I have always been interested in the effects that foods can have on the human body, especially after recognising my own reaction to certain foods…
- When tempted by one square of chocolate, why do I eat the whole bar?!
- Why after eating a large meal out on social occasions, do I develop a bloated stomach, stomach cramps and wind!?
- Why do I crave something sweet to eat, as if to give me a boost, several times during the day?
- Why do I feel sleepy if I eat my main meal of the day at lunchtime?
This interest inspired me to seek out Human Biology books from the library and eventually books on Nutrition. I then researched the qualifications necessary to become a Nutritionist and started a diploma course with The Plaskett College of Nutrition, which then led onto a further four years of studying on a part-time basis to qualify as a Nutritional Therapist through Thames Valley University (now known as the University of West London) graduating in September 2009 with a BSc degree in Nutritional Medicine.
Since graduating, I have been involved with many ‘Wellness’ and ‘Healthy Eating’ projects, concentrating on how incorporating healthy eating and healthy lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on health.
I am fortunate that my chosen profession as a Nutritional Therapist allows me to practice at Nuffield Health in their Fitness and Wellbeing Centres, The Bromsgrove Private Clinic and previously for the Health Improvement Team within the National Health Service (NHS) , supporting people with 12 week Weight Management support programmes
I have a private practice where I have been fortunate to meet some fabulous clients through our Nutritional Consultations, which have involved an array of health concerns (please view the testimonial page). Having seen the positive impact that my consultations have made to date, I believe I am well equipped to support people in addressing their health concerns through instigating appropriate nutritional changes.
I am also a member of the Worcestershire Regional Networking Group for BANT (the Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) http://www.bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/index.faces. BANT aim’s is to promote high standards of education, training, practice and integrity in the nutrition profession and to promote the application of nutrition science for optimum health, disease prevention and patient care
To date, my chosen career has allowed me the privilege of working with children and their parents, implementing the MEND programme (http://www.mendcentral.org/); explaining the benefits of a healthy diet combined with a healthy lifestyle
I have also presented workshops at a local Leisure Centre where adults have been referred by their GP’s to attend a series of exercise programmes, followed by workshops providing dietary measures to support their underlying health concerns.
I have previously been involved in presenting a workshop entitled ‘The Importance of a Balanced Diet during Anxiety Recovery’, at a retreat in Worcestershire (www.anxietyrecoveryretreat.co.uk) on behalf of The Linden Programme.