My Journey into Nutrition
I have always been interested in health and nutrition. For this reason, I was surprised to be told in my early twenties that I had unusually high cholesterol levels. I had lost my own father to heart disease at a young age so was aware of the danger that high cholesterol poses. I was advised that I would need to take medication for the rest of my life. However, I was keen to find an alternative.
I decided to allow myself six weeks to see if I could lower my cholesterol through nutrition. I researched extensively and developed my own personalised nutrition programme. After six weeks I was retested and my cholesterol had been dramatically lowered.
This experience taught me two things. Firstly, genetics are only part of the equation. Your health depends on the complex interaction between your genes and your environment, that is to say your diet and lifestyle. Secondly, because we are all genetically unique with different environmental influences, there is no "one size fits all" healthy diet. My passion for nutrition grew from there and led me to study Nutritional Therapy at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition [dc1]in London, [/dc1]where I graduated with a distinction. [dc1]I now see clients at my clinics in Harley Street, the City of London, and Hertfordshire.[/dc1][dc2]I now travel between my two clinics in my home town in South Dublin and also in central London. This gives me the opportunity to support a wide range of clients.[/dc2]
I am a passionate foodie. I believe that healthy eating should be a pleasure. Therefore, I focus more on adding to my clients’ repertoire rather than just taking foods out. Also, having spent twelve years in the corporate world, I understand the challenges people face when trying to implement dietary changes into their busy lifestyles. Therefore, my approach as a nutritionist is practical and supportive. I ensure that my programmes fit with my clients' budgets, dietary preferences, and lifestyles. I also provide practical tips such as shopping lists, recipes, and sample meal plans to help my clients incorporate recommendations into their lives.
Since graduating, I regularly attend seminars and lectures to ensure my knowledge is kept up to date, and to meet continuing professional development requirements. This is reflected in my recommendations, which are always based on the most current and respected scientific evidence.
I regularly contribute to the media including radio, press, You Tube and TV. Some of my recent contributions include:
- Nutrition expert on Pixiwoo's Body Talk Daily and Celebrity Angels.
- Nutrition expert on BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties, Colourful Radio and Russian Radio.
- Consultant Nutritionist to Channel 4 in the development of Series 3 Secret Eaters.
- Written for and contributed to several magazines and newspapers including the Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Top Santé and Zest.
- Three seasons as the official Nutritionist to the Premier League Football Club, Watford FC.
- Current Nutritionist to the Championship Football Club, Fulham FC.
- Lectured at the [dc1]London[/dc1] Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
Accreditation and Professional Associations
As a member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy), I am bound by the BANT Code of Professional Practice. I am also registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). [dc1]The CNHC was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.[/dc1]
- A member of BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) (Membership number FAR0112113).
- Registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) (Membership number 000152-G11).
- An Institute for Optimum Nutrition qualified Nutritional Therapist.
- A Nutri People approved Nutritionist.