I received my initial training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), which gave me the basis on which I went forward and developed my knowledge deeper with Andrea Nakayama’s ‘Full Body Systems’. This 10 month, in-depth, Functional Nutrition Immersion Course, has equipped me with extensive knowledge in each system of the body, and how they all interplay with each other to impact our overall health. I work with my clients as individuals: each with their own bodies, their own past and their own current circumstances. As a ‘whole person’, one symptom cannot be held up in isolation, but rather each symptom must be acknowledged as often linking back to a root cause. Together we work to investigate what is ‘truly going on in there’, and help them make bespoke diet and lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
Training to be a Health Coach was an incredible experience for me. I had in the past only been exposed to very conventional education and ‘training’, e.g. towards my GCSEs, then my A-levels and then ultimately my BA in International History at the London School of Economics. I enjoy to learn and research, so (sadly maybe) always enjoyed school. However, training to become a Health Coach with IIN, and even more so studying Functional Nutrition, was an entirely different experience. I found myself becoming impassioned as I listened to the teachers sharing their dietary knowledge and lifestyle experiences, and learning how each body system worked; information we should all have as children, but is somehow by-passed. I became hopeful and excited as I realised that I would be able to pass on this knowledge to my clients, in order to help them improve their health and overall lifestyles.
I am so passionate about sharing this knowledge with the women I work with, to allow them to tune-in to their bodies, and want to nourish and honour themselves, probably for the first time ever for many. Beyond this though, I am driven by the desire that this new understanding and self-love is passed onto future generations, so they can break free the chains of society, and truly care for their bodies in a way many of us were never taught to do. The IIN talks of ‘rocking the ripple effect’ (just as one drop in water ripples out, so too does the IIN’s work in its ever expanding influence in improving the world’s health). I feel honoured to be a small part of this ripple effect.