First and foremost, I ADORE food. Even before I understood the incredible impact it has on our health. I just loved food in a different way. I loved a sugary treat as a reward for getting through my day or how it could comfort me when I needed it most. When I started my journey into understanding the effect food has on our bodies both mentally and physically, I was afraid my love of food would be taken away, and I would begrudging become a member of the rabbit food diet club. What I didn’t know, was that I could love food in a new and more empowering way.
As a child, I was brought up with a fairly balanced lifestyle and was taught the importance of eating my greens. However, this all went a little astray after slightly too much indulgence living the student lifestyle. After returning home, I was left overweight, exhausted, brain fogged with chronic nausea, headaches and a multitude of digestive symptoms. The GP unfortunately didn’t have any answers, so I decided to take action. After a little bit of googling, my diet started on Monday (familiar to anyone?) and I took up a gruelling gym regime, that I realise now was never going to be sustainable. Over the next few years, I yo-yoed between the latest ‘health-kick’ and mopped about feeling like a failure that I still hadn’t ‘fixed’ myself.
On the lead up to my wedding, I decided enough was enough, and sought professional advice from a Nutritional Therapist who identified several digestive and hormonal imbalances in my body. Together with their advice and a lot of personal research, I slowly started to change my diet and lifestyle, and re-educate myself on what would nourish and ‘feed’ my body. As my nutritional knowledge grew, so did my health and confidence. I started experimenting in the kitchen creating healthier versions of my favourite comfort foods. My love of food returned and a love for preparing healthy and delicious meals blossomed.
I’m most definitely a “cold-turkey” kind of person, and it has taken great determination to fight this urge and create and solidify new healthier habits. It has taken me many steps forward (and back) to get where I am today, and if I’m honest, I still have many more steps to take. My own wellness journey has been incredibly frustrating, enriching, disheartening, empowering, and the best thing I’ve ever done; but most importantly, it spurred me on to train as a Registered Nutritional Therapist. My mission is to help others start on their own health and wellness journey so they can feel their absolute best and live their life to the fullest. The right diet and lifestyle can change lives – and that’s what I’m passionate about doing.
ABOUT NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
Nutritional Therapy uses an evidence-based approach and applies nutritional science to maximise and promote optimal health. It is a complementary therapy and can work alongside conventional medicine to bring the body back into balance; supporting those with chronic conditions as well as those looking to boost their overall health and wellbeing. It is underpinned by the ‘functional medicine’ framework which uses an integrated approach to identify the root cause of imbalance(s) considering genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Nutritional therapy focuses on creating a tailored nutrition and lifestyle programme, addressing the body as a whole and you as an individual, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.