I live in the pretty village of Benenden, Kent, with my husband, three teenage children, and two Springer Spaniels. I love a natter over coffee, walking my dogs, playing in my veg patch, beautiful notebooks, and fish and chips in Rye.
Two reasons why I became a nutritional therapist.
Firstly, when my daughter developed chronic fatigue, a chance conversation led me down the path of complementary therapies. I discovered the powerful and life-changing benefits nutrition can have on an individual’s health. From that point on, I was completely hooked!
Secondly, as a child, I grew up in a house with an emotional eater and agoraphobic. The cycle of fad diets, binging and depression was a normal way of life. Support for mental health 40 years ago was limited, and to suggest that nutrition may help alleviate the debilitating symptoms would have been considered hugely unorthodox at the time. I know how emotional eating, anxiety and depression can affect families and relationships.
Luckily, there have been major advances in our understanding of the impact of diet on mental wellbeing since then, and this continues to creep into mainstream thinking.
The global burden of chronic ill health continues to rise. With current health systems struggling to cope, the importance of nutritional and lifestyle medicine has never been more vital. People are looking for answers outside of mainstream treatment. The importance of diet, sleep, exercise, and stress management is becoming increasingly realised.
I studied at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, a world leader in the field of nutritional therapy, and am a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy, and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. I am also a member of the Public Health Collaboration, a registered charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health .