I have always had an interest in nutrition but found I always struggled with my health one way or another. My health started to worsen in my 20's and during a significant period of stress I became quite ill. I developed joint pains, fatigue, digestive issues, hair loss, hormonal imbalances and the list goes on. I saw many doctors and specialists over the course of a few years but none were able to explain why I felt that way.
Frustrated of feeling so ill and getting nowhere with conventional medicine, I decided to quit my job to study nutrition hoping to understand the connection between our diet and our health better. To me it made sense that the food that we eat and the lifestyle that we live would play an important role in how we would feel. I did not realise at the time just how big of a role they played!
"I was on a mission to really understand what was going on within my body."
I trained for 4 years at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London and had two babies along the way. At the end, although I had a better understanding of nutrition, I found the stress of studying, working, two pregnancies and looking after two small children whilst living with chronic health problems really took their toll on me. My younger boy also developped his own health issues and he is the reason why I got into functional medicine.
"This is when I started diving into Functional Medicine and finally it all started to make a lot more sense. I had to dig way deeper! I have not looked back since!
I was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type 3 which helped me understand in parts why my body was failing me in the way that it was, but it also allowed me to focus my attention on what I could do to improve my health. EDS is not the only diagnosis I have received over the years. Multiple autoimmunity, PCOS, fibromyalgia, rosacea, IBS, endometriosis are all part of the picture for me. You may think this list may sound rather depressing but one thing that I have learnt is not so much to focus on a diagnosis. Getting a diagnosis may help bring some closure but now what?
Symptoms are our bodies' way to tell us something is not working well and a chance for us to do something about it. Using this opportunity to listen to our body and understand what is going on to make the right changes can be life changing.
Now you may be wondering, I am a nutritionist so I must be super healthy? No! I was dealt with a tough hand! What I know though is that I would be in a much worse place if it wasn't for the lifestyle that I live and the knowledge and understanding that I have. Even though I still have bad days, I have good days, and more good days than bad days! I do feel empowered and positive about my health. There is always something that can be done to improve someone's health and quality of life, with the right approach and support.
Functional medicine is a fascinating field! I am forever learning and I am excited about the endless possibilities this brings to myself, my family and my clients!
"I am passionate about what I do and this is why I want to help others on their quest to better health."
I am a member of BANT which requires continuous undergraduate and postgraduate training on approved courses to maintain the highest standards of knowledge and competencies and to stay up to date with the latest research. I am also registered with the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners (CNHC).
I have invested and continue to invest countless hours in further training, seminars and conferences since qualifying. I am also proud to be a AFMCP™-UK 2018 graduate and I am undergoing continuous training at both the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Kharrazian Institute in the USA as part of my commitment to maintaining the highest standards of knowledge and competence in the practice of evidence based nutritional therapy and functional medicine.