In my early twenties I took a BA Honours degree in Research and Social Science where I completed a work placement and co-wrote a research project assessing the difficulties women face when returning to work after having children. The paper was presented to the House of Parliament.
I discovered my fascination with nutritional sciences when I worked as an IT consultant. Often I felt stressed and 'wired' and I wanted to feel calmer, less fatigued. The change I experienced astounded me and led me into my lifelong passion for studying nutrition, herbs, yoga and lifestyle techniques which have enabled me to greet my life with more vitality and balance.
A friend's health crisis proved to be a catalyst and I enrolled at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London where I gained diplomas in Nutrition and Naturopathy, achieving high marks in my assessments and exams.
The course consisted of modules including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, differential diagnosis, evidence based research and study, the use of nutrients as therapeutics and many hours of clinical training. It placed great emphasis on possible nutrient and herb/drug interactions and which natural medicines may be used safely with conventional medications.
During my childhood on the Isle of Wight, I was lucky enough to have a family who loved to grow their own food, and I learnt to cook at a young age. So I feel blessed with an understanding of the importance of good nutrition at a formative time in my life. I remember the joys of wandering barefoot to the sea and sleeping beneath the stars in makeshift tents. Myself and my husband recently made the decision to relocate from London to Somerset where I now enjoy my spare time foraging and surfing the coastline or lingering in food markets discussing where the produce has been sourced from, to buying and preparing and serving: Something I feel we have lost a little in our relationship with food in today's hectic lifestyle.
I am a member of the British Association for Nutrition Therapists (BANT) and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP) and I am registered with the Department of Health’s Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the General Naturopathic Council (GNC). All are governed by strict codes of practice and professional training and research requirements.
I continue to expand and update my professional development on clinical nutrition, nutritional science and naturopathy by attending courses, webinars, seminars, health conferences and events and subscribing to nutrition journals and scientific publications.
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