After studying for a three year full time degree in Nutritional Therapy, I was the Senior Nutritional Therapist at London’s prestigious fertility and pregnancy Zita West Clinic, designing the nutrition programme for the clinic, and seeing thousands of clients over the ten years I was there.
For five years I also worked at a private GP practice, Dr Jane Benn & Associates, and I also worked for a small charity called Foundations teaching teenagers with learning difficulties healthy cooking. In 2011, I joined the team at In-spa consulting clients on retreats in Morocco, Spain and France, which I still do.
In 2011 I decided to go out on my own specialising in pre-conception, IVF and pregnancy nutrition, and now work in Duke Street, near Selfridges.
My writing appears regularly in the Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine as I am the nutritionist for the Health Q&A page. I also contribute to food news items for the BBC including such diverse subjects as the banning of Marmite in Denmark to calorie counting in Michelin starred restaurants and I am currently mid-study for a Masters degree in Nutritional Medicine which gives me the most up to date evidence-based information that is so important for my clients.
My specialist area is undoubtedly in pre-conceptual and pregnancy nutrition, including weight loss (and gain) and immune issues, but my experience has helped me develop sound evidence-based advice for all hormonal conditions including the menopause (I ran a menopause clinic at the Zita West Clinic). My Masters studies and my experience working with GPs has hugely consolidated my advice for other conditions from digestive problems to cardio-vascular issues such as high cholesterol, type II diabetes and high blood pressure.
Above all I am not a hard core kill joy; I like my wine, chocolate, roast potatoes and croissants and I believe one of my most highly regarded skills is my ability to make clients feel thoroughly relaxed and to really enjoy their consultations. I want you to feel that you are adding good things to your diet, not taking them away and generally making your life a misery! I also give you rationale; by being able to understand why some things are not so great for you makes it much easier to adapt to new, healthier habits. I endeavour to give you ideas that fit in with your life, with recipes and tips that actually help you to leave the consultations feeling quite excited!