My passion for healthy eating began when I was very young. At the age of 11 I was considered clinically obese. This was a shock to everyone as my family was good at growing their own fruit and vegetables and cooking meals from scratch every day. However, despite this I struggled to lose and maintain a healthy weight.
Teased at school for being fat I was given the usual diet advice to eat low calorie and low fat ‘diet foods’. But eating this way only contributed to my misery and hunger. The dissatisfaction with food that followed led me to binge eat on the wrong foods which only compounded the problem.
As I neared my 20’s I had begun to do my own research into what a healthy diet truly is. I experimented on myself and was encouraged by the results. This furthered my passion for nutrition and healthy living and I enrolled on a course in Nutritional Therapy.
Three years later I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, one of the most respected health information resources of its kind the UK, and subsequently went on to complete a BSc (Hons) in Western Herbal Medicine at University of Westminster where I was awarded a 1st class degree.
Over the last 12 years I’ve worked at the renowned Healthvibes clinic, which featured on BBC News and Channel 4’s Richard & Judy as well as in various newspapers and magazines, as a health consultant and writer. I focus on helping individuals achieve optimum well-being through nutrition and lifestyle advice as well as Western herbal medicines.
I run a private practice in Oxford specialising in common health conditions relating to allergies, such as digestive complaints, asthma and skin conditions. I also write an Award Winning Blog My Daughter Won’t Sleep, which discusses the latest research for natural remedies and solutions for common childhood ailments including poor sleep, colic, chronic constipation and eczema. I am also a health expert at the Be Well London Clinic at the University of Westminster, where I’ll be running some specialist eczema and children’s health clinics in 2015.
I am a regular on the mid morning show at BBC Radio Oxford, and Siren FM and I also write articles for various health magazines.
Since becoming a mum to Melissa, my passion for food and healthy living has only intensified. I realise the importance of giving my daughter an education in healthy eating and cooking, which I believe will stand her in good stead for a future of optimum health.
Healthy living is so intrinsic to my life that I want to spend my time helping others feel the benefits too.
If you would like to know more about me, and my work, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org