My interest in nutrition and health stems from an enthusiastic, and rather obsessive, number of years spent running, cycling and racing. This was followed by a period of chronic work-related stress during which my mental health suffered immensely, but surprisingly for me my physical fitness also plummeted. Once out the other side I wanted to learn more. How was it that mental stress had been so detrimental to my physical fitness? How does physical health impact on our mental wellbeing? And, ultimately, what does it really mean to be healthy?
Through my clinic work, my love of all things brain and mind-related has strengthened. I am fascinated by the biochemistry of the gut-brain axis and the mind-body connection. How cells interpret and share our thoughts, and what this means for our physical and mental health. How our gut microbes can influence our feelings and our behaviours. How adverse experiences in childhood can significantly increase the risk of ill health and/or disordered eating as an adult.
The science is intriguing, but applying this evidence base in clinical practice is where science meets art, and this is my passion. No two people are the same. Our entire life history, right back to before we were born, can impact on how our bodies function today. Even the thoughts we have on a daily basis can influence our physical health. Human beings really are amazing!
I like to focus on the nutrients and behaviours that our bodies and brains need in order to function to their best. I don’t believe in calorie counting or restrictive diets. Nutrition is not about dieting and deprivation. Great nutrition is about living life to the fullest and being the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be.
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 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) in the Application of Nutritional Therapy in Clinical Practice.
I have undertaken post graduate training in Nutrigenomics (Nutrigenetics), “Nutrigenomics from a Functional Medicine Perspective;” a course accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). I have also undertaken extensive training with The National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED), courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS).
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.