Hello! A little bit about me
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a keen interest in food and nutrition. Growing up on a farm in the Scottish Borders, I knew where most veggies came from, and it wasn't the local supermarket. My mum is an amazing cook and I feel fortunate to have been brought up learning and appreciating simple, but delicious and nourishing home-cooked meals.
I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Public Health Nutrition. In 2005 I graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and I'm now a registered Dietitian with the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings and have more than 10 years of experience helping individuals, families, and communities across Europe and Australia make improvements to their health by adopting healthier eating and lifestyle habits.
I became passionate about the link between food, lifestyle and women’s health when, like many women, I struggled with trying to conceive. I was told multiple times that I was suffering from ‘unexplained infertility’, but I didn’t give up and kept searching for answers. After a while I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. The journey was long, and I soon became aware of the limited amount of factual, consistent and reliable information out there relating to fertility and nutrition. Fast forward a year later, I conceived after a successful round of IVF.
My dream of starting a practice focused solely on women’s health and prenatal nutrition was born out my own experiences during my fertility and pregnancy journey, when I became aware of the lack of credible, evidenced-based nutrition counselling and information available to women managing hormonal and reproductive conditions, trying to conceive, and during and after pregnancy, despite the abundant research in these areas.
I know first hand how the information gaps, combined with the emotional and physical demands of managing a health condition, can be challenging. So I’ve decided to set up Nurture for Life to help other women on their journey by offering nutritional and lifestyle advice, backed by scientific research, while supporting them to live a healthier and happier life.
Please feel free to drop me a line, I’d love to chat!