I have experienced first-hand how the symptoms of peri-menopause can affect quality of life.
By the time I reached my late forties, I thought that I had been lucky enough to escape the dreaded menopausal symptoms that I had heard so much about.
But a dream family holiday changed all that…
During what should have been the perfect summer escape in a gorgeous location, out of nowhere I began to experience almost constant hot flushes and night sweats.
Very quickly the amazing family break became a holiday to remember for all the wrong reasons…my sleep was disrupted, and I felt tired, irritable and anxious. I snapped at my family and my mood was low.
This all took me by complete surprise. I was a nutritionist after all…and I had spent hundreds of hours studying scientific research and supporting other women with symptoms just like mine…
I was also no stranger to hormonal health issues as my wellness journey began more than 25 years earlier with endometriosis.
Conventional medicine had not helped me and it took many years to be formally diagnosed.
I was in my twenties when arguably I should have been in the best health of my life, but my symptoms grew progressively worse. AND they badly affected my life.
Something had to change but it took me years to find that “something”. That “something” turned out to be nutrition.
Working with a nutritionist was a major turning point for me. Within just a few months my health was dramatically changed.
For the first time in years, I was able to manage my symptoms. In fact, my experience had such a profound effect on my health, and on my entire life, that re-trained as a nutritionist.
I qualified in 2013 from the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London and since that time I have used what I learnt along with my own experiences to help women struggling with their health and hormones.
I have since furthered my studies and completed a Master’s degree (MSc) in Advanced Nutrition (Research and Practice). My year-long dissertation project was on a peri/menopause-related topic.
Additional training courses completed include;
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP)
Advanced Hormone training with the Institute for Functional Medicine
Lifecode GX – Genetic testing
Metabolic Balance coach training
To find out more about how I can support you with your health and hormones click here
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