ABOUT ME

From Vet to Nutritionist, I embrace the ‘One Health’ concept:  respecting the role of nature and its biodiversity for the health of our soils, crops, animals and their wellbeing, ultimately in supporting our own, long-term health. This sustainable focus is at the heart of my evidence-based Nutrition advice. Amid our busy lives and in a world of confusing media messages on ‘healthy eating’, my down to earth approach simplifies how to eat and live for a healthy future, for you and your family.  

VET TO NUTRITIONIST

I graduated as a Vet from Edinburgh University in 1991, fulfilling a childhood ambition! After 8 years in Veterinary practice in the UK, I studied for a further North American Doctor of Veterinary Medicine while living in Canada with my husband on an RAF posting. Nutrition began to play a big part in my diagnoses and my clinical work as a Vet taught me the joy to be had from clear communication with my clients and cutting through jargon! Gradually, whilst taking a break to bring up our children, my constant, keen interest in nutrition, crossed into human health. Wishing to return to work in this field, I was able to use all this experience to study for a Masters degree in Nutrition at King’s College, London, graduating in 2016, and becoming a Registered (Associate) Nutritionist.

REGISTERED NUTRITIONIST

Being registered with with the UK Association for Nutrition (AfN) enables me to be listed on their Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). This is an accepted mark of professional status and competence in Nutrition in the UK: all registrants must hold an accredited University degree in Nutrition and adhere to the AfN code of conduct. Their definition is as follows:

“UKVRN distinguishes Nutrition Practitioners who meet rigorously applied training, competence and professional practice criteria, protecting the public from unsafe practice and assuring the credibility of nutrition as a responsible profession.”
You can read more about this here.

 

DOWN TO EARTH NUTRITION SCIENCE

  SENSIBLE SCIENCE

Evidence-based practice in the nutrition profession, combines the best and latest research with nutrition expertise in order to inform public health successfully.

Good solid evidence should be the combination of many studies on the same topic using the same methods. Their results can then be combined and the cumulative effect reported. This may have taken many years and involved thousands of people, to get the best result. Only then is it possible to report an association between a nutrient and a health benefit. 

  NUTRITION IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY

Of equal importance are our genetic make-up and lifestyle; for example, we can make great food choices, but if we don’t keep active, our future health is far less likely to benefit!

  A BALANCED, ‘MEDITERRANEAN STYLE’ DIET 

Life is for living! Overwhelming evidence now shows that a diet high in fibre reduces our risk of chronic disease including some cancers, heart disease, stroke, weight gain and Type 2 Diabetes. It’s also of fundamental importance in nurturing our gut microbes – read more here. Current research is seeking to understand their pivotal roles in our long term health from a strong immune system, protection against inflammatory disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Colorectal Cancer, to our emotional wellbeing and weight control. Microbes existed on earth long before we did and we’ve co-evolved together. Just as plant roots rely on certain bacteria to enhance their nutrient absorption; we too rely on good gut bacteria for our own health. In addition to encouraging a fibre-rich diet with plenty fruit and vegetables, beans, pulses and wholegrains, food choices that meet the nutritional needs for our life-stage are crucial if we’re to avoid nutrient-gaps when demands are high; pregnancy and growth being key examples. A flexitarian approach, enjoying plenty of fish and moderate amounts of British dairy and meat, sustainably sourced where possible, will always support this. I’m always happy to advise how to ensure complete nutrition within a vegan or vegetarian diet too.

 ‘SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHOICES’

Whatever your aims are, the changes to food choices that we make together for you must be ones you can sustain happily, and longer-term. Let me equip you with the knowledge and mindset to do this. In addition, where possible my recommendations will always support sustainable food production too; we all need to work together if we’re to help mitigate climate change: sustainable farming practices encourage healthy soils, crops, animals and ultimately ourselves! 

  WELLBEING

It’s all too easy in this age of so much media attention around food, to become overwhelmed with choice and confused around food choices. My evidence-based nutrition advice aims to equip you and/or your family, with the understanding and mindset to adjust how you eat and live for better health, while maintaining a love of food and always with room for cake!

FAMILY AND WELLBEING

I live on the edge of London with my husband, two children and Tim our border terrier. 

My love of the outdoors and all things natural began where I was brought up near Edinburgh in Scotland – I was lucky (although didn’t always appreciate it at the time!) to sail on the sea, walk in the hills, enjoy home-grown food and the simple things, amid the ups and downs of family life. Now, with a busy family of our own, we try to find the time to slow down too. 

Baking together and visiting our local market are firm favourites! Not only are markets a fabulous way to encourage children to try affordable, colourful fruits and vegetables, but they’re also a great way to support local business.

