I have been on my own nutritional journey over the last fifteen years. When a stressful job combined with personal and family issues started to take their toll on my health in my 20's, I became interested in nutrition and soon realised the impact that diet could make to my well-being.
My symptoms were synonymous with irritable bowel syndrome and adrenal exhaustion. Then, with my new-found knowledge from studying nutritional therapy, I started to radically change my eating habits.
For me, this included embracing more protein in my diet, expanding my mainly vegetarian and carb heavy repertoire to incorporate fish and high quality lean meats, radically reducing identified sugar sources and other inflammatory triggers, and quitting my grazing habit.
I gradually rebalanced my gut health by addressing my intolerances, using natural supplements therapeutically and, most importantly, integrating into my daily diet an array of 'functional foods' which I have learnt to love and now wouldn't be without.
Today, at 37, I am more energised and stronger in my mind and body than I have ever been. And I enjoy helping people learn nourishing eating habits to help them feel body confident, energised, glowing and manage a healthy weight.
In order to help me stay at the forefront of my profession, I invest time reading the latest research papers and maintaining CPD, with a particular focus on gut health.
I have undertaken further training specialising in weight issues, and have studied with the National Centre for Eating Disorders completing a course in Psychological Approaches to Obesity. As an associate of Patrick Holford's Zest4Life, I am continually developing my skills as a motivational health coach, drawing on NLP, CBT, ACT techniques and mindfulness.