In my twenties, I started my career as a primary school teacher, which I loved. However, after the birth of my first daughter eight years later, I began to develop symptoms of IBS, including pains and cramps, bloating and general digestive problems. Also, I experienced feelings of stress and anxiety.
I always had an interest in food and nutrition and how it supports good health. My family love their food and I was brought up on home-cooked meals. So I introduced changes in my diet and began a course of acupuncture. Eventually I was able to improve and manage my IBS symptoms. After my second daughter was born, I became a lot more aware of the food that I was preparing for my children and the food choices that they were exposed to.
With a keen interest in science, wellness and the way that food and herbs can support the body, I started to do my own research into nutrition and healthy eating, but I found that there were so many mixed messages. Talking to friends and family, everyone else seemed confused too. I wanted to find out the truth about healthy eating. So in 2014, (six months before turning forty!) I joined the MSc Nutritional Therapy course at University of Worcester – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Completing this course was an amazing journey for me. The course was post-graduate so I was studying at a higher level than I had ever worked before. I learned critical thinking skills to ascertain how to assess good, reliable sources of evidence and to question its validity; I studied anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology (when body systems go wrong such as in disease), the numerous aspects of nutrition plus so much more. Academically it was challenging – the hardest thing I have ever done. However, I suddenly felt as if I had found my true calling.
Since then I have helped numerous people like you take control over their own health and wellbeing through managing their diet and lifestyle. Now it is my mission to share this knowledge and empower you, my clients, in how to nourish your bodies the right way for you.
My Qualifications and Services
I am a registered, insured Nutritional Therapist with a Masters degree (MSc) (Distinction) from University of Worcester. I practise from a clinic in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. I use the latest scientific research, good clinical practice and I practise from an evidence base – this means advice is based on evidence not trends. Each year I undertake at least 30 hours of extra training (continued professional development (CPD)). I regularly attend training courses such as seminars, webinars and workshops so that I am fully abreast of the latest in nutrition research and effective clinical practice. I am a full member of both the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), (a regulatory body for practitioners, established by the government), ensuring that I am covered by a comprehensive code of practice. I am on the ICO register and comply with GDPR.
My background is in teaching. I have a BA (Ed) (Hons) degree from Reading University and have over ten years’ teaching experience. I am also a mother of two, so I fully understand the challenges of balancing a stressful work life with a busy home and family life. I believe in eating wholesome, nourishing foods to support good health and wellbeing. I aim to guide my clients in creating easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious food that fits in with their tastes and lifestyle. Nutrition is just one important part of the puzzle however, and lifestyle is also a vital element in fostering optimum health and wellbeing. I provide you with tools and support for you to cultivate a balanced, healthy lifestyle and mental outlook.
I practice in general Nutritional Therapy but I have a particular interest in gut and digestive health, stress management and hormone balance. Services include nutrition coaching, nutrition programmes, recipes, help sheets, computer dietary analysis, support with behaviour change, practical support during busy or stressful times, shopping and cooking advice, supplement protocols and functional testing. I also give talks and workshops and write articles on nutrition.
My approach is based on Functional Medicine, which supports the root of a problem holistically. Holistically means that we look at supporting the body as a whole rather than focusing on one symptom. The aim is to address any nutritional or metabolic imbalances to help you achieve optimum health. To do this, I use a range of tools including questionnaires, dietary analysis and in some cases, functional testing.
Nutritional Therapy is not a quick fix. It involves working together to support the root of a problem with both diet and lifestyle. Nutrition support is tailored specifically to you using specific food, nutrients and lifestyle advice to support the body and mind. Depending on your health goal, this process may take a few months but will enable you to support yourself in optimum health for the rest of your life.