In the years since having my children, my interest in nutrition has grown and grown. Having always been interested in complementary therapies, and having experimented with my own diet and lifestyle, I strongly believe that what and how you eat can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing. As a nutritional therapist, I want to empower my clients to make the changes necessary to take control of their health. I believe in a personalised approach to nutrition – every one is different and no one size fits all.
When I’m not working, reserching or teaching, I spend time working on another project I’m passionate about - Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity. A local charity I helped set up back in 2015 and play an active role in when time allows me.
I live in Derby with my two awesome little boys, who I’m always encouraging to get excited about food and nutrition, and my partner Shep. As a family we play lots of board games (sometimes obsessively!), like to travel and experience the world and generally try to have as much fun as we can.
I am a BANT registered Nutritional Therapist and qualified Hypnobirthing practitioner. I believe the human body is clever and knows how to keep you healthy – from childbirth to every day life. However, many factors can influence your body and how it works such as diet, lifestyle, stress, anxiety, environment etc. There are many ways we can bring these things back into balance and give our bodies the coping mechanisms it needs to navigate the complex world we live in.
My passion for hypnobirthing came following my own difficult experience of childbirth, which left me with a strong sense of disappointment and failure. After much research I began to understand that mindset and preparation for birth can have a huge impact on how you experience it. A woman who feels calm, relaxed and in control will be more likely to look back positively on her birth, than someone who felt stressed, anxious and frightened.
People often ask me what kind of diet I follow, but the truth is, I don’t usually follow any particular diet. I’m just like everyone else most of the time - figuring it out as I go along. I have tried following a plant based diet, a paleo diet, I’ve done juicing, 5:2 fasting, been vegetarian and followed a ketogenic diet. What I’ve learnt is to listen to what my body wants. The things I know I need are lots of vegetables and whole foods. I keep my intake of refined carbs, sugar and processed foods to a minimum, but I do enjoy the occasional cake or pizza and am very partial to some good quality dark chocolate. Sometimes if I’m not careful, I notice my trousers are a bit tighter than usual or I’m feeling a little bloated, that’s when I know I need to just watch that I’m not overeating or having too much chocolate! But generally, I allow myself a little of what I love, and the rest of the time I work on packing in as much nutrient density and diversity as possible!
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Most images are courtesy of Jenny Ryan at Women Rocking Business with the exception of:
Eat your way to better health - pineapples: Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. from Pexels
Introduction to gut health & fermentation - action shot of optimal gut health workshop: Photo by Simon Jones
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