as I want people to feel amazing now, but also want to look after their health as they get older so that they are running around with their grandchildren and enjoying life to the full!
Not many health professionals are trained in nutrition, which means that some people are genuinely unaware that is can possible to improve peoples’ health through nutrition. I have helped people fall pregnant, alleviate chronic pain or headaches, improve gut health, manage auto-immune conditions and reverse type 2 diabetes. I have helped people to get the correct testing to identify the root cause of their health issues. I have also managed to support people with finding the correct doctor or consultant by helping to identify medical conditions such as coeliac disease, under-active thyroid and food allergies. Having access to state-of-the-art testing is a great asset for nutritional therapists and can prove invaluable.
One last point: Nutritionists and Nutritional Therapists are highly skilled in health issues that are linked to our genetics, diet and lifestyle. Auto-immune conditions, type 2 diabetes, obesity and digestive or gut health issues are on the rise. We need to throw the net wider when considering the best approach to handling these conditions. This of course includes what we eat, our stress levels, our activity levels, how we sleep, our genetics and much more! This means that nutrition is part of a puzzle in improving people’s lives. Sometimes it is the biggest piece of the puzzle and sometimes just a corner piece.
Q. How do you help clients to tackle those challenges?
I see myself more as their nutrition coach. I am not dictatorial, but rather I present the facts so that they can tell me how much they can take onboard at any one time. It needs to be patient-led. This is why I have started to change how I practice. Seeing my clients more often and following their progress for a longer time, means that we can go at a speed that is right for them. Also, I give my clients the tools they need as they are the ones who have to do the work and make the changes. I need to make sure I only give them the best tools.
I spend much of my time educating and separating the fact from the fiction when it comes to nutrition and health. Many people are also astonished that diet was playing such as large role in their health condition. It’s not necessarily the case that people are eating unhealthy foods, but it’s about making sure that they are eating the right foods for their body, their biology and genetics and their metabolism.
One of the challenges I have is that my mind can work very fast as I have been working in this field for 30 years! This means that while I can often work out people’s health problems quite quickly, I need to slow down myself, so that I give the information in a way that is easy to digest and understand.
Q. Describe an average working day in your life
I work from home for most of the week as many of my clients talk to me at my remote or virtual clinic. I do see some people face-to-face too though. At Meyer Clinic, we specialise in face-to-face appointments which is great, but I have clients from all over the world so I need to be remote too.
I see less clients in clinic than people think as there is a lot of work that goes into each consultation and lots of admin. I may see one or two clients in the morning and again in the afternoon. Managing all areas of my business takes a lot of time and energy so I need to make time for this too, otherwise I find myself working until 12 at night! I always include an admin day to my week to keep on top of things.
Every Wednesday lunchtime I offer my nutrition clinic for my Renew Reset Recharge® programme – that is a set fixture and I try to keep this appointment going wherever I happen to be. This means I have hosted this clinic remotely from several strange locations such as on holiday or from a café or hotel!
I have a cocker spaniel called Toby who I get to walk most days, which is when I feel most creative. He’s a regular in my office and often gets into my videos and talks. I also try to do some power yoga each day.
I love healthy food, so always make sure I have leftovers for lunch, or I will make a quick salad. Much of what I eat ends up on Instagram, so there are not many surprises! I like to be authentic and approachable; we have to practice what we preach, otherwise what we do doesn’t come from the heart. “Be genuine” is a great motto.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to everyone reading this interview, what would it be?
Don’t diet! Don’t count calories! Don’t just jump on the latest nutrition fad! Don’t underestimate the power of food! Sorry, that’s 4!
I wish I could speak to every teenager about food and how important it is to eat nutrients not calories and that you can eat plenty of healthy food and never have to diet again. It’s really all about proportions and when we eat our macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) in the correct proportions we start to get back in touch with our natural hunger and satiety mechanisms. We feel full-up for longer and our body gives us the right cues about when we need to eat again. This means that we don’t need to count calories. Also, counting calories is a waste of time because we only need to count what we absorb and can use. While we absorb every calorie in a chocolate bar and are more likely to store them as fat, when it comes to natural foods such as healthy proteins or whole almonds, there is an ‘absorption gap’ or an ‘energy-cost’ involved in the digestion of a food, which means we don’t get to have all those calories for ourselves! Natural foods break down slower in our gut, so they not only fill us up but we also process them differently and are less likely to store them as body fat, as we are not getting the energy all at once! This can be a game changer as we get to eat more food when we eat the right foods. I seriously eat way more food now than I did in my 20’s!
I would love every woman to love her body and her shape and never get on the scales again.
Q. What is your favourite meal?
Honestly, I am a simple girl at heart. I love Asian inspired food, and that probably comes across in my cooking, but I also really love a good roast chicken with lots of different vegetables and maybe some roasted parsnips and sweet potatoes. I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, but I do love eating one of my bliss or power balls after my lunch. They are still full of nutrients and taste sweet and they are energising without making me tired.
I also adore watermelon, pretty much all types of fish and just about every vegetable, except turnips! I honestly get withdrawal if I don’t eat enough veggies and start to feel sluggish without them.
I do have a confession here too; I am not a big fan of herbal teas (I know, shocking!) but I do drink them occasionally. Also, I don’t spend hours in the kitchen. While occasionally I go crazy and make something from Ottolenghi, I usually just cook easy, healthy food. The simpler I eat the better I feel.
