I have always had a passion for food, strongly influenced by my Swedish grandmother who used to make everything from scratch using fresh and where possible home grown ingredients and she swore good food was medicine for the mind and body.
My grandmother also remained active, she cycled everywhere well into her 70’s, and sometimes cycled 10 miles into town and back. She also loved walking in the woods, and being at one with nature, and would often disappear for hours, getting lost in herself, and depending on the time of year she would often come back armed with freshly picked berries. Her motto was ‘Jag trifs i skogen’, which directly translated means ‘I thrive in the forest’, so if she was feeling down or in need of a boost, off she would go into the woods.
Whilst my grandmother’s way of life was very simple I think we could learn a lot from her, by embracing the simple things we can learn how to regain and maintain health and happiness. My grandmother was not only well nourished, but she took regular exercise outdoors. And whilst the north of Sweden is cold at –0°C for 3-4 months of the year, my grandmother’s immune function remained strong, potentially from absorbing adequate levels of vitamin D, that she would have absorbed in the Spring and Summer months, along with the fresh fish she ate, namely herring. She lived her life well and knew what was good for her, without being educated or studying for a degree in Nutritional Therapy, and as a result she managed to maintain relatively good health until she died in her 90th year.
On reaching adult hood, and after having my own family and watching my 2 daughters grow up and seeing the effects the right and wrong foods had on their moods and well-being. Then after developing an auto-immune disease myself, along with watching the deterioration in health of older members of my family I was convinced there must be a link in causal factors to developing illnesses, whether triggered, or as a result of lifestyle, stress and even more importantly potentially influenced by the foods we eat, especially in the long term.
I decided to take my interest in, health and nutrition and embarked on a course in Nutritional Therapy and after studying for 4 years at the prestigious, World renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition, affiliated with the University of Berkshire in London, I was awarded their Diploma along with the Science Foundation Degree. I then went on to further improve my education and completed my BSc in Nutritional Therapy with the University, West London, where I graduated in 2014.
In order to remain informed and up to date within my profession, I attend regular seminars, conferences and training programmes to ensure continuous professional development.
I am a fully registered member with the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the professional body for Nutritional Therapists. As such I comply with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Nutritional Therapy and the NTC Core Curriculum.
I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the national regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners, developed in conjunction with government funding in order to regulate advice given to the public.
I practice Nutritional Therapy in Chipping Sodbury and from the Therapy Health & Beauty Clinic in Yate Sports Centre.
To use my knowledge to motivate and empower you to achieve your health goals, enabling you to gain an understanding as to what is happening in YOUR body, along with potential underlying causal factors for your symptoms.
I will work with you to put an achievable, effective and enjoyable plan in place that suits your personal needs, enabling you to eat delicious food for both health and pleasure.
AREA OF INTEREST
Whilst I work with people with a wide variety of health concerns, I have a particular interest in areas relating to digestive health, immune and skin issues, female and cardiovascular health, weight loss, and energy issues relating to thyroid and adrenal health.