I didn’t always have a healthy
relationship with my body…
My passion for women’s health comes from my own journey of struggling with hormonal imbalances, PCOS, and living in a very stressed out body, both mentally and physically.
Before completing the nutrition degree, I was a personal trainer and competed in fitness competitions. I put a lot of pressure on myself to maintain an incredibly lean physique all year round, which caused my health to suffer. My period disappeared. I struggled with getting to sleep and staying asleep. I was extremely tired all the time. I couldn’t focus. My moods were swinging constantly and I had zero libido. And with a PCOS diagnosis I was advised my chance to fall pregnant naturally one day would be unlikely.
On the outside I may have looked fit and healthy, but on the inside my hormones were completely out of whack!
My poor health was certainly a catalyst in my decision to study a Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine, but to also support my female PT clients, who were dedicated to training, however some were not getting results that reflected their commitment. While my PT clients in their 20’s were achieving amazing body transformations, some of the women in their 30’s and 40’s often struggled to achieve their desired results. With all the conflicting nutritional information out there, I chose to complete the nutrition degree to support my PT clients and myself further, by learning about the impact of our biochemistry, emotional health, and how what we choose to eat impacts our ability to transform our body and achieve optimal health.
During my studies I came to understand that no matter how much you exercise, or how seemingly amazingly you eat, you will not access your fat stores to burn, when your body’s biochemical pathways need supporting, and therefore you will continue to struggle with transforming your body and achieving your best health. When your biochemical pathways are impacted, and your hormones are not in balance, it can affect every part of your life.
After implementing what I was learning, improving my nutrition, lifestyle and daily work on my emotional health, I was over the moon to find out I was pregnant! We now have our beautiful son who is the light of our lives (and a little rascal at times too).
As a society, we’ve been taught to accept the changes that can happen to our body as part of the natural process of ageing, being a woman or becoming a mother. However you don’t have to choose to accept the symptoms of hormonal imbalance as being a part of your life forever. In clinical practice, I identify the underlying driver to symptoms and create treatment specific to them, so the women I work with can go from feeling tired, bloated, burnt out, period problems, and hormonal chaos to feeling energised & healthy.