By Daniel O'Shaughnessy
An LGBTQ-focused guide to good health and diet from the Naked Nutritionist
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As a gay man living in a big city and working as a nutritionist, I know that the LGBTQ+ community has specific dietary and health needs. I work with individuals on matters you might expect -- weight loss and muscle gain, addiction, fertility and digestive health issues. But I also work with many clients on more sensitive matters like nutrition for balancing hormones while transitioning; how to eat if you have a chronic condition; how to mitigate against the party/circuit lifestyle. Yet what surprises me is that, despite the demand in my private practice, there is very little reliable information out there on these subjects for us.
Most LGBTQ+ literature you will read around health and wellbeing focuses on the mental health needs of our community. Yet there is not a single book that looks at the nutrition and lifestyle needs of the LGBTQ+ community that takes an honest and non-judgemental approach to what we experience.
For the past seven years, I’ve worked as a nutritionist in London. For eight years before that, I was an addiction therapist. My client base in both professions have been predominantly LGBTQ+. I became aware that our community has specialised needs so I began to focus on our health.
Not everyone has access to a nutritionist; not all the information you find online is reliable. This is why I’m on a mission to bring equality into the nutrition and lifestyle literature world: I want to bring my knowledge to you in the form of a book.
But I need your help
In order to make this book happen, I need your support: please pledge for your copy of the book or for one of the other levels. If enough people pledge and we hit the funding target, we will make Naked Nutrition happen.
Why I’m writing this book
People expect me to be a clean-living nutritionist who preaches about kale smoothies and avocado on toast but I’m far from that. I appreciate that you may not have a flawless life -- more, a perfectly imperfect life. I do, too.
My clients come to see me because I don’t judge them. They may want to work out and watch their diet but they may also party at the weekend. I’m not going to ignore that fact or tell you to stop when I know you won’t: I’m going to help you understand what is going on in your body and show you how to recover well. I take more of a harm reduction approach to lifestyle than ignoring possible taboo subjects.
How I work
I work functionally, which means that I look at the cause of health issues or nutrition needs -- I don’t simply regurgitate good-eating advice at you. Everyone is different -- and popping vitamin pills alone isn’t going to fix you.
This book will cover:
- depression, anxiety and mental health functionally
- IVF and fertility support
- the party lifestyle (there is a lot more to recovery than 5-HTP)
- steroid use (research shows that gay men are five times more likely to use anabolic steroids than heterosexual counterparts)
- transitioning and hormones
- nutritional support for HIV Diagnosis and PreP treatment
- diet for a healthy sex life
- weight loss and muscle gain
And much more.
LGBTQ+ health and nutrition is a subject so close to my heart: if you think this book could help you or a friend, please pledge now to help us make this book a reality.
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Daniel O'ShaughnessyDaniel O'Shaughnessy is a registered nutritionist (mBANT).I discovered nutrition because I was suffering from some personal issues, including acne and fatigue. By altering my diet, I was able to alleviate my symptoms and suddenly I had a lot more energy. For the past seven years, I've worked as a nutritionist. Before that, I spent eight years working as an addiction therapist.I am a firm believer in personalised nutrition: I want you to understand the way your body works because it can transform your life.The majority of my clients identify as LGBTQ+ and they feel comfortable discussing with me issues that affect their lives that they feel other therapists may not empathise with or understand. I have worked with more than 1,000 clients in my career on matters ranging from weight loss, muscle gain and digestive issues tohormone balancing fertility or simply to support their lifestyle with nutrition.
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Thank you once again for your support
Daniel x11th June 2019 Free Weight Loss Group
Thank you again for your continued support for the project.
I just wanted to let you all know I am doing a free weight loss group for those who have pledged for a 'signed copy' or above of the book. I have launched a private Facebook group which I'll be adding you to shortly and the group will begin on 17th June 2019. If you have not received an invite then you may add yourself…14th May 2019 Thank You - Over 100 Backers!
I just wanted to drop a message to say we are over 1/3 of the way there with the campaign so thank you so much to everyone that has pledged to help make this project happen.
Stay tuned for those who have pledged for a signed book where i'll be inviting them to a Facebook group for weight loss or muscle gain.
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