“I’ve been where you are”
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with fibroids. (Actually, that’s not strictly speaking true – my GP refused to give me a diagnosis of fibroids as she said the fibroid detected in my scan was too small to be causing any symptoms or hormonal disruptions). But I knew my symptoms were very real. I felt exhausted all the time and my mood swings before my periods were insane. I was slowly gaining weight and despite my best attempts to get back on track nothing seemed to work. I felt like I had no control over my own body. Not a nice feeling!
Using my nutritional knowledge I researched hard trying to find solutions to help me feel myself again. It took a few years but I’m pleased to say I’m definitely back on track and funnily enough, I now feel better than ever! It's now my mission to help other women going through similar experiences to start enjoying life again and to feel more fabulous than ever!
I started my professional life as a translator but soon discovered that the lonely life of tapping away at my computer and playing around with other people’s words wasn’t for me. A casual chat with the owner of my local health food shop led to a stop-gap job (well at least at the time I thought that’s what it was) which led to me rediscovering my love for all things food related. I had always loved cooking (mainly thanks to the influence of my Gibraltarian grandmother) but now the discovery that food could heal and play such an important part in our health really captured my imagination and so I decided to take the plunge and return to university to study nutrition. And I’ve never looked back.
My qualifications and training
I hold a First Class degree in Nutritional Therapy from the University of Westminster and am a member of BANT (the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists in the UK) and I am also registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) which basically is the national stamp of approval for the training I have undergone.
I am also trained under the Functional Medicine model – a pioneering approach to health which focuses on the underlying causes of disease rather than looking at symptoms in isolation (after all, what is a symptom other than the body’s way of trying to alert us that something isn’t right?). Functional Medicine has been making waves in the healthcare world in the United States for many years and it is both exciting and a privilege to be part of the growing number of practitioners who are practising this enlightened approach to healthcare in the UK.
Coaching forms a really important part of what I do. It bridges the gap between thinking and doing and is instrumental in helping my clients achieve their health goals. What I especially love about coaching is that it is based on the premise that you hold all the answers yourself and your coach is merely there to give you a helping hand. I think there’s something wonderfully empowering about that don’t you?
I also love the way coaching explores past barriers and identifies how to overcome them - this is always really useful when helping clients see why past diets haven’t worked and how this time can be different. Having someone to be accountable to is also really useful to keep you on track on your health journey. I have seen incredible results with health coaching and that’s why I incorporate it into all my personalised nutrition and weight loss programmes.