Forever in awe of the beauty, sensitivity and complexity of the human body…I aim to share nutritional information, recipes and movement philosophies that inspire and empower people to re-align with the innate wisdom and health that already exists within them.
What is my wellness philosophy?
The most important thing that underlies my philosophy is that living a healthy lifestyle should not be a sacrifice. It can be that you look forward to every meal and every workout! For years I believed that I needed to ‘try harder’ and have ‘more willpower” to succeed. I created restrictive eating protocols and punishing fitness regimes that would often leave me injured, drained and ultimately, unhealthy. Often ‘trying’ involves arbitrary markers of success made up by us, or society, that indicate a level of achievement. This could be an ideal weight, an idea flexibility, an ideal number of reps and an ideal time to break your fast. However, the reality is, willpower only has to kick in if your body is telling you to eat something that you know or think isn’t in your diet protocol. Willpower and ‘trying’, involves forcing the body, ignoring it’s voice and it’s signals. Not only is this a lot of effort, but it will ultimately hinder us on our health journey. My aim is to facilitate listening to your body and giving it what it needs.
But my body tells me to eat cake and pizza all day….?
It is true that your body can give you signals that tell you to eat sugary food or a certain food. Usually this is it’s way of telling you you’re deficient in something. For example, craving fatty foods could mean your body need calcium. Craving sugar is very often a result of blood sugar dysregulation. If you have used sugary snacks as a ‘pick me up’ in the past, it’s likely that your body has become reliant on that sugar in your bloodstream for energy. Even though this is ultimately damaging, your body will crave more to give it energy.
If you did eat pizza and cake all day you might feel fine for a while, but ultimately your body would show signs of disliking this lifestyle. This could come in different forms such as bloating, weight gain, fatigue, skin issues or allergies. One of the biggest issues in overcoming this is the normalisation of symptoms. Statements like “I’ve always had dry skin, that’s just me” or “I get bloated after every meal, it’s normal”, or “I have to set at least five alarms to wake up, but that’s common, everyone struggles to wake up in the morning”. Your body has so many ways of telling you there’s an imbalance you need to address. As soon as we let go of the idea that we are in a constant battle with our body, it telling us one thing and our will forcing another, we will find a place of effortlessness. As soon as we really deeply listen, things begin to make sense.
This definitely isn’t easy - for me personally, it took almost 10 years to get to a place where I feel good in my body both both physically and emotionally. My goal as a nutritional therapist is to guide you through the process, finding the most joy and connection possible, rather than the most sacrifice and compromise.
What is my training?
I trained with The Nutritional Therapy Association. The course offers specific tools for managing clients and assessing nutritional deficiencies using the body’s innate intelligence. They advocate for a properly prepared, whole food diet, supplementation, and appropriate lifestyle changes.
I went to culinary school in Dubai, apprenticed at a fine dining restaurant in SF, worked as a chef on a horse/cattle ranch in Argentina and then several health food restaurants in Dubai.