I became interested in nutrition when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 58.
I was working as a primary school teacher and soon began wondering about nutrition and cognition.
After much deliberation, I left my teaching career in July 2016 to embark on a three-year journey to become a functional nutritional therapist, with a view to amalgamating my skills in the future.
I have over twenty years of experience working with children. Ten in special educational needs, teaching (and learning from) children with PDA (pathological demand avoidance), Downs Syndrome, ADHD, global developmental delay, Klinefelters syndrome, Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome and many children on the Autistic spectrum.
I have worked closely and effectively with parents and liaised with a variety of organisations including SALT (speech and language), occupational therapy, CAMHS, specialist advisory teachers and consultants.
Society is seeing more and more childhood conditions. Atopic, such as asthma and eczema, diabetes, autism, ADHD, cystic fibrosis, food intolerances, allergies etc. All of which can be supported through nutrition and lifestyle.
By the way - I LOVE food!!!!! I never deprive myself and eat loads, I have just educated myself NOT to make poor choices anymore and I want to share that knowledge with others empowering them to do the same.
Everybody is biochemically individual. My job is to take a full case history, asking questions about ALL the body systems before developing an individualised programme specifically designed to achieve your goals. Functional testing is likely to be recommended to negate or support a hypothesis.
I must emphasise that I cannot do it for you, making changes requires work. Little changes eventually become big ones and before you know it you look back and think, “Did I really ever ‘choose’ to eat that stuff!”
“Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.” (Hippocrates)
As a therapist, I will work to suit the requirements of the client.
Below is a list of potential services:
One to ones
Time with you in your home – teaching you how to be stocked up, organised and ready for a new way of eating.
Showing people the benefits of healthy wholesome shopping – where to shop, what to look for, what to avoid.
Hands-on healthy cooking tutorials on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis – I'll even come and do it for you! (as long as you commit to learning/changing)
Recipes and guidelines
Nutrigenomics (genetic testing)
Workshops in your home for you and friends
Working with children
Designing elimination diets or diets geared towards deficiencies.
I will do anything to help people achieve their nutritional goals; I am committed, fun-loving and a great communicator. I like to succeed and get soulful gratification from sharing my nutritional knowledge.
MY NUTRITIONAL JOURNEY
I was suffering from stress, brain fog and fatigue.
My Mum had been diagnosed with dementia and I was going through a marriage separation. I began to worry about my health so did some functional testing. I had a high level of arsenic (due to juicing LOTS of non-organic produce), my adrenals weren’t firing on all cylinders, my omega 3/6 ratio was inflammatory and I had a gut dysbiosis. With natural therapies, I have turned things around. I have more energy, I feel better and my mental health is stable. I also discovered my stepson had a lung condition (bronchiectasis), my daughter had PCOS and my youngest had ADHD – all of which have been supported through nutrition and nutraceuticals. As such, I wholeheartedly believe in the power of functional medicine...
I have seen it with my own eyes!!!