We love the outdoors – dog walks at the weekend are always a feature and then there’s sport – great for physical and mental health.  Walking or running with the dog gives me a chance to clear my head and rejuvenate!

We also love all things British! Our United Kingdom is full of ‘good for the soul’, beautiful places to explore, with our holiday cottage in Scotland being a firm family favourite. Take a look if an escape to fresh air, sea and sand is what you need!

We all lead full lives trying to balance work with precious family time. But, take the time out you need and deserve, to relax and embrace simple pleasures. Your health will thank you for it!

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VET TO NUTRITIONIST

Learning is a lifelong experience – In 1991 I fulfilled a childhood ambition and graduated as a Vet from Edinburgh University. After 8 years in Veterinary practice in the UK, I accompanied my husband on a RAF posting to Canada where I studied for a further Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Nutrition began to play a big part in my diagnoses and my clinical work as a Vet taught me the importance of clear communication with my clients and cutting through jargon! Gradually, whilst taking a break to bring up our children, my constant, keen interest in nutrition, evolved into human health. Wishing to return to work in this field, I was able to use all this experience to study for a Masters degree in Nutrition at King’s College, London, graduating in 2016, and becoming a Registered (Associate) Nutritionist in early 2017.

REGISTERED NUTRITIONIST

Being registered with with the UK Association for Nutrition (AfN) enables me to be listed on their Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). This is an accepted mark of professional status and competence in Nutrition in the UK: all registrants must hold an accredited University degree in Nutrition and adhere to the AfN code of conduct. Their definition is as follows:
“UKVRN distinguishes Nutrition Practitioners who meet rigorously applied training, competence and professional practice criteria, protecting the public from unsafe practice and assuring the credibility of nutrition as a responsible profession.”
You can read more about this here.

 

LIVE FOR THE MOMENT; EAT FOR YOUR FUTURE!

Five principles I embrace:

  EVIDENCE-BASED ADVICE

Every day we read about the latest ‘recommendations’ for healthy eating. However, these are often based on inappropriate use of scientific research and may serve only to cause confusion. For example, often only a single study may be used to report a ‘new finding’. But, good solid evidence should be the combination of many studies on the same topic using the same methods. Their results can then be combined and the cumulative effect reported. This is known as a meta analysis and forms part of the final Systematic Review of the evidence. This may have taken many years and involved thousands of people, to get the best result. Only then is it possible to report an association between a nutrient and a health benefit. Evidence-based pratice in the nutrition profession, combines the best research with nutrition expertise in order to inform public health succesfully.

  NUTRITION IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY

Of equal importance are your genetic make-up and your lifestyle; for example, you can make great food choices, but if you don’t keep active, your future health is unlikely to benefit!

 NUTRITION BASICS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR A BALANCED DIET 

It’s fun and often appropriate to try out the many ‘new foods’ that are available, but in ensuring food choices that meet the nutritional needs for your life-stage, I believe in a ‘back to basics’ approach. For example, read all about the often forgotten, yet essential nutrients in Dairy here, but there’s also a place for increasing plant-based eating. And, life is for living – a balanced diet should include occasional treats too! It’s important to relax around food choices.

 THE TWO MEANINGS OF ‘SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHOICES’

To achieve your health aims, changes in your food choices we make together must work for you long term. And, where possible my recommendations will always support sustainable food sources using seasonal food.

 YOUR FUTURE HEALTH

My advice will always be tailored to your current needs, whatever your age, but will also promote your longer term health. What we eat today plays a big part in our health in many years to come… and you deserve a long and healthy future!

FAMILY AND WELLBEING

I live on the edge of London with my husband, two children and Tim the border terrier. 

My love of the outdoors and all things natural began where I was brought up near Edinburgh in Scotland – I was lucky (although didn’t always appreciate it at the time!) to sail on the sea, walk in the hills, appreciate home-grown food and the simple things, amid the ups and downs of family life. Now, with a busy family of our own, we try to find the time to slow down too. Family meals and dog walks together at the weekend are always a feature.

If time allows we love to bake together and visiting our local market is a firm favourite. Not only are markets a fabulous way to encourage children to try affordable, colourful fruits and vegetables, but they’re also a great way to support local business.

I get my thinking time when out walking or running – a chance to clear my head and escape the ‘to do list’. Likewise we encourage our children in sport, for both its physical and wellbeing benefits.

We also love all things British! Our United Kingdom is full of ‘good for the soul’, beautiful places to explore, with our holiday cottage in Scotland being a firm family favourite. 

We all lead full lives trying to balance work with precious family time. But, take the time out you need and deserve, to relax and embrace simple pleasures. Your health will thank you for it!

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