Nutrition has been a passion of mine for many years since visiting the London vegetarian restaurant, Cranks, way back in the 80’s. I used to go home and recreate the delicious recipes much to my family’s delight. At Reading University I studied for a B.Sc Hons in Food Science which was very interesting and great fun (making rum and raisin ice-cream, canning baked beans, using spectroscopes) and got paid for being a chocolate taster which can’t be bad!. However on graduation I rapidly decided that a career in the food industry making corn flakes last longer in the packet or creating new artificial flavours for crisps was not for me. This led me, after a few years travelling and working for Cadbury Schweppes, to study for a Masters degree in Nutrition at Kings College London and later training in Nutritional Therapy at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition, started by pioneering nutritionist Patrick Holford, graduating with distinction in 1997.
I have kept myself healthy with optimum nutrition for many years and having had 2 children late in life am very aware of the importance of pre-conceptual nutrition and following an optimum nutrition programme before, during and after pregnancy. My children are now very healthy and bright teenagers who have experienced the benefits of optimum nutrition since before they were born!
The science of nutrition is fast moving with a wealth of new research and evidence appearing daily. I keep myself up to date by attending regular seminars in London with leading nutritional therapists and functional medicine doctors and enjoy networking with fellow practitioners from throughout the UK and the occasional doctor (sadly not very many). The popular media delight in making nutrition confusing by bottom lining important health issues or quoting studies our of context in order to stir up headlines and I believe it is really important that everyone who want to has access to accurate and up to date health information.
One of the trends in recent years is towards more personalised nutrition healthcare as each person’s individual requirements and biochemistry is so different. I will take the time to go through your case thoroughly and carefully and make recommendations that are achievable for you and give you the support and advice you need to follow through. Changing the way we eat is not easy as many habits and foods have become engrained but I believe it is one of the most important things you can do for your health and nutrition and the results are often truly extraordinary and life changing.
I am registered with The Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP), the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) and The Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) follow a strict code of practice.