“I want you to want to eat well and actually enjoy doing that because it makes you feel amazing and you know why it’s good for you.”
Finding your passion in life really is one of the most rewarding things ever. I was lucky that from the middle of high school, I knew the career path I wanted to follow and my love for my job continues to grow every day.
As a Dietitian, my job is never boring and with being a self-profound geek, I have added several other strings to my bow over the years to keep things interesting, as well as keep me on my toes! Alongside a love for nutrition and health, I have always had a passion for sport and exercise and from the get-go, I knew I wanted to work towards bringing these areas together. After achieving my undergraduate honours degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, I gained a few years’ experience working within the National Health Service (NHS) before returning to university again and obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Nutrition. Alongside that, I also took weekend courses to become a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. Now I’m at the stage of juggling three jobs – an NHS Dietitian, a freelance Sports Dietitian, as well as a Personal Trainer. Life is busy but I love it and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
With the uprising of social media over recent years and many people now using this as their main source of information, it became only too clear to me that there was (and to a certain extent still is) a total lack of reliable, evidence based nutrition information out there. After initially setting up my own social media accounts just for personal use, I quickly began to see just how much misinformation about nutrition there was and just how many people were sharing nutrition advice without having the right credentials to do so. This sparked another fire in my belly and not before long, I was setting up professional social media pages to try and settle the ‘nutrition noise’ that’s out there. I felt like I couldn’t just sit back and do nothing.
Everyone is entitled to make their own choices about their health but in order to do that, you should be provided with evidence based information in order to allow you to choose how you actually want to apply it.
I love food and I love how what we eat has a major role on our health, mood and performance – this is why I got into nutrition. I want you to share the same love for food as I do. I want you to want to eat well and actually enjoy doing that because it makes you feel amazing and you know why it’s good for you. You deserve to have access to the right information about nutrition in order for you to make informed choices about your health. I want to help you to identify fact from fiction in the nutrition world so you never have to consider restricting yourself or wasting money on fad diets again. I want to show you that eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, difficult or boring and that all foods, really can be included as part of a healthy diet. Yup, that means you can have your cake and eat it too.
Therein lies the reasons why I have written The Dietitian Kitchen: Nutrition for a Healthy, Strong and Happy You. Social media can only have so much of an impact and a book which can be treated as your easy to read, evidence based nutrition guide, with 90+ recipes, alongside progressive and fun workouts seemed like the right way to go.
If you’re ready to change your relationship with food and nourish your body in the right way, you’re in the right place and I hope you love every second of the journey.
The Dietitian Kitchen: Nutrition for a Healthy, Strong, & Happy You is now available to buy from all good book stores and online retailers.