I qualified as a Registered Nutritional Therapist 19 years ago, a career path I took after being a professional cook & caterer, for 22 years, and in that time I set up and ran a cookery school from home, whilst my 3 children were very young. It was a manic and incredibly stressful time, trying to juggle a family and working long hours. And just like I see in so many of my clients nowadays, the chronic stress eventually undermined my own health too.
I ate myself back to wellness, following the recommendations of a very forward thinking doctor, and became fascinated by how practicing functional medicine and nutritional rehabilitation was so effective in rebalancing the body’s various Systems, to bring about good health and wellbeing. This personal experience encouraged me to take a degree in health science & nutritional therapy.
I run a private practice and I work online, holding consultations over Zoom, as well as face-to-face consultations. This allows me to help clients wherever they live, whether overseas or in the UK.
I have never stopped learning about this fascinating subject, studying for further qualifications in eating disorders (Dip. National Centre for Eating Disorders: Accr. British Psychological Society) specializing in helping people with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other associated emotional eating conditions. I also hold a Diploma in Emotional Freedom Technique. I work with people of all ages to help them overcome their emotional issues with food, body image & weight.
I also hold a Certificate in Obesity Management. My public health roles include health & nutrition counselling with the Princes Trust, Anglian Community Enterprise and the Macmillan Centre at Southend University Hospital and Broomfield Hospital.
During my 19 – year career, I have been a lecturer in nutrition, health, psychology of health & health research in further education, (qualifying as a teacher in 2008), lecturing at Guildhall School Music & Drama; Italia Conti for Performing Arts, University of the Arts, SEEVIC & University of West London, where I am currently an Assessor in Clinical Nutrition. I also spent 3 years coaching/mentoring on an NHS programme for obesity and pre-diabetes.
It is a privilege to share my knowledge and experience with my clients, whatever their health concerns, to help them to achieve their health goals. I always try to practice what I preach (but of course just like everyone, I have my moments too!). A very brisk walk along the beach every morning sets me up for the day, and makes me feel very positive. I love to relax practicing yoga and meditation. By my own admission, I’m a bit of a ‘doer’, and find painting very therapeutic, whether that’s oils on canvas or emulsion on walls! I have always swum in the sea and I have recently joined lots of other crazy but brilliant people, wild water swimming through the winter! Studies show it boosts the immune system and is great for mental health, so I’m all for that!
As a working mother, I have always been aware of the challenges of getting a meal on the table in the evening after a long day at work, but my experience as a cook, together with my nutritional knowledge enables me to provide practical information and recipes on how to feed individuals and families in the most nutritious, economical and enjoyable ways. As you can imagine, I love food, cooking and cooking for family and friends, and the kindest thing we can do for ourselves, and others, is nourish ourselves well! I am a fully insured member of BANT (British Association of Applied Nutritional Therapists), CNHC (Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council) and NTC (Nutritional Therapy Council) & EFTi (Emotional Freedom Therapy International). My training has met National Occupational Standards and I am bound and regulated by a strict Code of Ethics and Practice. I am trained and certified to use scientific and nutritional knowledge in a therapeutically curative and healing way. To compliment my knowledge and comply with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, I attend seminars and lectures to learn about future developments in nutrition and the latest scientific, evidence-based research, and write nutrition articles for some publications.