I have always had an interest in nutrition and healthy living in general 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 got quite ill. I suffered with pain, fatigue, digestive issues, hair loss, hormonal imbalances and the list goes on. I saw countless doctors and specialists but none were able to explain why I felt that way.
Somehow out of desperation and curiosity, I quit my job and decided to study nutrition in an attempt to improve my health. To me it made sense that our food and lifestyle played a role in how we feel. I did not realise at the time 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 at Richmond, and had two babies along the way. At the end of it, although I had a better understanding of nutrition, I found the stress of studying, two pregnancies, looking after two small children whilst living with unresolved health issues really took their toll. My little boy also had his own health issues which became my full time job for a while.
"This is when I started diving into Functional Medicine and finally it all made a lot more sense. I had to dig deeper! I have not looked back since!
I was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which helped me understand in part why my body was behaving the way it was, but it also allowed me to focus my attention on what I could do to improve my health. Having a clearer understanding of my body's imbalances and dysfunctions enabled me to make the right changes and interventions, and finally start to feel better.
Now you may be wondering, am I now super dupper 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 now live and the knowledge that I have. Even though I still have 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, they just need to find the right support.
Functional medicine is a fast growing field! I am forever learning and I am excited about the endless possibilities this brings to myself, my family and my practice!
"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 currently undergoing training at the Institute for Functional Medicine 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.