Things you may like to know about me.
Firstly, I absolutely love my work. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and I am immensely grateful to have made it here in the end. Secondly, I practice “walking my talk”. I have to practice it, because it 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 ultra’s. I fluctuated between obsessive healthy eating and sugar binges – which I countered or “earned” by running some mega miles.
In my early forties I experienced a couple of years of extreme work stress, which totally changed me. I went from happy-go-lucky to crushed. I suffered anxiety, low mood, 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 as a last resort I began to learn yoga. While my body was grateful my mind was less enthusiastic (I didn’t do well with stillness), however these classes sparked a tiny awareness that maybe the mind and body were actually connected. And as the work stress eased, my body healed.
Once out the other side I wanted to learn more. How could worrying about something in the mind make a body sick or stop a body from healing? How does what we eat and how we behave impact on our mental health? Why are some people driven to seek excess when others are not? Ultimately, I wanted to know what it really meant to “be healthy”? I studied, I became passionate about what I was learning, and I changed career.
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!
I like to focus on the nutrients and behaviours that out bodies and brains need in order to function to their 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 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) 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.