I can proudly say that I am a City escapee turned founder of Nourish – Food for Life. As a Nutrition and Wellness Coach, my mission is to educate, empower and support others to eat well and live better. I’ve learned the hard way the consequences of not doing so, and believe there’s no greater form of self-care and self-respect than being mindful of what we put on our plate and into our body – as you can see from my Instagram
A hard lesson
Having fledged the family nest and immersed myself in university life I saw how my poor diet and lack of exercise took a toll on my body. A body that was used to fresh, home-cooked and nutritious meals and plenty of activity. The detrimental effects of this dramatic change in lifestyle was evident for years to come and affected much more than my health.
The passion was ignited
I finally took stock and began making changes to my diet in earnest when I was ready to start a family. This desire to eat well was compounded when I had my son. I wanted to give him the best start in life and I derived great satisfaction from cooking him nutritionally balanced meals but found the sheer volume of information on healthy eating, often conflicting or unclear, overwhelming.
Who says healthy food can’t be delicious?
Such was my drive to learn more I persuaded my boss in the City to let me have one day off a week to study Nutrition in Practice at Leiths School of Food and Wine – it was a real turning point! I learnt about what good nutrition looked like and more importantly how to apply it in the kitchen. I left more methodical, organised and creative in the kitchen and even scooped best tasting dish at my final assessment!
Fact, not fancy
Keen to dig even deeper in to the science of food, I signed up to Sano School of Culinary Medicine’s Nutrition Diploma (and later their Nutrition Coaching course). I wanted to learn about nutritional fact, not fancy, and Sano helped me do just that. I’ve learnt how to sift through scientific research, to create functional recipes that support health and how to use this knowledge and experience to help others eat well and live better.
One year on…
I am more motivated than ever to make a real difference to my clients. I’ve experienced personally the ill-effects of modern life and want to inspire others to eat and live more healthfully in a practical and pain-free way. Walking away from a successful career in the City in to the uncertainty of self-employment has had its challenges and it’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a year.
The bespoke cookbook
My clients love my personalised cookbooks – these feature recipes that have been handpicked to support their health, address any allergies, dietary preferences AND their lifestyle! Having a tailormade solution has been a game-changer for many of my clients, some of whom have never cooked before. It has helped them to adapt their diet due to allergies and intolerances, provided inspiration to reconnect with cooking from scratch and encouraged eating more healthfully as a whole.
It’s never too late or too early to learn
My one-to-one and group nutritional cooking classes for adults and little people have been so much fun and a relaxed space for learning. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see children try foods they wouldn’t usually and the adults embracing new ways of cooking.
Developing nutritious versions of classic recipes
One of my first successful projects was to create a range of desserts for a luxurious dessert company whose brief included vegan, nut-free and diabetic-friendly desserts to wow their high-end clients. They loved them!
Exciting opportunities ahead
After recently featured on BBC Asian Network I have some exciting speaking engagements in the pipeline and will shortly be announcing dates for my Healthy Indian Food and Nourishing Treats workshops.
I’m excited about what the future holds and can’t wait to help more people to feel confident in the kitchen, while supporting them with practical advice that makes eating well and living better a pleasure, not a pain.
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