When I was a skinny teenager I thought I could get away with eating whatever I wanted because I wouldn’t put on weight. My Dad used to call me the human dustbin because whenever he saw me I was eating something and usually it was far from healthy. I could consume a family size black forest gateaux all by my little 7 and a half stone self, in the space of a day ( yes, you read that right)! And my parents should have had shares in Coca Cola and Lucozade. My typical lunch until I got to my to my early 20’s was a sandwich, a packet of crisps and a can of soft drink. Then the weight started creeping on, arghhh, what was happening to me? You mean I couldn’t carry on eating half a pack of biscuits with my tea?
When I went up two dress sizes I decided something had to change so I started following the conventional advice, you’ve heard it, cut out the fat and count the calories. I did manage to cut down on the fizzy drinks, I did start to exercise a bit more and I did lose some weight but I still had low energy, suffered from persistent colds, frequent headaches and pesky skin issues. When it came to life, I was in a job I hated and generally dissatisfied but I ‘just got on with it’ as so many women do.
Fast forward to 2006, different career and one divorce later, I was working hard at building my boss’s dream. As you can guess, I still hadn’t found the job I loved, I still hated Monday’s and those annoying colds were still bothering me far too often. I started questioning ‘ is this what life was all about’?
Then my friends, came the universal kick up the backside – In June of 2006 I was diagnosed with mouth cancer. At 31, that was the last thing I expected to hear. How did this happen? I lived a ‘healthy’ lifestyle, didn’t I?
I decided very early on, to treat this experience as a gift – as the universes way of telling me I was on the wrong path. A sign that I had to change things. So, I delved into the world of health, nutrition, prevention and personal development. I discovered that my perception of healthy living was not necessarily that healthy. I also realised that I had been harbouring a lot of anger whilst outwardly being a people pleaser. Once I had the awareness, I started to make changes and I’m still changing things as I learn and grow, remember, well being is a journey.
The outcome of my journey so far has been that I am healthier and happier than I have ever been.
I live with my gorgeous, super-supportive partner (who’s also my IT saviour and photographer extraordinaire 🙂 ).
I have found my purpose in life, I feel comfortable in my skin and most of the time, I feel like I have found my balance.
I really do believe that we weren’t born to just exist. We were born to flourish and live to our fullest potential.
I want everyone to feel happy, fulfilled and healthy. And, I’d like to help YOU find your bliss!
Have a poke around this website, try some of the healthy and delicious recipes, see if there’s anything in my blogs that speaks to you and if you feel inclined, sign up for my newsletter. If you really want to shake things up and get on the journey to wellbeing, why not book in for a complementary discovery session.
You deserve the best in life and I’d love to help you get there.
To health, happiness and YOU!
I currently hold the following qualifications and am continually engaged in my profession development through attending further courses and seminars.
Certificate – Wellness Coaching
Diploma – Diet and Nutrition Advisor
Certificate – Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching
Diploma – Nutrition
Certificate – Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
During my training, I have studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, functional medicine and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and knowledge, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that are tailored to their unique needs and produce real and lasting results.
I am a member of the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and The UK Health Coach Association and am fully insured to practice.
I hate the gym and I can’t run to save my life.
I’m animal crazy – when I was about 3 or 4, I was playing in the garden and apparently I followed a pigeon through fences and ended up two gardens down and then couldn’t get back.
I have a LOT of shoes – doesn’t every woman?
I sometimes swear!
I’m a hopeless romantic.
I learnt how to speak Hindi by watching a copious amount of Bollywood movies whilst growing up.
I’m the youngest of 5 children and I have 8 nieces and nephews – family gathering get rather noisy.
I love all things arts and crafts, it’s my meditation. Actually, I love making jewellery in my spare time, check it out www.precioussentiments.com