I am a fully qualified Nutritionist also trained in Nutritional Therapy (see below). After my undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Physiology, I studied a Masters degree in Nutrition at King’s College, London, one of the leading nutrition departments in the country. I then studied Nutritional Therapy for three years at The Institute of Optimum Nutrition, London.
My career began with 2 years as a Nutritionist in the food supplements industry. This was followed by 18-months running weight loss courses for the NHS, where I developed my specialist knowledge of and passion for weight management.
Currently I work as a consultant, seeing private clients in central London, as well as giving workshops and presentations in London and around the country to high-profile corporate clients. I also specialise in creating personalised diets and meal plans. I am a scholar of the Arthritic Association, trained in the nutritional management of arthritis and a Tutor for workplace Nutrition and Health Qualifications.
I am passionate about food and an accomplished cook and I love creating my own delicious, healthy recipes (please see my Instagram).
“My approach is to find a way of eating that you can maintain long-term in order to feel healthy, maintain your optimum weight and most importantly, whilst still enjoying your food! My advice is realistic, practical and tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle, whilst still being goal-driven.”
Nutritionist vs. Nutritional Therapist – what is the difference?
A Nutritionist has either a Bachelor of Science or Masters of Science degree in Nutrition, providing them with a strong scientific background and a minimum of 3-4 years of study at University. Their knowledge and practice are based on clinically proven, scientific research. Nutritionists are recognized by the medical profession and can be employed by the NHS, the food industry or work in health promotion.
Nutritionists are regulated by the Nutrition Society, of which I am a member. Please visit www.nutritionsociety.org for more information.
Nutritional Therapy falls under the umbrella of complimentary/alternative medicine. It takes a more holistic view of health, looking at treating the individual as opposed to the disease. Nutritional Therapy is a very useful, effective and beneficial therapy if used by a well-qualified therapist and can often help to manage chronic health problems that conventional medicine finds difficult to treat.
A fully qualified Nutritional Therapist will have a diploma or degree in nutritional therapy from a recognised institution, where they have studied for up to 3 years.
Most nutrition advisors are trained only in nutritional therapy. However, the terms Nutritionist and Nutritional Therapist are used interchangeably by both the public and the practitioners themselves! It is therefore advisable to ask a practitioner about their background and qualifications, and perfectly within your rights to do so.
“I incorporate what I believe to be the best principles from my study of both nutrition and nutritional therapy into my practice.”