ABOUT ME

I am a Registered (Associate) Nutritionist working in Greater London with a passion to inform and inspire better health for all. From Vet to Nutritionist and with a family of my own, I understand the importance of practical, evidence-based Nutrition advice amid busy lives. In a world of confusing media messages on ‘healthy eating’, I aim to give clarity on how to eat well, to promote future health for you and your family, while keeping the fun in food!

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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:

  SENSIBLE SCIENCE

Every day we read about the latest ‘recommendations’ for healthy eating. However, these are often based on inappropriate use of scientific research and can lead to 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 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! 

 THE TWO MEANINGS OF ‘SUSTAINABLE FOOD CHOICES’

To achieve your health aims, changes in your food choices we make together must work for you in the 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 future health. What we eat today plays a big part in our health in many years to come.

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, 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. 

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!

Food Feed

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Gut Feelings on Farming and Education

Gut Feelings on Farming and Education. As I’ve travelled around various conferences and been hosted by some pioneering British food producers this last month, I’ve been inspired by a move to reconnect our nation, particularly young people, with our land, our Agrifood...

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Sustainable Food Choices

Sustainable food choices  - time to celebrate our bountiful British harvest at last! British food producers are of course working hard year-round, but our harvest is at its most bountiful at this time of year and I for one am always relieved to make it to September...

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Fish!

Eat More FISH!  But why?  FISH! A fabulous source of high quality protein, low in saturated fat and a great source of Omega 3 unsaturated fat. Yet, in the UK, 75% of the adult population fall short of eating the recommended amount of 1 lean and 1 oily portion of fish...

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Watercress

Enjoy Watercress!  Summer is well and truly here and watercress has been growing abundantly in mineral-rich spring water in the UK for a few months now. Watercress, a highly nutritious and British leafy green, is packed with more antioxidants than the rest of the...

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Eggs

ENJOY BRITISH EGGS A wonderful and affordable food, full of vital nutrients, many of which are poorly available from other food sources... Why am I so happy to have stocked up on eggs from our local Chiltern hens (and ducks!) over the weekend?   Eggs are a cheap...

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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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