BSc Nutritional therapy, Dip BCNH, mBANT, CNHC
Nutritional Therapist BANT, CNHC
BANT registered Nutritionist®
BA (Hons) Psychology
I am a fully qualified nutritional therapist and nutritionist registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).
I have a BSc in nutritional therapy from the University of West London (UWL) and a level 6 diploma from the British College of Nutrition and Health (BCNH). In addition, I also have a BA (Hons) in psychology from Kristianstad University and my goal is to integrate my training in both nutrition and psychology to help people live healthier lives.
With health sciences ever-evolving and changing, I regularly attend seminars, courses and conferences to keep up with the most up-to-date research in nutrition sciences and health education.
I have a special interest in gastrointestinal health and stress management, cognitive health and emotional wellbeing and the fundamental connections between our physical and mental wellbeing.
In my practice, I include nutrition as well as lifestyle interventions to improve wellbeing and quality of life.
I truly believe that nutrition is a crucial part of overall health but that it needn't be complicated and add stress or anxiety.
There are so many aspects of our lives which need to be investigated in order for us to truly feel well, and nutrition is an essential part but not the only one and by integrating nutrition and lifestyle interventions, my goal is to help people live healthier and happier lives.
Ever since childhood, I have had a real love and passion for food and cooking and before training in nutritional therapy, I spent over 10 years working in the hospitality industry. I was educated and trained in hospitality management and have an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management (Distinction). As a result, I have been fortunate to work in amazing restaurants, caterers and hotels worldwide. Therefore, at the heart of what I do, is my passion and love for nutritious, delicious food, whether I am developing recipes or meal plans for private clients or working on a consultancy project with corporate clients.
What led me into Nutritional Therapy?
As with so many other practitioners working in the same field, the reason for me changing career started from my own personal experiences.
During my first pregnancy, I was seriously ill with a pregnancy-related liver disorder which took a huge toll on my health. I ended up feeling unwell for a long time postpartum and suffered from digestive complaints and low mood.
Despite test results showing that everything was seemingly functioning normally again, I was still unable to get to the bottom of why I was feeling the way I was. I therefore started my own research to help improve my own health. As I had a background in the food industry and used cooking as my way of relaxing and switching off, I started reading about nutrition and signed up to an online university short course in nutrition and health interventions.
This opened up my eyes to the powerful impacts of food and I began taking parts of what I had learned and implement these into my own life. When I could see the difference in how I felt, I knew nutrition was what I wanted to train in professionally to help other people live healthier and happier lives.
How I work
It is my strongest belief that nutrition and health does not have to be complicated and that there needs to be a sense of enjoyment as part of every nutrition and lifestyle program. Having the right mindset and tools are just as important as what you put on your plate.
My work is based on a functional medicine approach, where, instead of treating symptoms, the aim is to find the root cause to signs and symptoms.
By following a functional medicine approach, interventions are aimed to target each individual's specific health concern and their manifestations.
It is important to understand that one health concern can have several causes and at the same time, one cause often leads to several health concerns and symptoms. The human body is wonderfully complex and is by nature
interconnected by a myriad of internal systems. When one body system is out of balance this leads to a knock-on effect on other systems, which can manifest as a wide range of symptoms and health concerns.
It is therefore common that one health concern, manifesting as a particular symptom, can paint a much more complex picture and addressing a different body system which may seem unconnected can have real positive results.
There is no system in the human body which is isolated from the rest of the body and by understanding that everything is connected we can start to better understand why symptoms and concerns arise.
The advice I give and my approach is personalised and based on each individual and their unique history, diet, lifestyle, social surroundings, potential environmental health concerns, genetics and family history. I don't believe that there are any set guidelines, protocols or diets which are suited to everyone. I truly believe that what works for one person may not work for everyone and working closely alongside each individual is the key to positive results.
It is essential to listen to each individual's story and implement changes in stages, focusing on the interventions which can have the most positive impact first. It is also important to take into consideration the current life situation of each individual and what is realistic to implement at that time.
Because of how nutritional therapy and functional medicine work and the complexity of the human body, it is important to understand that this process is not a one-off, short term fix and in order to see real results, time and commitment is essential. Based on my clinical experience, clients who progress the best commit to at least three months. Therefore the process I recommend when working 1-2-1 with clients, has a package structure for clients to truly benefit from the therapy and help make long-lasting changes.
I also have considerable experience of working on corporate projects, developing dishes for restaurants, hotels and catering businesses as well as doing research and I offer nutrition advice, workplace wellbeing advice and services tailored to the needs of each business on a consultancy basis.
In addition, I offer talks and workshops around health, wellbeing and nutrition for schools, universities and companies.
Please find more in depth information about how I work and what I offer here.