I come from a family with lots of intolerances and sensitivities and my mum inspired my curiosity and love of food. I saw how creatively she catered for everyones needs using the same ingredients. This experience was incredibly useful during the time I worked with children who lived away from their families and I focussed on their wellbeing through good food; nurturing them emotionally, spiritually and supporting them to achieve developmental milestones. New research has now provided greater insight on the important connection between our gut, brain and stomach and how fundamental it is to our whole wellbeing .
The course I choose used a Naturopathic approach and my love of whole foods and a holistic way of life. I began my training after my second child was 2 and learnt about biodynamic food and the health benefits of eating seasonally. I learnt about traditional Chinese medicine and the importance of organ health and how to support clients optimise their well being using food as medicine and taking their case history using natural nutrition philosophy to restore the imbalances using food as medicine. I continue to attend relevant CPD courses each year, training events and Practitioner seminars as we continue to learn the benefits of natural food and the many ways we synthesise and utilise food for our better health at all the key stages of life. I wanted to become better informed on the principles of good Nutrition to grow healthy children to teach them the importance of eating well. During my training I learnt a lot about Natural Nutrition and became even more passionate about vitality rich food and helping others optimise their health and wellbeing goals.
I introduced a lot of changes for myself as I learnt about eating well and how to take care of my body responding to it’s needs according to the seasons. I used the ancient knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine to respond to the sounds of my organs and gradually, over four years learnt the principles of Naturopathic Nutrition which are essential for me in staying well and healthy.
I love food and cook everyday at home with fresh seasonal food. – I share the principles of Natural Nutrition during my cookery classes and use vitality rich ingredients to make my food versatile and interesting. I have a growing family and children so my food is varied to make it appeal to each of them. All of the recipes I share on my instagram and Facebook accounts are based on my own dietary habits and these showcase the food we eat at home. Some of my favourites are shown there. For me food should be enjoyable and I do this for my family using my heritage and influences which include having been bought up to enjoy old-time favourite puddings and heat food from the mining region I grew up amongst. Along with my own family heritage where recipes have been handed down in my own family which uses many Ayurvedic food and spices.
How I work for clients?
In a typical Natural Nutrition consultation, I assess the individual’s health, family and hereditary factors or illness, dietary and eating habits and learn about their digestive function, lifestyle and wellbeing needs.
Having this information helps me devise a bespoke dietary and lifestyle plan for the individual’s unique circumstances and the many ways I can help them address their health goals. I use a step by step plan for dietary adjustments and recommendations. I give guidance and options to make the agreed dietary and lifestyle changes and include the food or supplements needed to accompany my recommendations. I use the principles of Metabolic Balance® Programme alongside Natural Nutrition for weight loss clients and draw on my Systemic Family Therapy and 32 years of Social Work practice to support food related issues when people feel stuck.
Some of the functional tests that I may use to support clients:
Comprehensive Blood and Hormone Testing
Female hormone testing for fertility
Digestive function investigations
Comprehensive stool analysis
The Tests are all provided by London Laboratories in Central London.