Hi. I’m Helen, and I am so pleased that you have found me. I absolutely love my work and am passionate about using the power of good food and personalised nutrition to help you become the very best version of yourself that you can possibly be.
You may like to know that I have to practice “walking my talk”, because this does not come naturally to me. I am an all or nothing, obsessive type of person. Balance bores my brain. But great health and happiness is found in balance, not excess. I was more than a little disappointed when I finally worked this out.
Through my twenties I was a binge-drinking, chain-smoking party girl. Food consisted of crisp sandwiches, pot noodles and sweets. In my thirties I channelled my energies into exercise; cycling, running, big multi-day events and ultras. I fluctuated between obsessive healthy eating and sugar binges and over this time tried every diet under the sun (low fat, no fat, low carb, moderate carb, calorie counting, earning food through exercise). It was as exhausting as it sounds!
In my early forties I experienced a few years of extreme work stress. I suffered anxiety, depression, and panic attacks; but surprisingly to me my physical fitness also plummeted. I picked up multiple running injuries which my body would not recover from and once out the other side, I wanted to learn more. I studied, I became passionate about what I was learning, and aged forty-nine I changed career.
Now, I would love this to be the end of my story but sadly, it's not.
Studying through my mid to late forties whilst working mostly full-time was immensely stressful, and my coping mechanism was to obsessively exercise my way through it all. I told myself that when I graduated the stress would ease, but it didn’t. And six months after setting up in practice and one month after turning fifty, I was diagnosed with stage 2 ER+ breast cancer. I was lucky, my treatment was swift and normal life quickly returned. However, it was a wake-up call. It was time to apply all my newly acquired knowledge to me (always so much easier said than done!). Over the past couple of years, I have made some big changes to my life and despite being late perimenopause, on Tamoxifen and without the option of HRT, I am doing really well.
I am fascinated by how our brain and body communicate together. How our thoughts and emotions can influence our hormones and our immune system. How our gut microbes can chat directly to our brains affecting mood and behaviour. How difficult experiences in childhood can affect physical health as an adult. But mostly I am fascinated by our incredible ability to heal. My passion lies in the joining together of science and art. Taking the research and applying it in clinical practice. No two people are the same. Our entire life history, right back to before we were born can impact on how our bodies and brains function today. Human beings really are amazing.
Together, we focus on the nutrients and behaviours that your body and brain needs in order to function to its best. Great nutrition is about nourishing body and mind, living life to the fullest, and being the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be.
I look forward to hearing from you,
I am a BANT Registered Nutritionist (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine), and Nutritional Therapist accredited by the Complementary National Healthcare Council (CNHC); an accredited register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. As a Registered Nutritional Therapist, I am bound by the strict codes of conduct and professionalism determined by these bodies.
I am currently studying part-time for my post graduate Masters Degree in Personalised Nutrition (level 7). Prior to this I studied for four years with the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, gaining my Diploma in Nutritional Therapy. I am trained to degree level equivalent (level 6).
I have undertaken post graduate training (level 7) in Nutrigenomics (Nutrigenetics), “Nutrigenomics from a Functional Medicine Perspective;” a course accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). I have also undertaken training with The National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED), courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS). I am a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine and The British Menopause Society.
The science behind Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine is evolving rapidly and I undertake regular continuous professional development (CPD) to ensure my research and knowledge is current and relevant to you.
When choosing a Nutritional Therapist, it is important to check they are registered with an appropriate governing body, such as BANT. You can find a database of your local BANT Registered Nutritionists here.