My journey to becoming a Nutritional Therapist & Wellbeing Coach
Having travelled, lived and worked in many countries around the world, I was fascinated by the foods and the customs of the various countries I visited and the link between food and health. I became very aware that eating for both health and pleasure could be a difficult balancing act especially in the places where there is such an abundance of high-sugar, high-carb foods.
I retrained as a Nutritional Therapist following the discovery of the low-FODMAPs diet which a close relative decided to try during an Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) flare-up. Within days of changing foods all symptoms were eliminated. I found this fascinating; The link between diet and symptoms was so clear to me, yet many years of conventional medical treatment elapsed before a gastroenterologist suggested looking at diet to help alleviate symptoms. This personal experience was my turning point, I decided to train as a nutritional therapist.
I had seen first-hand the amazing effect that a change in diet and a nutritional therapy protocol can have on children; having had one child with a Candida overgrowth that impacted on behaviour and another child whose mental health was seriously affected by gluten.
During my Masters I researched the impact of gluten on health which lead to the publication of my paper – ‘An exploration into the motivation for gluten avoidance in the absence of coeliac disease’-