In 2011 I graduated from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London as a Nutritional Therapist, following that I took myself off to California to train as a chef and culinary instructor at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute which really brought together my academic background with my love for food. I now create deliciously healthy recipes (mainly plant-focused) and share my skills and knowledge with others as a culinary educator. I believe in the power of food to change the direction of our wellbeing and have been teaching nutrition focused culinary classes in the UK since my return from the US.
During my first few years as a newly qualified Nutritional Therapist I saw a wide range of clients and tried to be all things to all people, ending up feeling like I knew a little bit about a lot of things. Because of these feelings I retreated for a while and decided to take stock and discover where my interests and talents really lay and that revealed itself to me through my own discovery that perhaps I was experiencing some significant shifts in my body. The more I met with other women in their 40s it became clear that something was going on. Having studied the functional or integrative model to health whilst training as a Nutritional Therapist I was also sure that there was a natural solution.
Over the last couple of years I’ve been going through my own transition into mid-life and finding out as much as I can about what is going on in my own body and mind. Specifically I’ve been exploring what diet and lifestyle practices are beneficial as we enter what I now understand to be the perimenopause. Menopause itself occurs on average at age 51 and is the time at which we have not had a period for 12 months. Prior to that period your hormonal system can start to become erratic effecting not only our periods but also our mood, weight, libido, brain, leaving us feeling generally just a little bit blah.
What I’ve come to understand is that from 40 onwards (sometimes earlier) we are on a biochemical, psychological and life changing journey. Think about when you were a moody teenager, your hormones not quite in balance which left you feeling not quite at home in your newly emerging body; well guess what, your 40s and early 50s can be a pretty similar time; those hormones are in flux again whether we like it or not.
So now for the good news, this time we have the chance to have an enlightened and perhaps more positive experience. From a physical perspective it’s an opportunity to check in and evaluate our health and work out how we take care of our bodies at a pivotal time for our future wellbeing. What we do, how we eat, exercise, live and think now can impact not only our current situation but also our future health significantly. The way I see it is that from 40 onwards we have a window of opportunity to finally get things right and take control. It’s never too late to change, but this is for sure a milestone in life when it’s time to take stock of what we have learnt about ourselves through our 20s and 30s and blossom into our 40s and 50s balanced, radiant and beautiful.
I’m very excited to be able to apply my health and culinary knowledge to offer holistic wellbeing support specifically for women who are experiencing the hormonal ride that is perimenopause. I’m on this journey with you and look forward to getting to know you and what’s going on with you as you navigate this exciting transition.
If you identify with what I’m talking about, I would love to connect with you.