I come from a 20+ year work background in nursing, midwifery, and adult education. I am trained as a lactation consultant (IBCLC). I am now a certified health coach, having completed my training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition™ based in New York. I am currently studying part-time towards a degree in counselling.
I am a mother to three teenagers, wife to my wonderful husband Chris for 26 years. Chris is a saxophonist and registered secondary-school teacher.
We are on a wonderful journey of discovery as a family. I enjoy sharing what we are learning about healthy eating and living with others. REAL life can be a bit messy – anyone agree?! I’m happy to share the parts of our journey that have gone well, and not so well..this for me is important and keeps it authentic!
Over the last 15 years of my life, I have learnt a lot about what I eat and how this directly impacts on my health and wellbeing. I learnt that I had a pretty impressive sugar, wheat and cheese addiction! There was a fair amount of denial here over more years that I care to admit! I also didn’t really know what other foods I could eat instead. I have journeyed through food intolerances, IBS, allergies, eczema, and low energy. I have experience of gaining more than double the average weight gain recommended in pregnancy and taking a while to lose this after giving birth.
I have always had a strong interest in nutrition and am grateful to have a mother that has been really aware of healthy eating. My big confession is though.. that for a good portion of my life I thought that beetroot must actually grow in a can! If a food was in a packet or jar, I had a subconscious belief that it must come that way because it would be much too difficult to make!
I now LOVE preparing the food that we are eating as a family. This is huge for me.
What brought this on?
…An amazing life transformation from doing my health coaching training.
I have spent the last 3 years intensively studying nutrition. I have read many evidence-based books written by doctors and nutritionists. I have attended online conferences and completed courses. This learning has fitted well within my existing framework of nursing, midwifery and lactation consultancy training and work.
My family are now all eating in a delicious, easy to prepare, cost effective, nutrient-dense ‘plant strong’ way! My teens are learning how to make this fabulous food. The variety in our diet has sky-rocketed. We are delighting in the natural sweetness of delicious, even decadent whole foods. Meat used to be the star of every meal. Now when it is used, we eat smaller amounts of it. Fabulous vegetables, pulses, seeds, nuts and gluten-free whole grains now fill that space on our plates.
Our energy levels as a family have really increased, as has our immunity. We, as parents, have also shed extra weight without even trying, and all while eating lots of delicious food!
We are thrilled that as a family, we feel we are now living a bit more sustainably in relation to the environment. We have more than halved our weekly household rubbish output. We have substituted our cleaning products for non-toxic ones. We are voting with our dollar for a healthier world as we buy more spray-free/organic produce.
Over my health coaching training, I have become much more aware of the importance of my own personal self-care as a woman and mother. I have learnt tools and strategies on how to ‘weave’ these golden threads of self-care into the fabric of busy day to day life.
An unexpected result of this change in the way we eat and live is that I now have SO much more creative energy and inspiration which overflows and impacts all areas of my life.
I feel like I am sitting on a best-kept secret! I want to share the ‘why to’ and step by step ‘how to’ of this journey of transformation with many others. May they experience the same in their lives and in the lives of their families.