I live in a busy family home that includes 2 boys (including a teenager…), a golden retriever and a highly strung cat so I’m familiar with the various pressures that can make it hard to prioritise health and good food choices. Having tried and failed to turn myself into a yogic wellness goddess, I’m now totally comfortable to leave that up to other people - and the good news is that I feel better than ever.
In terms of food and cooking - I’m an ok cook but the years of cooking for the family have dented the time and enthusiasm that I once had for elaborate projects. The pestle and mortar that was at one time used for thai curry pastes that included scores of obscure ingredients, is now used as a doorstop. I’m sure I’ll get back to it one day though. These days, my focus is on quick, healthy, crowd-pleasing food, although I have really enjoyed experimenting with fermented foods recently and am delighted with my foolproof sauerkraut recipe.
Recently, I’ve tried out ketogenic, low-carb, and intermittent fasting ways of eating which has been a really interesting experience and something that I continue to explore. Probably my biggest food 'eureka' moment was when I started to think about the nutrient density of the foods I was eating, rather than anything related to calories.
I feel so lucky that I was able to follow my interest and study nutrition for 3 years with the College of Naturopathic Medicine where I met great colleagues and was really amazed by the ins and outs of human biology and how it interacts with food and our environment. I'm now a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council which is always working to enhance professional standards in our industry.
My biggest goal is to offer approachable, practical, nutrition advice to help my clients in their 40s and 50s lead happy, active, healthy lives and look forward to the years ahead.