(Note: The above is a video I created for the promotion of the Real Health Formula. It gives a good background on me.)
In the beginning…
By all accounts I was a fussy eater as a child but I don’t really remember it. I didn’t like meat very much and ate a lot of vegetables. I knew what I liked but didn’t have a big appetite. (Oh how things have changed). Despite being picky with my food I have always eaten really well and this rests squarely on my Mum’s shoulders. She was a fantastic cook and while I didn’t appreciate it enough growing up, her food and teachings have had a positive affect on my health.
I used to have a horrible junk-food filled diet.
At university I was finally free to make my own choices about what food to eat. While it is now embarrassing to say, the choices were generally McDonald’s, KFC, doner kebabs, hamburgers and chips. Any kind of fast food would do, I wasn’t very discerning. Unsurprisingly I had bad skin, all red and angry. I would have a course of antibiotics, it would clear it up, the antibiotics would run out, and out came the spots and craters.
Shortly after finishing university I moved to London (I am originally from Sydney, Australia). This is where my interest in health and nutrition really started. Within a few weeks of being in London I did a detox with one of the people I was then living with. The benefits were instantaneous.
I saw big results in less than a month.
In a 4 week period I noticed improvements in my skin, sleeping, concentration and general health. It also expanded my palate, including more vegetables, salad’s, beans, organic meat, quinoa, brown rice – foods not associated with university life…or not mine anyway.
From this one adventure into food there was no turning back. The connection had been made; food and my health were now inseparably intertwined.
In 2006, after reading about nutrition for a number of years, I decided to study it formally. I attended the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) for 3 years, receiving a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
I am a perpetual student. My life is about learning everything I can in respect to health and nutrition. I constantly challenge what I am reading – especially things that are ‘accepted wisdom’. The things I used to believe most vehemently to be so, in most cases I now disagree with. I am always open to new information, wanting to read and learn more.
There is more to health than just getting people to eat the right food. In 2007 I trained as a Premier Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the NLP Academy. I continue to increase my knowledge of wide range topics like psychology, behaviour, creating happiness, reward systems, decision making – all to better understand people’s relationships with food and why people make the decisions they do.
Listen to media for health advice at your own peril!
After years of study I have come to the realisation that the ‘facts’ purported by the media about what is healthy food and how to live a healthy lifestyle couldn’t be further from the truth. Nothing gives me greater pleasure then telling people that they should be eating saturated fats, they shouldn’t be cutting portion sizes, that eating red meat is good for them, and that they should be getting more sleep and exercising less.
While people think that seeing a nutritionist will mean restrictive diets of nothing but salad and tofu, this couldn’t be further from the truth. People leave with more choice not less and are amazed at the delicious food recommendations and how much better they feel eating them.If you would like to be one of these people then I would love to work with you so please get in contact. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call +44(0)7834770767 or use the contact form below.
Comments or questions are welcome.