I have always found the chemical processes that occur at a cellular level within the body a fascinating subject. So after studying Biochemistry at Nottingham University I went on to qualify as a registered dietitian at a post graduate level from Glasgow Caledonian University.
After working in clinical nutrition as a registered dietitian for several years I knew that I wanted to put my biochemical interest into more use. I have always been a very active person, participating in all the sports teams at school, then university and then more recently running, with marathons and ultra-marathons being my distance of choice. So it felt like a natural step to combine my passions and study sports nutrition again at post graduate level at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham.
In recent years I have joined the Sports Exercise and Nutrition Register (SENr) which ensure that all practitioners are qualified to a suitable level and regulated in order to provide accurate and evidence based advice in sports nutrition.
This was definitely the best career move I have ever made and consequently I absolutely love my role as a sports nutritionist. My big break came in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympic games when I provided nutritional support to the GB Rhythmic Gymnast group; as well as individual athletes in Team GB. I have continued to support individual athletes in the run up to the 2016 Rio Olympics from a wide range of sporting backgrounds including marathon distance, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair basketball.
Every day is different. Some days I work with national level, elite athletes; other days athletes on developmental pathways at all ages, as well as recreational athletes.
Additionally I still work in the specialist clinical area of eating disorders both as an independent practitioner for athletes and non athletes; but also in capacity as the Nutrition Lead at Anorexia and Bulimia care Charity.
No matter who I work with the main aim is to ensure that I make the science practical and accessible for all; providing recipes, shopping lists and nutrition plans that work with the individual’s training and lifestyle.
In addition to working with individuals I also deliver workshops for coaches, athletes, squads and schools, and provide guest lectures on the sports performance course at the University of Bath. I am committed to my ongoing professional development so regularly participate in CPD sessions with academic staff to ensure that my practice is up to date and current.
I am passionate about sports nutrition so use every opportunity to ensure that the advice provided to the general public is accurate and evidence based; this is through radio, blogs, podcasts and also writing for several national publications.
In 2015 I was approached by a publishing company and asked if I would write a practical book on sports nutrition. I am very proud of what we produced, “Training Food” was published in April and its popularity and exceeded my expectations; Including being number one best seller on Amazon in the fitness training section for several weeks!
My main aim has always been to make the science simple and practical to follow; no fads, no feelings of deprivation, just sensible dietary solutions. This with my experience has lead to the development the “Eat Well Feel Fab” brand.