But my interest in food was always about how tasty something was, and how much of it I could eat! It never occurred to me that food could actually contribute to my own health. A significant weight gain, and a minor back injury made me reassess my attitude to food, exercise and life, and I started to become really interested in how food affects health and was stopping me from doing the things I loved the most.
I quit my job, and became a snowboard instructor which changed my life and approach to everything! After four winter seasons enjoying the snow, it was time to return to my hometown and start something else.
I began working at a complementary cancer care centre (as PA to the CEO – so not in any nutritional capacity!) and everyday I saw the amazing healing power of food. I also experienced for myself just how important nutrition is.
My interest became a proper full-on passion when I began thinking about starting my own family, and it was after the birth of my second baby that I decided to take a course in nutrition so that I could take care of my family, at least in terms of food. I was constantly amazed at how life-long habits (bad and good) were so easily passed on, and how important good nutrition is for children and for adults. I also realised that there is so much information out there that trying to figure out the best way to eat is something of a minefield, and that I have a talent for helping people to make sense of it all.
So now I am a Nutritional Therapist, qualified with both the Practitioner Diploma, and with the Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Healing from the Nutritional Healing Foundation and working in Bristol. Whilst I love helping anyone figure out how to improve their health and wellbeing, I am really interested in helping people do the things they love, especially if what they love is getting active in some way!