My journey into nutrition began after having my beautiful daughter. Sadly, I developed post-natal depression, which began a hormonal rollercoaster that went on for 10 years. When the post-natal depression eased, I struggled with such severe pre-menstrual symptoms, that for 2 weeks out of every month my life was completely dominated by my low mood. Trying to juggle this with all the demands of family and work life was hard. My GP offered me Prozac but I wasn’t depressed (I was absolutely fine the for the other two weeks of the month!), my hormones were out of control. It was at this point I decided this was not a life and I needed to do something.
After researching nutrition and hormonal health I started to implement some changes to my diet and lifestyle. Why hadn’t I started it years ago? Because I didn’t prioritise myself and looking back this was a terrible mistake. I started to make changes and slowly began to notice a difference. Now, I may get a bit grumpy from time to time and sometimes crave chocolate, but I feel like me again and if I’m honest more balanced than in my 20s and 30s.
Discovering the power of food gave me the drive to learn more so I undertook the comprehensive training at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, qualifying after 4 years of training as a Nutritional Therapist.