Read my story here and find out why I might be able to help you …
I am a busy Mum of two wonderful children - well most of the time!!! I was a single parent for many years and so I know how stressful it can be trying to juggle a family and work life. This becomes virtually impossible when you add health struggles into the mix and every day just seems to be well, a struggle.
I struggled with weight issues all my life, well actually, it’s safe to say past tense – I have totally changed my relationship with food and I don’t struggle anymore as I have kept my excess weight off for over 10 years. I no longer see it as the enemy but as wonderful nourishing fuel.
I can’t imagine how much money I have wasted over these decades – I tried Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Slimfast, slimming pills, detox diets, ketogenic diets, South Beach diet, 5:2 diet, 800 cals diets - the list goes on. I did draw the line at extreme liquid plans as I just couldn’t bring myself to being that miserable! I either lost hardly anything, gave up starving and lost my willpower or lost nothing and left myself defeated with even lower self-esteem than the last time.
I also had my own battles with glandular fever and repeated tonsilitis as a teenager and into my early twenties, eventually causing an underactive thyroid and autoimmune disease. Feeling like it was a silent struggle I knew that there had to be more I could do – medication alone did not resolve my symptoms. Becoming my own health advocate led me down the path of functional medicine and I am delighted to have finally realised my dream of training as a Nutritional Therapist so that I may help others get back to health.
Functional Medicine looks at the underlying causes of chronic diseases or illnesses that are causing us to become chronically ill, rather than treating the symptoms alone as conventional medicine would do.
Inflammation is at the root cause of all illnesses and there is always an underlying imbalance that must be addressed.
Of course conventional medicine has its place and please don't think I am knocking it, but its just sometimes there isn't a "pill for every ill"! Do you sometimes feel like your GP or consultant doesn't have the answers for you? That you aren't really being listened to, or that your symptoms are simply explained away.... Well I AM listening.
I listened to my body and used functional medicine combined with a little conventional too - to get me back to health and I know that it can help you too, if you are ready to make the changes.
I am a fully qualified, insured and Registered Nutritional Therapist, graduating with Merit from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION); a member of BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) and the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Health Care Council).
I am also an experienced and qualified Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner from the Health Sciences Academy and a member of IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists). I also help my husband Alan run our successful fitness facility in Strathaven and I run the nutrition and weight loss sessions for our gym members.