I love to help people like you who are interested in healthy eating but not sure what works for you or how to stick with it! There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information on the internet. You may be trying to find a solution for issues with your digestion and/or want to lose some weight and I am committed to helping you with this.
My aim is to help you to feel healthier and happier using food, nutrition and lifestyle advice. I offer nutrition, health and lifestyle advice in the form of one-to-one consultations, online courses, talks, retreats , recipes and blogs/published articles for both lifestyle magazines and other practitioners.
I have always been curious about the world, people and science – my father was a doctor and this inspired me to study Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry at Nottingham University, where I graduated in 2002. I decided life in the laboratory was not for me and went to pursue my interest in society by training as a solicitor. I worked as a solicitor in London until 2010.
During this time I began to practice yoga regularly and started to take more of an interest in food. My family are from India (I grew up in Taunton, Somerset) and we grew up eating whole, freshly prepared foods so I always had this as a base – however food was often an afterthought when working in a busy office! I felt my job was not fulfilling or sustainable so I decided to leave my job and move closer to home, to train to become a primary school teacher in Bristol. I planned to follow my love of education and work with children, which I had previously done through voluntary projects in the UK and teaching work in Thailand and South America.
Yoga and health became more important for me during my PGCE year. I undertook my yoga teacher training in 2011, started teaching yoga alongside supply teaching in primary schools and spent any spare time reading nutrition/health related articles! My family encouraged me to formally study nutrition so I came back to my roots in science and natural foods by taking the 3-year Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with the College of Naturopathic Nutrition (CNM), where I qualified in 2015. I am also a trained and qualified Naturopath (Dip. CNM, 2017), broadening my approach and training in natural therapies. I have continued my training with the Institute of Functional Medicine, having completed the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice in 2018. My main modalities are Nutrition, Bach Flowers and lifestyle.
My study and application of food, nutrients and yoga into my lifestyle have completely transformed my life. I now feel healthy, happy and excited about life! The holistic approach of naturopathic nutrition acknowledges that health is much more than the absence of disease – it is a feeling of wellness and vitality, which can be achieved through our unique needs of natural foods and lifestyle.
My personal philosophy is that we need to focus on good quality, plant-based, natural foods – healthy food can be tasty, have health benefits and they are there for us to enjoy! We do not need to follow a particular diet or have any kind of label on how we choose to eat, but that we each need to eat the foods that are right for us individually. We all have a unique history that influence who we are, our behaviours and health, and we need to tailor our intake of foods and adjust our lifestyle accordingly.
I am an experienced Nutritional Therapist and a qualified Clinical Supervisor at CNM, having assisted supervising final year nutrition students in clinics for over 100 hours over three years. I am a Feature Writer for the British Association of Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT), writing articles and book reviews aimed at other practitioners. I also write articles for CNM, which are published in lifestyle magazines over the country. I previously worked at a health and detox retreat centre teaching yoga, meditation, giving nutritional therapy advice and talks. I teach yoga workshops and retreats in the UK and worldwide, including leading talks on healthy living and cooking.
I am committed to both my professional and personal development in nutrition, naturopathy and yoga, and regularly undertake courses and further reading. I am fully insured as a Nutritional Therapist, Naturopath and Yoga Teacher. I am a member of BANT, CNHC and the Institute of Functional Medicine.
My personal wish is to share my knowledge and experience with you in a clear and helpful way. I would love to help you feel at your best.