Welcome! I’m so glad that you are here.
I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist and the UK’s first Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, with over 20 years’ coaching experience. I want to show you how to use the right food, nutrition and lifestyle changes to be vibrant, full of energy, and feeling good in your body again, so you can confidently show up as the best version of yourself every day.
Before embarking on over 5 years of training in Functional Nutrition, I worked within investment banking for well over a decade and then as an Executive Coach, so I understand the challenges of a stressful corporate environment and the importance of being your best – not just at work but also at home. I also know what it’s like to not feel like yourself, to know that something’s not right, and that things are not working as they should be, but not knowing what or if anything can be done about it.
Why I Got Into Nutrition
As a child, one of my favourite books was, “Tell Me Why”. When I was nine, I read my aunt’s midwifery book, because I found it fascinating. Every year, when I was asked by my teachers what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same. “A doctor.”
But life took me down a different path, and I ended up qualifying as a chartered accountant and then worked in finance. Fast forward to many years later, I made a career change to executive and personal coaching, but something felt missing.
I went back into investment banking, and one day, while having a discussion with a small group, about a regulatory issue, someone asked a question. That’s when it hit me; I knew that I knew the answer, but the answer seemed stuck in my head, while my much younger colleague just came out with the words. My words!
I realise now that I was suffering from symptoms common during the menopausal years. I had brain fog, unclear thinking, lack of energy, poor sleep, and night sweats. Truth be told, I didn’t even want to hear anything about “menopause”. I felt unattractive, and down in the dumps, and I wondered whether life was downhill from there on out. It was then that I stumbled across a couple of books that talked about the biochemistry of food.
This was the “tell me why” or the “behind the food” that I needed, and was my first deeper glimpse into the world of hormones and how it impacts us, especially us women.
I changed my diet, and within a short space of time,
- I had more energy than I could remember
- The afternoon slumps and cravings disappeared
- My thinking became clear and quick once again
- The night sweats went away
- I started to sleep well again
- My body actually also began to want to move!
I had previously also had many years of yo-yo dieting, and for the first time, I realised how I’d had it “backwards” all along. I had had no idea of how food could so profoundly impact on quality of life and the ability to perform both at work and at home.
I learnt how to eat for my body, and I learnt that eating healthily could also be delicious and didn’t mean deprivation. I ate well and never went hungry.
Specialising in Women’s Hormonal and Digestive Health
The doors to a deep passion were thrown open, and this is how I came to spend over five years completing my clinical Diploma with distinction and BSc (Hons) degree in Nutritional Therapy with First Class Honours, which I started when I was 51. It has been one of the hardest things that I have done, more so than even my professional accountancy exams and my MBA.
You see, after extensive research, I specifically chose my college (BCNH College of Nutrition and Health) because of their incredibly high academic standards and thorough clinical training. Every case involved detailed research of the science to understand the detail of the biochemistry behind the presenting health concerns. These are called “mechanisms”.
Then, by making the links and joining the dots to identify the root causes or stressors behind the symptoms, it allows me to help my clients to rebalance their body systems, thus addressing their symptoms from the inside out.
Now I get to work with clients like you, helping them to take back control of their health, and to live life more fully.
Are you ready for personalised help to get back to feeling good in your body again? Apply to work with me here.
You’re ready but have a few questions? Book a free discovery call here.
Or read more here:
How Nutritional Therapy Can Help With Menopause
How Nutritional Therapy Can Help with Digestive Issues
How Nutritional Therapy Can Help with Weight Loss or Weight Loss Resistance