To the outside world, I am a qualified nutritionist and eating disorder coach with over 20 plus years in the food and nutrition industry. I have a special interest in helping people to foster a positive relationship with food and achieve a healthy weight. I believe in the power of real food and I’m passionate about helping people to make simple and nutritious food choices to optimise their health and help in their recovery from a disordered relationship with food.
I’ve always loved food and cooking, but it was the birth of my first son, 19 years ago, that triggered the start of my passion for nutrition. My son has Downs Syndrome and I wanted to do everything I could to give him the very best of everything. Feeding him well was something I could do. I am also a mum to teenage twins, so life in our house is busy! I, therefore, recognise how challenging it can sometimes be to juggle life, work, and children and still have time to prepare and eat a healthy, nutritious meal.
Food has, at times, also been an issue in my life. Internally, I have had my own battles with body image and disordered eating. I have used food as an emotional crutch, a replacement, an excuse, and a punishment. But I have won those battles and brought balance into my life and my eating. And because I fully understand the complex feelings that can become wrapped up in food and eating, I know am able to really help the wonderful people I work with.
Education and background include:
- Diploma in Eating disorders, with National Centre for Eating Disorders, 2020
- MSc, Distinction in Nutritional Therapy, Worcester University, 2017
- BSc, first class in Human Nutrition, Nottingham Trent University 2004
- SWSNutrition, private practice, 2014 to current
- Volunteer with AgeUK, delivering cooking classes