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My Story

I was living my life at 100 miles an hour and I wasn't taking care of myself

I worked long, intense days in my demanding job, my evenings and weekends were booked up for months and even my holidays were scheduled by the hour. I was the kind of person that had to cook six dishes instead of one for a dinner party, and because I could hardly ever fit exercise in, when I did, it was high intensity, just like the rest of my life. 

I’d forgotten how to relax and I’d completely lost sight of what my body needed to be healthy. In fact, I’d lost sight of who I was. 

Unsurprisingly, (at least unsurprising to my current self) I became unwell. So unwell that I couldn’t work or live my life fully for over two years. Chronic stress had led to chronic inflammation which led to dysfunction in four connected systems - my gut, immune, reproductive and nervous system. I suffered scary and debilitating symptoms like constant dizziness, fainting, severe fatigue and panic attacks. I frequently picked up nasty infections and I lost my periods. 

I spent a long time searching for answers - from conventional medicine and alternative therapies, as well as from hours and hours of my own research. I worked with conventional doctors who helped relieve my symptoms but left me feeling like they didn't see how the picture fitted together, or what I could do to prevent getting sick again. I worked with other health specialists, and indeed my own health coach, who helped me unravel the root causes of my illness and build strategies for long term health in order to get well, I also had to look inwards, at my own limiting beliefs and self-destructing behaviours that had driven me to illness. It wasn't easy, but it was the biggest learning experience of my life so far.  

I learnt some life-changing insights

I learnt that perfectionism, negative self talk, and a lack of boundaries were not just behaviours that meant I overworked, said yes to things I didn't want to do and slept poorly. They were patterns that led to my bodies’ stress response being switched on continuously, resulting in chronic, physical inflammation.

I learnt that conventional medicine has its limitations. Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful that I live in a country where our healthcare system is free and accessible for all, and where some of the brightest, most caring people work to look after us in our times of need. I am a firm believer that conventional medicine should always play a central role in the diagnosis and treatment of health issues. But when it comes to chronic health concerns like mine, or indeed many other modern day issues, conventional medicine is not enough on its own. GP's have 10 minutes with their patients, specialists look after one narrow area of the body and rarely speak to one another, all doctors are stretched with tight resources rightly being directed to those in urgent need. Doctors are not trained in nutrition or stress management, yet these are some of the most powerful tools we have for healing chronic illness.

I learnt that everything in the body is connected, and unless we look at health holistically, we will not get to the root cause of the disease. We will simply put a sticking plaster over it and treat the symptoms as they show up, until another one appears. Chronic illness requires us to get to those root causes, to spot the connections between symptoms and treat the body as a whole. Those suffering need support and accountability for making their lifestyle changes sustainable. My health coach supported me on this journey and I now care deeply about providing this role for others. 

Why work with me

 

Getting sick was the best thing that ever happened to me. It woke me up from sleepwalking through life. It taught me that nothing is more important than yours and your family's health. It brought me to where I was supposed to be - helping others to protect themselves from the devastating impact of stress.

As a chemistry graduate and ex business leader, I am able to marry up the science of nutrition with behavioural insight, to get the best results with my clients. I am a certified health and nutrition coach and I continue to advance my professional training in Functional Medicine. I have 13 years coaching experience working one-on-one and in groups, across cultures, countries and organisations.

I work differently to many other professionals in the field of health and nutrition. I believe:

 

  • There is no one-size-fits-all solution and so my approach will be individual to you.

  • The big building blocks of our lives such as our relationships and career can be even more important for our health than the food on our plates. I will work with you to get the building blocks that matter into balance, so that you become more resilient to stress.

  • We have a lot stacked against us when it comes to the nutrition we put into our bodies - processed, inflammatory foods are prolific, as are the toxic chemicals we are exposed to through our homes, toiletries and clothes - but we can make better choices and I will help you do it.

  • We usually have self-limiting beliefs which sit behind all of our actions that do not serve us. I will help you unpick those belief systems and create new ones which allow you to put your wellbeing first.

  • There is always time. Believe me when I say I know how life can feel frenetic and impossible at times, but we are all capable of creating the time for habit change when we reassess our perspective. I will help you embed strategies that create the time you need, every day