Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition from the College of Naturopathic Medicine
AFFILIATIONS: BANT registered
I first became interested in nutrition around 15 years ago. As a keen sportsman and certified ‘lifeaholic’ I found myself slowing down. My energy levels were diminished, my memory and concentration was not what it had been in my 20’s and I was picking up more low-level sickness bugs. At the same time I also noticed certain conditions beginning to flare up which I now consider to be my bodies ‘early warning signs’.
To my practical brain nutrition seemed the obvious solution; after all are we not machines, extremely complex machines but machines none the less. And a machine can only function if it is well maintained and has the right type of fuel. Initially I began dabbling with changes to my diet, along with lifestyle changes like resting more and taking up yoga, as a way of turning back the clock and rediscovering my youthful zeal. It worked and this spurred me on to learn more about my body and how I could fuel it for optimum performance.
After a few years I decided that I wanted to make a career out of my passion for nutrition and also help others. I chose to study at the College of Naturopathic Medicine as it was largely regarded as one of the most comprehensive and professional courses in the country. It is possible to do a 12 week course and call yourself a nutritionist but my course lasted 3 years and gave me extremely in-depth knowledge in a clinic based environment. The course was very comprehensive and allowed me to register with a governing body on completion; something I would recommend everyone look out for when seeking the services of a nutritionist.
Nowadays my clinic is going from strength to strength but I realise that my education isn’t, nor ever will be, complete. One of the joys of being a nutritional therapist is that it is underpinned by ever changing and evolving science. I learn new things every day. Fortunately I enjoy broadening my knowledge and love passing this on to my clients; helping them to get the most out of life and stay healthy.