I aim to provide expert advice on diet and lifestyle. As a registered nutritional therapist and health coach, I am dedicated to optimising the good health and quality of life of those who seek my help. I am also a Nutrigenetic Counsellor, and can use genetic testing with other functional testing to individually tailor nutrition advice to take into account family history.
With hypertension, stroke, cancer, heart disease and diabetes affecting my own family, I apply my expertise as a preventative measure and have seen a dramatic improvement in my own physical and emotional well-being as a result.
Previously suffering from asthma, depression, anxiety and digestive issues, I no longer need an inhaler and have learned to manage these conditions by controlling my diet, exercise and lifestyle.
I don’t think of it as a cure – it’s managing my health by making good lifestyle choices.
I have a BSc (hons) in Dietetics from the USA and a BSc in Nutritional Medicine from the UK.
When studying Dietetics years ago it seemed to me to be too much of a “one size fits all” approach. I kept thinking – “there must be more to nutrition than this”. After a number of years and a decline in my own health, I rediscovered nutrition and it has really helped me with my own health.
I was also concerned about the health issues that run in my family and have put a lot of effort into trying to prevent these issues in myself. High blood pressure, stroke, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes: My maternal grandmother and oldest brother had strokes in their 50s and survived for quite a while after that, largely incapacitated. My aunt also died from a series of strokes. Both my grandfathers died from heart disease before they made it to 60.
Many of my relatives (including my mother and brothers) have had high blood pressure from their 40s. My mother died of cancer when she was in her 60s and I myself was only 30 when this happened. At that point I thought “That’s it. I have already lived half my life already if I don’t take my health in hand.”
All of these health issues are impacted by diet and lifestyle.
At that point in my life, I was suffering from asthma, depression, anxiety and digestive issues. That is what put me on the path of studying nutritional medicine. I took control of my health again.
I now no longer use an inhaler for asthma, and my depression, anxiety and digestive issues are well in hand. My blood pressure is normal and my overall health is good. I don’t think of it as a cure. It’s managing my health and controlling it to the best of my ability. It is a lifestyle choice.
In the past few years I have also developed an interest in nutrigenomics – the application of nutrition with genetics. I am excited by this application of nutrition. It gives such a great scope in helping people manage their health to the best they can.
I have taken the necessary training and exams to become registered as a Nutrigenetic Counsellor with my professional association, BANT. This may involve taking genetic data and analysing it versus a full case history and other test information to optimise health. Genetics don’t write our future entirely. Diet and lifestyle play a huge part in how our genetic potential plays out.
There is a saying in this field that “genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger”.