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Where it all began

When I was younger, I had never even thought about becoming a Nutritional Therapist. Back at school, I had never even heard of one, and as far as nutrition went, all I thought I knew was that carbs were bad.


As far as I can remember, I was always the "chubby kid", the one with the "bubbly personality", and despite it having a knock on my self-esteem, I didn't think too much of it, and I definitely didn't know how to change things. I first started to really become aware of my size and shape as a teenager, I suppose it came hand in hand with showing an interest in dating.


So I joined a gym, which just happened to be next to a McDonalds...why do they do that?! I would go and gently sweat on the cardio machines for an hour or so, then drink a McDonalds milkshake on my 15 minute walk home, it doesn't take a professional to understand why my efforts in the gym weren't getting me anywhere.


My negative relationship with food escalated until my late teens, when my mum intervened and persuaded me to try a popular weight loss group with her. That was the turning point for me, I stuck with the program and found that the weight came off me. I soon realised that the best thing I could do to get the weight off and keep it off, was to change my diet habits and my lifestyle, so I started work on this, and lost almost 4 stone in weight. After meeting my partner, who was currently in the army at the time, I started working with a personal trainer and found an interest in weigh training and HIIT workouts, and I started toning up. It was then that I started showing an interest in macros and more nutrient-rich foods. I tip-toed into nutrition with a Sports Nutrition Diploma, and I was hungry for more!


When we moved to Nottingham, I decided that I no longer wanted to work in the mental health sector, after a few years I realised that it wasn't the career for me. After some extensive research and thinking, I decided to invest in myself and study nutritional therapy, a course which took me a little over 3 years to complete.


During this time, I fell pregnant with my daughter, who is now 2, which brought back some weight management issues, as the weight piled on and my tastes massively changed away from my regular healthy foods. Loosing the weight after my daughter was born was a slow progression for me, I was in no rush to "bounce back", and I admit that I struggled getting back into healthier eating. After getting into a routine, and knuckling down with better eating and drinking habits, and getting back into fitness, I have made much progress and am happy with how my health in general has improved.


Now, my diet consists of mostly healthy and nutritious food and lots of water, however I do believe that life is about balance and I do enjoy the odd unhealthy meal every now and then! I am also now a regular runner and am currently training for the Robin Hood Half Marathon, in September.


Because of my personal experiences with weight loss, this is an area close to my heart and something I am passionate with helping people with.


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