Most people come to nutritional therapy through a health crisis. But for me, it was simply pregnancy. This was the first time in my life I really felt I had to watch what I ate and why this was important. Growing a life was not a responsibility I took lightly and suddenly what I put in my body and the environment around me became crucial.
During my time studying to be a nutritional therapist, I had my second child and found the recovery much harder both physically and mentally and I experienced some difficult months due to post natal depression.
Since changing my diet and lifestyle, my health has changed dramatically. I no longer suffer from energy dips, cravings or endless fatigue. I'm not prone to crippling anxiety or have such dark moods, nor do I spend my days fighting off constant infections during the winter months. And lastly, I feel good, the best I have ever felt.
The importance of true health is something which has stayed with me and, as anyone who has been unwell can testify, is one of the most important things we can achieve for quality of life. I am so passionate about the good that food can do, I hope to share and inspire this with others.
I am a working mother of three. I appreciate and understand that not everyone has got the time, money or patience to cook complex meals daily with ingredients that are hard to get hold of. My mission is to improve health for all my clients whilst motivating and educating about the importance of whole foods and nutrition for lifelong change.
Ginger and Pickles was created as a nod to my past career in the world of book publishing (Ginger and Pickles is a children's book by Beatrix Potter), because my mother loves ginger, I love anything pickled and because I wanted a name associated with food that people would remember.
I believe in the healing power of food and herbs. I believe in using this to restore quality of life to someone who is not well. I believe in using this preventatively to maintain health and to keep the body working optimally for as long as possible.
All of my recommendations to clients are formed from established evidence based research. I gained my three year diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London where the use of whole, organic foods is emphasised. The diploma is one of the few accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC).