For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in health and nutrition and for many years was told by friends that I had missed my calling! I also have a true love of cooking and was always whipping up healthy recipes and desserts for family and friends.
An unexpected move to London four years ago provided me the opportunity to study to become a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. I feel incredibly blessed to be doing what I love and am passionate about sharing what I have learned to help others along their journey towards feeling their best and therefore being able to fully experience the joy and abundance that life has to offer.
HEALTH CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY
I know from experience what it is like to feel out of balance. I suffered with a post-natal thyroid disorder after each of my pregnancies. The first time around, I was misdiagnosed and the effect of that left me feeling frustrated and confused. When the all too familiar symptoms of insomnia, racing heart, anxiety and weight loss occurred again after my second son was born, I knew that I had to get to the bottom of it.
I was incredibly fortunate to find a doctor who was willing to listen to me and to delve a bit deeper to discover the underlying cause of my symptoms. Looking at me as a whole person rather than just an isolated set of symptoms ended up in much less suffering the second time around. This was my first experience with a holistic approach to health and it sparked a passion in me to want to help others who are suffering to feel healthy again.
Following a period of time spent running a successful (yet stressful) business along with the demands of a busy family life, I found myself feeling emotionally and physically burnt out. I was having trouble sleeping and began to experience digestive problems that I had never experienced before.
What I know now is that I was suffering from burnout, a condition that affects the body's ability to bounce back from prolonged physical, mental or emotional stress. It is actually the body's way of saying I have had enough and you need to slow down. Chronic stress can have a negative impact on nearly all body systems and may lead to symptoms such as fatigue, digestive troubles, hormone imbalance, irritability, low blood sugar, cravings, and a weakened immune system. We all know that stress in life is unavoidable however it is possible to learn new and healthier ways of responding to stress that can lessen the negative impact on our bodies and minds.
Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition, College of Naturopathic Medicine, London
Member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
Member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA)
Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
Fully registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC)
Zest4 Life Associate
MY QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
COURSES & TRAINING
I regularly attend post graduate training in order to stay up to date on new and developing scientific research. Following are some recent examples:
Nutrigenomics: Methylation and Detoxification
Nutrigenomics Foundation Training Course
Vital Signs for Cancer & Detecting Cancer - CANsurvive Training Center
Advanced Functional Medicine Case Study Masterclass
Functional Blood Test Analysis
Genova Diagnostics - Clinical Implications of GI Testing and NutraEval
Certified Nutri Clean Practitioner
Integral Medicine - Patrick Holford
SIBO: Clinical Strategies with Dr. Allison Siebecker
Zest4life Associate - Health Coaching
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice 2020
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NUTRITION CONSULTATIONS & PACKAGES
Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™. I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2018.