Q. How do you manage your work:life balance?
It is something I sometimes still need to work on to be honest as there are times when I don’t get it right. I am getting better at this though and have learned to set boundaries for myself. I usually take the weekends off and try to schedule in sufficient time during the week for my admin and creativity. I also have a small team who work with me and help with the things I am not so good at!
One thing that really helps me is to set out a 6 month, 1 year and 5 year plan for how I intend to work as well as what I want to achieve and when. This gives me clarity and helps me pace myself while allowing me to see where I am going. This way I never stop developing and always have fresh ideas.
Q. What do you plan next?
I would like to turn my nutrition programme Renew Reset Recharge® into a book and an app. I would love as many people as possible to experience this way of eating. It is not only healthy, but makes people feel fantastic! I think there is so much potential.
I would also love to be involved in a TV show. Seriously! We are lacking high quality food programmes that really tackle eating well in a way that makes it enticing! So much of the time, I feel that we are normalising the standard western diet and processed food which is making so many people sick. We need more TV programmes that show us how to eat in balance with our natural biology. I mean, we don’t feed penguins fishfingers, giraffes pizza, cats cheese strings or give Coca-Cola to our dogs, but we are eating these foods and feeding them to our children every day! We need to show a different way of eating with clear advice, which explains how we should be eating to help us feel good now but also eat in a way so that we get to enjoy our old age and not be plagued with ill-heath.
Thirdly, I’d like to work more with the media and reach a greater number of people. I see the final part of my career as ‘giving-back’. I am not sure I will ever fully retire, so I hope to use the time raising awareness and focusing on good causes such as bringing food, nutrition and cookery back into schools for all children. This is so important. How can we expect our children to eat well if we don’t teach them the fundamentals?
Q. Is there anything else that you think might be interesting for people to know about you or for anyone considering working with you?
I usually work in stages with clients. The first appointment is to really get to know them and properly understand their current health, their lifestyle, and their reasons for coming to seeing me. The next stage is to identify nutritional imbalances, triggers and if possible, get to the root cause of their health issues. I use a combination of nutritional science, functional medicine, coaching, practical advice and experience to work with my clients. Sometimes I can knit together a number of health issues which are often linked, rather than just focusing in on one issue at a time.
I like to see my clients often over a longer period of time as this is where I can really make a difference. This can make it less overwhelming for my clients too. Knowing you are seeing them again soon means you can pace your information into bite-sized pieces and prevents overwhelm. One of my strengths is that I offer so much of my advice as principles and have lots of helpful material to share with my clients such as factsheets, recipe e-books and handouts. This means that my clients collect plenty of information to help them between appointments. I also set up a Google drive folder for most of my clients where I can add all the resources they need.
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Dominique completed her academic MSc. Nutrition training at Kings College, London University and completed her 3 year Diploma in Nutritional Therapy in 2006. She has completed graduate training with the Institute of Functional Medicine (AFMCP 2018) as well as the IFM signature training in both Cardiometabolic and Immune Medicine. She attends regular postgraduate events and conferences with medics and world-wide nutrition experts. She keeps up to date with evidence based, cutting-edge nutritional research and is also a registered and accredited member of three prestigious nutrition associations (IFM, BANT and CNHC).
Dominique is trained in Nutrigenomics which gives her the skills to analyse your specific DNA. This can be very informative and can be helpful when working with complex health conditions.
She is completely English/ German bilingual and can also offer consultations in German language on request.
Qualifications and further studies:
- MSc. Nutrition (Distinction) Kings College, London University, UK (1992)
My degree from London University has given me a first class training in human nutrition and physiology. It has given me a solid nutrition background and a curious mind.
- Diploma Nutritional Therapy (Distinction) Raworth College of Nutritional and Sports Medicine, Dorking, UK (2006)
I am fully qualified as a Registered Nutritional Therapist. This 3 year course taught me the principles of functional medicine and the clinical practice that I use daily in my clinics.
- BSc. Home Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University (1988-1991)
I not only tell you what to eat, but with my scientific food background, I instinctively understand how to eat well and which flavours go well together. I am also able to give you tips to help you follow the plan more easily.
- Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach, 2010
I trained first hand with the founder of Metabolic Balance® in 2010 in Isen, Germany during my time working and living in Munich.
- DNALife Certification, 2014
Nutrigenetics specialist, I am experienced in analysing DNA -Health, -Diet, -Oestrogen and -Sports Data for my clients.
- AFMCP™-UK 2018 (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™)
I have completed the (IFM) AFMCP™- UK and will continue studying for my full certification with the Institute of Functional medicine (IFM). Functional Medicine uses quantifiable tools to identify the root cause of illness. It is an individualised, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and uses that data to give personalised treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.
- IFM Cardiometabolic and Immune Modules. February 2020
I am completely English / German Bilingual
1. Food Stories Bookazine, Spring/Summer 2016Article: ‘Healthy Eating that’s Real’ Article about nutrition, sensible eating, going back-to-basics and the Metabolic Balance® Nutrition Programme. 2. Diet and Nutrition in Critical Care DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-8503-2_106‘Immunonutrition in Clinical Care’© Springer Science and Business Media New York, 2014By; Dr. med. Arved Weihmann and Dominique Ludwig
I am registered and regulated by the following associations:
Institute of Functional Medicine
British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine
The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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I work on Mondays and Wednesdays at my home clinic: Dominique Ludwig Nutrition.
I work almost exclusively via Zoom, so it doesn’t matter where you live in the UK or world.
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