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. It felt like I was ‘fire-fighting’ my health every day. 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 by 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 transforming a diet dominated by beige foods to one rich in a spectrum of colourful plant-based foods with all the phyto-nutrients and fibre that they bring, addressing my personal intolerances, using natural supplements therapeutically, and integrating into my daily diet an array of 'functional foods' such as fermented foods which I have learnt to love and now wouldn't be without.
Bringing awareness to my food and eating has opened a path to personal development for me, but maintaining good health, overall wellbeing and positive energy, naturally extends beyond nutrition alone. Personally, I highly value a range of practices including yoga, dance classes, walking with my local Walk ‘n Talk Wellbeing group, having artistic outlets, spending quality time with my family and friends, journalling, and tools to manage work-life balance.
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 habits to help them feel body confident, energised, glowing and manage a healthy weight.
Since achieving my Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, 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 a long-term 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, and incorporate Zest4Life eating plans into Gut Reaction’s programmes as appropriate.
I am currently studying under the wing of Dr Deanna Minich, training to become a certified Food & Spirit practitioner in early 2019, to add further dimensions to my wellbeing coaching.
A full member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), I adhere to the strict BANT Code of Ethics and Practice, and am a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Gut Reaction is fully insured for Nutritional Therapy.
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 mind-body nutrition and gut health.