Born and raised in South Africa, I moved to Ireland in 2006. I was born premature and was a very sick and fussy child and went through regular courses of antibiotics. This was the start of a long exhausting journey of low immunity, food intolerances, nutrient deficiencies and mood swings. In my teens, like many, I followed a number of fad diets, which led to a variety of health issues, including low metabolism, hormonal imbalance and insulin resistance.
It was only when I started my own family in my thirties, that I slowly began to change how I viewed food and how I ate. When I began my journey in understanding the effects food has on my health, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the food I loved and I never wanted to be on a “diet” again. Today, my relationship with food is a positive one and I enjoy the food that I create in my kitchen for my family. I do this through substituting ingredients in recipes I find, to make them a healthier version, without compromising on taste. I have a busy healthy home with kids who love getting their hands dirty, in and out of the kitchen.
My passion for nutrition led me to enrol to become a qualified Nutritional Therapist at The College of Naturopathic Medicine. As my knowledge about the medicinal powers of food grew, so did my confidence. The dietary changes that I have made over time have had an overall positive impact on my health.
When I qualified as a Nutritional Therapist, having completed 3 intensive years, as well as over 200 clinical hours, I was excited to spread the word. I opened my clinic, gave a series of talks at libraries, health shows, cookery schools and organisations and loved sharing my knowledge. Having walked the walk and come out the other side, I can relate to the people I work with and am so passionate about helping people. I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach as we are all unique and our health is so multi-faceted.
Since 2014 I found myself gaining a special interest in thyroid conditions. More and more of my clients have symptoms relating to a thyroid condition and when we did further testing, it turns out that the condition is often misdiagnosed. My priority is to help my clients manage and significantly reduce the symptoms associated with a thyroid condition while aiming to find the underlying cause.
I now run a successful practice in my clinic, have an online Thyroid Programme, as well as provide specialised recipe ebooklets. I also lectured for The College of Naturopathic Medicine for 3 years and am currently doing my MSc in Advanced Nutrition. I use functional medicine practice to give my clients the tools to help themselves. Tools such as diet plans, lifestyle changes, private testing, shopping lists, supplement recommendations and recipes that can all help make a positive change to individuals wellbeing.